Using my dental skills to help others: volunteering in Argentina

Ellen Johnson is the current President of Sheffield University Dental Students Society. She shares what it’s like to give up her time to volunteer to help disadvantaged children in Argentina with charity Todos Juntos. How much charity work have you done since being accepted to study dentistry? So often when applying, you go above and beyond to volunteer and help charities, then once you’ve g... »

What can the BDA do for you? Starting out in dentistry

I visited the British Dental Association, based in Wimpole Street recently, for an afternoon with my Dental Foundation Training scheme. Before going, I did wonder what the visit to the BDA would entail. The afternoon was comprehensive and we left with broader awareness on what becoming a BDA member offers to young dentists. Advice when applying for jobs One of the major advantages of being a BDA m... »

Celebrating women’s contributions to dentistry: our new Society at KCL

In 2016, we set up a Women in Dentistry society at King’s College London and held an event in November to launch and celebrate our new network for students (regardless of gender) which aims to work for equality within the dental profession, at all stages of people’s careers. The aim of our society is to raise the profile and celebrate the contributions of individuals in our profession, to understa... »

First year advice: how to overcome common challenges at dental school

The transition from school to university can involve huge challenges. Here Rabia Dean, a recent graduate of Kings Dental School, gives a quick guide to on how to overcome these hurdles and ace dental school. How can you cope with the struggles of living away from home or commuting? If you feel lonely – you’re not the only one, many have been in your shoes. Talk to whoever you can trust... »

Is the future bright for our student dentists?

Every year we give a talk to the dental students at Queens University, Belfast, at the start of the new term, and each year I’m amazed by the enthusiasm, commitment and inquisitiveness of our students. In the context of the rapidly changing sector and profession we work in, we are often asked by students, what is the future going to be like for me? Navigating the road ahead Every student yea... »

Top tips for your final year at dental school

I’m starting this blog series in no man’s land; not quite a foundation dentist yet, but certainly qualified. Finals were wrapped up for the end of May meaning us UCLan graduates had a long summer ahead. I’ve filled mine with celebrations, holidays, celebrations, some part-time work and… more well deserved celebrations, after a lot of hard work! But despite a hectic schedule, I... »

Does the NHS bursary matter?

Since I graduated in 2009 the financial situation for dental students has become much more challenging. Average debt on graduation has tripled and this would have had a great impact on my decision to apply for dental school. The NHS bursary makes a huge difference, and we have to fight to protect it for future generations of students. The prospect of overwhelming debt will have a disproportionate ... »

Student loans: reality awaits post graduation

Nick Ledingham and Sara Parrott outline how your student loan will be collected once you are in work. Once you graduate, reality kicks in. The loans taken out to cover tuition fees and maintenance costs whilst a student will now have to be repaid. It is important that you have an awareness of the likely repayments and the impact they will have on your cash flow. There are two types of student loan... »

CV and interview top tips: Careers Day 2016

Leadership and development director, Helen Sharpstone, gives her top tips on getting the basics right, including ensuring your CV covers all the things expected and makes the best first impression. She talks about the importance of ensuring that your personal statement on your CV is truly about you and sounds fresh and the need to have a range of skills, both technical and personal, to ensure you ... »

Jimmy Steele debates role of the dentist: BDA/BDJ Anniversary Lecture

What is a dentist for? That was the fundamental challenge Professor Jimmy Steele set himself to answer when giving the first BDA/BDJ Anniversary Lecture on 2 July. He described how historically an epidemic of caries followed the arrival of sugar with tea and coffee drinking in the 18th century and that sugar had literally fuelled the industrial revolution, providing a cheap source of calories espe... »

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