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:
Yesterday was an away day for clinical supervisors and other staff who organise the BDS program for Peninsula Uni. It was a great opportunity for me to put faces to names and I am now even more excited for my first session next week. Through the day there were presentations on what to expect, important dates through the year, equality, safeguarding, dementia and even a spot quiz on Oral Med 😳. But the main take home message was this: TIME FLIES!
If you are at the beginning of your university journey or if you are just about to start your final year, or if you have gone through all that and are just starting in your FD placement this week, it would be easy to look over your diary and think "I have lots of time to do that assignment/get prepared for that exam/complete my portfolio." But when you actually get down to the nitty gritty of real life it is amazing how that time available vanishes with mundane tasks and before you know it you are cramming for that exam or maybe asking random strangers if they will let you do RCT on their molar so you can fulfill your credits requirements!😂
So my recommendation is this: Make the most of the time available to you. Start your new journey ready to put in the hard work from the beginning because you will be so pleased you did when the crunch comes in 9 months time. And enjoy the journey.
Dr Chris Harper