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Dental Leadership Programme

The Dental Mentor Dental Leadership Programme is an incredible opportunity for school students who aspire to become future leaders in dentistry. This programme offers a unique and exciting experience that combines hands-on practical tasks, tailored mentoring from experienced dental professionals, and exclusive access to a network of like-minded students who share the same passion for dentistry. You will be given the chance to develop essential leadership skills, explore research and wider-reading topics, and gain valuable experience that will set you apart in your dental school applications. Join this programme and embark on an unforgettable journey towards your dream career in dentistry!

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As an aspiring dentist, you are on the path to making a profound impact on people’s lives. However, being a dentist is not just about dental knowledge and technical skills. It is also about leadership, and the ability to inspire and motivate others. Leadership skills are essential for dentists because they help you to communicate effectively with your colleagues, build trust with your patients, and make difficult decisions in high-pressure situations. By developing your leadership skills, you can become a more effective and compassionate physician, capable of guiding and supporting your team to provide the best possible care to your patients. Remember, the road to becoming a dentist is long and challenging, but with dedication, perseverance, and strong leadership skills, you can become the kind of dentist who makes a real difference in the world.

The Dental Leadership Programme is the ultimate opportunity for aspiring dentists, to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in a supportive environment. As a participant, you will receive three additional teaching days each year (1 per school term), providing you with the tools you need to succeed in your future career. Through this programme, you will have the chance to work alongside a variety of medical professionals, gaining valuable insights and experiences that will help you stand out from your peers. The earlier you get involved, the more time you will have to hone your skills and build your confidence, so don’t hesitate to apply! We accept students from 11/S4/Northern Irish 12 year groups. With certificates and references from the Presidents of Dental Mentor, this programme is your ticket to a successful career in dentistry and maybe even a scholarship to study dentistry at university. Join us today and take the first step towards a bright future!

Yes, the programme is free to students who are accepted.

At Dental Mentor, we believe that investing in the future of our dentists is crucial. That’s why we’re proud to offer our Dental Leadership Programme completely free of charge to secondary school students. We understand that pursuing a career in dentistry is already challenging enough, and financial barriers should never hold students back from achieving their dreams. We fund the programme ourselves because we believe that investing in the future of dentistry is investing in the future of our society. By offering students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and other essential qualities, we’re helping to ensure that our future healthcare system will be led by the best and brightest minds. So if you’re an aspiring dentist, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey and take advantage of this unique opportunity to develop your skills and achieve your dreams.

As part of the Dental Leadership Programme, students can expect to cover a range of curriculum topics, including medical ethics, research skills, public speaking, team-building, critical thinking, and more. There will also be discussions of medical wider-reading topics such as current affairs, NHS structure and values, significant medical organisations and discoveries, and healthcare policy. The programme aims to provide a well-rounded educational experience that prepares students for their future careers as dentists, by not only focusing on dental knowledge but also developing key transferable skills.

Term 1:

  • Introduction to Dental Leadership and the qualities and skills needed to become an excellent doctor
  • Goal setting and time management
  • Effective communication and teamwork
  • Setting up a Dental Society within your school
  • Fundraising for a dental charity
  • Guest speaker from the dental profession

Term 2:

  • Research skills and methods
  • Conducting a literature review
  • Introduction to statistics and data analysis
  • Developing an innovative education project
  • Presenting your education project to peers and mentors
  • Guest speaker from the dental profession

Term 3:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Ethical dilemmas and decision making
  • Introduction to public health and global health issues
  • Designing and conducting a research project
  • Preparing a poster or oral presentation for a national dental conference
  • Reflection and feedback from mentors and peers

Throughout the programme, students will be placed into small groups with personal mentors to work on practical tasks and participate in interactive activities alongside engaging presentations. All sessions will be virtual on Zoom, allowing for networking and collaboration with students from across the country. Each day will leave students feeling more confident and having developed a specific skill such as leadership, presentation, research and more. The knowledge combined with the amazing activities creates incredible CVs and individual growth which make students very competitive candidates for dental school applications.

School Ambassadors is the term we use to refer to the students on the Dental Leadership Programme.  These incredible students are individuals who have taken a step towards shaping the future of the dental profession. They are inspiring leaders who work passionately to empower and motivate other aspiring dentals within their schools. As School Ambassadors, they play a critical role in creating awareness by providing guidance and help to other students on how to make use of the supportive network and resources at Dental Mentor.  In doing this they can encourage colleagues at schools to explore healthcare careers. Through their hard work, dedication, and passion, they inspire the next generation of dental professionals to follow in their footsteps and make a positive impact in their communities. These school ambassadors demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and serve as shining examples of what it means to be a compassionate and skilled dental professional. Their efforts in shaping the dental profession, inspiring others and growing themselves both personally and professionally, are truly remarkable and deserve recognition and praise.

You must be an existing Dental Mentor student in order to apply with your Student ID number.  If you do not have one yet, you can obtain one for free by registering for a student portal here.  You will then be able to submit your application and track its progress through your free online portal.

Applications for leadership positions open 2-3 times a year and we will be making announcements across our social medical platforms, so please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and keep an eye on your emails for when leadership positions open.

To apply for a position on the Dental Leadership Programme with Dental Mentor, you must be a secondary student who wants to become a dentist. The programme is open to students from any school around the world who are in the following year groups (or international equivalents):

  • Year 11 (age 15-16 years old)
  • Year 12 (age 16-17 years old)
  • Year 13 (age 17-18 years old)

We accept students from Scotland in S4, S5 and S6 year groups.

We accept students from Norther Ireland in 12, 13 and 14 year groups.

Dental Mentor is looking for motivated and dedicated students who have a passion for dentistry and a commitment to making a positive impact in the field. Previous experience in dentistry or healthcare is not required, but applicants should have a strong academic record and demonstrate leadership skills, teamwork, and a desire to learn and grow.

We understand that the prospect of applying for the dental leadership programme can be daunting, especially considering the fact that we can only offer three places per school. However, we want to emphasise that this competitive aspect is not a measure of your worth or potential as a future dental leader. Rather, it simply speaks to the high level of interest in the programme and the limited number of spots available. We encourage you to view this as an opportunity to showcase your unique talents, skills, and passion for dentistry. The programme is designed to support and empower students to become future leaders in healthcare, and we are committed to helping you achieve your goals. So, while the competition may be tough, we want you to know that we believe in you and your potential to make a real difference in the field of dentistry. Take a chance, apply with confidence, and let your passion for dentistry shine through.

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Let's Get that Dental School


Dental Mentor is an all-in-one solution to your dental school application.  We bring only the best resources for tackling every single component of your dental school application to one place.  We are here to help you work efficiently, by balancing the UCAS application process alongside your school work and extracurricular activities.  One of the best ways to save you time is to direct you to the best advice and resources so that you do not have to waste time searching for them yourselves.

We know what you are going through, as doctors and dental students who were in your position!  By combining application knowledge, extracurricular opportunities, platforms to up-skill and boost confidence, it is not a surprise that Dental Mentor students are successful.  Will it be difficult? Yes, applying to dental school is not easy.  But through Dental Mentor it will be less stressful, and even fun.  Let’s get started!

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