mentoring

Women in leadership roles: mentoring should be encouraged earlier

As an undergraduate dental student, I feel I am lucky to have had encountered a number of female role models who are in positions of leadership. With statistics estimating that women will make up over 50% of registered GDPs by 2020, it is an exciting time for young dentists to be entering the profession. Despite this, it is known that there are far fewer women in leadership positions and committee... »

Do dentists need leadership skills?

Leadership. Do we as dentists need skills in leadership? I think we do. We are leading the team in the surgery we work in. We can be leaders of a practice wide team as practice owners. We can be leaders of oral health as a whole, and the people we choose to represent us, need to know how to operate effectively. Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Boston to attend the Strate... »

Free event for young dentists at BDA Conference 2017: networking and career advice

Come along to a free networking and career advice drinks reception for young dentists at this year’s British Dental Conference and Exhibition on Thursday 25 May 2017, to be held in the Demonstration Theatre from 6pm. The full British Dental Conference and Exhibition programme also features lots of clinical and general topics (including verifiable CPD), alongside the free dental exhibition. O... »

Looking for some career inspiration?

In his second blog, foundation dentist, Hannan Imran, shares the key learnings he took away from the BDA/UCL Careers Day 2017 event that he attended with members of his scheme. Build your CV   Whatever your career goals may be, having a well-balanced CV will prove to be your strongest asset. At Careers Day, several speakers highlighted the importance of using the ‘personal specification’ guides th... »

Why don’t you consider dentistry? Women in dentistry then and now

I was proud to support International Women’s Day on 8 March, and celebrate the amazing contributions women have made to dentistry, as well as reflect on how some great female role models have helped me in my career. My story of “why I did dentistry” is a product of my generation. My strength at school was mathematics, and I wanted to become an actuary, but in those days women were excluded from th... »

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... »

Making your mark: top tips for choosing a mentor

Most young dentists should already have a mentor, they might not realise they have one, but your FD trainer, your practice owner, or a more senior associate in your practice, these people are all likely to be giving you advice and support in your professional life, and are key in helping you take your career to the next level, if you are prepared to listen. Currently, mentoring in dentistry doesn’... »

Can you imagine Hillary Clinton raising her voice to be heard? Why women in dentistry matter

Do women in power behave differently to men? Can you imagine Hillary Clinton raising her voice in the same way some of her male counterparts do? I recently listened to a BBC clip of researcher Alice Eagly of North-western University talking about what characterises female leadership and whether gender difference is actually meaningful in this context. Dentistry is actually a great career for women... »