The Only Free LIVE Virtual Work Experience in the UK Run by Dentists!
Dental Mentor as part of the UK’s largest medical family, welcome you to participate in the free live virtual work experience open to any student in the UK wishing to pursue a career in dentistry. This work experience programme is completely unique because unlike other virtual work experience programmes, it is LIVE, using high fidelity simulation. The programme is patient centred and will follow patient journey’s over a 4-month period as they go from diagnosis, to treatment and follow up, that is provided by qualified and practicing dentists here in the UK. As a student, you will be able to ask any of the dentists questions about the cases you see. It will be as if you are really there, but from the comfort of your own home and without putting you at risk during the COVID pandemic. Dental Mentor are committed to ensuring that students still have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into healthcare careers and high quality application support, even in these difficult times.
The live virtual work experiences take place once a month, generally on the 2nd Saturday but please keep an eye out for any changes. The sessions for the rest of 2021 are:
Saturday 11th September
Saturday 2nd October
Saturday 6th November
Saturday 4th December
So complete the application below as soon as you can! It will run for a 4 month period offering students 24 hours of valuable work experience. Please note, by completing the application you are comitting to attend all 4 sessions. It is your responsibility to arrange your affairs so you can attend and enjoy the entire programme. The nature of the programme is LIVE and therefore any sessions missed will not be recorded and therefore you will not be able to gain access to the content at a later date.
Who can Apply?
Any student from any school across the UK, in years’ 10-12 or S3-S5, can apply. Places are limited and we will allocate them based on the quality of the student’s application below.
How will the day be structured?
Each session will begin promptly at 10am. You will be required to arrive punctually ready to begin at 9:30 with your reflective journal and logged onto the streaming portal. You will have received links to the live stream in the week leading up to the event. There will be live simultations accompanied by breakouts to facilitate your learning and hone in on the essential learning outcomes defined at the outset of the session by the Dental Leads. There will be a short mid morning, and afternoon break of 10-15 minutes and a lunch break of 45 minutes/ 1 hour. During the breaks, there will be live polls, or even IGTV Lives with the mentors. So please dont forget to follow Dental Mentor on Social media! Specifically Instagram where live updates will be posted ahead of the events Launch!
Do I get a Certificate for attending?
You will recieve a certificate for 24hours worth of work expereince if you can demonstrate you have attended all 4 sessions. How? Following each session you will be required to register your attendance by completing a short form. Please do not expect certificates immediately following the final session. You will recieve your certifcate approximately between 2-4weeks following the programmes completion.
Is there homework?
Unofficially, yes. We have provided you with self directed tasks within your free reflective journal which you can choose to complete in your own time. The homework is not mandatory and this will be outlined by your mentors on the day. The homework is designed for those pro-active students to further there reflective skills to help them when it comes to personal statement writing required for thier UCAS application. You do not submit your homework.
Will the Session be interactive?
The session will have interactive elements. We use an interactivity platform enablng you to take part in polls. quizzes and live Q and A’s to ask the Dental team burning questions you may have and they will answer you in real time! The details to access this platform will be provided ahead of the live event along with the link and reflective journal.
What you should know before you register!
All students will recieve the link ahead of the live event. It is essential that when you register you put your up to date email address. Please ensure you have entered your details correctly. Not doing so will mean you will not recieve important updates and most importantly you will not recieve the link to the live stream! We highly recommend you do not use your school email address, most have firewalls which cause our emails to bounce or have limited capacity and so our emails can end up in spam. Please check your spam folders before emailing our admin team.
Professionalism. We have a zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour during our programmes. Our team work tirelessly alongside full time clinical roles to bring you this fanstatic CV boosting and learning opportunity for free. Any conduct not conducive to the student code of conduct you sign will result in your removal from the programme with immediate effect. Dental Mentor have no afffiliation with any spin off groups and any correspondence from us will be provided through our official channels, you should avoid sharing personal information with any external groups not affiliaed with our organisation. Online safety is of paramount importance to us expecially in the COVID-19 online era.
This is a 2 part application process. Students and parents must complete all 2 sections as accurately as possible to have the best chance of being awarded a place on this programme. Please take the time to complete each of the 2 sections carefully. Complete the application once, but if you do make a mistake, you can complete it again. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Thank you.