On March 29, 2019 the Department of Pediatric Dentistry held the Olympiad of Student Skills among 4th and 5th year students of the Dental Faculty of the Belarusian State Medical University.
This year students from A.I. Yevdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry traditionally took part in the Olympiad.
The Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, professor T.N.Terekhova opened the Olympiad with welcoming speech addressed to the participants of the competition.
The jury of the competition was composed of the faculty of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry including: the Head - professor T.N.Terekhova, professor T.V.Popruzhenko and professor N.V.Shakovets.
The Olympiad was divided into two parts: theoretical and practical. The theoretical part consisted of 34 questions relating to all sections of pediatric dentistry. The practical part included the treatment of children living in a family-type orphanage - “SOS – Children's Village Maryina Gorka”. 51 students of the Belarusian State Medical University, 2 students of the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry (Moscow) participated in the Olympiad of Student Skills – 2019.
All tasks were rather difficult so that the participants had to demonstrate not only the high level of theoretical knowledge, but also the ability to find the right solution quickly. After the theoretical part the jury selected 10 best students with the highest scores who continue competing at the final practical part.
All students demonstrated an excellent ability to communicate with children, found an approach to young patients, showed good level of theoretical and practical training.
The jury of the competition evaluated every manipulation made by the contestants. It was very difficult to choose the best. But finally the jury awarded the 1st place to Olga Titenkova, 2nd place – to Alena Dolgaleva and Julia Benesh, 3rd place – to Roman Reshetnikov, Elena Ogurtsova, Nikita Volchek.
After the results were announced, students were awarded diplomas and memorable gifts.
Little patients of a family-type orphanage - “SOS – Children's Village Maryina Gorka” prepared an interesting concert: the kids dedicated the best songs, dances and poems to their doctors. The faculty of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry organized a coffee break for the participants.
Olympiads in the specialty allow students to test and critically evaluate their capabilities, to determine sphere of dental specialization in future. Olympiads of such kind also encourage students to master their profession and obtain new knowledge.
Communication with children from a family-type orphanage - “SOS – Children's Village Maryina Gorka” filled all the participants with something real and sincere. If all of us together could give these children even a drop of warmth, love and mercy, then this day was not in vain!
Holding the Olympics at such a high level would be impossible without the support of partners. The general sponsor of the Olympiad was Dina International, which rewarded the winner of the Olympiad with valuable prizes: for the 1st place the company presented a week-long internship trip to Germany, for the 2nd and 3rd place the company presented a light-polymer material from the same company.
Author and photo: the faculty of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Translation: Varvara Boika