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Monday, June 18th, 2018

Meet one of your University of Sydney dentistry professors!

Have you applied to the University of Sydney dentistry program?

We’d like to introduce you to Dr Susie Dracopoulos, Year coordinator, DMD1 Tooth Conservation Coordinator, Foundations of Clinical Dentistry A Unit of Study Coordinator, Academic Simulation Coordinator, and Academic eLearning Coordinator.

Sydney Dental School

Dr Susie Dracopoulos (Photo: University of Sydney)

Being a dental student is not so different to being a busy clinician: the workload is high and it involves a lot of time management and work/life balance.

The DMD program allows students to not only be strong clinicians, but also teaches them to look for evidence before making decisions. Being a dentist is a career that requires lifelong inquiry and I think the course instills this in our students.

Being based primarily at Sydney Dental Hospital has huge advantages; it’s a working dental hospital so we see real patients with real problems. This calls for students to provide the highest quality patient-centred care—a skill vital for practice.

A typical day in DMD1 Tooth Conservation starts in our fantastic modern simulation clinics. When I am demonstrating a particular restorative technique I like to screen an instructional video, or have live demos and then students repeat this procedure on a mannequin. The content of the course is developed to give students the best foundation knowledge in dentistry, and then they can apply the manual dexterity skills to perform as a competent clinician.

As the coordinator of the simulation clinic, I’ve seen firsthand how vital it is for first-year dentistry students to develop the fine motor and technical skills they will need for practice. We’ve recently been lucky enough to receive funding to purchase some state-of-the-art virtual simulators, which give students instant feedback on their performance. This means students don’t have to wait for their tutor, or the rest of the class, and so learning becomes self-paced, and allows students to make mistakes in a safe environment.

The DMD program has a strong element of blended learning—a mix of face-to-face and eLearning. I am enthusiastic in pursuing more opportunities to expand our eLearning, giving students the flexibility to study some material in their own time and pace outside of the lecture rooms. Virtual simulation is an exciting new form of eLearning, with many more opportunities of this kind of learning soon to be included in our dental programs.

I love teaching and seeing students develop their skills and become the best clinicians they can be. I enjoy interacting with students and helping them get through the program, offering my expertise to help them find perspective on the challenges they face.

Do you think the Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine program is right for you?

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 20, 2018

Apply to the University of Sydney Dental School!

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Would you like more info about applying to the University of Sydney dentistry program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

What do OzTREKK students think of Sydney Dental School?

If you’re considering studying in Australia, but unsure of which university and program is right for you, student reviews can really help reaffirm some gut feelings, or just help point you in the right direction.

Sydney Dental School

OzTREKK student Bhavisha Thankey (Photo: University of Sydney)

Here, we look at what OzTREKK students say about studying at Sydney Dental School. Did we mention we love that our Australian universities like to feature OzTREKK students? You guys are high-calibre stuff!

“My favourite part of this degree is getting hands-on experience really early. By the end of our second year we’re already seeing our own patients and managing our own treatment plans. Because of the responsibility and control we are given during our studies, we leave university with the skills needed to be successful in the community.” Bhavisha Thankey, Doctor of Dental Medicine

 

Sydney Dental School

OzTREKK student Yasmin Samiee (Photo: University of Sydney)

“I chose to study at the University of Sydney because the university and its dental school are ranked among the top fifty in the world for academic excellence. I was also drawn to the calibre of research and educational opportunities, which involves placements and service in under-served communities around Australia.

“I am grateful that we have been able to apply theoretical knowledge into practice so early in the course. By our third week of classes, we had already begun practicing dentistry on plastic models in our simulation clinic. Not only have we greatly improved our manual dexterity, we have become proficient and confident as clinicians. There is a strong sense of responsibility and ownership that accompanies this level of autonomy.” Yasmin Samiee, Doctor of Dental Medicine

 

Sydney Dental School

OzTREKK student Borna Ansari (Photo: University of Sydney)

“Studying the Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Sydney was my top preference over other universities. It has a great overall educational reputation and you start pre-clinical sessions early on in the course. The fact that Australian degrees can be easily transferred back to Canada also encouraged me to study in Sydney.

