‘How mydentist helped shape my career as a young dentist’

How mydentist shaped my career as a young dentist

Sean, a mydentist clinician in Aberystwyth, discusses his experience as a young dentist and the opportunities that mydentist provides for early-career dentists.

In the dynamic landscape of UK dentistry, young dentists aren’t just practitioners. They are leading some of the biggest changes in the sector, shaping the future of dental care through learning, development and innovation.

As 2024 starts, mydentist has never been prouder to work with some of the country’s leading young dentists, investing more than ever before in support and training to empower clinicians at all stages of their career to realise their full potential.

Sean, a clinician at mydentist Aberystwyth, began his dental career in 2018 when he graduated from Manchester University. He came full circle in January 2022 when he joined the mydentist Aberystwyth practice in Wales, taking over the reins from his retiring childhood dentist.

Sean said: ‘Joining mydentist Aberystwyth was a homecoming for me, and despite the challenges posed by our rural location and the ongoing pandemic, the comprehensive induction from mydentist’s bespoke CPD portal set the stage for success, ensuring my CPD was up-to-date so I could focus on my patients and my development.’

A vital support system

Sean has gone from strength to strength since then. He says: ‘The support and encouragement from both the practice and the area team have been instrumental in growing our plan patients and exploring innovative treatments like ClearCorrect. We hope to be able to recruit a TCO in the future, which would make a huge difference in improving and streamlining our ways of working as a practice so that we can remain focused on what’s important – providing our patients with excellent care.’

The mydentist network has proven to be a vital support system in Sean’s journey, offering a vast clinical community that fosters collaboration and learning. Sean noted: ‘Monthly calls and events with other dentists and regional clinical directors have showcased the immense support and networking opportunities available at mydentist. It’s reassuring to be part of a community of like-minded colleagues and to have that large-scale network which comes with the territory of working for a big dental care provider.’

When it comes to clinical freedom, Sean emphasised that mydentist exceeded his expectations, saying: ‘The regional team’s investments in our practice, including a digital 3Shape scanner and digital orthodontic monitoring solutions, have expanded our capabilities and provided me with the freedom I need to deliver high-quality care to our patients efficiently.’

Looking towards the future, Sean envisions a role that involves both clinical and non-clinical duties.

‘I want to constantly focus on patient care while growing my private revenue,’ he said.

More than just a workplace

Describing mydentist as a nurturing workplace for early-career dentists, Sean highlighted the access to support advisors as well as the flexible working hours on offer, adding: ‘The regional team and support network have played a pivotal role in enhancing my performance and confidence, especially in areas like short-term orthodontics. Working at mydentist has enabled me to achieve a great work-life balance, so I can still enjoy my passions outside of dentistry such as exploring, scuba diving and motor sports.’

Sean’s journey at mydentist Aberystwyth mirrors the stories of other young dentists starting their careers at mydentist, who have found a supportive environment in which they can thrive and innovate, forging their own unique career paths along the way.

Sean concluded: ‘For me, mydentist is more than just a workplace. It’s a community that encourages growth and innovation. I see myself evolving here, contributing to the future of dentistry while ensuring the best care for my patients. That’s the essence of being a young dentist at mydentist, and I look forward to the journey ahead.’

If you’re looking for guidance on where to start your professional dentistry journey, visit www.mydentist.co.uk/careers/healthcare-jobs/early-career-opportunities.

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