IMU DENTAL CONFERENCE (IDeC 2017) – Clinical Dentistry and Dental Education for the 21st Century

Event Date : 23/09/2017 - 25/09/2017
Event Time : 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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This conference aims to serve as a unique platform where current state of the art clinical practice and dental education will be presented. In the past 2 decades, the practice of dentistry has been in a state of advancement; plus using technology to enhance the delivery of care to patients. Better and total patient care begins here. Dental education has also undergone a major paradigm shift with teachers assuming the role of facilitators, encouraging independent learning rather than being information providers. The curriculum framework has been focussing on outcome based learning and using assessments to drive learning.

World renowned speakers have been invited to share their knowledge and the topics presented will cover various disciplines of dental practice eg. managing hypodontia in young patients, the significance of vertical dimension of occlusion, improving outcomes of endodontic treatment and interceptive orthodontics.

Topics for dental education include innovative curriculum design, technology enhanced learning, assessment programme and faculty development.


  • To enhance knowledge and clinical skills of dental practitioners
  • To promote various aspects of dental education – innovations in dental education, evaluation of competencies, assessment, and technology enhanced learning.

Who should attend?

  • Dental specialists
  • Dental practitioners
  • Dental educators
  • Postgraduate dental students
  • Undergraduate dental students

Keynote Speakers

Richard Ibbetson

Prof Richard Ibbetson

Prosthodontist; Dean, School of Dentistry, Aberdeen University


Kathy Harley

Prof Kathy Harley

Paediatric Dentist; Former Dean, The Royal College of Surgeons, England


Professor StJohn Crean

Prof StJohn Crean

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon; Executive Dean, Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire


Professor Toh Chooi Gait

Prof Toh Chooi Gait

Restorative Dentist; Pro-Vice Chancellor, International Medical University


Matthew Wong

Dr Matthew Wong

Private Practitioner; DP Dental, Singapore


Seow Liang Lin

Prof Seow Liang Lin

Prosthodontist; Associate Dean, International Medical University


Other Speakers

Shahid Hassan

Prof Shahid Hassan

Vishna Devi Nadarajah

Prof Vishna Devi Nadarajah

Hanan Omar

A/Prof Hanan Omar

Associate Professor Dr Muneer Gohar Babar

A/Prof Dr Muneer Gohar Babar

Christopher Vincent

A/Prof Christopher Vincent

Shekhar Bhatia

Dr Shekhar Bhatia

Sneha Ravindranath

Dr Sneha Ravindranath

Dr. Malcolm Edwards

Dr Malcolm Edwards

Abhishek Parolia

Dr Abhishek Parolia

Dr James Tsoi

Dr James Tsoi

Dr Neoh Leong Seng

Dr Neoh Leong Seng

Dr Pravinkumar Patil

Dr Pravinkumar Patil

Dr. Rohit Pandurangappa

Dr Rohit Pandurangappa

Jac Lam

Dr Lam Jac Meng

Hasnain Zafar

Hasnain Zafar


Abstract Submission

How to submit your abstract?

  • Please register in order to proceed to submit abstract (payment is not required at present). Click HERE to register.
  • Read through the abstract submission guidelines. Click HERE to view the guidelines.
  • Go under MY COURSES and upload your abstract. Alternatively, if you are having problem in submitting, you may email your abstract to the emails below:
    – Associate Professor Dr. Hanan Omar:  [email protected]
    – Prof. Dr. Seow Liang Lin:  [email protected]

There shall be prizes for poster presentation winners!


 Registration Fee   (All fees inclusive GST 6%)

Type Fees
Early Bird
* Limited to first 50 pax only
Main Conference RM350 RM400
 Half Day Full Day
Post-Conference Workshops

(W1) Endodontics in 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges in Clinical Practice

- RM700

(W2) The Management of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Clinic

- RM400

(W3) Incorporating Fiber Reinforcements in Clinical Practice

RM350 -

(W4) Locating Locators® : Improving Retention of Denture with Implant-Attachments (with LIVE patient demonstration)

RM300 -

Conference Programme

Main Conference: 23-24 September 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

Post-Conference Workshops: 25 September 2017 (Monday)

Track 1: Post-conference workshops
Track 2: Clinical Dentistry
Track 3: Dental Education
Track 4: General sessions
Day 1: Saturday 23/09/2017
9:00am – 9:30am Opening ceremony
Principal Director of Oral Health – Datuk Dr Noor Aliyah bt Ismail
9:30am – 10:30am Keynote lecture
Prof Dr Toh Chooi Gait – Dentistry for 21st Century [View Synopsis]
10:30am – 11:00am TEA BREAK (sponsored by Q & M Dental Group)
Clinical DentistryAUDITORIUM Dental educationICE TRAINING ROOM
11:00am – 12:00pm Dr Sneha Ravindranath
Interceptive orthodontics – the scope of the general dental practitioners [View Synopsis]
Prof Vishna Devi
Faculty Development Programmes: Trends, Innovations, Practicalities and Sustainability (TIPS) [View Synopsis]
12:00pm – 1:00pm LUNCH BREAK
1:00pm – 2:15pm Prof Dr Richard Ibbetson
The vertical dimension of occlusion – some reflections on its significance. [View Synopsis]
Prof Dr Shahid Hassan
Assessment of professionalism in dental education [View Synopsis]
2:15pm – 3:30pm Prof Dr StJohn Crean
The role of oral bacteria in neurodegenerative disease [View Synopsis]
Prof. Dr. Toh Chooi Gait
Assessing clinical competence – Part 1 [View Synopsis]
3:30pm – 4:00pm TEA BREAK
4:00pm – 5:15pm Prof Dr Kathy Harley
Hypodontia – Restorative management in the young patient [View Synopsis]
Prof. Dr. Toh Chooi Gait
Assessing clinical competence – Part 2 [View Synopsis]