“The University of Sydney also provides a great learning environment. Each week I have the opportunity to practice a range of dental procedures in the clinical environment. I also learn from lecturers who share their diverse passions and experiences from their professional practice. Learning from their outlook and experience has helped me understand the many avenues of dentistry.” Borna Ansari, Doctor of Dental Medicine

 

Is the Sydney Dental School dentistry program for you?

The Sydney Dental School’s four-year, full-time, graduate-entry Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) course offers you the opportunity to develop skills through practice-based learning and will expose you to new dental technologies and research. The DMD will educate you to draw on evidence to treat patients effectively and respond to the changing oral health needs of the community. It will instill a dedication for lifelong learning, self-development and self-evaluation. The Sydney DMD has evolved with changing market demands for newly graduated dentists to join clinical practice confidently and ethically and take up leadership roles in the profession.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the February 2018 intake, applications closed June 20, 2017. Students are encouraged to begin their applications as soon as possible.

Apply to the University of Sydney Dental School!

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Do you need help with your dental school application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Sydney Dental School professor studies impact of fluoride

As Canadians, we are used to having fluoride added to our drinking water (unless you live in Nunavut or the Yukon). Brantford, Ontario became the first city in Canada to fluoridate its water supplies in 1945. In Australia, fluoridated water is provided for approximately 70 percent of the population in all states and territories.

Professor Wendell Evans is the head of community oral health and epidemiology at the University of Sydney Dental School and is Australia’s leading expert on fluoride. As a young Australian dentist, Evans spent a year peering into the mouths of 1,500 5-year-old children, and in this way began his 38-year career studying the benefits of fluoride.

Sydney Dental School

A Sydney Dental School student

The year-long project in 1975 was part of a study on the impact of fluoridation of the water supply on children in his native New Zealand. ”It was a very clear result,” he says. “The children who were born and bred in the fluoridated NZ town of Dunedin had half the decay of those in areas without fluoridated water.”

Before fluoridation, the University of Sydney professor said, the average 12-year-old Sydney or New Zealand child had more than nine teeth that were rotten, decayed, filled or extracted. The addition of fluoride in the water supply and fluoride toothpaste has cut the rate in half.

Today, as much as 60 percent of the adult population have no tooth decay at all, and Prof. Evans stated that as many as 70 percent of university students don’t have any cavities!

According to the Sydney Dental School professor, if Australian towns voted to stop or not proceed with fluoridation, there would be increased levels of tooth decay.

Most recently, the Sydney Dental School professor has been working on a program to put fluoride sealant on the first molars of children in Cambodia, and he says that children in Cambodia have many cavities and broken teeth, like children in Australia and in New Zealand used to have before fluoride was added to the public water supply.

Evans says he has seen New South Wales children with teeth similar to the children in Cambodia. When he sees children drinking juice and soda, without the protective properties of fluoride, he admits it is “just frightful.” While he acknowledges cavities happen everywhere, he says it is most prevalent in non-fluoridated areas.

The study finds that fluoride also helps to protect older people as well as young, as it improves the oral health of Australians by approximately 50 percent.

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If you have any questions regarding Sydney Dental School or other Australian Dental Schools, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith. Email Adam at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Find out how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia!

 

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Applied to Sydney Dental School?

Have you applied to Sydney Dental School? If you’ve accepted your offer, or if you’re waiting for the second round of interview offers to be released (with bated breath!), OzTREKK has gathered a little bit of helpful information regarding some of the things dentistry applicants should be aware of prior to beginning the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program. Please note that should you receive an offer, you will be informed of all of the details from your OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools Officer.

Sydney Dental School

Learn more about Sydney Dental School

Personal Health – Immunization

Applicants need to be aware of their personal health status, including that in relation to immunization and infectious diseases. Participation in screening and vaccination is a prerequisite for all students enrolled in at Sydney Dental School for clinical practice in the facilities of NSW Health. Should you receive an offer to Sydney Dental School, be prepared to have a blood test and screening.

