Community Service at Nilai, Negeri Sembilan

On Saturday, 22nd January 2017, the Dental Faculty of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia had conducted a community service at Laman Dillenia, Nilai Impian. The community service was participated by a total of 10 dental students, two dentists, as well as 4 staff members of the faculty. This supplementary curricular activity has been organised in order to ameliorate personal development and to come up with a well-rounded education among students. The goal of this programme is to enlighten students in a non-academic curriculum, which is equally crucial in developing a well-balanced personality of a dentist. 

The programme started around 9.00 a.m. The whole crew departed from the university campus in Pandan Indah heading to Nilai Impian at 7.30 a.m. by the faculty bus. The students were assigned with specific tasks accordingly. The clinical students conduct the dental check-up and giving dental consultation to the residents whereas the preclinical students were assigned to handle the registration part and promote the faculty to the public. The main objective was to enlighten the public on the education programmes offered by the Faculty of Dentistry USIM.


Roughly, a number of 60 people and above, who included adults and children went for the dental check-up performed by the clinical students. Each of the participants were given toothpaste for free and a consultation on oral health by the clinical students.


At 1.30 p.m., the service ended. Even though the service was quite tiring and hectic, we were satisfied with the number of people who went for the dental check-up. It can be said that most of the objectives of the programme were achieved as each of the team members had given their best to make the service a success.


The Faculty of Dentistry USIM, in collaboration with the Islamic Dental Association of Malaysia or IDAM had successfully organized the 3rd i-Dent 2016 Seminar from 11th to 14th of August 2016. Consisted of a two-day pre-seminar workshops and two-day seminar, the main target audience were the dental officers.

The workshops had received an overwhelming response. The participants for the seminar however, was a liitle bit under the expectation despite having renowned speakers for the seminar. The seminar managed to attract only 40 participants.

The implant workshop sponsored by Straumann kick started the first day of pre-seminar, with an implant talk in the morning. Later in the afternoon, participants had a hands-on session on the implant. Questions were raised and answered during the hands on.

Live surgery was carried out on the second day of the workshop. Implants and flaps were done on three patients using three different systems. Some participants were lucky enough to get a chance to assist the surgeons. Some participants chose to observe the procedure in the clinics. Others watched the live surgery on the screen provided, while helping themselves to some biscuits and tea.


Another workshop sponsored by Dentsply, was also held on the second day. Participants were given an RM800 worth kit for them to have a feel and practice on the rotary instruments. Both workshops took place in Fakulti Pergigian USIM, Pandan Indah. 

On the 3rd and 4th day, seminars took place at the Rajah Brooke Ballroom, in Nilai Spring Resort, Negeri Sembilan. In line with the theme of the seminar, the lectures started by an inspiring talk from the celebrity surgeon, Dr Firdaus Hariri who brought back the bitter sweet memories and challenges he had to go through to be what he is today. The subsequent lectures get more informative with talk on current practice by the Paeds expert, Dr Nazatul and the updates on the latest high technology surgery planning, by Mr Nazimi. Late in the evening, talks on implant were given by Dr Eshamsul and Dr Tetsuro Shinoda, but from different perspectives. 


We decided to start it light on the second day, with Dr Shamsul Anuar’s talk on the choices of technology available to ease the treatment planning and time. After the morning break, the participants were uplifted by an energizing talk and sajak from the Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Hashim Yaacob. A periodontal lecture was also given by Dr Shahida. Towards the evening, the two famous panelists, Dr Zamri Radzi and Dr Elise, have handled the hot topics of fake braces and medicolegal issues.


Despite of some hiccups during the planning, the seminars overall, ran well. The supports from the sponsors were really a big help. Applause for the directors and the committee to be able to held such an event. 

Kumpulan Inovatif & Kreatif (Melati) won gold at ipta kik convensyen

The Kumpulan Inovatif dan Kreatif (KIK), MELATI, from Faculty of Dentistry USIM has represents University Sains Islam Malaysia to the Konvensyen Kumpulan Inovatif dan Kreatif IPTA on 2 to 4 August 2016 under technical category.  This convention was held at the University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Kuala Terengganu and was organised by the Jawatankuasa Latihan Universiti-Universiti Malaysia (JALUMA) and UMT. There were 28 IPTAs and 5 private agencies competing in this convention where 14 of the IPTAs competed with MELATI under technical category. The MELATI group has presented their first project in KIK which entitle ‘Kualiti Udara Yang Rendah Semasa Proses Pemangkasan Aplian Pergigian’. This project explained about the process of how an innovation product was created to solve the problem. They invented a box called X-Dent Box which acts as the dust collector who collect the dust that were produced during the trimming and polishing process of the dental appliances. Thus, the innovation has reduced the index reading of the indoor air quality in the dental laboratory, USIM up to 73% of reduction. Besides, this product has its own special creation where it is foldable, lightweight, user friendly, cheap and save area of storage as it is foldable. This project has been credited with gold standard of KIK project in this convention during the Opening and Closing Ceremony by Prof Dr Asma Ismail, the Director of High Education Minister.

Besides this achievement, MELATI group has also won two other competitions before that which is silver medal in ITEX 2016 and bronze medal in i-INOVA USIM 2015. These achievements have discovered new hidden talent in innovation among the staffs in the faculty. Furthermore, we hope this environment of innovation can always be improved to bring up the name of Faculty of Dentistry USIM.

Written by,

Siti Jamiyah Binti Makhtar and Dr Nusima Mohamed