Dental Graduate Takes Gold Medal in London Competition



Jessie Tebbut, a 2016 graduate of King’s College London Dental Institute, has won the University of London Gold Medal Viva for Dentistry. Each year, the Dental Institute and Queen Mary, University of London nominate their top students for the competition.

Nominees must distinguish themselves in a special series of oral exams conducted by 4 external examiners that takes place after the final bachelor of dental surgery examinations. The winner receives the Gold Medal as well as a check for £500, or about $650 USD.

“I am really proud to have won this very special award and of all the other prizewinners this year,” Tebbut said. “This is a real testament to not only the quality of teaching and dedication of staff at King’s, but also the drive and enthusiasm of my peers. I hope our achievements will go on to inspire future years to accomplish the same.”

The criteria for the exams include knowledge, clinical context, therapeutic relevance and evidence base, social and community context and relevance, recent advances, and judgment and reasoning.

“This is the most prestigious prize available in the United Kingdom (UK) and really shows the accomplishment of the winner,” said Professor Mark Woolford, dean (education) of the Dental Institute. “The recipient is probably the best graduate in the UK, and we are extremely proud when they are one of ours.”

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