Reconnect at Dental Alumni Weekend 2018 

Alumni enjoying last year’s SPS Dental Annual Dinner

It can be hard keeping up-to-date with fellow alumni from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ when you graduate, especially if you don’t live in the same area. However Dental Alumni Weekend 2018, which takes place from Friday 2 – Saturday 3 March, is the perfect opportunity to catch up with your GKT peers.

We catch up below with King’s alumna and Clinical Teacher Dr Susha Rajadurai, who will be speaking at the event, to find out more about her relationship with King’s and what to expect from the Dental Alumni Weekend.

Come and join Dr Rajadurai for two enjoyable days of socialising and professional development, exclusively for alumni and friends of the Dental Institute.

The itinerary includes:

  • The SPS Dental Annual Dinner in the Robens Suite on the 29th floor of Guy’s Hospital Tower, offering stunning views across London.
  • A keynote lecture on Oral Medicine – ‘The Dumping Ground’ by Dr Richard Cook (Dentistry, 1989).
  • An interactive forum: How should the ratification of the Minamata convention of Mercury affect you? chaired by Dean of Education, Professor Mark Woolford.

Find the full itinerary here and book your tickets today.

Dr Susha Rajadurai

Dr Susha Rajadurai (Dentistry, 2002) will be discussing minimum intervention oral healthcare, moving away from the standard ‘drill and fill’, at the Specialist Hygienists’ and Therapists’ Section Meeting as part of Dental Alumni Weekend.

Susha is a King’s alumna, who since graduating has practiced in Melbourne, Australia, taught undergraduate students at King’s, studied a master’s degree in Clinical Education and served as an examiner with the Royal College of Surgeons. She also holds the accolade of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a non-profit organisation committed to world-class teaching in higher education. She balances all this with looking after her two small sons.

Can you tell us about your time at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’?

I joined the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals (UMDS) in 1997 at the tender age of 18 having come straight from A-levels. I felt completely clueless about life but thought I was an independent, empowering woman of the 1990s and I was going to make a huge difference to the world. I was going to carve out a stamp for myself in my first year, I was going fit right in and I was going to do a pretty good job of it. Boy, was I wrong! It was the singularly most terrifying times of my life. I had to learn to live and function on my own and get used to the confinement of a room the size of a shoe box at Wolfson House. My only aide was a brick-like Nokia 1011 mobile phone.

Thankfully, in my second year I moved to a flat in London Bridge with some very good friends and things started looking up. We frequented Guy's bar, Inverse as it was known then, and Piece of Cake on the ground floor of the Tower, which served as a regular hangout.

Turns out, studying in London wasn't the most terrifying few years of my life, but the best. Nothing could have prepared me as well as the teaching I received, the clinical exposure and the many, many friends and colleagues I encountered.

How does is it feel teaching and training at King’s?

Teaching at King’s is like coming home! I remember every detail about it even though it has changed over the years. The staff, some of whom were my teachers are now the most supportive colleagues. The level of support I have received from King’s in my teaching career has been second to none. I was supported in starting my master’s in clinical education, and have been given the freedom and scope by my superiors to build on my strengths.

What will you be speaking about at the Dental Alumni Weekend?

Having taught restorative dentistry to therapists for almost five years, it made sense for me to speak at the Specialist Hygienists’ and Therapists’ Section Meeting as part of Dental Alumni Weekend. I will discuss minimum intervention oral healthcare and the progression away from the bog standard ‘drill and fill’ outlook of traditional dental practice.

At King’s, we are fortunate to run the only master’s level degree offered to therapists, in Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry, originated and directed by Professor Banerjee who has also written a chapter on cariology in the Dental therapist textbook. 

I hope to help fellow alumni understand the importance of prevention and protection whilst also providing information on ways forward.

What do you expect from the rest of the weekend?

It goes without saying that Dental Alumni Weekend is a valuable source of continuing professional development, however it is also a forum for us to get together with friends whom we may have lost touch with over the years. It’s a way also for us to give back to the university that essentially gave us our careers.

Need to book your place on the Dental Alumni Weekend 2018?

There’s still time to register. You can buy a ticket for a single event or the whole weekend.