“Education, Abuse, Neglect and the Oral Care Practitioners” – Caribbean Dental Program Scholarships

Caribbean Dental Program Inc. (CDP) is a non-profit company registered in Barbados armed with the responsibility for hosting Continuing Dental Education for all members of the dental profession. Conventions are normally hosted on an annual basis and organized by Dr. Victor Eastmond, who has been Chairman from inception. The 2011 Convention was already hosted in April-May 2011, while the 2012 Convention involves a joint meeting with the Barbados Dental Association (BDA) and the Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA) with the theme “Education, Abuse, Neglect and the Oral Care Practitioners”. Due to commitments by the CDA, the 2012 annual meeting has been brought forward and will now be hosted in Barbados from 22nd to 25th November 2011.

The successful recipients of the scholarships this year are Ms. Tiffany Branker and Ms. Charlene Estwick. These two young women aged seventeen and twenty-five respectively, were selected based on recommendations by Mr. Jason Francis (President BYDC) and Ms. Liesl Harewood (Member of the BYDC Advisory Committee). The scholarship recipients will be required to submit a short report upon completion of the Convention summarizing their experience and the benefits of this opportunity.

A statement by the late Rt. Excellent Errol Barrow that “our people are our greatest resource” is acknowledged by the directors of CDP and in an effort to assist in the provision of education, CDP is pleased to facilitate scholarships for two members of the Barbados Youth Development Council (BYDC) who have demonstrated an interest in both dentistry and forensics. These scholarships are being provided by the PALOMA CHARITABLE TRUST, whose charter assists youth in the field of education. The two students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in the entire convention and workshops.

The CDP hopes that members of the medical and legal professions, as well as the general public, will take the opportunity to participate in this interactive forum which boasts the inclusion of Jamaican-born Trinidad-based Clinical Psychologist Dr. Peter Weller of the University of the West Indies; Professor Herman Bernitz of South Africa, who is the leading authority on bite marks which are commonly seen in cases of abuse; Barbados’s Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Charles Leacock and Major Paul Colthirst of the US Army who also has Bajan connections. For a full agenda, further information and registration details please visit www.caribbeandentalprogram.com.

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