Dental students are under pressure to meet course requirements while new graduates must transition from being a student to practising as a registered health professional. Both are exciting times in a person’s life, but they can be stressful.
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Some dental students and new dental practitioners experience a high level of stress when they start their studies or embark on their new career. Some individuals might even suffer what is known as ‘impostor’ syndrome – a psychological pattern in which a person doubts their talents or ability to do something and feels afraid of being exposed as a ‘fraud’.
It is normal to feel inadequately prepared for the world of study, clinical placements, new work environments and responsibilities and other related stressors. It is important to know that there are lots of strategies that you can use to help make your transition into the profession smoother.
In this section, you will find information about how you can prepare for the challenges during this time of your career. If you’re a dental student, you’ll find this information helpful as you navigate clinical placements and contact with patients.