Newcastle student Joe named best undergraduate dentist
Joe Reid (25), a student at the University of Newcastle, has been named the UK and Ireland’s best undergraduate dentist following a dental clinical skills competition held in Edinburgh in March.
Run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Dentsply Sirona, the competition, now in its fourth year, saw Joe and his fellow contestants undergo a demanding series of tests.
“I’m quite surprised to have won today, there are a lot of talented people here and it’s not something I was expecting” he said.
“It was quite a novel experience competing in the Dental Skills Competition. You don’t really compete with each other normally at dental school, and you don’t see the quality of other people’s work. I think the best part of the competition was spending time with people from other dental schools, as they’re people you wouldn’t normally meet.”
More than 400 final-year students from 18 UK and Irish dental schools took part in the competition, which is designed to test a wide range of clinical skills.
Joe received an all-expenses paid, four-day trip to Dentsply Sirona’s Restorative Forum in Konstanz, Germany in June 2019.
Second place went to 24-year-old UCLan student Rowan Glossop, with third place going to 28-year-old Ammar Zakirom the University of Liverpool.