Big grins as dental interns start at Westmead

Westmead Hospital has welcomed eight new dental interns who have joined the hospital’s Centre for Oral Health.

The interns will undertake a 12 month internship.

Head of Department – General Practice Dr Phillipa Wenderoth said that as part of the training program the interns will have the opportunity to get a taste of everything, in order to grow their skills.

“As a brand new dentist, they’ll get a chance to try their hand at general practice, emergency and rotations through paediatrics,” Phillipa said.

“They’ll also get to spend some time in minor oral surgery, and they’ll get regular treatment planning sessions.

“There are lots of learning opportunities for them. It’s a really nice environment.”

Phillipa said the interns ability to work with medically complex patients will greatly benefit their career.

“A lot of our patients are older and sicker which means that providing treatment safely is crucial,” Phillipa said.

“Whether our interns stay at Westmead or move into the private sector, they’ll be able to take those important skills with them.”

Dental interns

The Westmead Centre for Oral Health is a provider of general dental services to the eligible population of the Western Sydney Local Health District with other clinics at Blacktown and Mount Druitt.

It is also a state-wide specialist oral health service provider for NSW and one of two teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Sydney.

It is equipped with advanced patient care facilities and operating suites.

Intern Michael Tran, who went to Charles Sturt University in Orange, has returned to Westmead for another year.

“Westmead Centre for Oral Health has a great reputation. Everyone who finishes their university degree wants to work here,” said Michael.

“There’s great learning potential and you get lots of experience.

“I’ve come back for another year because I want to learn more and be the best dental professional I can be.”

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