Day 2: Sunday 24/09/2017
9:00am – 9:45am Dr Shekhar Bhatia
Predictable Endodontics-Clinical perspective [View Synopsis]
Prof. Dr. Seow Liang Lin /
A/Prof Dr. Hanan Omar
IMU School of Dentistry Innovations and Experience [View Synopsis]
9:45am – 10:30am A/P Dr Christopher Vincent
Understanding Acute Oral Pain and Its’ Management [View Synopsis]
10:30am – 11:00am TEA BREAK
11:00am – 12:15pm Dr. Malcolm Edwards
Predictable Prosthodontics: Are your patients happy? [View Synopsis]
A/P James Tsoi
MOOC in dental materials: challenge and opportunity [View Synopsis]
12:15pm – 2:00pm LUNCH
2:00pm – 3:00pm Dr Neoh Leong Seng
Multi-disciplinary approach towards achieving aesthetics [View Synopsis]
A/Prof Muneer Gohar Babar
Leading with Empathy in the 21st Century [View Synopsis]
3:00pm – 4:00pm Dr Matthew Wong
New Possibilities with Fibre-Reinforced Composites – Anterior Bonded Bridges [View Synopsis]
Mr. Hasnain Zafar
Technology enhanced learning [View Synopsis]
4:00pm – 4:15pm Closing ceremony
Prof Allan Pau
4:15pm – 4:30pm TEA BREAK

Day 3: Post-Conference Workshop
Monday 25/09/2017
Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4
Venue Dental skills Laboratory (DSL) Clinical skills and Simulation centre (CSSC) Dental technology laboratory (DTL) Oral Health Centre
Time Full Day
9:00am – 4:30pm
Full Day
9:00am – 4:30pm
Half Day
9:00am – 12:00pm
Half Day
9:00am – 12:00pm
Facilitator/s Dr Abhishek Parolia
Dr Lam Jac Meng
A/P Christopher Vincent
Prof Dr StJohn Crean
Dr Matthew Wong Dr Pravinkumar Patil Kumar
Prof Dr Seow Liang Lin
Dr Rohit Pandurangappa
Endodontics in 21st century: meeting the challenges in clinical practice [View Synopsis] The Management of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Clinic [View Synopsis] Incorporating Fiber Reinforcements in Clinical Practice [View Synopsis] Locating Locators® : Improving Retention of Denture with Implant-Attachments (with LIVE patient demonstration) [View Synopsis]

Predictable prosthodontics, are your patients happy?
A factor essential to achieving successful treatment outcomes is meeting patient expectations, both aesthetic and functional. To achieve this it is important to assess and when necessary manage the level of expectation, and to try to determine the aesthetic and functional outcomes before starting irreversible treatment. This lecture will look at this important area in the context of modern, aesthetic treatments and suggest a strategy for assessing and managing patient expectations.

Locating Locators®- Live patient-demonstration for implant overdenture attachments
Implant-retained overdentures significantly improves a quality of life for edentulous patients compared with conventional complete dentures. McGill’s consensus states that two-implant retained mandibular overdentures is a gold standard treatment for an edentulous mandible. Varieties of overdenture attachments are being used in clinical practice worldwide, however the Locators® are one of the most widely used and studied attachments. This preconference course will highlight all minute clinical and technical aspects of the Locator® attachments.

The course includes a series of lecture, model-demonstration and a live patient-demonstration. Participants will be able to gain the current scientific knowledge on Locators® and other attachments, practical tips on converting the conventional dentures to implant overdentuers and clinical holistic approach of geriatric patient management.

Understanding Acute Oral Pain and its Management
Oral conditions and the treatment of these conditions can be associated with acute pain. The patient however does not have to feel this pain when or after he sees the dentist. Pain can be prevented or managed effectively and not inflicted on the patient if the dentist understands the pathophysiology of acute oral pain.

This lecture gives you an insight into pain physiology including the current neuromatrix theory of pain and explains how the understanding of this basic science can help you manage acute oral pain better. The appropriate use of analgesics and local anaesthesia in the control of pain will also be discussed.

