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Winner Kime Calbaquito (in the middle) posing with CEU representatives. (DTI/Photo courtesy of CEU, Philippines)
Dec 8, 2011 | News Asia Pacific

Philippines comes out tops in Dentsply Asia Student Clinician Competition

by Dental Tribune Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE/MANILA, Philippines: A dental student enrolled at the Centro Escolar University-Malolos School of Dentistry in Manila in the Philippines has won Dentsply’s 2011 Student Clinician Competition for Southeast Asia. Twenty-two year old Kime Calbaquinto was recognised for her outstanding research in the field of dentistry.

This is the first time that a Filipino dental student has won the annual competition. During a first attempt to win the trophy in 2009, representatives from the Southeast Asian country only finished third place.

As the winner, Calbaquinto will become a member of the Student Clinician American Dental Association and receive travel funding to represent the International Association for Dental Research South-East Asia division at next year’s session of the American Dental Association in San Francisco, university officials said.

This year’s competition was held in conjunction with the 25th Convention of the International Association for Dental Research and 22nd Annual Meeting of the South East Asia Association for Dental Education in Singapore and joined by winners of national student clinicians competitions held in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia.

US-based dental equipment manufacturer Dentsply has organised the annual contest for undergraduate students in the USA since 1959 and has since exported the concept to more than 35 countries worldwide.

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