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05 July 2018

King's Dentistry wins University of London Gold Medal Viva for the sixth year in a row

The Dental Institute is delighted to announce that Krishantini M Mahendran has won the highly prestigious University of London Gold Medal Viva for Dentistry. King’s College London have now won the medal six years in a row.

The Gold Medal, accompanied by a cheque for £500, is awarded annually to the student who most distinguishes themselves in a special series of oral exams conducted by four external examiners.

Both King's College London Dental Institute and Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL), are invited to nominate the top few students for the competition, which takes place after the final Bachelor of Dental Surgery examinations.

The win caps an extraordinarily successful year for Krishantini who has also been awarded:

  • the S.J Kaye Prize for the student with the highest marks for the Oral Disease elements of the BDS Part 5 examinations
  • the Koray Feran Prize for the best case presentation as part of Clinical Finals from the Thames Team
  • the Newland Pedley Prize for the student with the highest aggregate marks in the BDS Part 5 Examinations
  • the A.M Clover Prize (joint winner) for the student who has best epitomised the Guy’s motto ‘Dare Quam Accipere’ by showing that it is better to give than to receive in their attitude and whole-hearted involvement in all aspects of school life during their student career
  • a certificate of commendation for the Sachedina Prize.

Dental Institute Executive Dean Professor Mike Curtis said:

“The London Gold Medal is the most prestigious undergraduate prize for dentistry in London and one of the top national prizes. The recipient is undoubtedly one of the best dental graduates in the UK and we are extremely proud that a King’s graduate is the winner for the sixth consecutive year. Krishantini has proved herself to be a student of unparalleled achievement and is an extremely worthy winner of this accolade.  I am absolutely certain that she has an exemplary career ahead of her. Very many congratulations”