Dr Lam Jac Meng
BDS (Singapore), MSc Endodontics (London), AM (Malaysia)Dr Lam is an alumnus of the National University of Singapore and of the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London. He was a Clinical Lecturer in Endodontics at the Eastman Dental Institute, where he gained valuable experience in the inter-disciplinary management of dental problems.Dr Lam returned to Malaysia in 2000 and joined the private sector, restricting his practice to endodontics. Over the years, he has balanced work with part-time teaching commitments at the Dental Faculties of Universiti Malaya (UM) and University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and at the Dental School of International Medical University (IMU) where he was an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor. He was President of the Malaysian Endodontic Society from 2004 to 2009. He also makes time to serve on various other dental subcommittees.

Dr Abhishek Parolia
BDS, MDS (Manipal University, India)Dr Abhishek Parolia has served as an assistant professor and reader in Manipal University and currently working as a senior lecturer in International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur. He graduated from Manipal University and perused his masters in the field of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics at the same university. He was awarded a gold medal in Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics. He has been very active in practicing Endodontics for more than 10 years and has a vast experience of rotary endodontics and retreatment cases. He has been training young dentists for almost ten years. He is also actively involved in research and received Research Incentive Award in 2010 and 2011 from Manipal University and Marquis Award (USA) in 2011. He received an award for his significant contribution as a newcomer in the School of Dentistry, International Medical University, Malaysia in 2011.He was also awarded for his Invaluable contribution in leading ICDAS initiative from the school of Dentistry, International Medical University in 2014, E-learning Innovation Award (Team category) in 2016. He was awarded the Best faculty presentation in International Association of Dental Research held in San Francisco, USA, 2017.He is a member of ICDAS National Benchmark Group, Malaysia. He has published many scientific papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals and authored chapters “Diagnosis in Endodontics” in the book entitled Essentials of Endodontics, published in 2012 by Quintessence India and “Propolis and its implications in oral health” in the book entitled Beneficial Effects of Propolis on Human Health and Chronic Diseases. Volume 2, Published in 2012 by Nova Publications USA. He is a reviewer of Archives of Oral Biology, BMC Oral Health, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Dental Education, European Journal of Dentistry, Malaysian Dental Journal, International Journal of Dental Hygiene and a member of editorial board of Journal of Conservative Dentistry.He is a member of FODI, Malaysian Dental Association, International Association of Dental Research and International Cariology group. He has conducted workshops and lectured locally and internationally at many countries namely India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Dubai, Brazil, Australia and Canada.

A/Prof Christopher Vincent

Associate Professor Dr Christopher Vincent is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and is currently the Associate Dean of Oral Health at the School of Dentistry, International Medical University. He recently retired from the Ministry of Health Malaysia after 33 years of service.

Dr Christopher obtained his Masters and Fellowship qualifications in the United Kingdom and his Masters’ thesis was on pre-emptive analgesia.

Throughout his career as an OMFS Surgeon, Dr Christopher regularly organised courses and has given lectures on various topics including the Management of Medical and Dental Emergencies, on Basic Surgical Skills including Suturing and Wound Management, on Infection Control and on Pain Control and Antibiotic use in Dentistry. He also organizes a preparatory course for the MFDS part 2 examination.

Prof Richard Ibbetson


Director of Dentistry, University of Aberdeen

Richard Ibbetson graduated from Guys Hospital in 1974 and took the MSc in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute in 1979. He was a member of staff at the Eastman until 1999 when he was appointed Director of the new Postgraduate Dental Institute at the University of Edinburgh. He returned to London in 2011 and spent three years at Queen Mary, University of London. In 2015, he was appointed to his current post of Director of Dentistry at the University of Aberdeen. He is a past-Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. For the majority of his career, his major interest has been in the teaching and practice of Fixed Prosthodontics.


The long and the short of endodontics in private practice
Have you ever wondering if what you learned about endodontics in dental school could be applied in the real world of daily dental practice? Would patients really pay full fees to have root canal treatment done? What instruments and materials should be used? Will patients accept the use of a rubber dam? Will root-treated teeth turn black and won’t they crack?

Strategies to achieve a glide path and predictable disinfection in endodontics
Disinfection of the root canal plays a very crucial role in achieving a successful endodontic outcome. Endodontic disease is a biofilm-mediated infection, therefore, it is essential to understand the importance of correct access, glide path and basis for new approaches of root canal disinfection. This presentation will give some clinical tips on how to achieve a conservative access, create a glide path and highlight the role of biofilm, challenges, latest techniques, concepts in the disinfection of root canal system and provide strategies necessary to achieve predictably successful endodontic outcome.

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Aim: To provide an update in the management of children with missing or malformed teeth.


  • To discuss suitable conservative techniques for young patients.
  • To emphasize the role of adhesive restorations in managing this age group.
  • To discuss the role of maintenance.

Topic: Predictable Endodontics-Clinical perspective

The classic “Endodontic Triad” is founded on the 3 support principles of shaping, cleaning and packing. The quest of excellence in endodontics can be compromised by technical limitation and biologic demands of the tooth treated. Dentists doing endodontics should know how to focus on the outcome they want, how to measure the milestones along the way, and what to do differently if they are not getting the desired result. This lecture will focus in thought process and guide for dentists to follow during endodontics and the exact steps needed to perform predictable endodontics. With a sound knowledge, proper planning and when performed the dentist can truly be in control.

