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Mentoring dental students

Dental school can be pressurised, and dentistry certainly is for many. Mentoring can be an excellent way to ensure career progression, job satisfaction and skills development, plus have a positive impact on wellbeing. Here are two helpful organisations that offer mentoring support to UK dental students.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is when an experienced, highly regarded, empathic person (the mentor) guides another (the mentee) in the development and re-examination of their own ideas, learning and personal and professional development. Guidance from a mentor can help when:


  • making a career choice or change of direction
  • personal development, for example leadership or taking on new challenges
  • performance and remediation

As well as offering careers advice and support, mentoring is also an excellent way to open up networking opportunities.


Mentoring conference

Saturday 23 November 2019, BDA London


Run by the Dental Coaching Academy and hosted by the BDA, this conference explores the wider context, benefits and value of mentoring in dentistry, and provides practical interactive sessions in small groups to optimise learning. The event is aimed at people that are interested in becoming a mentor, improving their mentoring skills or finding a mentor.


If you are a dental student or young dentist looking for support, the bookable lunchtime sessions offer a fantastic opportunity to find a mentor – whether it's to improve your performance, discuss career direction or get general professional support.


Find out more about the mentoring conference


Medic Mentor

Medic Mentor is a mentoring organisation for healthcare professionals. Their aim is to equip healthcare professionals of all grades, with opportunities and training that will enhance their professional careers, psychological wellbeing, social networking and interpersonal skills, and help you stand out from the crowd.


Medic Mentor was established by a group of doctors and medical students with the sole purpose of creating a supportive community and academic network for aspiring and current healthcare students. As a social enterprise, Medic Mentor reinvests proceeds from events, books and summer schools back into the programme.


Their mentoring initiatives aim to boost morale amongst healthcare professionals, better prepare university students with their personal professional development and enhance an applying student's knowledge of the career that they are wishing to pursue.


Find out more about Medic Metor.