By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Ipanema based orthodontist, Dr. Gustavo Kreuzig Bastos, last week welcomed the first two of a dozen visiting dental students on research trips from the UK. Yusuf Gadiwalla and Chirag Patel, both final year students from Kings College London, arrived last Thursday.
A research trip abroad is a compulsory part of the dentistry program at Kings College London, one of the UK’s leading dentistry schools. “All undergraduate students are encouraged to take an elective during their final year and partnerships with schools around the world help to facilitate this,” says Professor Stephen Challacombe, Director of External Strategy for the Kings College Dental Institute.
Patel and Gadiwalla chose Rio because of its world class name in cosmetic dentistry and the reputation of Bastos’ exemplary, modern clinic. According to a report by the Financial Times, Brazil’s dentistry ranks among the best in the world, with the skill of its dental practitioners and the size of its rapidly expanding market attracting some of the biggest names in the global dental supplies industry, including Dentsply and Ultradent from the US, and KaVo from Germany.
“It’s an environment that encourages original research,” commented Luiz Abreu, general manager for Brazil and South America at Ultradent.
Gadiwalli and Patel were also impressed by reports from Bastos’s previous visiting students, praising his modern and high-tech clinic, and the diverse program of activities he offers to his students.
Bastos comments, “We cannot forget that [Brazil is] a country of contrasts, so we try to show them very modern clinics as well as very simple and basic environments where less fortunate people are seen.” He also stresses the importance of them making international contacts, saying, “I try to introduce the foreign students to local students, so they have the chance to start professional relations that can flourish in the future.”
Motivated by the opportunity for cultural and professional exchange, Bastos has been hosting international dental students for almost sixteen years. He started whilst he was still a student himself, helping to organize visits and seminars for foreign guests, and he has never looked back.
“I think it’s so nice to have the opportunity to learn from the people who come here. I’m always learning. It’s great to exchange experiences,” he says.
Brazil has almost 200 dental schools throughout the country, with more than 95 of them located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Minas Gerias and Espírito Santos. According to Bastos, it is the country with the most dentists per capita, with Niterói supporting as many as one clinician for every 171 people. As such, the market is very competitive and only the best dentists can afford to keep practicing.
He comments, “We have too many dentists for our people. So much so, that we don’t count the number of patients we have to treat, but the number of teeth!”
Bastos considers his own competitive advantage to be the international outlook of his practice. He speaks German and English fluently, and as a result, his portfolio of clients includes a large number of expats and foreigners. His ultra-modern Ipanema clinic offers the latest advances in dental treatments, in a clean and welcoming environment that could rival some of the most exclusive private clinics around the globe.
Find out more by contacting:
Gustavo Kreuzig Bastos Ortodontia e Estética
Ipanema – Rio de Janeiro
Tel: (21) 2267-8373 / (21) 2513-2385
license number: CRO-RJ 22156
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