The UB participants
Making waves in the international arena, the University of Baguio (UB) School of Dentistry qualified as a finalist in the South-East Asia Association for Dental Education (SEAADE)-GC Student Clinician Program Competition during the 24th SEEADE Annual Scientific Meeting at the Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand on August 19-20.
The competition is a showcase of prevention ideas and activities in combating oral diseases among the participating schools.
UB senior Dentistry students Adriel Peter E. Rosario, Pauline Joy Caluza, Vengie Bangloy, Jemar Javier and Allyson Lallana presented their paper, “An Enhancement Program on Self-Reliance in Maintaining Oral Hygiene among Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome”, in the convention that gathered some of South-East Asia’s biggest dentistry schools. The research – which was conducted at the SPED Center, Baguio City – delves into the oral health needs of individuals with Down Syndrome, since they are more prone to plaque accumulation due to their condition.
Among the chosen top 10 finalists, the group qualified among 42 submissions from all over South-East Asia.
The group passed the two-phase evaluation during the initial screening in which only those who fulfilled the objectives of the competition and met the international standards were selected. The team then underwent the final assessment done by experts in dental public health and preventive dentistry from different countries across the globe, landing in the top 10.
The event – sponsored by the global dental corporation GC Asia – aims to showcase the participants’ skills and knowledge in dental health research as well as in program planning and implementation.
“It was a very enriching experience,” the group noted. – Charmagne Mata
Charmagne Mata is a Dentistry student of the University of Baguio.