A joint initiative by the University Dental Hospital of
Manchester and Manchester Dental School has been established to
enable Global Oral Health Practitioners (GOHPs) to share their
experiences of working abroad. Believed to be the first of its
kind, Dr Senathirajah Ariyaratnam (Raj) has been a driving force
behind DENTMAN. Other objectives include creating a database from
the experiences of GOHPs.
A keen member of our CMFT Abroad scheme, Raj realised that there
was no platform to bring both prospective and current volunteers
together. After extensive discussion with Trust Chairman Peter
Mount, the Clinical Director for the Dental Hospital Mike Pemberton
Head of School for Dentistry Iain Mackie, DENTMaN was born and had
its inaugural meeting in June. View the videos of this
DENTMAN has three general meetings during the dental academic
year, where a volunteer will be able to present their experiences,
a guest speaker will be invited and there will also be time for
question and discussion. Three group meetings are held annually
where the working group will discuss progress and what content to
include in the next meeting. They can also seek guidance from an
advisory group consisting of Mike Pemberton, Iain Mackie and
another senior tutor.
Raj said: "This is very exciting venture. DENTMAN is a
multipurpose idea. I did think about having an annual forum, but I
realised that it was not going to work as we needed a sustained
level of activity.
He added: "Peter Mount is extremely keen and helpful when it
comes to promoting volunteer work. In April 2011, there was the
first meeting of CMFT Abroad and there is also a charitable fund to
enable people to carry out volunteer work overseas."