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Academic Dentistry

A view on Academic Dentistry
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Damien Walmsley

on 27 January 2017

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Transcript of Academic Dentistry

Academic Dentistry
Damien Walmsley
The Start
Start with your BDS

Look at your CV
Good elective
Written a paper
Show Discovery
Dental Foundation
Year 1
- Audit project, conferences

Year 2
- Dental Core Trainee
Higher clinical Training
SpR training
Specialty exams
CCST
Research Training
Higher Degree

Masters
Doctorate (PhD)

Clinical academic training pathway

The Road Ahead
Alternative routes
All roads lead to......
Research training
Literature searching
Writing skills
Presentation
Communication
Life coaching
Adapt
Persevere
Network
Life Coaching
Disappointments
Work style changes
Balance
Fun stuff
Travel
Recognition
Adapt hobbies to work
Friends
Different stresses
Academic
Snapshot
Trained as a dentist not as a scientist

You NEED that science training

Pick up new skills when young more demanding at later age to undertake PG study

Not impossible but demanding
Teaching
Return to teaching
Undergraduate
Posgraduate

Why teach?
Rewarding
Returns on investment
Personal Reward
Qualifications
None required in first instance but courses required for new concepts and ideas

Masters in Education
Research in Education
PhD in Dental Education
Academic
Career Pathway
Teaching will require
more study, therefore time out

Universities reward teaching via

Feedback
Innovation
Writing

My Selfie
Wanted to do Dentistry
Went to Manchester
Did well in Prosthetics and Anatomy
Did an elective at Ann Arbor, Michigan
Use of alternative metals to gold crowns
Wrote up and published a paper
and then
Move to London
House jobs (DCT)
Guys Dental (Kings)
Bart's Hospital
MSc
PhD

Sponsored by the MRC

Biological Effects of Ultrasound
I was BDS, MSc, PhD
with 2 papers
teaching
conferences
Move to Birmingham
85 - 87 switched focus to clinic

1987 Gained FDS RCPS
Then went on a consultant training pathway
1991 Promoted to Senior Lecturer
had 20+ papers
Some grant money
1993 Consultant in
Restorative Dentistry
Researcher
Clinician
Teacher
Administrator

Research in Endodontics
Department at Iowa Dental School
Conferences
Washington
Chicago
Singapore
Orlando
Nice
Milan

Inivatations
Sao Paulo
Rio de Janiero
Malmo
Copenhagen
Bali
Hong Kong
Papers
Added more and reached 40+
Teaching
Prosthodontics
Set up the First World Wide Web site for dental school in 1994
Started elearning at Birmingham
Professor of Restorative Dentistry
appointed 2000
Most successful clinician on Peer reviewed grants from EPSRC
President of the BSSPD
President of ADEE
Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dentistry
Numerous editorial board appointments
20+ PhD students
Postgraduate Director

Published nearly 200 papers

200 + abstracts

100 + other articles
Recognised teacher at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level
Finalist in Teacher of the Year
Back to
Manchester
YOU !!
Time out
Recipe for success
As you would expect
No definite answer as it varies
Positives
Intellectual and scientific challenge with stimulation
Lifestyle of academics
Interest in teaching






Reflections
Been a great life
still so much to look forward to
Be prepared to learn from failure
it happens in any job you do
Exams - applications – promotion
Network like crazy
Treat others with respect

Also of importance
Mentorship
Role models
Research and Research Training Opportunities
My research wordle
Thank you
and
Good Luck
Head of Prosthetic Dentistry
NHS service
Teaching Unit
@dammo

@DentCareerGuide
@NIHR_trainees
My clinical niche
Scientific Advisor to BDA
With Media Profile
Newspapers -
Times, Telegraph, Mail, Guardian, Metro
National TV - One Show, Breakfast, Fake Britain, Watchdog Testhouse
Local TV - local BBC and ITV stations
Radio 2, 4, 5live, regional BBC and commercial stations
Based on ‘Walport’ Integrate academic training path. The Walport Report, 2005

Post-Doctoral Research



PhD



ACL

ACF

Clinician Scientist Fellowships

Dental
School

Intercalated BSc

BDS
Foundation training

DF1 DF2

New role, new job
Director of Internationalisation for Medical School
GET Your PhD - Internationally recognised
Publish papers- Currency for promotion
Move out
of the shadows
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