Career

Dental specialty training: Is it for you?

John Perry is a final year orthodontic postgraduate specialist trainee at Cardiff University School of Dentistry. He offers his perspective on whether to specialise or not and shares his experience of specialty training. Should I specialise? You should consider your own personal strengths, interests, and motivations, when making a decision about whether or not to specialise. There are other ways o... »

Walk in the shoes of a foundation dentist

First day on the job Finally – that moment when you have finished your dentistry degree and now you are fully qualified as a foundation dentist (FD), ready to start your career. Recent graduates and FDs can only relate to the rush of adrenaline and excitement, as well as nerves on the first day of your new job as an FD. So my first day started with ‘meet and greet’ amongst the reception team... »

GDPC update: January 2017 meeting

The General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) met for its first full meeting of the year on 27 January. The Committee received a presentation from the Chair of COPDEND, Nicholas Taylor. Members also discussed the professional regulation and the GDC Shifting the Balance consultation, contract reform, issues with Capita and performer lists, an EU-wide phase down on amalgam, parental leave changes and... »

Top tips on dealing with oral cancer from a DCT

So, this my third blog for the BDA, and I hate to bring things down, but…oral cancer: it can be a real problem for both patients, and their dentists. Working as a maxillofacial dental core trainee (DCT), I’ve seen a few cases, so I hope you might find useful some of my top tips on detecting and referring oral cancer cases appropriately. Oral cancer tends to get quite a bit of press, it’s a popular... »

NHS dentistry or private: what’s right for you?

Many young dentists ask me whether they should focus their career on NHS or private practice; what should they aim for? My answer is, it depends. You need to know where your strengths and weaknesses lie, both clinically, as well practically and emotionally. As a young, or indeed old, dentist, career choices are often hard. The path is rarely easy and do we ever get it right? We are taught as under... »

What’s your career ideal? Planning for your future in dentistry

I’m not sure any of us knew what our career was going to be like while we were in dental school. I certainly didn’t and I didn’t have any kind of plan back then. I had no idea that I would have worked in multiple government systems, private care, and be involved in dental politics. Back then, dentistry to me just seemed to be a job where you went to work, saw patients and went home. A simple 9 to ... »

Dental foundation training: my experience

Hannan Imran, is a Foundation Dentist in the Oxfordshire scheme, and Trainee Representative for the Thames Valley and Wessex Deanery. He shares why he got involved in dentistry and what training has been like so far. Why dentistry? My desire to pursue dentistry began at a young age following some extensive orthodontic treatment I had done. The impact it had on my psychosocial well-being was profou... »

Think hospital dentistry isn’t for you? Think again…

You’ve all heard the stories of what it’s like to be a hospital dentist, long hours, working weekends, being on call, dealing with different and complex cases. But there are reasons why you might want to consider doing it, here’s my view on why you might take up the challenge of working as a hospital dentist. Why do dental core training? The question has been put to me on many occasions, mainly by... »

My experience of dental foundation training

My name is Kaly and I am a newly-qualified dentist. I left college wanting to pursue a career as a physiotherapist. However, I soon realised that much of my ambition came from the continuation of care. This is something I was lacking and consequently looked into dentistry in providing. Throughout my dental studies at King’s College London, I was fortunate to work at Shape Dental Clinic, a small mi... »

Sharing, learning, and getting engaged

I was honoured to elected Northern Ireland Branch President 2017 and am really looking forward to a great year for our Branch, with a packed programme of events to help you share, learn, and get engaged with your profession. The general theme for our CPD programme will be the management of the elderly patient and I have asked speakers from around the UK to contribute with lectures. As the demograp... »

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