As you progress, with the support of your Educational Supervisors (ES) and team, you will learn how to independently make decisions and integrate them into your daily practise. You will learn a great amount from each new situation you are presented with and will witness significant growth in yourself as a dentist, which is a hugely enjoyable payoff.
Reflecting on my experience
The ability to independently examine, diagnose, and execute comprehensive treatment plans is a gratifying outcome of the demanding work you invest during your time at university. Undoubtedly, my Dental Foundation Training (DFT) journey has proven to be a rewarding experience. This time is extremely valuable, it offers a supportive environment to refine the skills you learned in dental school without the constraints of time pressures or business demands.
At the start of my year, I had the luxury of gradually building my clinical confidence and reflecting on each clinical experience. As my practice was in a particularly high needs area, my colleagues and I had to treat patients at a faster pace than we were used to in dental school. This meant that, by the end, we had enough firsthand experience to naturally enhance our performance. I was quite anxious initially at the prospect of practicing at this level, however, it developed into an enjoyable experience.