National Dental Centre Singapore inks MOU with Nanyang Polytechnic to develop digital dentistry talents

The National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS), Singapore’s flagship specialty centre for oral healthcare, has announced the signing of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) today, 22 Apr, with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) in a move to promote digital dentistry in Singapore.

The MOU aims to nurture biomedical engineering students to prepare them for the expanding role that digital technologies will play in the field of dentistry. 

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From left: Dr Poh Kok Kiong, Course Manager, Diploma in Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic; Dr Choo Keng Wah, Deputy Director, School of Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic; Clinical Associate Professor Goh Bee Tin, CEO, National Dental Centre Singapore; and Clinical Associate Professor Chew Ming Tak, Data & Digital Strategy Officer, National Dental Centre Singapore (Image: National Dental Centre Singapore)

Comprising internships as well as learning journeys, the key objective of the MOU is to allow biomedical engineering students to gain insights into the world of CAD/CAM and dentofacial imaging in dentistry, and to help the students have better awareness when making career choices.

Programme participants can expect to gain insights into best practices in the use of digital technologies at NDCS. The first learning journey is planned on 31 May 2024 for between 20-30 biomedical engineering students to visit NDCS where its clinical engineers will share on their work experience in the ‘Digital Dentistry Unit’ and highlight the relevance of biomedical engineering to digital dentistry. An internship placement at NDCS is planned between end 2024 and early 2025.

Programme participants will be exposed to engineering principles and techniques in the field of oral healthcare technology and can consider roles in clinical engineering as career paths. Clinical engineers typically collaborate with other healthcare stakeholders such as dentists, doctors, biomedical engineers, healthcare administrators and equipment manufacturers to support patient care. Their primary role is to ensure the safe, effective and efficient use of medical equipment and technology in clinical settings.

“Digital dentistry is a rapidly growing field that has gained significant traction in recent years. Advancements in technology have greatly expanded its applications and capabilities, leading to its emergence as a distinct field within dentistry. Through this MOU, we hope to train and empower a pipeline of talent that will redefine and elevate the landscape of dental care in Singapore,” said Clinical Associate Professor Goh Bee Tin, CEO of NDCS.

NDCS further shared that digital dentistry is shaping the way oral healthcare is delivered, offering improved surgical precision and more efficient procedures, resulting in better treatment outcomes and experience. Its myriad of innovations continue to evolve rapidly, driving innovation and advancements in dental practices in Singapore and beyond.

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