Title: New Possibilities with Fibre-Reinforced Composites – Anterior Bonded Bridges

Modern Dentistry has spoilt us with new materials and techniques that allow us to deliver predictable dental work in the most conservative manner. With the maturing trend of dental adhesion and bonded restorations, we no longer have to sacrifice tooth structure as much as we used to in order to restore dental aesthetics and function.

With the advent of Fibre Reinforced Composite materials, new possibilities for durable, cost effective restorative solutions are opened up, requiring less chairside time in the most minimally-invasive approach, with flexible applications in Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Endodontics.

In this lecture, our focus will be on solutions for missing teeth in the Anterior region.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the different types of Fibre-reinforced materials currently available, modern advances and it’s various applications
  • Understanding how the Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPN) can enhance the properties of Fibre-reinforced RPD
  • Learn how to fabricate a Direct Fixed Resin-Bonded Bridge using the EverStick C&B system
  • Understand case selection criteria and indications, further elaborated using with case studies and systematic reviews

Participants will:

  • Follow detailed step-by-step guide on how to predictably fabricate a Anterior Direct Fixed Resin-Bonded Bridge using the everStick C&B system
  • Understand criteria on Composite material and shade selection
  • Learn Tips on Shaping, Finishing and Polishing Anterior Composite Restorations


  • To enable participants prepare for the management of medical emergencies in the dental clinic by knowing what to do when a patient collapse in the clinic
  • being able to recognise and manage common medical emergencies in the clinic
  • being able to identify and use the contents of the emergency trolley
  • acquiring skills in the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • acquiring skills in setting intravenous lines and administering fluids and parenteral drugs
  • learning some practical aspects of basic life support

Programme agenda:

This will be a blended workshop with lectures and practical session

The morning session of workshop will comprise of the following lectures

  • Preparing your clinic for a medical emergency including the emergency trolley
  • Recognizing and the immediate management of common medical emergencies such as vasovagal syncope, acute hyperventilation syndrome, hypoglycaemia, asthmatic attack, angina & myocardial infarction, epilepsy and severe allergic reactions.

The afternoon session of the workshop will be a practical session which provides hands on experience in the following stations

  • Identifying the contents of the emergency trolley and using the equipment (O2 cylinder and the nebulizer)
  • Setting intravenous lines and administering IV fluids and parenteral drugs
  • Airway management
  • Practical aspects of basic life support
  • Use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Dr Matthew Wong

Dr Matthew Wong obtained his BDS from the University of London in 2009 and continued working in private practice in the United Kingdom since. During that time, he’s developed his interest in Restorative Dentistry with emphasis on Occlusion and Aesthetics. He subsequently obtained his MJDF Post-Graduate Diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons UK, after which he pursued his new passion in dental education. He was invited to become a tutor and lecturer for the Diploma program of Dental Nursing (UK) and was eventually appointed to become a mentor for newly-graduated dentists in the region.

Dr Wong carried his passion along with him when he moved to Singapore in 2014 where he joined DP Dental to work in Private Practice. His work is heavily influenced by dental restorative masters around the world, and actively contributes online to international dental networks like the Style Italiano group and the Dental ED group. He is currently an international speaker and regularly conducts workshops and lectures on Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry.

His main focus is currently on Functional Aesthetics, which puts emphasis on the functional longevity of aesthetic direct and indirect restorations through an understanding of Dental Adhesives and Occlusion, as well as the functional implications it has on the rest of the body.

Dr Shekhar Bhatia

B.D.S (MANIPAL), M.D.S (Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics)

Dr Shekhar Bhatia has specialized in Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics and is presently working in International Medical University in Division of Clinical Dentistry. He pursued his B.D.S from Manipal University (2001-2006) and M.D.S from J.S.S Dental College, Mysore (2007-2010) with past experience as Senior lecturer in TMDCRC, India and Course Co-coordinator of Department of Conservative dentistry and Endodontics in MAHSA University, Malaysia.

He was appointed for the rank of Captain in Indian Army and was awarded Best Academic Lecturer Award in 2014 and 2015 in Faculty appreciation week in International Medical University from School of Dentistry and was awarded prestigious Teaching Excellence Award and John Simpson trophy in University day 2016.

He is a member of various National and International Dental Associations and has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals and always keep track with latest research journals. He has considerable experience in branch of Conservative dentistry and Endodontics with more than thousands of Endodontic and esthetics treatment done. He has special interest in Rotary Endodontics, Disinfection in endodontics, Single visit endodontics and different kind of Esthetic restorations. He believes in lifelong learning and strives for excellence in whatever he does.

