Work Experience at the Berkeley Clinic

RebeccaPursue A Career As A Dentist

 ‘My name is Rebecca Fawcett. I first became interested in dentistry at 4 years old when my nursery had a play dentist chair and equipment.  I loved to play dentist even although the other children didn’t appreciate my hands in their mouth!  Now I am 15 and I am going into my 5th year of secondary school yet my ambition hasn’t changed.

I first heard about The Berkeley Clinic when my school were organising a work experience week last year.  I didn’t want to go to just any dental practice, I wanted somewhere different and technologically advanced. The Berkeley Clinic didn’t disappoint when I first visited in January 2013.  I shadowed a lot during my first visit and saw everything from a scale and polish to CEREC restorations.  Seeing the procedures carried out to such a high standard only made me more passionate and excited about dentistry.

Another thing that set apart The Berkeley Clinic from the rest was the technology and the facilities that the clinic had compared to anything else I’d heard. What I found very interesting was the way Mike worked with phobic patients and how far he helped them come to face their fear which took time but was worth it to see a patient who was once terrified to even step through the door, sit on the dentist chair with ease.

My time there was so great that I even wrote an essay on my experience for my standard grade writing folio!  I’m also currently back at the clinic during the summer to gain more experience by nursing.  I’m now on my fourth week of volunteering for the summer and find each new day as liberating and exciting as the last.  I’ve learned a great deal over my time at the clinic and hope to come back to learn even more.

I hope to one day pursue a career as a dentist in such a technologically advanced practice as Berkeley and I just would like to add that if it wasn’t for every member of staff at the clinic taking the time to educate and guide me I wouldn’t have gotten a fraction of the experience that I have.  I was made to feel a true part of the team from the outset and have the up-most appreciation and respect for everyone from the nurses and managers to the lab techs and dentists.  Thank you so much for having me and I hope to see everyone again in the future!’

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