|Trainees explore career opportunities|
|Friday, 08 March 2013|
Over 80 Dental Foundation Trainees were offered career and postgraduate exam advice at the 2012 South West Deanery Dental Foundation Conference.
The event took place at Longleat on Tuesday 4th December 2012. Pamela Ellis, College Regional Dental Adviser, and Jane Rooney, Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean, explored with trainees questions they had about career pathways in dentistry.
Trainees learnt about the structure and syllabus of the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) exam and the benefits of gaining this qualification. The differences between MFDS (the diploma that is available separately from the RCSEd and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow) and the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF) (awarded by The Royal College of Surgeons of England) were explored. There was then the chance to discuss specialist training and the essential and desirable requirements to gain a place on a specialist training programme. Trainees were also able to explore the postgraduate qualifications available to dentists wishing to stay in general dental practice.
The session was well received and has encouraged young dentists to take postgraduate exams. It has also encouraged trainees to consider taking MFDS as an alternative to MJDF.
Over coffee breaks and lunch, delegates were able to discuss the College’s Dental Affiliate scheme with Paula Hoy, Outreach Administrator, and over 50 trainees signed up to the College’s mailing list.
This is the first time that the College has attended the South West’s Dental Foundation Conference but the event was such a success that we have signed up again for next year and hope to become a regular contributor. I would like to thank Mike Attenborough, Conference Organiser, for inviting the College and for his superb organisation of the event.
Mrs Pamela Ellis