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YD March Rajveer PDF 2


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YD March Rajveer PDF 2

  1. 1. YoungDentist 29 CAREER PATHWAY 1. Sibling rivalry is a good thing My passion to become a dentist began with a play fight with my older sister. As all siblings do, one day after school we were fighting over the television remote. One thing led to another and I may have ‘accidentally’ thrown the remote control at her. I frantically apologised, but the damage had been done. In her hand was the fractured portion of her upper right central incisor! Our family dentist, Dr Dit Panchal, completely restored my sister’s tooth and I was in awe. Some years later, I undertook work experience at the Leamington Road Dental Practice in Coventry and shadowed dentists Kevin Gill and Rob Cope. I enjoyed my time there so much I became part of the furniture. It was inspiring to watch how they connected with their patients and their passion for dentistry was reflected in their knowledge and attention to detail. 2. Patients are people When treating patients, don’t see them as just having a problem that needs to be fixed, but instead as an individual, with whom you can build a rapport. The success of a treatment plan is not based solely on clinical outcomes, but on having a patient on board every step of the way. Top tips for success Rajveer Athwal was named Dental Student of the Year at Dental Protection and Schülke’s Premier Symposium in November. Here, he shares seven things every young dentist should know There has to be congruence between what the patient agrees is a success and what the clinician believes is a success. 3. Three ‘must-dos’ 1. Read the BDJ and Dental Update – they are great aids to exam revision and keep you abreast of the latest developments, and are invaluable once qualified, too 2. Approach tutors/consultants and ask to shadow them. They are fountains of clinical knowledge and experience right there on your doorstep. Most consultants will be flattered you’ve shown an interest and are happy to help 3. Get involved in a research project or audit. Think about an area of dentistry you have found particularly interesting and then approach staff. This is a brilliant way to explore your interests and you’ll become an expert in the field you’re researching. It will look amazing on your CV, there are prizes for which you can apply and, ultimately, it will make you a well-rounded clinician. 4. Make time to talk You can change your life being a mentor – and a mentee. If there is someone who inspires you, then ask for their input. Having a mentor will challenge you to think objectively, improve your insight, and give you the confidence to make mistakes without fear of being judged. Equally, being a mentor can be a great gift to someone. 5. Family matters Family is very important to me – as is their unwavering support. They are your closest link to your past and will always be there in your future. Training to be a dentist certainly is a marathon and, with my sister completing her PhD last year, her mental fortitude and tenacity has set a benchmark for me. 6. Six secrets to success 1. Listen to patients. They will provide you will all the information you need when you take a thorough history, which will help you create the most appropriate treatment plan 2. Find out what you’re good at – and pursue it. Find out what you bad at – and work on it 3. Find a mentor and become a mentor 4. Manage your time well. Effective time management will allow you to achieve what you want 5. Surround yourself with people who share the same desire to succeed – and spend time with those who encourage you to be a better person 6. Enjoy where you are now! Dental school will soon fly by, so make the most out of every day. 7. Relax Down time is very important to me as it helps keeps me fresh and motivated. I’m a bit of a gym addict and I find lifting heavy weights to be a great stress-buster. Dental Protection and schülke, the European leader in cross-infection, both have extensive experience in supporting dentists and the annual Premier Symposium conference aims to alert delegates to the key risks in dentistry and to share best practice, in a bid to promote safety. Young Dentist Conference 2016 Friday 8 April Royal College of Physicians, London 5.5 hours CPD Tickets priced at: £50 for foundation dentists, £130 for members and £190 for non members. For further event information and details on how to book visit uk/youngdentistconference. Rajveer Athwal is a final-year student studying at the University of Liverpool. He scooped the title of Dental Student of the Year, plus the prize of £1,500, for demonstrating a ‘globally and culturally aware’ approach to dentistry. His entry included information on: • His role as a mentor and residential advisor, offering support to students throughout their years of study • An oral cancer research project for which he was awarded a prize by the Pathological Society • Organising oral hygiene camps in orphanages across Malawi • A role as a Governor for the Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust. Rajveer is now undertaking a cleft palate project at the Liverpool Alder Hey Hospital with an orthodontic consultant.