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The Dental Head Start podcast is made to help dental students become great dentists. You can't google the path to dental success, but you can learn from those already there. We interview dentists who have achieved what you're striving for and get the story behind the struggles, the successes and the advice they want you to hear. Get the head start you need in your dental career.

The Dental Head Start Podcast Dr David Keir

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The Dental Head Start podcast is made to help dental students become great dentists. You can't google the path to dental success, but you can learn from those already there. We interview dentists who have achieved what you're striving for and get the story behind the struggles, the successes and the advice they want you to hear. Get the head start you need in your dental career.

    FEATURE #92 – POV: You’re a Dental Student in 2024 with Nathan Lau, Emily Lee, Jack Awad and Ashton Foo

    FEATURE #92 – POV: You’re a Dental Student in 2024 with Nathan Lau, Emily Lee, Jack Awad and Ashton Foo

    In this episode, we get a glimpse into the world of dental school and dental students in 2024. Join Nathan from Griffith Uni, Emily from UQ, Jack from USYD and Ashton from UWA as they share what a day in the life is like at their uni's and give valuable advice for younger students. From the parties and fun to the grind and stresses of clinic, we unpack it all!



    If you're a current dental student, we hope you can relate and find some encouragement from our conversation today. And if you've already graduated we hope this gives you a bit of a POV on what the next generation of dentists are up to.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    TIP #137 – OHT Student Spotlight with Kaitlyn White: Thriving and Surviving Uni

    TIP #137 – OHT Student Spotlight with Kaitlyn White: Thriving and Surviving Uni

    Wow, we are well within the first semester this year and whatever part of our dental school journey we might be at, I think it would be pretty safe to say it's only going to get harder before it gets easier at this stage. My guest in today’s episode is someone who has amassed over 1500 followers on social media by sharing her life as an OHT student and you can tell she's a devoted one as she manages to share her oral health knowledge in such a way that would make the most anxious patient passionate about their smile. We caught up since wrapping up uni last year and talk about what we’re doing to thrive and survive another challenging year of school.

    • 16 min
    FEATURE #91 – Empowering Women and Everything in Between with Dr Tiffany Chen

    FEATURE #91 – Empowering Women and Everything in Between with Dr Tiffany Chen

    David and Tiffany sit down and uncover their similar experiences in their journeys to becoming the dentists they are today. Tiffany grew up in Taiwan and moved from New Zealand to pursue dental school in Australia and took a liking to the relaxed atmosphere that regional life gave just after graduating. After working for a few years, she took off on a hiking adventure in Nepal then learnt spanish while travelling Central and South America. Like David, she shares the incredible experience and growth that travelling has given her and urges listeners to not expect such opportunities to land in your lap.



    Tiffany is about to finish her Perio postgraduate and talks about how she coped with the demands of clinicals and school all while becoming a new mother. Incredible huh? As if that wasn’t enough, Tiffany has recently created The Cusp Collective, a conference with a goal to inspire and empower women, reignite their curiosity and desire to learn, and create a community where women can openly discuss challenges and successes without judgement. Their very first event is coming in May 2024 and will be held in the Gold Coast; we are very excited about it all to say the least!

    • 54 min
    TIP #136 – Seeing Your First Patient with Dr Nicole Contemplacion & Laura Righetto (OHT)

    TIP #136 – Seeing Your First Patient with Dr Nicole Contemplacion & Laura Righetto (OHT)

    Welcome to What I Wish I Knew by Dental Head Start. This is a podcast where we learn from people that have been there, made the mistakes, learnt the lessons and have developed into the accomplished dental professionals they are today.



    It’s your weekly mentoring session.



    Hosted by Christina Potestas 



    I wanted to dedicate this episode to all my peers and of course all dental students who will be reaching what I believe to be one of the biggest milestones of dental school and that is seeing your very first patient. In first year, It was something I always thought about, although an exciting thought it didn't come without doubt in myself.



    I sat down with 2 very special people who I actually went to High school with, and who are now established dental clinicians practicing privately in Sydney. I remember them being such great, friendly personalities during highschool that I feel comfortable to turn to these two to ease my nerves of seeing my first patient and am delighted to share the chat we had with you all. 



    You listening may be a 2nd year ready to see your very first patient, or maybe you’re someone who knows someone who is about to endeavour on this part of their journey, Or you may just be curious about what these 2 have to say. Whoever you are, I hope you enjoy listening to the chat just as much as I did having it.

    • 39 min
    Feature #90 – Our Dental School Journeys So Far with Hieu Dong & Christina Potestas

    Feature #90 – Our Dental School Journeys So Far with Hieu Dong & Christina Potestas

    In this episode, Hieu and Christina miraculously got a chance amongst their hectic schedules to catch up and get to know each other a little better. Like dental school, they joined the Dental Head Start team with two feet running so it was fun to chill for a sec and in fact discover that they have quite unique experiences and journeys into dental school so far; they might have also dropped a few study tips in there as well*. They also talk about how they joined the Dental Head Start team and what they hope to achieve as new co-hosts. 



    From Hieu and Christina: “We are very privileged to be part of this community and look forward to supporting the Dental Head Start cause. A huge thank you to David and his team for such an amazing opportunity.”



    *the flashcard software Christina refers to is called Quizlet

    • 32 min
    FEATURE #89 – How to become a confident, competent, and resilient dentist with Dr Raghu Channapati

    FEATURE #89 – How to become a confident, competent, and resilient dentist with Dr Raghu Channapati

    Today we have a fascinating discussion with Dr. Raghu Chennapati about helping new graduates transition smoothly into the dental profession.



    Dr. Chennapati has a unique perspective, having trained as a prosthodontist in India before moving to Australia and starting his career over as a general dentist. He shares insights from his own journey of navigating a new country and healthcare system while building his skills. Through both his personal experiences and mentoring many new associates, Dr. Chennapati has developed a framework of 10 key points that he believes are crucial for graduates to focus on.

    • 58 min

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Amanda_Michelle_ ,

Great Podcast!

I highly recommend Dr. David Keir’s podcast! Great content for dental students to hear from experienced dentists and learn from them!

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