Students

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... »

Life as a dental student and BDJ student editor

by Anish Patel I’m a third year dental student at King’s College London Dental Institute. I felt dentistry was a good fit for me as its culmination of scientific application, practical skills and patient interaction isn’t readily offered with many other degrees. Undergraduate dentistry can be challenging, but also extremely fulfilling – learning and being involved with exciting new things every da... »

A young dentist’s guide to periodontal practice

Young dentist Reena Wadia, 27, is in her second year of the periodontology MClinDent and works in practice at Harley Street Dental Group and Woodford Dental Care, providing general dental care with a special interest in periodontics. Reena’s passion for education is evident. Alongside being a part-time clinical tutor for the final year dental hygiene and therapy students at Barts and The Lon... »

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