Please note it is the applicant’s responsibility to be familiar and adhere to these requirements. The dental programs is both physically and mentally demanding, thus applicant’s personal health is a factor to be considered when deciding to accept a place in the program.

First Aid Certificate

Successful applicants must provide evidence that they hold a current approved Senior First Aid certificate at enrollment—both basic first aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). International students may provide First Aid certificates which are recognized by their own governments (e.g., St. John Ambulance).

Criminal Record Checks

The NSW Department of Health has a policy that requires all dental students to be subject to a criminal record check. Dental students are also required to provide any NSW Health Facility in which they are placed with a signed Commission for Children and Young People Student Declaration form and a signed form stating that they have read and understood the NSW Health Code of Conduct.

Sydney Dental School Application Timeline

Interview invitations: July 19 – 22, 2013
Interviews held: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013
Offers will begin to be sent: August 12, 2013
Second round of interview offers: Sept. 13 – 16, 2013
Second round of interviews held: Sept. 23 – 25, 2013
Offers for second round: Sept. 30, 2013

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If you have any questions regarding Sydney Dental School or other Australian Dental Schools, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith. Email Adam at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Find out how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia!

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Only one week left until Sydney Dental School application deadline

Just a reminder to all of our Australian Dental School applicants that the application deadline for the 2014 intake of the  Sydney Dental School Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program is Sunday, July 7. In order for your application documents to be submitted on time, OzTREKK is encouraging applicants to have their documents at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 5, 2013.

University of Sydney Dental School

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: July 7, 2013. (All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 5.)

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If you have any questions regarding Sydney Dental School or other Australian Dental Schools, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith. Email Adam at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Find out more about Australian Dental Schools and about how you can study dentistry in Australia!

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Sydney dentistry staff and students assist the homeless at volunteer event

A team of Bachelor of Oral Health students aided by the Dean and faculty staff, provided dental information and assistance to guests of the annual “Homeless Connect” volunteer event held at the Sydney Town Hall on June 4. Students gave important oral hygiene information to the many visitors, and identified people requiring urgent dental treatment. The guests were then taken for triage assessment by faculty alumni who attended with their mobile dental clinic and team. Essential dental treatment was provided on site to 35 homeless people.

Sydney Dental School students commented that the atmosphere within the Sydney Town Hall was very positive and productive. Questions fired at the Sydney dental students ranged from dental pain and oral hygiene to free dental service.

Another surprising discovery for the dentistry students included  learning that people in difficult circumstances often have no awareness of the services available to them and attempt to “self treat” their dental issues. They found that dispensing even the most basic of oral hygiene advice was greatly appreciated.

For many of the volunteers it wasn’t so much about increasing awareness or educating the masses about the importance of oral health and the services available, but being able to make a significant impact on the guests’ lives by supporting and believing in them. As a collective the students felt they had made a difference to the visitors and given them something to smile about.

The Sydney Homeless Connect event proved to be a profound experience for the Sydney dentistry students, leaving them humbled, rewarded and inspired by their participation.

About the Doctor of Dental Medicine Program

The University of Sydney’s Doctor of Dental Medicine is a graduate-entry dental program that focuses on teaching dental health with a strong emphasis on clinical skills. Throughout the four-year program, students develop their clinical skills through early patient-based teaching and are given the necessary foundations for independent learning through simulated exercises at a research hospital.

Application Timelines for the Sydney DMD Program

Application deadline for the 2014 intake: July 7, 2013 (All Sydney Dental School application documents must be received at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 5 in order for them to be submitted to the university on time.)
Interview invitations: July 19 – 22, 2013
Interviews held: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013
Offers will begin to be sent: August 12, 2013
Second round of interview offers: Sept. 13 – 16, 2013
Second round of interviews held: Sept. 23 – 25, 2013
Offers for second round: Sept. 30, 2013

Apply to Sydney Dental School!

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at any time to assist you with your University of Sydney Dental School application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding dental school in Australia.

Email Adam at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355