MDDUS has announced that it is extending free membership for dental students whose studies have been disrupted by Covid-19.
All dental student members will benefit from an additional year’s free membership with the medical and dental defence specialists. Students in their final year and who have applied for Vocational Training membership will have this carried over to 2022.
The decision has been taken in response to confirmation that all dental students in Scotland will be required to repeat a year of studies to gain sufficient clinical experience, following the interruption to studies through the pandemic.
The extension to support comes after other previous steps that MDDUS has taken to assist its healthcare professional members respond to the challenges of Covid-19.
This has included extending free membership and medico-legal support for retired doctors returning to clinical practice to tackle the virus outbreak.
MDDUS also employed its discretionary powers to cut subscription costs at the outset of the pandemic for dental members by as much as 75%, in recognition of their drastically reduced workload.
Dr Chris Godeseth, MDDUS Customer and Development Director, said:
“MDDUS’ decision to extend free membership for our dental student members means that they will be able to gain the clinical experience to allow them to practise confidently and safely, secure in the knowledge that they will be able to depend on access to the support and benefits our free student membership offers.
“This includes advice from our expert dento-legal team, and access to free worldwide elective indemnity.
“Our message to our members is that we are here for them.”