Newly-qualified dentist? Tips I wish I had before my dental foundation training

Abeera Imran is in her first year as a foundation dentist and shares her experience of what to expect when going into your first post and some top tips. I began the year knowing that it would be a steep learning curve and I often wondered what working full time would be like, as the summer break was coming to an end. I had been told by senior colleagues that I would complete more treatment in the ... »

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... »

Top tips for the journey ahead as a newly-qualified dentist

Shaadi graduated with Honours from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2015 and is currently working as a Dental Core Trainee in Paediatric Dentistry at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital following completion of her Dental Foundation Training Year. Here she shares her top tips, following her experience of being let lose in the real world of dentistry! Growing up It would probably ... »

My first year in practice

It’s your first day in practice, summer celebrations are over, finals seem an age away and you’re faced with the question: I hope I haven’t forgotten everything I was taught at dental school? Well that’s what I felt like anyway! I have just finished working a foundation dentist (FD) in the Yorkshire and Humber deanery as part of the Wakefield scheme. I thought I would share a few experiences of my... »

Still time to oppose DFT salary cut

Still time to oppose DFT salary cut

On behalf of the Students Committee at the BDA, I’d like to say a big thank you to the 6,000 people who have added their names to the petition we have founded opposing proposals for the salary paid to Dental Foundation Trainees to be reduced later this year. Both the number of signatures, and the speed with which they have collected, send a very strong signal of support for the campaign and to the... »

Success with DFT recruitment process – an interview with Leonard Maguire

Success with DFT recruitment process – an interview with Leonard Maguire

Last month, Leonard Maguire, a BDA student member, ranked top among 1,200 students in the UK’s DFT recruitment process. In order to gain some insight into his achievement, we caught up with Leonard for a brief interview and asked him what he thought the secret of his success was: Tell us a little about yourself I am 23 years old and a final year dental student at Queen’s University Belfast. I live... »

My alternative to DF1 – private dentistry in Singapore

My alternative to DF1 – private dentistry in Singapore

Sadiyah Ahmad describes her experiences working as a private dentist in Singapore instead of completing DF1 in the UK. So there I was, in my final year of BDS revising for my final written exams. Five years had flown by and I was now sitting there with revision notes in one hand and the British Dental Journal in the other. Unsuccessful in DF1 interviews Unfortunately I had not yet secured a DF1 jo... »