As part of our 'We are dentistry' campaign, we have asked Ahsan Karim Mirza to tell us about his passions and why dentistry for him is more than just a job.
I am the co-principal owner of a busy NHS/private practice in London, managing a team of 15 staff, each one having their own unique set of beautiful attributes.
As a team, we achieved the BDA Good Practice accreditation in 2014 and since then Melita Garside of Henry Schein presented us with an 'Excellent team' award this year. Further, in 2017 our practice achieved the accolade of a CQC 'notable practice' through their true dedication and hard work.
Quite simply, my team is amazing, and without them, I would not be where I am today.
I believe continued learning is really important – I qualifying from University of Sheffield in 1991 and worked as a GDP. After 24 years, I decided to take the plunge and get the books out again. The MJDF exam seemed a daunting task but it was the perfect excuse to reinvigorate my passion for learning. It was certainly tough, but I got excellent support from my team and my family and 'I passed!
I believe in having a work/life balance, I have three children, a hard-working and very dedicated wife working as a teaching assistant, and juggling is a constant feature of our days. Our mottos include: "Don't talk, just get on with it, as everything becomes easy once you are on the way".
We, as a dental team, love helping young students and undergraduates who wish to pursue dentistry with mentoring, work experience, assistance with UCAS applications and interview success. I am further active in my local community, and I am passionate about interfaith working. I have volunteered as a chair of Governors for a local school.
My dear mother and father worked to establish a health charity RMA Rehmat Medical Aid, offering support to the poor and needy in Pakistan and the UK. Our team all ran the Windsor Half Marathon in aid of RMA and together we raised over £10,000: an amazing team effort!
The charity has recently launched a Breast Cancer Screening Awareness Centre in the Punjab, Pakistan. This is particularly close to my heart as my amazing mother passed away to breast cancer ten years ago.
For me dentistry is about having the passion and enthusiasm to help others. Dentistry isn't just a job for me, it crosses over into my charity work, my interfaith work and my family as well.
My team is so important to my work too. To me it's a partnership, they help keep me focused and interested in what I do, and I really enjoy passing on knowledge, as well as learning from them.
Being a professional means being accountable, taking stock on a daily basis and taking pride in what you do. I tell my team 'every day is a learning day; we are all on this journey together'.
Acquire knowledge and teach people. Learn along with it dignity and tranquillity and humility.
Ahsan Karim Mirza
We are dentistry
We know dentists do exceptional things, every day. But we want to show the world what dentistry looks like in 2017 in the UK, and we are celebrating the clinicians, the teachers and the innovators that make up the profession: please share your journey with us.