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27 July 2010
St David’s Dental Care Unit, a joint venture between the School of Dentistry and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has named dental graduate James Rice as ‘Student of the Year’.
The annual award, voted by all staff at the St David's Dental Care Unit, recognises the University dental student who has displayed the highest levels of professionalism, clinical competence and teamwork during their clinical placement.
Established in May 2002 the Unit is designed to combine community dental care with teaching and offers the opportunity for fifth-year dental students to take responsibility for patients. Each student treats on average six patients per day and works, under supervision, towards their individual diagnosis and treatment.
Mr John Llewelyn, Dental Clinical lecturer at St David’s Dental Care Unit said, "On behalf of all staff at the Unit, I congratulate James on his award and achievement.
"His consistent dedication, commitment to high standards and clinical competence while at the Unit is a real credit to the profession. We wish him the very best in his future dental career."
The Dental Care Unit's surgeries are equipped with the latest dental technology including digital radiography intra-oral cameras. The technology enables patients to see inside their own mouths to help understand the reasons for their treatment
In addition, operating microscope aid the management of more complex cases and four surgeries are all equipped for treatment under inhalation sedation. The Unit also introduced electronic patient records in 2003 and went paperless in January 2006.
The award, an engraved `Alegra` LED handpiece provided by award sponsor W&H, was presented at a ceremony at the Unit this week. W&H manufactures precision instruments for dental practices, dental teaching hospitals, dental laboratories and for micro surgical applications.
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