Industrial Revolution 4 is here and it is unavoidable to adopt smart and intelligent technology. We need to design our learning experiences to reduce the generation Z (Alpha) gap and How to engage them with the help of smart and artificial intelligent technology? According to Diffusion of Innovations theory and Gartner’s Hype Cycle the choice is on us to adopt technology as Innovators, early adopter, early majority adopter, late majority adapter, or laggards.The use of technology to enhance the student learning experience is a vibrant area of interest across all tiers of global education. The new web based digital technologies (Web 2.0) can provide tools and let Learning designers to create online digital spaces that engage learners actively in the discovery of new skills and ideas, using continuous practice and targeted feedback. This talk will focus on the tools to engage learners and to design interactive learning experiences using technology-enhanced learning tools.

Hasnain Zafar is working as e-Learning Manager at International Medical University (IMU). He has more than fifteen years’ hands-on experience implementing e-learning in higher education.In 2013, he was ranked No.6 in the World and No.3 in Malaysia on the ‘Top e-Learning Movers & Shakers’ poll based on votes from1800+ learning professionals/educators around the world.Mr Zafar has a passion for new technologies, social collaboration strategies and the impact they have on Mobile Collaborative learning. He has done research in several key e-learning areas, including mobile collaborative learning, hospital information system, student information system, social media, web 2.0, educational gaming, role-play simulation, virtual classrooms, learning (content) management systems, engagement tools, e-learning standards, instructional design and courseware development.Published several book chapters in the area of eLearning and articles in the area of designing Mobile Collaborative Informal learning. Worked on several research projects in the field of e-learning

Assessment of Professionalism: Implementation and Challenges
The medical code of ethics referring to professionalism dates back to the Hippocratic oath. Two concepts about professionalism are defined. One is in term of character traits and other is in term of observable behaviour. Professionalism sought as observable behaviour is not only a challenge for assessment but also for its implementation in teaching of medical education. Professionalism with its complex relationship of external observable attribute (professional behaviour) and internal values and attitudes (professionalism) in clinical practice is yet another challenge. Taking the concept of professionalism as an entity of personal attribute inferring to a fixed character trait, behavioural can be interpreted in the assessment. The context however, is indeed important to determine the relationship of professional behaviour and professionalism. In the presence of significant external constraints the relationship between attitudes and behaviour may not be fixed and stable and show variations over time and contexts. The assessment of professionalism as a measure of behaviour is subject to perception-management ability of person assessing the students.In this context students’ actual behaviour observed on day-to- day basis in the workplace becomes important to gauge their professionalism. The current issue of professionalism in the undergraduate medical training is not about the awareness of professionalism in doctor-patient relationship but is about addressing its practice and proper assessment for its attributes displayed with perfect communication skills. The evidences suggest that the current practice of assessment using qualitative approach fail to discriminate the quality of students’ professionalism. Therefore, an innovative design to assess professional behaviour using a quantitative assessment tool based on a new concept of scoring rubric from multisource feedback based on 360-degree feedback model with dichotomous rubric scale. The current presentation will discuss the challenges and implementation of quantitative assessment derived from 360-degree concepts of workplace-based assessment in undergraduate training of medical and allied health professions education in Malaysia.

Prof Dr Shahid Hassan MHPE (Maastricht University)

Prof Dr Shahid Hassan is currently working in IMU Center of Education in International Medical University at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has also worked as Advisor Sindh Social Security Institution, Pakistan in 1998. He joined University Science Malaysia (USM) in 1998 as lecture in ENT which he later served as Head of Department from 2002-2004. He completed MHPE from Maastricht University Netherlands in 2007 and joined Medical Education Department in 2008 in USM. In 2012, he was appointed as Head of Medical Education Unit in University Putra Malaysia. 2014-2016 he worked as Head of Medical Education Unit in Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin. Prof Shahid has been appointed as Chairperson of various committees related to curriculum development and assessment and CPC/CPD in four distinguishing universities in Malaysia.

Prof Shahid has been a keen researcher both in clinical and social sciences including Fundamental Researc Grant on professionalism. He has won 35 Awards in research at national and international levels. These include, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Gold Medal for an Innovative Quick Diagnostic Kit (EBV Amp Kit) 2004, ITEX (International Invention Technology Exposition) Award 2005, Salon International Invention Geneva Award 2005, Excellent Scientist Award 2005 and USM Hall of Fame Award 2006 besides number of best paper presentation awards during 2002 to 2014. He has supervised 15 Master Desertations and 2 PhD Theses. Shahid Hassan has published 113 research papers and two books, including “ Achieving Excellence in Clinical Education” available at Amazon.

Professor Shahid Hassan has been the Past Associate Editor of PJORL, and Member Editorial Board of a number of national and international journals. He has been the Vice President Pakistan Society of ORL and Head and Neck Surgery and Vice President of Malaysian Association of Education in Medicine and Healthe Sciences (MAEMHS). Currently he is EXCO member of MAEMHS.

Interceptive Orthodontics – the scope of the general dental practitionerOrthodontic treatment is often initiated to correct an established malocclusion in the permanent dentition. However, the developing occlusion can and should be monitored to minimize and avoid complex orthodontic treatment with appropriately timed interception.This talk will discuss the practice of interceptive management of the developing dentition in line with available evidence for the general dental practitioner. Clinical assessment to recognize problems in the developing dentition and their effective management through interception will be explained.

