Student Advice

Through FGDP(UK) membership, we can support you throughout your whole career - from your BDS, to when you qualify, right through to becoming a senior dentist with enhanced skills, experience and knowledge. We are with you every step of the way, helping you to reach your professional goals, whatever they may be.

FGDP(UK) Student Membership is free and available to all UK BDS students.

As a Student Member of the Faculty, you'll receive Student bites, a termly e-newsletter specially written to offer you advice and guidance including these blogs, from FGDP(UK) members who want to share their experiences and expertise, and offer an insight into a career in general practice.

Find out about the benefits of Student Membership and join today!

If you'd like to write a blog about your experiences as a BDS student, please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you.

 

Student advice blogs

The views and opinions expressed in these posts are not necessarily those of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

 


Mohammed Ahsen Arshad

Fifth year BDS student at Plymouth University Dental School

Learn why photography is an essential skill in dentistry and how to get accurate and effective images...

 


Ahmed Ahmed

Fifth year BDS student at Plymouth University Dental School

Learn why photography is an essential skill in dentistry and how to get accurate and effective images...

 


Shefali Dunga
 

Graduate of Plymouth University Dental School, 2020

Jaya and Shefali both attained an 'Excellent' grade in their final year exit cases - here are their top tips to help you achieve success too...

 


Jaya Bhargava

Graduate of Plymouth Univeristy Dental School, 2020

Jaya and Shefali both attained an 'Excellent' grade in their final year exit cases - here are their top tips to help you achieve success too...

 


Ridah Hasan

Fourth year BDS student at the University of Sheffield

Ridah really valued her recent elective in Vietnam and offers her advice on how to get the most out of your elective abroad...

 

Iqra Rashid Chawdhary 

Graduate of Plymouth University Dental School, 2020

Top tips for DFT interviews

 

 

 

 

Farah Elnaqa

Graduate of Plymouth University Dental School, 2020

Top tips for DFT interviews

 


Sumeet Sandhu

Fourth year BDS student at Plymouth University

Finding your feet in fitness whilst studying dentistry 

 

 

Kiri Paul

Fourth year BDS student at King's College London

Keeping it clinical during the coronavirus lockdown

 

 

Angela Li

First year MChD student at the University of Leeds

From rubber dam isolations to social isolation: a dental student's perspective

 


Clare Denton

Editor of Bites - Members' monthly e-newsletter

If you want to know how to get your writing published, check out these top tips...

 


Qasim Mohammedbhai

Fifth year BDS student at King's College London

How do you get involved in research and what benefits will you gain? Read Qasim's blog to find out more...

 


Sally Techaposai

Second year BDS student at Barts and the London

Sally shares her 10 top tips for surviving your first year at dental school...

 


Dr William Priestley

General Dental practitioner and Dental Adviser for the Health and Social Care Board

William explains how avoiding auto-fill can lead to more accurate clinical record keeping...

 

 


Dr Khush Shah

General Dental Practitioner and FGDP(UK) Early Career Board Observer

Khush's three pieces of vital advice to help you tackle life in general practice...

 


Ridah Hasan

Fourth year BDS student at the University of Sheffield

Ridah explains how FGDP(UK)'s free online Guidance and Standards have helped her studies...

 

 


Dr Seyed Ali Tarjomani 

General Dental Practitioner

Get essential insights into the Situational Judgement Tests (SJT) and advice on how to get your best score... 

 

Dr Janine Brooks MBE

Educational associate for the General Dental Council, coach, expert witness, lead clinical tutor 

It can seem like a huge leap from being a student to becoming a dentist. Dr Janine Brooks gives you some advice to help you flourish in your new role...

 


Dr Sami Stagnell

General Dental Practitioner and specialist Oral Surgeon

Sami reflects on the young dentist's role as team leader and gives his advice on how to manage this responsibility... 

 


Dr Reena Wadia

Specialist in Periodontics and member of FGDP(UK) National Faculty Board

Reena offers key advice to all young dentists starting out on their career in dentistry...

 


Saffa Dean

Fifth year BDS student at King's College London

Saffa and Tasneem, reflect on the coping strategies that have helped them balance fasting, prayer, rest and exam revision during Ramadan...


Tasneem Janmohamed

Fifth year BDS student at King's College London

Saffa and Tasneem, reflect on the coping strategies that have helped them balance fasting, prayer, rest and exam revision during Ramadan...

 


Dr Tom Willan

General Dental Practitioner and Lead for the Yorkshire Division of FGDP(UK)

How do you choose a specialism and when’s the best time to start specialist training? Tom Willan has specialised in restorative dentistry. Read his story...

 


Dr Sophie Ainley

General dental practitioner and Early Careers Representative on FGDP(UK) Faculty Board

Find out how a flexible career plan has worked for Dr Sophie Ainley...

 


Dr Sahar-Tara Aghababaie

Part time Dental Associate in North West London & Dental Core Trainee at The Eastman Dental Hospital

Dr Sahar-Tara Aghababaie asks "where will your career take you?" and offers advice about planning your future...

 


Dr Antony Visocchi

General Dental Practitioner, Dental Practice Inspector, Independent Dental Expert Witness, RP4 Scotland Advisor

Learn how practising with ethics, morality and integrity will help you reduce the risk of litigious action... 

 


Dr Harriet Jones

General Dental Practitioner and part time Community Dental Officer in Yorkshire

“Working in secondary and tertiary care settings has given me increased confidence in primary care”, explains early career dentist, Harriet Jones...

 


Dr Adrian Bennett

Dental Surgeon with Special Interest in Orthodontics, Honorary Clinical Teaching Fellow in Warwick Medical School, Director of FGDP(UK) North West Division

Read how a multi-disciplinary team within one practice approached a complex case with outstanding results... 

 


Dr Iain Mackenzie

Clinical supervisor, academic tutor and occasional lecturer at Peninsula Dental School, Plymouth

Academic Tutor at Peninsula Dental School, Iain Mackenzie, reflects on the pressures felt by his Year 5 students concerning their 'Exit' cases and final year...

 


Dr Kenny Strain

Dental Core Trainee 1 (DCT1), Maxillofacial, Rotheram District General Hospital

Get a behind-the-scenes insight into dental core training in Oral and Maxillofacial in a busy district general hospital in Yorkshire, from DCT1 Kenny Strain...

 


Dr Sahar-Tara Aghababaie

Part time Dental Associate in North West London & Dental Core Trainee at The Eastman Dental Hospital

Dr Sahar-Tara Aghababaie, a London-based GDP, gives you her top tips for surviving your first year in practice and planning a successful dental career...