23 July 2017
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Specialising after Dental School – The Guide

Specialising after Dental School – The Guide


We all know that there are many different career pathways we could choose after dental school, but often the information about how to specialise after graduating is either difficult to find or non-existent.

We have come across an enlightening booklet (also available online as a PDF) produced by The Faculty of Dental Surgery – The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

The booklet clearly describes the pathways for specialist dentistry – from graduating at Dental school through to foundation years, speciality training posts and consultant posts. There is a very useful and simple careers pathway diagram on pages 12-13.

It also contains summaries of the following specialities and ‘A day in the life..’ entry for each one:

  • Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Dental Public Health
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Oral Medicine
  • Oral Microbiology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Special Care Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Academic Dentistry

The booklet can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF here.

Alternatively you can download the guide to careers in dental surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons England website.

If you are in 2nd or 3rd BDS – you should start thinking about different specialities you may want to pursue. Of course, many people do not know what they want to do until much later and that’s fine. If you are keen on a speciality, then you can start setting goals and develop an understanding of how many years and types of qualifications you will need to reach your desired post.