Dundee Dental School opens its doors to potential applicants

Secondary school pupils to shadow current dental students
Friday, April 1, 2016

A unique new programme will see S5 pupils from around Scotland have the chance to learn all about the world of dentistry – by experiencing it first-hand.

Dundee Dental Insight will see potential undergraduate applicants invited to accompany current students on their typical day in the clinic, gain hands-on experience in the School of Dentistry’s ‘phantom head room’, and attend talks on tackling the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT), writing a winning personal statement and more.

The programme is entirely student-led, and is the only one of its kind in the UK. It runs for the first time from 6-8 June.

To be eligible for one of the 30 available places, pupils must be in S5 at a secondary school in Scotland, and on-track to achieve the minimum entrance requirements to study dentistry at the University of Dundee. Attendance is completely free.

Gemma Gaw, one of the students behind Dundee Dental Insight, said: 

“The Dental Insight team, of 26 current BDS students, know how important undertaking work experience is for helping us choose our future careers, and that gaining work experience within the dental profession was really tricky!” 

“We are so proud of our Dental School and can’t wait to show young people who share our ambitions what it’s like to be a dental student, and use our experiences to help them on their way.”

Professor Mark Hector, Dean of Dentistry at the University of Dundee, said:

“On behalf of the whole school I’d like to applaud all the work Gemma and her 3rd year colleagues have done to develop the Dental Insight initiative. This is a really valuable and worthwhile project which has the genuine potential to transform the lives of school-aged students.”

“Dundee Dental Insight’s work reflects the core values of the University, and demonstrates beyond doubt that by working with schools and colleges, courses like dentistry can be made accessible to students who might not even have considered university as an option for themselves.”

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