I have 5 days in an NHS dental surgery and 1 day in a private practice. Is this enough? Most uni's say 10-24 day's dont they? But tbh I feel I have seen enough n its doin more work experience for the sake of making it up to 10-14 days seems like a waste of time. What do you guys think?
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- Thread Starter
- 27-08-2007 16:23
- 27-08-2007 18:07
I guess as long as you can talk about what you've learnt on your PS and feel that you are convinced dentistry is the way forward for you then, yes, it is enough. And if you've worked in an elderly home or something, that can count aswell I think.
Maybe you could make up an extra few days by working in a more specialised area of dentistry, like at an orthodontistry etc?
- 27-08-2007 18:23
The more you do the wider variety of patients you are likely to come across. I'd say do as much as you can in as many fields as you can. That way you will look enthusiastic.
- 28-08-2007 20:14
Do you guys think that 2 weeks work experience (on 3 occasions) at a dental surgery,work at cancer research UK (currently),work at a hospital in an elderley ward (currently),
and im hoping...
about a week at an orthodontist
a week at a dental technician and if im really lucky
work at a maxillofacial dept in a hospital
IS THAT ENOUGH???considering i dont remember much of the dental work experience
AND ANOTHER QUESTION...WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GDP,COMMUNITY PRACTICE,DENTAL SURGERY AND ALL THE OTHER ONES ALIKE???
- 28-08-2007 20:39
Thats quite a lot, I'd advise taking notes when you're there. Might be worth going back to general practice for a few days to remind yourself of what goes on.
- 29-08-2007 17:46
That seems enough, I did two weeks at an oral / maxillofacial surgery dpt. in a hospital , and it was fantastic- really interesting. It's just work experience at a normal dental practice i having trouble getting.
- 29-08-2007 20:47
GDP stands for General Dental Practise and this is most likely what your normal dentist is.
There are two types of community dentists:
1) a NHS sponsored practise ie given money to locate in and treat people of an area of oral health concern.
2)A dentist those primary aim is to treat:
-Children with dental anxiety or with high levels of dental disease
-Patients with learning disabilities
-Medically compromised patients
-Patients with a range of physical and psychiatric conditions
-Those refered due to inconsistant treatment plans/ un-cooperative patients.
In addition there are now many specialised clinics which focus on a certain group of people or dental problem such as an oral surgery clinic which only preforms oral surgery(no fillings or check-ups). A common one is orthodontics.
You could also have practices who only treat childrens or ones which carry out implantology.
It all really depends on the dentist and what they feel they are trained to do or feel they want to do.
So far I've done.
1 week with my own GDP.
An afternoon in a NHS spond. on sitehill.
2 days with a Community dentist in coatbridge.
3 days with another GDP 'n another 2 at a another dentist.
1 day with a speciald. oral surgery clinic ( saw more varied surgery stuff in this one day than with the reach combined)
So basically 13 'n one half days but i'm planning on seeing some Hop.stuff possibly some maxiofacial if I can. Trying to get few days with an orthodontist and a dental lab if possible.
- 30-08-2007 12:37
I cant seem to get any w/e at a dental technician or an orthodontist, they all say they havent got enough space or someones already working there. Is there anything i can do cos ive tried at least 6 of each and gotm absolutley nowhere
- Thread Starter
- 30-08-2007 12:44
Same here, I'm finding it hard to get w/e. I've phoned up loads of practices at least 12 times and still nothing...
- 30-08-2007 20:45
Seriously, don't give up. You'll get buckets of offers for work experience if you keep consistently trying.
Go down the yellow pages for GDPs and I found with getting an orthodontist placement, I had to go beyond that [as there are only a couple around abouts where I live].
All the best!
- 30-08-2007 23:28
When you ring up the dental practices be sure you say that you're really interested in dentistry and looking for some experience shadowing a dentist for a couple of days, not just that you're looking for some work experience. When I was looking I went through about ten in the phone book just saying "I'm looking for some work experience", which was totally fruitless, but then I tried adding the "I'm really interested in dentistry" bit and hey presto! It worked
Don't give up. You could also try going along in person; that way you're harder to say no to
- 30-08-2007 23:34
^Deffinatly, be positive about it.^
And maybe try asking to speak to the dentist, if hes not busy, as he/she maybe would appreciate your intrest a bit more than the receptionist.