My experience of starting out as an associate dentist after training was an exciting but challenging one. It’s been nine years now since I qualified, but I’m still finding challenges with keeping up to date, restrictions on equipment and maintaining my finances.
I have been very fortunate to have a good group of colleagues and friends from university and vocational training with whom I have kept in touch, discussed thoughts and ideas, attended courses, and carried out peer review.
Dentistry can often be an isolating and stressful profession. You sit in a surgery all day and can easily get bogged down by the daily grind, so it’s really important to create your own support network.
One way to get engaged is to use your BDA membership – there are lectures, events and joining your local branch or section – all great ways to get informed and get networked.
Ryan Cowden, associate (Northern Ireland)
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