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Millennium Issue, January 2000

70 years of Dental Education - the Faculty celebrates

There was much pomp and celebration from 24-26 September 1999 when our faculty marked its 70th year of existence. A good number of events were spread over these three days and there was something for all practitioners and patients alike.

Not only is Dentistry the second oldest faculty in NUS, it is also the smallest, with just over 1400 graduates since its inception. Nevertheless, the cohesiveness of the profession and support shown by the alumni was impressive indeed.

DVC Prof Chong Chi Tat unveiling a Model of the Old Dental School

The event brought many alumni members in touch with their alma mater. An opening ceremony together with a scientific symposium was held on the 25th with DVC Prof Chong Chi Tat as guest of honour. Unveiling of a model of the old dental school by DVC Prof Chong and Prof Chew was first on the list. This was followed by an entertaining talk by management guru, Ron Kaufman on how to achieve the 'unbelievable' in service. Tours of the Faculty were conducted to update alumni on the changes over the years.

Entertaining talk by management guru, Ron Kaufman

The scientific meeting was divided into a symposium on education, and an update for all practitioners on recent advances in our profession. Dean of the faculty, Prof Chew Chong Lin and past deans Prof Loh Hong Sai and Dr Edmund Tay, chronicled the growth of the faculty from 1929 till present day and beyond. Following this, Drs Myra Eliot, Winston Chee, Mark Wong and Woo Sook Bin, all experts in their field gave updates on various aspects of dentistry. Together with the scientific meeting was the young investigators award and poster presentation. To nurture a strong research culture, students are encouraged to conduct experiments and present their findings.

Drs Myra Eliot, Mark Wong, Woo Sook Bin and Winston Chee

Poster Presentation

This was followed in the evening with a gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. A symbolic seventy tables were filled as dentists turned up in a show of force, some having traveled considerable distances from around the globe to attend this event. Guest-of-Honour was Dr Aline Wong, Minister of State for education. All guests were treated to an exciting series of performances by both students and alumni. Many stayed till the wee hours of the morning catching up on old friendships.

A golfing event was also held in conjunction with the Guild of Dental Graduates on the 24th and more details may be found in the golf report.

To round off the celebrations, a public forum on the final day focused on dental care for children. Academic staff, Drs Lo Geok Lam, Kelvin Foong and Stephen Hsu gave topics related to pedodontics and the developing dentition to enthusiastic parents. A public screening was also held on the same day at the dental centre, NUH to increase dental awareness.

Despite the recent downturn in the economic situation, the celebration was a resounding success, mainly because of the strong support from our alumni. As the profession grows from strength to strength, may we look forward to more reasons to celebrate in the next millennium. Enough said - onward to the photos!

Cake Cutting Ceremony

Dental Students' performance

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