Dr Sneha RavindranathBDS, MDS, FRACDS, M Orth RCS EdinDr Sneha Ravindranath is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Children Dentistry and Orthodontics at the School Of Dentistry, International Medical University. She is currently the Head of the Oral Health Centre at IMU. She received the Dr J.A.S. Masilamani B.D.S. Medicine Prize in 2003 and the Certificate of Merit for Best Performance in Orthodontics as well as in Oral surgery. She completed her Masters in the field of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 2008. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Besides student training, Dr Sneha is involved in clinical practice in the specialty of Orthodontics for over 9 years.

Oral health is vital in maintaining good general health and quality of life. The dental profession like other health care professions, aims to improve patient health, increase efficiency in the health care system, and ultimately enhance society as a whole. The goal is to assist patients to retain their natural teeth throughout their lives as an essential component for enhancing their general health. The 21st Century is exciting with development of new technologies, materials and techniques to enhance the replacement of tooth structure and teeth for an aesthetic outcome with opportunities to transform smiles and appearance.Scientists who are working on harvesting stem cells that grow new teeth and bone for replacement of lost teeth and bone will probably arrive at a clinically plausible solution within this century. As a result of these advances in knowledge and understanding, science, materials and human behaviour, the profession is equipped with more effective and efficient approaches to solving clinical problems. However associated with these advances is a concomitant increase in the cost of services resulting in dentists who offer such services having their clinics in thriving metropolitan cities where wealthy members of society live and can afford to pay for such services.

This leaves challenges faced by many countries whereby many millions in socety who are poor, diabled or aged facing difficulty in accessing oral health care. This presentation reviews the challenges and some approaches that are used to resolve equity of oral care and shares the approach taken by the IMU School of Dentistry in preparing graduates to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and contribute effectively to the oral care of the population.

Professor Dr Toh Chooi GaitProfessor Dr Toh Chooi Gait is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Development) and Founding Dean of Dentistry and Professor of Restorative Dentistry at the International Medical University. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience having formerly worked in the University of Malaya.

She is an active member of many local and international dental organizations and had held key positions in the Councils of many of these organizations including President of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) South East Asian Division (1997-99), Founding President of Malaysian Section of IADR (SEA Division) (2000-2002), President of the South East Asian Association for Dental Education (2000-2002), Founding Council Member of the Malaysian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (2004-2008). She was nominated to serve as member of the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Dental Educators (IFDEA) in 2007-2009. She was awarded honorary membership to the Malaysian Section of IADR in 2010 and a life member of the Malaysian Dental Association.

Currently she is Chairman of the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC) Protem Examination Committee for the Professional Qualifying Examination and MQA Joint Technical Committee for Evaluation of Dental Specialisation Programmes. Internationally she is the Chair of the Peer Review & Consultation Programme of the South East Association for Dental Education.

She is a member of the editorial boards of Operative Dentistry, the European Journal for Dental Education, Quintessence Asia Pacific Edition Journal, Journal of Interdisciplinary Dentistry and had served as a reviewer for other local journals. She has contributed articles to various peer-reviewed journals as author or co-author and has been invited to speak and conduct workshops at numerous professional and scientific meetings locally and internationally. Her special clinical interests are in implant dentistry, aesthetic restoration of the dentition using direct and indirect tooth-coloured restorations and tooth whitening.

Vishna Devi V Nadarajah
Vishna Devi V Nadarajah is currently, Professor and Dean of Learning and Teaching at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of Malaya (1994) and obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge (2000). She is also a graduate of the Masters in Health Professionals Education from Maastricht University (2014).She has over 20 years of teaching experience in the medical, dentistry and pharmacy education.  She has published and presented research papers in both biomedical sciences and medical education, supervises research students and reviews for indexed and international journals. She is a current member of the international editorial board of the journal Medical Education and . She was awarded the Malaysian Womens Weekly (2012), Great Women of Our Time award for her contribution in Science and Technology in Malaysia.

Her areas of research in health professionals education is in Faculty development, Assessment and Innovative Teaching Learning methods. Vishna has shared her experience and expertise in health professions education via invitations to speak at international conferences, conducting faculty development workshops and collaborative research, appreciating that she has also learnt very much with and from other educators.

Effective faculty development programmes (FDP) are needed to ensure effective teaching-learning sessions. Similarly the validity of assessments depends on faculty expertise with the design, process and standards of assessments. Literature suggests improvements for teaching-learning and assessments are needed in relation to faculty’s ability to stimulate critical thinking, give constructive feedback, promote self-directed learning and assessing both cognitive and non-cognitive attributes.There is increasing evidence that faculty teaching-learning and assessment skills can be improved through FDP that are based on adult learning theoretical frameworks. This paper discusses and evaluates the current trends, innovations, practicalities and sustainability of FDP for health professions with focus on dental education. The paper will also share the IMU experience and success of FDP with inter-professional and disciplinary faculty as participants.

