Education

What does the UK election mean for young dentists?

Elections seem to be en vogue right now. It’s not long since we had a general election, there has been an independence vote in Scotland, and also the now ‘infamous’ Brexit vote in the UK. The Americans have had theirs too, and France is due to have the second round of their presidential vote. And now, to top it, off we’ve got our own snap UK general election, announced to take place on 8 June. So,... »

How the Oral Health Education course boosted my career

How the Oral Health Education course boosted my career

Ana Tout, a previous BDA Oral Health Education (OHE) student and star of this video, was 21 when she first came to England on a student visa. She originally studied agriculture in her native Romania, but decided after a few visits to England, that farming wasn’t for her. Despite little knowledge of dental nursing, she was encouraged by a friend to build a new career in dentistry. We interviewed An... »

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... »

Mouth cancer: the importance of public screening and awareness

World Cancer Day happened earlier this month. Organised by the World Health Organisation, it’s another public awareness campaign designed to put risk factors of cancer in the spotlight and encourage us all to live healthily. Although, the press recently highlighted that mouth cancer rates in the UK are improving due to smoking and drinking among young people being at the lowest level on record. Mo... »

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... »

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... »

What does the hospital junior doctors contract mean for trainee dentists?

The recent hospital junior doctors contract negotiations have caused a lot of controversy in the popular press, but what rarely gets mentioned is the impact of these on hospital dentists. Here’s my view on what it might mean for those currently working or, considering a career in, hospital dentistry. The current outlook The current outlook for dental core training (DCT) and careers within secondar... »

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