Day of the Dentist: A Practical Insight into the World of Dentistry

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2020)
Title: Day of the Dentist: A Practical Insight into the World of Dentistry
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Authors:
Omesh Modgill, Independent Scholar, United Kingdom

Abstract:

Day Of The Dentist (DOTD) is a novel, one day interactive and practical workshop curated to provide prospective dental undergraduate students an opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the demands of a career in dentistry. DOTD has been developed by The Wisdom Tooth: Teaching Courses for Dental Professionals, a teaching organisation that delivers lecture-based and practical teaching for dentists and dental care professionals. Materials and Methods Delegates register upon DOTD through an online link provided on all advertising communications. Spaces are limited to 10 delegates per workshop. All delegates must be aged between 15-18 years. Teaching is lectured-based and practical. Practical based elements include the placement of dental composite restorations, performing dental scaling, taking dental impressions and suturing upon prosthetic jaws. Results: Two cohorts of DOTD have been delivered. In total, DOTD has been attended by 14 delegates. Of these 10 (71%) were female and 4(29%) were male. All delegates have provided voluntary online responses of which 13 have rated DOTD a 5/5 star rating as per Trustpilot rating criteria. The remaining review has reviewed DOTD with a 4/5 star rating. Four delegates have voluntarily provided video testimonials all speaking highly of their experience during DOTD. Discussion: Preliminary evidence suggests this novel approach to providing prospective undergraduates further insight into the career of dentistry is required and well received. DOTD demonstrates that the success of this teaching model need not take place in a dental setting provided it is conducted by experienced dentists who closely supervise attending delegates.