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DENTMAN

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 meeting

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."