ADAWA: Supporting young dentists

Posted on 8th June 2021

When the New Practitioners’ Program was launched in 2020, it was with a simple idea in mind – to assist new and recent graduates to transition from a big cohort in a predicted environment to part of a network of peers.

Comprising of five study clubs, held throughout the year – ending with the all-day Young Dentist Conference – the events allow new practitioners to hear from some of the best in the industry and have the chance to ask questions in a safe, supportive setting.

The program is run by a committee of young dentists including Drs Sean Archibald, Amanda Phoon Nguyen, Greg Crane and Bec Penco.

“When you leave Dental School, you might not be working with your peers and so don’t know who to talk to,” Amanda explains.  “Many new dentists know they want a mentor but sometimes there is a barrier such as hesitation and embarrassment about talking about cases.

“But the truth is we have all been there, so the point of the program is for new dentists to get to know each other, get to know some of the senior dentists in the profession, the ADAWA and specialists.

“It is to build their network and talk about topics that we think are relevant,” she says, adding that the program is restricted to practitioners who have been practicing for less than five years.

“It is a restricted group to dentists who have been practicing for less than five years because we wanted to create a safe space that offers support for newer dentists to talk about anything they want to.”

Amanda says if you are thinking about coming along to a study group, you have nothing to lose. “We keep the program as a very low financial cost,” she says. “What I also want to encourage is my inbox is always open and I share my email after every session, because we are big about making the program what the new practitioners want. If they came along and there was something they did not like or something that could be improved on, please tell us – because that is how we tailor the program.”

The committee will be working on options for new practitioners who are based rurally, possibly arranging a study group in a rural location or looking into online options in the future.

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