Smile is a curve that sets everything straight.Apart from relieving pain and enabling patients to chew better, perhaps the greatest gift that we as a dentist can provide our patients is a smile that they can show off confidently.

However, to provide a beautiful, functional and hopefully long lasting smile as minimally invasive as possible often requires a multi-disciplinary approach.

In the lecture, Dr. Neoh will share how he transforms smiles and show how you can do it too using digital smile design, orthodontics, periodontics, restorative dentistry etc.

Tips and tricks to make the job more efficient and enjoyable will be thrown along the way.

Dr. Neoh Leong Seng
Dr. Neoh Leong Seng received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Malaya in 1992. He went into private service after that and set up his own general dental practice in 1994. He constantly pursues continue dental education, local and abroad, with special interest in aesthetic dentistry.He is the first DSD certified practitioner in Malaysia and the first few in the region. For the past few years, he actively engages in organising and coordinating continue dental education activities. He is a firm believer of freedom of practice in all fields of dentistry as long as you put your heart and soul into it.

He underwent training and started incorporating orthodontics into his practice in 2000 and orthodontics have since become an important aspect of his practice. He attended numerous implant courses including University of Southern California’s Taiwan Implant Program and obtained the USC Taiwan Implant Master certification in 2016.

The Vertical Dimension of Occlusion – Some reflections on its significance
An appropriate vertical dimension of occlusion has importance in facial aesthetics whilst changes in it have been associated with pain, discomfort and disorders of speech.Traditional teaching has been that the vertical dimension of occlusion should not be changed: many older textbooks on the subject of occlusion contain warnings of adverse consequences if such changes are made. However, improved knowledge and understanding have led to significant revisions to this long-held principle. This presentation will review the changes in current thinking and how these have been of benefit in the treatment of our patients.

Periodontal disease (PD) and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are inflammatory conditions affecting the global adult population.In the pathogenesis of PD, subgingival complex bacterial biofilm induces inflammation that leads to connective tissue degradation and alveolar bone resorption around the teeth. In health, junctional epithelium seals the gingiva to the tooth enamel, thus preventing bacteria from entering the gingivae. Chronic PD involves major pathogens (Porphyromonas gingivalis, Treponema denticola, and Tannerella forsythia) which have an immune armoury that can circumvent host’s immune surveillance to create and maintain an inflammatory mediator rich and toxic environment to grow and survive. The neurodegenerative condition, AD, is characterised by poor memory and specific hallmark proteins; periodontal pathogens are increasingly being linked with this dementing condition.

It is therefore becoming important to understand associations of periodontitis with relevance to late-onset AD. The aim of this review is to discuss the relevance of finding the keystone periodontal pathogen P. gingivalis in AD brains and its plausible contribution to the aetiological hypothesis of this neurodegenerative condition

Professor StJohn Crean
Executive Dean
Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences at University of Central Lancashire(UCLAN)Prof. Dr. Crean is currently the Executive Dean of Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) following previous posts of Director of Dental Research and Knowledge Transfer from October 2009, Dean of the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education in Jan 2010. As well as Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dentistry, StJohn is also responsible for the school of Medicine whose MB BS Programme commenced in September 2015 and the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, for whom the MPharm program gained re-accreditation in 2016.

Honorary Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Blackpool Victoria Hospitals Trust and at University of Morecambe Bay Hospitals Foundation Trust, subsequent to previous 2year post of Associate Director of Undergraduate Dental Studies and Year 3 Lead at Peninsula Dental School.
Currently the Robert Bradlaw advisor in the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Editor in Chief of the Faculty Dental Journal (FDJ).

President Elect of the Northwest Branch of the British Dental Association but remains Chairman of the Fylde Section

StJohn holds numerous examiner-ships at home and abroad advising on the establishment of many dental undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has research interests in safely managing medicalised patients in dentistry and exploring the role of oral bacteria in systemic disease with a focus on neurodegenerative disease.

Associate Professor Dr Muneer Gohar Babar
Associate Professor Dr Muneer Gohar Babar is the Programme Director and Acting Head of Division Children & Community Oral Health in the School of Dentistry at International Medical University [IMU].He joined IMU in 2008 as a senior lecturer. Dr Muneer practiced dentistry for nearly 20 years and has been involved in education and research since early 1998. Before taking the position at the IMU, he was Assistant Professor and Head of Department of Community & Preventive Dentistry at Sardar Begum Dental College, Gandhara University (Pakistan).

He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in impact factor journals. He is also the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of International eJournal of Science, Medicine and Education (IeJSME) published by IMU. His fields of interests in health professions education are empathy and students stress.

“Like many pieces of advice, the age-old adages to “put yourself in someone else’s shoes” or “see the world from someone else’s perspective” can sound painfully naïve. Can we truly understand what other people are thinking or feeling—and if so, how? Those are the questions I will try to answer in lecture on “Leading with empathy in 21st century”.

