Without doubt, the most pleasant of Gerard’s Dental Board duties is the annual Dental Dedication and Prize Giving ceremony for newly graduated dentists of the University of Western Australia.
At this ceremony, as well as receiving their academic prizes, the new dentists make a formal pledge to practice honestly, ethically and to the best of their ability for every patient in their care. They are individually congratulated by the Head of the Dental School, currently Professor Camile Farah, and welcomed to the profession by the Chairman of the Dental Board of Australia or his representative, in this case Gerard.
The formal occasion is followed by an informal social event where the new graduate dentists meet and mingle with members of the profession. Their joy at graduating and enthusiasm for their profession is inspirational.
This picture shows Professor Farah and Gerard welcoming new dentist
Dr Emily Samuels – Emily is also a very close friend of Russell’s daughter, Felicity.