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Making the right impression

To help you prepare for your upcoming dental foundation training assessment days, we’re visiting all UK dental schools to give an in-depth interview skills lecture.

Who is speaking?

The following speakers will be sharing their experience and wisdom to help you prepare:

  • Dr Alasdair Miller, BDA Past President and former Postgraduate Dental Dean for the South-West
  • Dr Russ Ladwa, BDA President Elect and former Postgraduate Tutor for the London Deanery
  • Jonathan Lewney, Consultant in Public Health and Associate Editor for BDJ Portfolio
  • Dr Claudette Christie, former BDA Director for Northern Ireland (Queens Dental School only).

How will the lecture help me?

The lecture contains useful guidance about:

  • General interview advice

  • Example clinical scenarios

  • Example situational judgement test questions

  • Ethical interpretation/dilemmas

  • Practical communication skills

  • GDC standards - practical interpretation

  • Applying professionalism to clinical situations

  • Patient centred care vs professional centred care  

Do I need to book?

No, there's no need to book, just arrive on time. The lecture is open to final year dental students - members and non-members. See the timetable below.

Lectures are will be scheduled in every UK dental school in the autumn term, before the interviews take place. As lecture dates for 2019 are booked in, they will be added to the timetable below.

Dental school feedback

"Our current final year students had some excellent results this year with our highest ranking to date and a third of our students ranking in the top 100 (from over 1,100 interviews.) Some of this success can be attributed to the BDA lectures as it has proved that your speakers give the students that ‘added extra’ with their deeper knowledge of the DF1 process." 

Dr Paul N Knott BDS MA PgCert FHEA, Senior Clinical Teacher, UCLan School of Medicine and Dentistry

Further help

Our essential Getting your first job guide will be distributed in the lecture. It includes useful advice from last year’s interviewees, example interview scenarios, plus a detailed breakdown of what to expect on the day of the interview.

Interview skills workshop

To polish up your interview technique we run a DFT interview skills workshop in London. The event has a practical focus and builds on the dental school lectures.


Dental School Date Start Time End Time
Barts5 Sept 201914:0015:00
Belfast27 Aug 201910:1510:45
Birmingham18 Oct 201914:0015:00
Cardiff26 Sept 201914:0015:00
Glasgow5 Aug 201911:0012:00
Leeds10 Oct 201913:30
Kings9 Sept 201913:3014:30
Peninsula10 Oct 201912:0013:00
Sheffield4 Sept 201917:3019:30