In preparation for my move to Exeter I am slowly working through a long list of ideas to research and rethink so that when I start I can hit the ground running doing dentistry the way I want.
Those that read my content regularly will know that I spend a lot of time and energy trying to improve patient communication methods in a variety of ways. Whether that involves using technology to make photography more powerful and efficient or using standardised Oral Hygiene postcards so that delivering better OHI is quicker and easier.
Today I will be revisiting a document I use regularly for complex cases as I have reworked it recently and it has been a long time since I last discussed it so some people may not have seen it. I call it my "Treatment considerations" document.
The new academic year is fast approaching and my first clinical supervising day in Exeter is just 3 weeks away. Over the last few days I have been pondering how I can help students to plan what they will be doing in their appointments. In practice we get so used to doing things in a certain routine that most appts don't need active planning. But at the start of your career you don't have the luxury of having repeated something hundreds of times and therefore everything you are doing feels new. Critical stages may occasionally get missed but also just as importantly it is easy to lose a lot of time with inefficient ordering of the many processes being carried out.
To prepare myself mentally for starting my clinical supervising role in a few months I have been trying to think back to the the challenges I faced in dental school and how I might be able to help current students with those problems.
I remember early on in our clinical stages there were definitely times when I and my compatriots may have been about to get a patient in but with no real idea of what we were going to be doing. We would be so completely reliant on a supervisor telling us exactly what to do next.
Dr Chris Harper