Final Year Dental Student, University of Bristol
Emily is a final year dental student at Bristol Dental School, having completed an intercalated BSc in Global Health between her second and third year of dental school. Upon her 4th year clinical studies being paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she began working as an NHS 111 Health Advisor. She began writing articles and sharing her experiences on her Instagram page (@emilydental) as well as featuring in podcasts, YouTube videos and blogs
Alongside now being in final year at Bristol, she works for the tech company Kiroku. The start-up uses artificial intelligence to help dentists write their clinical notes. She is a keen hockey player for the 2nd team at Bristol University and has been shortlisted as Future of Dentistry’s dental student of the year!
Finals. An incredibly intimidating set of exams, with many of us left baffled at where to begin when it comes to revision! To try and help, I have written a (non-exhaustive!) revision checklist to try and help get your mind around the essentials to cover for BDS finals. I have also included the resources I found to be most useful when revising for my BDS finals.
Please do not neglect your lecture notes, as every dental school’s syllabus is slightly different. But this should hopefully help ensure you haven’t forgotten any essentials!
I used two books that helped me with treatment planning principles and especially helped me in my oral exams. If you are going to only find two books in the library, these would be the two!
My biggest advice for revising: make it active! The most useful thing I did was practice questions: I used the Pastest books and the online question bank (3-month paid subscription). I also used Oxford Assess and Progress Clinical Dentistry, as well as a free question bank that came with the Harty’s endodontics book. The Master Dentistry books are very succinct with practice multiple choice, extended matching, oral and essay questions and detailed answers at the end of each chapter.