Barriers to Dentistry Career

What barriers/issues do you think are most relevant to someone in accessing a career in dentistry in Scotland?

Why the contribution is important

As part of the Review process, the Scottish Government would like to hear from people who might be interested in studying dentistry, students who are currently studying dentistry, and vocational trainees, or dentists who were recipients of the bursary in the past. As highlighted above we have a particular interest in understanding some of the key issues that affect people from less advantageous backgrounds, and those from rural and remote areas. We hope to engage with young people to understand their motivations and the barriers to a possible career in dentistry.  

by cconnolly on September 04, 2015 at 01:53PM

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  • Posted by Alaneee October 23, 2015 at 22:55

    I am a potential dentistry student and I think the bursary will a great help for me to really manage to succeed because I come from less privileged background. It is really hard to manage working full time and doing a degree in dentistry since it is a very challenging degree and requires long hours of studying and hard work so I am totally against stopping the scheme.
  • Posted by cylynleiks October 28, 2015 at 14:33

    Dentistry is quite a costly course. People with a great potential to become a better dentist with good manners but has a less privileged background will really stop us. It is very true that it is hard to work full time to sustain our living cost throughout the course especially when it comes to this challenging course bcs assignments and researches does need time to complete with excellence.
  • Posted by sahar_ley October 29, 2015 at 19:14

    Scotland is a desirable place to live, work and study. I am an inspiring dental student and I’m against stopping the scheme as dentistry is a course that requires long hours of studying and dedication, therefore the bursary will be very helpful to succeed in the course.
  • Posted by Albarraqi October 30, 2015 at 21:35

    I completely disagree with scrapping the bursary scheme because it gives prospective students who have a family to support the opportunity to study without the stress of having to work at the same time. The bursary definitely helps to widen participation in what is undoubtedly a demanding course to individuals who would not have previously considered studying dentistry due to the burden of other commitments outside of education. I agree with the idea of qualified dentists who have received a bursary working in the NHS for a set number of years. I believe that life is give and take.
  • Posted by cfkelly November 09, 2015 at 18:22

    As a prospective dental student, the bursary would be hugely financially beneficial in helping me afford to commute to university or live in the city. It provides the greatest assistance to those who are already in a financially disadvantaged position in society and those who live far away from the university. The bursary would help underprivileged people with the financial burden of studying dentistry at university, therefore widening participation.
    Dentistry is a hugely demanding course and due to the amount of studying, very few part-time jobs are feasible. Getting rid of the bursary would force many prospective students to reconsider dentistry and apply for a university course that allows them to work at the same time.
    Most importantly, it provides an incentive for dental students to stay in the UK and work on the NHS. This is essential to fill future quotas of NHS dentists.
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