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Hello,

I have secured a one week work experience placement at a NHS dental practice starting next week.

I have a list of broad open questions to ask, however to those who have already undertook dental work experience (nhs, private or any other specialised areas of dentistry) - what sort of questions did you ask?

Should I literally bombard them with questions or should I just sit back, observe and make a couple of notes from my observation whilst asking relevant questions when ever I feel it is appropriate to do so?

Thank you for reading. Any input would be highly appreciated

Have a nice day
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Do not bombard, i dont think thats a good idea infact that may put you on "ignore" list.

I say you stay back, relax and observer whats going on. Then if relevant you can surely ask questions and I will say, if you dont understand something or want to know more, dont hesitate in asking, even though it may sound stupid dont hesitate, just ask and clear it.
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(Original post by aznboytomle)
Hello,

I have secured a one week work experience placement at a NHS dental practice starting next week.

I have a list of broad open questions to ask, however to those who have already undertook dental work experience (nhs, private or any other specialised areas of dentistry) - what sort of questions did you ask?

Should I literally bombard them with questions or should I just sit back, observe and make a couple of notes from my observation whilst asking relevant questions when ever I feel it is appropriate to do so?

Thank you for reading. Any input would be highly appreciated

Have a nice day
If you want my advice, don't bother asking technical stuff, like what materials are you using and why, or about the actual treatment. I would spend most of your time focusing on the following.

1. How and why good teamwork and communication are important
2. How the dentist leads the team and what his role is
3. The role of all the other members of the dental team
4. How to deal with nervous, rude, young, old and otherwise out of the ordinary patients
5. What to do in the case of a medical emergency (hypoglycemic episode, vasovagal syncope, heart attack and asthma attack etc)
6. What the role of the GDC is and how it affects dental professionals (you should also know that the GDC sets the standards for dental education)
7. Ask a lot about NHS vs private (good and bad points of each)
8. Ask about the newly proposed NHS contract and the introduction of direct access (this is the idea that dental hygienists and therapists will no longer have to be supervised by dentists but will be able to have their own practices and patient lists)
9. Ask about ethical scenarios, i.e. What would you do if a patient came to you with severe toothache but no money to pay you etc. There are loads of these, you can google them or think them up yourself, a good professional dentist should be able to give a good answer to these.
10. Ask about some anecdotes that you can talk about in your interview, remember that the people interviewing you will probably be dentists, so if you can slip in a few things that all dentists have in common e.g. dodgy dental lab communication etc. Then it will look like you really know your stuff!

Hope that has helped, by all means ask technical questions etc for your own interest, but the ones i've listed above are the most important i believe.
Ryan.
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"Shall I make you some coffee?"
They rarely get that from work experience students because they are too scared to use the machine.


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If you want my advice, don't bother asking technical stuff, like what materials are you using and why, or about the actual treatment. I would spend most of your time focusing on the following.

1. How and why good teamwork and communication are important
2. How the dentist leads the team and what his role is
3. The role of all the other members of the dental team
4. How to deal with nervous, rude, young, old and otherwise out of the ordinary patients
5. What to do in the case of a medical emergency (hypoglycemic episode, vasovagal syncope, heart attack and asthma attack etc)
6. What the role of the GDC is and how it affects dental professionals (you should also know that the GDC sets the standards for dental education)
7. Ask a lot about NHS vs private (good and bad points of each)
8. Ask about the newly proposed NHS contract and the introduction of direct access (this is the idea that dental hygienists and therapists will no longer have to be supervised by dentists but will be able to have their own practices and patient lists)
9. Ask about ethical scenarios, i.e. What would you do if a patient came to you with severe toothache but no money to pay you etc. There are loads of these, you can google them or think them up yourself, a good professional dentist should be able to give a good answer to these.
10. Ask about some anecdotes that you can talk about in your interview, remember that the people interviewing you will probably be dentists, so if you can slip in a few things that all dentists have in common e.g. dodgy dental lab communication etc. Then it will look like you really know your stuff!

Hope that has helped, by all means ask technical questions etc for your own interest, but the ones i've listed above are the most important i believe.
Ryan.
This is really great advice and I would highly recommend you follow this advice. Also don't be afraid to find out if the dentist can recommend anyone else that might be able to help you get some more work experience, if you want to see more that is. Good luck


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Thank you very much Rising_Sun, Ryan and kt-nguyen for your input! Especially Ryan, your advice is brilliant!

I will be starting on Monday, looking forward to my placement Thanks again!
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Glad to know we could help you, all the best
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(Original post by aznboytomle)
Hello,

I have secured a one week work experience placement at a NHS dental practice starting next week.

I have a list of broad open questions to ask, however to those who have already undertook dental work experience (nhs, private or any other specialised areas of dentistry) - what sort of questions did you ask?

Should I literally bombard them with questions or should I just sit back, observe and make a couple of notes from my observation whilst asking relevant questions when ever I feel it is appropriate to do so?

Thank you for reading. Any input would be highly appreciated

hi can you please tell me how you secured your work experience placement?
I have contacted more than 20 dental practices and no luck. I would really appreciate if you gave me the contact details.

Have a nice day

hi can you please tell me how you secured your work experience placement?
I have contacted more than 20 dental practices and no luck. I would really appreciate if you gave me the contact details.
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hi can you please tell me how you secured your work experience placement?
I have contacted more than 20 dental practices and no luck. I would really appreciate if you gave me the contact details.
How have you contacted the dentists? Email? Letter? Phone call? Have you tried to contact some dental schools? Have you spoken to your own dentist? They're usually quite helpful.
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hi can you please tell me how you secured your work experience placement?
I have contacted more than 20 dental practices and no luck. I would really appreciate if you gave me the contact details.
A mixture of phone calls, writing letters or walking into the practices directly.
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Hey.

I'm a current year 12 and hoping to apply for Dentistry soon. I wanted to know a little more about work experience that dentistry schools require. If I manage to get a couple weeks placements at some dental surgeries, will that be enough? Or do I volunteer at other places too (like care homes etc.)? Thanks.
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(Original post by kt-nguyen)
This is really great advice and I would highly recommend you follow this advice. Also don't be afraid to find out if the dentist can recommend anyone else that might be able to help you get some more work experience, if you want to see more that is. Good luck


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but what if im scared for good reason? xD T.T
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