Dr Malcolm Edwards
BDS, MScD, FDSRCSEng, MFGDP(UK), DRDRCSEdin, MRDRCSEdin, FDSRCSEdin, FHEA.Malcolm Edwards graduated in 1981 from the Welsh National School of Medicine having been Student President and winner of the Dental School Alumni Prize. He has taught in Dental Schools and Hospitals in the UK and in the Middle East, and has also worked in specialist practice in the UK. He is now the Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Director of the UCLan Dental Clinic and an Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry.

Workshop: Assessing Clinical Competence
A competency-based curriculum identifies what is essential for professional practice, and then provides a sequence of defined learning experiences and appropriate assessment so that the student may graduate qualified to carry out unsupervised practice. The term assessment has been used to refer to the systematic determination of student/learner achievement and performance. Assessment is therefore distinct from evaluation of a student for the purpose of certification, yet one process certainly informs the other and the principle of triangulation uses data from multiple sources to determine the student’s readiness for practice.This workshop will review the various tools that can be used to assess clinical competence such as OSCE, Mini-CEX, DOPS (SCOTs), ADEPT, 3600, Cae based discussion, work based observations and portfolios and their application in assessing various clinical skills.

James K.H. Tsoi
Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong
Email: [email protected]

  • 2007-2008 R&D Manager and Production Manager (DoH certified), Quality Pharm Lab Ltd
  • 2008-2012 Consultant, JK Consultants Ltd.
  • 2010-now Non-clinical lecturer (Part-time) and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong
  • Published 40 peer-reviewed papers, 58 conference abstracts, 3 book chapters and co-authored 3 books since July/2012 with H-index of 9 (scopus) and total cites of 211 (scopus total citations) since 2012.
  • Invited 28 times for lectures/keynote speeches since 2012. Successful graduation of 28 MSc(DMS) and 6 PhD students with theses since from 2010. Currently supervising 10 PhD (5 Primary + 5 Co-supervise) students.
  • Involved projects include fibre-reinforced PMMA, amalgambonding, electrical toothbrush effects, Novel primer in dentistry, Zirconia and Titanium Implant polymeric coating optimization and biofilm inhibition, Ceramics bonding, New endodontic files, Biological and chemical phenomena on biomaterials surface, computer-controlled dentistry, e-learning, etc. Contract research: 3 projects now. Research interests: Biomaterials, Dental Materials, Dental Informatics, Digital Dentistry, Pharmaceutics.

MOOCs are open and flexible form of self-directed, online learning designed for mass participation, they share the four key characteristics: Massiveness, Openness, Online and Courses. In general, any individual from anywhere, with access to the Internet are able to join MOOCs for free, which are online classes made up of short lecture videos combined with computer-graded assessment in form of quizzes and accessing online forum for available resources, discussing with other students, interact with lecturer, reflect and share what they have learned with others.There is huge potential to use MOOCs to educate health care practitioners and students; for example, in continuous professional development of health care professionals. Because they can reach massive numbers across the globe, MOOCs can provide an enormous boost in educating the public on health and medicine, especially in the area of raising global public health subjects. In terms of science teaching in medical related subjects, we have to admit the two major aims of science teaching – (1) to provide education producing scientists for careers related to science; (2) to promote that science is an integral aspect of everyday life – are not totally related to medical or dental needs for students, practitioners and public. In light of this, setting the MOOCs in science teaching for dentistry is even more challenging. In this presentation, the design and implementation of the MOOCs in dental materials science teaching at the University of Hong Kong will be discussed. In addition, some of the analytics such as enrollment data and feedback would be analysed, and finally identify various opportunities, issues and challenges.

Dr. Hanan Omar
B.D.S (CAIRO), M.D.S (SCU), PhD ( SCU/ UT)
Associate professor and head of clinical dentistry division- International Medical University

She specializes in fixed prosthodontics and is presently working as an associate professor in International Medical University and heading the Division of Clinical Dentistry. She pursued her B.D.S from Cairo University (EGYP) , M.D.S from Suez Canal University ( EGYPT ) ,and PhD  from Suez Canal University and University of Toronto Canada as a joint program. She is a member of International association of Dental Research, Egyptian dental association, and Malaysian dental association.She has published articles in peer-reviewed journal with a special interest in aesthetic dentistry, dental adhesion and dental education .

Innovation in dental education; The IMU roadmap
Facilitators: Prof. Seow Liang Lin, A/P Hanan OmarThis workshop will be a sharing session of a range of innovations that took place in the school of dentistry, IMU. The participants will be introduced to how to incorporate these innovations into their curricula. The workshop will be divided into two parts; 1. Innovation in teaching and learning and 2. Innovation in assessment.

Who Should attend: Dental educators, academicians

Why Should you attend?

As a participant, you will learn new skills and approaches that you can apply to your own teaching and assessment.

  • You will be introduced to approaches that can dynamically shift the traditional way of learning in the class room.
  • You will be introduced to tools that can engage critical thinking and problem solving skills while enhancing students’ engagement.
  • Upon leaving the workshop, you will have a plan to redesign your class room to be more supportive of student centered learning.
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