Two recent graduates have earned vital financial support and access to world-class teaching to further develop their early dentistry career.
Amy Calvin is the recipient of this year’s Australian Dental Association NSW (ADA NSW) and BOQ Specialist Recent Graduate Bursary, which supports the career growth and development of a young dentist.
Dr Calvin has been awarded $5000 to spend on career development training within ADA NSW’s Centre for Professional Development (CPD), based at the organisation’s cutting-edge facilities at St Leonards on Sydney’s North Shore.
“I am delighted and honoured to receive this year’s bursary,” Dr Calvin, from Orange in the NSW Central West, said. “It will help me increase my skills and knowledge and provide a great boost to my career in dentistry.
“I am consistently working towards being a strong and efficient clinician and my aim is to change community perspectives of dentistry. This award will help me achieve those goals.
“I thank BOQ Specialist and ADA NSW for choosing me for the bursary and would definitely encourage all eligible recent graduates to apply for next year’s award.”
Dr Calvin, who works at Orange Family Dental clinic and graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2017, was selected from several other applicants for this year’s bursary.
For the first time since the bursary’s launch in 2018, a runners-up grant was also available this year. Denise Hsueh, who works at Simply Dental Chatswood in Sydney, has received $2500 towards career development training within the CPD.
“Attending CPD courses has increased my confidence in technical skills, diagnosis and treatment planning ability and communication skills with patients,” Dr Hsueh said.
“My number one goal as a dentist is to provide the best possible care to my patients and this award will help with that.”
ADA NSW president Dr Kathleen Matthews said both recipients should be proud of their achievements.
“Both Amy and Denise hugely impressed us with their commitment and dedication to their chosen careers. They are both dentists with an eye on the future and will be an asset to our profession and their communities as their skills develop. I wish them both every success for the future.”