Kevin (BDS Birmingham, 2003) currently works as a General Dental Practitioner in Merseyside.
What has your career path been since graduating from the University of Birmingham?
I was one of the very lucky graduates to earn a place on the newly formed Edinburgh Post Graduate Dental Institutes GPT (General Professional Training) program. This involved me managing patients care under supervision across Primary / Secondary and Tertiary care settings throughout the South East of Scotland. This program was subsequently rolled out nationwide to what is now Foundation training for Dentists.
Following this I was fortunate enough to work as an Senior House Officer in MaxilloFacial Surgery across the Mersey region. This is the busiest and most well recognised MaxilloFacial training program in the UK. Following this I entered mixed General Practice and combined my patients care commitments with appropriate further study. During this time I was fortunate to be awarded a Fellowship in General Dental Practice (FFGDP) from The Royal College of Surgeons of England, and at the time I was the youngest ever recipient of this award. This post graduate qualification represents the highest award possible in terms of a quality indicator across multiple spheres of General Dental Practice and patient care.
I also currently work as an examiner at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh over the past 10 years examining Dental candidates both nationally and internationally. In addition my role has involved implementing new exams and qualifications for dentists to undertake for patient care and professional development purposes.
How did your course help prepare you for your career?
It taught me the joy and satisfaction of learning new things in addition to providing the highest possible standards of care to patients.
What attracted you to studying at Birmingham?
I really liked the campus and the city. The social and sporting facilities available were second to none and it really allowed me to enjoy my time and maximising my potential whilst living away from home.
What inspired you most during your time at Birmingham?
My peers and fellow students. Everyday was a variation and a fun challenge.
What tips/ advice would you give to people who are considering studying your course at Birmingham?
Come and have a look around our beautiful campus, facilities and most importantly spend some time and meet our wonderful students.
How would you advise people to make the most of their time on their course?
Dedicate yourself to University life as a whole. Do things which continually challenge you as well as maintain interests in those things which are familiar to you.
And finally, is there anything else you’d like to share?
My family and I often return to visit campus and enjoy a Costa coffee together.