It’s amazing how time flies. I have now been a clinical supervisor for a whole academic year. There was quite a feeling of achievement at the end of my last session with the year 3 students on bays 4 and 5 at the Exeter site who, after a well deserved summer break will be continuing their education journey in Truro. I was so touched by the gratitude (and very generous and unexpected gifts) given at my final session.
Anyway, onto the real reason for this post. I thought that with an extended summer break about to begin it might be a good idea to share some recommendations for books (or audiobooks) that are worth reading to help promote a good mindset or improve critical thinking or even just inspire and amaze. It doesn’t matter whether you have just finished your first year at dental school or are getting close to retirement, hopefully there will be something on this list that will be relevant for you.
In this post I will be sharing my recommended reading list for students and dentists early in their career based on the books I have found most useful this year. Every one of these books has covered something that I wish I had learnt years ago, whether that relates to mindset, organisation, or just motivation. Pick any of them and you will hopefully take away a valuable lesson.
I feel like I am really getting into my groove as a clinical supervisor in Exeter on Thursdays. I have got through the honeymoon induction period and now some of the clinics are getting busier with treatment. The cohort of students I regularly mentor are really doing well and it is so satisfying to see. One question that regularly seems to come up from students is "Do you think this would be a good finals case?".
Recently I have been enjoying a program on the BBC about "normal" people being put through astronaut training to highlight how demanding it is and probably drum up interest among the younger generation of potential space explorers. As always, everything I see/hear sparks off my brain thinking about how it could be applied to dentistry and there have been a few interesting ideas from this show. Either in terms of helping with teaching dental students or in relation to things that could be applied in general practice.
Here are a few examples from the show and ideas for how they could apply to dentistry:
Dr Chris Harper