Become a dentist

Become a dentist


I’ve wanted to be a dentist for a very long
time, even before high school. I’ve always wanted to work within the health
community, especially helping those in the most vulnerable communities. Oral health is so misunderstood and poorly
addressed within Australia. There’s opportunities for both research
within and first line health care as well. My favourite part of this degree is getting
hands-on experience really early. Rather than waiting until your third year
before you pick up a hand piece in the very first month or two, you’re playing with
the hand pieces, doing stimulations. My favorite part of the course is definitely
the sim clinic. The first 18 months is spent in the simulated
learning environment where they learn a lot of their operative and restorative skills
not just in tooth conservation but other disciplines. I like seeing students grow, seeing them come
in the first day, not being able to hold an instrument. By the end of the 18 months that I have them,
they’re already developed into competent clinicians and then they’re straight into
patients. At the end of our second year, we’re already
seeing our own patients and doing our own treatment plans, and you kind of felt like
you were in control, and they give you a lot of responsibility. A typical day for an DND student is action-packed. They’re doing practical classes that could
be on campus, in head and neck anatomy dissections. They could be in wet labs or they could
be doing some research, helping to develop new knowledge in dentistry, new knowledge
and techniques. Having a research component being part of
my degree was really important. Everyone who is the head of the discipline
is a specialist, they have tonnes of experience. The other thing that really attracted me to
the degree was that it’s Australia. Seem like a pretty good adventure. It is transferable back to Canada. I can go home, write the Canadian Board Exam. The same as if I went to school in Canada
and start practicing straight after. The most fun part I suppose was seeing them
in the clinic, dealing with their patients and just seeing them put it all together. I get a real kick out of watching them do
that. We leave with what we need to be successful
in the community. It’s a good combination of being able to
work with my hands, basically do art with them. Learning about science, continuously lifelong
learning, and having that patient interaction but every day kind of feeling like you’re
helping someone and making a difference in their life.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *