India, Nagpur
University Degli Studi di Genova, Italy and
Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Science (Deemed University), India

Diploma in Laser Dentistry Programme
Annual Report – 2012

The pioneering efforts of Prof. (Dr.) Stefano Benedicenti (Dean, Department of Laser Surgery and Laser Therapy, Univ. Degli Studi di Genova) and Prof. (Dr.) Rajiv M. Borle (Registrar, D.M.I.M.S (D.U)) brought to fruition the Academic Collaboration between the two Universities and thereby the commencement of the Diploma in Laser Dentistry programme at the Sharad Pawar Dental College, a constituent college of the D.M.I. M.S. (D.U), on 17th February 2012. Prof. (Dr.) Alex Mathews Muruppel was appointed as the Academic Director and Representative of the Univ. Degli Studi di Genova, Italy, for the teaching and conduct of this 5 module didactic and clinical training programme in India, for which, the first batch of students consisted of 21 candidates.
The service providers for the programme in terms of equipment and logistics were M/s Lambda Spa, Italy and their representatives in India, M/s Alpha Omega Enterprises, Mumbai headed by Mr. Prashant Doctor and his partner of Kshitij Enterprises, Mumbai, Mr. Neeraj Vaze. Their services and commendable support proved invaluable in the smooth conduct of the programme.  
Each Module consisted of Intensive didactic sessions coupled with elaborate but comprehensive clinical training that concluded with Self-assessment theory tests and an Internal assessment Clinical exam. Prof. (Dr.) Alex Mathews Muruppel was assisted in the lectures by eminent practitioners and notables in the field of Lasers on various topics such as Dr. Deepak Parikh, an Oncosurgeon specializing in Photodynamic therapy, Dr. Kirpa Johar on Erbium Lasers, Dr. Karthik Bhanushali on Lasers in Implantology. Thus this rigorous course culminated in the final exams conducted under the aegis of the University Degli Studi di Genova, Italy. The exams consisting of sections of theory, clinical and case presentations were conducted on November 19th and 20th by Prof. (Dr.) Stefano Benedicenti himself.
Dr. Ankita Vastani and Dr. Priyanka Lal were found to have excelled in all three constituents of the exam and were adjudged the toppers.
The exams were followed by a “Conclave” of Laser Dentists and Researchers sponsored by Doctor Smile which showcased two days of active brainstorming scientific sessions led by Prof. (Dr.) Stefano Benedicenti himself and featured notable speakers from across India and even Mr. Alessandro Boschi of Lambda Spa, Italy.

List of Diploma in Laser Dentistry Graduates 2012

Dr. Ankita Vastani
2.  Dr. Anand Limaye
3.  Dr. Apoorva Verma
4.  Dr. Deepali Sahni
5.  Dr. Gagan Raina
6.  Dr. Jayant Gayaki
7.  Dr. Jeevan Shetty
8.  Dr. Kopal Pagare
9.  Dr. Manoj Chandak
10. Dr. Neha Aggarwal
11. Dr. Neha Tibdewal
12. Dr. Prachi Nagpurkar
Dr. Priyanka Lal
14. Dr. Rahul Mandape
15. Dr. Rajanikanth Malavya
16. Dr. Rohit Uttarwar
17. Dr. Samadnya Jawalekar
18. Dr. Shwetha Nakhate
19. Dr. Sonali Bal
20. Dr. Takeshwari Devangan
21. Dr. Vidya Baliga
22. Dr. Parag Bhoyar
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