Young Dentist

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... »

Three simple steps to make Facebook work for your practice

It’s 2017. Not having an established presence on Facebook is no longer an option. As social media platforms evolve and mobile use continues to grow, more and more services will be accessed through Facebook. Establishing your brand presence and online community is a must have in your marketing toolkit.   Three tips to get you started: Deliver value to your audience Content is king. Peopl... »

Young dentists: blazing the trail

One of the tips from my previous blog was the importance of planning ahead. Recently, I went along to the annual BDA Careers Day event, and it was great to meet so many enthusiastic and dedicated young foundation dentists. For me, what made it such a success, rather than just the fact it was a full house, was the fantastic range of speakers and the vibe. Speak to almost any seasoned practitioner t... »

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... »

Think hospital dentistry isn’t for you? Think again…

You’ve all heard the stories of what it’s like to be a hospital dentist, long hours, working weekends, being on call, dealing with different and complex cases. But there are reasons why you might want to consider doing it, here’s my view on why you might take up the challenge of working as a hospital dentist. Why do dental core training? The question has been put to me on many occasions, mainly by... »

LDC Conference 2017: Alisdair McKendrick on the future of dentistry

Alisdair McKendrick was elected Chair for LDC Conference 2017, he tells us a bit about his career to date, his hopes for the future generations of young dentist and the theme of this year’s LDC Conference. Q: Tell us a bit about you? I am a dental practitioner working in a mixed practice in Kettering, Northamptonshire, and qualified in 1982. I am a fourth generation McKendrick who is a denti... »

A busy year for young dentists and what lies ahead for 2017

This has been a busy year for young dentists, the Young Dentists Committee has been working on a range of issues that affect young dentists and we’ve been involved in events planning for 2017. One big theme we have been focusing on is the lack of clinical training for dental students. There is a perception amongst recent graduates that they have much less exposure to clinical scenarios. It’s... »

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... »

Our changing profession: complexities, challenges, and communities

My travels around the UK visiting student dentists in Aberdeen, Cardiff, Dundee and Edinburgh, have been really enlightening, as well as enjoyable. I’m pleased to see our students so engaged, and many are pondering the future of dentistry, but many possibly don’t yet realise how complex those futures might be. My main message is always one of the importance of community – dentistry can be an isola... »

Diary of a young hospital dentist: starting out as a DCT

Hospital dentist Surina Bhola gives her ‘101 guide’ to what you’ll need when starting out as a dental core trainee. Coffee? Check. Pen torch? Check. Deodorant? Oh yes… Diary entry Let us start with something simple for my second blog post. I’m calling it, Surina’s ‘guide to starting out in OMFS DCT 101’, which I hope will be helpful for any new DCTs who are starting out in an oral maxillofacial su... »

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