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What are the training pathways for dentists, I cannot find the information on the GDC or BDA website.

So after you do the degree, as far as I know,

You can do 1 year "Foundation training"
This enables you to work as a "General Dentist" sort of like the dentist equivalent of a GP.

Then there is a choice of "Core training" (3 years) which can count towards one of 13 different specialties

And then there are different specialty types.

Can any link me to the complete information or clarify this to me as I am a little bit confused.
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(Original post by ellie80)
What are the training pathways for dentists, I cannot find the information on the GDC or BDA website.

So after you do the degree, as far as I know,

You can do 1 year "Foundation training"
This enables you to work as a "General Dentist" sort of like the dentist equivalent of a GP.

Then there is a choice of "Core training" (3 years) which can count towards one of 13 different specialties

And then there are different specialty types.

Can any link me to the complete information or clarify this to me as I am a little bit confused.
The path to specialise can be summarised as follows:-

Complete a dental degree in order to obtain a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). You could choose to work as a private dentist doing general dentistry at this point

During your final year of dental school you would have chosen to apply for a dental foundation training (DFT) year. This is a national recruitment process and is competitive, especially to get your preferred location

Complete the DFT year to gain an NHS performer number. You can now treat patients under the National Health Service (NHS) as well as privately. You also need this performer number to apply for Dental Core Training (DCT)

Apply for DCT during your DFT. This is another national recruitment process

A Dental Core Trainee has to have completed DFT. In year 1 and 2 of DCT you cover a range of specialties. Year 3 is usually in a specific field.

Spend 2-3 years in DCT within a hospital and apply for a specialist training post which is extremely competitive


Feel free to private message me if you want to know more.
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