After a year of planning, climaxing in three incredible days, summing up this years’ BDSA conference has been a tricky task!
Students were warmly welcomed at the Leeds City Museumby our Dean of 10 years, Dr Margaret Kellett. Professor Paul Brunton then enlightened us about upcoming infrastructural changes to UK dentistry while Dr Paul Cook offered us valuable advice for VT applications. Dr Martin Nimmo emphasized the significant difference between NHS and private care and the importance of photos to create portfolios for future patients to see.
During an interactive talk on medical emergencies by the charming Dr Julie Burke and Dr Kate Taylor, enthusiastic students were rewarded with flying sweets…we managed to avoid an emergency or two here! A jaw dropping talk by Professor Monty Duggal had everyone talking about the stimulating topic of auto transplantation, while Dr Robert Wassell explored the debate over splints for patients with bruxism, and showed incredible videos from his textbook.
As the sun descended, students explored Leeds University Union on the infamous T-shirt Night. At the Terrace, the DJ was our own dental student, Abhinay Settipalli. Delegates then headed down to Stylus, to reenergise with never-ending pick ‘n’ mix and relieve their stress by sumo wrestling and boogieing!
After a hearty breakfast, the second day featured more inspirational lectures. Opening was the CEO of the BDA, Dr Peter Ward, who talked about the extraordinary careers in front of us and offered insightful guidance for keeping motivated during tough times. Dr Mani and Prem-Pal Sehmi gave unique talks on Dentistry from a business and entrepreneurial angle, encouraging us to seize opportunities.
The second evening began in Quilted Llama and ended in the legendary Halo. Everyone made a fantastic effort with their fancy-dress; the childhood fantasies theme saw characters from Shrek, Toy Story and Flintstones to Mr. Men and Alice in Wonderland!
After a well-deserved Saturday lie in, our dental institute hosted a trade fair, featuring many dental companies and sponsors. Delegates were also given a chance to experience the virtual world of dentistry by drilling on computer-generated 3D-teeth on Leeds’ MOOGs simulation machines. Next was the AGM, where the new BDSA Executive was elected (Congrats to the new Exec!).
Overall the conference was an unforgettable experience. It was generously supported by various sponsors and special thanks go to all speakers and staff who kindly gave their time and enthusiasm to ensure the enjoyment of all our delegates. A massive thank you to the Conference Organising Committee, for passionately working towards making the conference run as smoothly as possible, and to Lee Feinberg, previous Conference Organiser and outgoing BDSA President for all the support and guidance over the year. We can now look forward to Sports day in Cardiff and the next conference in Sheffield! The 2013 conference ended in style with a beautifulMonte Carlothemed ball at the elegant New Dock. Delegates were stunned at the glamorous event which featured casino tables, a dress-up photo booth, cocktail bar, an F1 car and simulator and arcade games like time crisis! We even managed to sneak in a few dental themed cupcakes. Everyone dressed to impress and danced the night away atBaracoa, ensuring that this BDSA conference would be one to remember.
Sheffield BDSA Conference 2014
Sheffield’s clear-cut passion to host the BDSA Conference 2014 was evident from on
the onset, from having pre-conference committee meetings, to creating a facebook
event for Sheffield’s bid, to designing the BDSA Conference 2014 logo.
As soon as it was announced at the AGM that Sheffield would be hosting the 2014
Conference, shivers went down my spine, my face lit up and subsequently kept it’s
huge smile throughout the Conference Ball and into the early hours of the after-party.
Sheffield’s previous experience of hosting the BDSA Sports Day two years ago, which
was an outstanding success, drove us even more to believing that we can make this
into a spectacular and unforgettable Conference! Leeds will no doubt be a hard act to
follow, especially with their incredible Ball but the BDSA Sheffield Conference
Committee 2014 are positive, passionate and enthusiastic to make this Conference
the highlight of your Dental Student life! New ideas, new format, new Conference!
Follow us on Twitter @bdsa2014 for updates on planning the Conference!
Written by Faiza Syeda (Leeds) and Kieran Bhakta (Sheffield)