"I always wanted to be part of the healthcare field and there was something unique and rewarding about seeing immediate results and instantly alleviating patient’s problems in dentistry. I find great satisfaction in improving health at a community level, starting by raising awareness of the importance of oral healthcare. Not only does it allow people to maintain proper function but it brings so much confidence to individuals, which is invaluable. I also find the role of being part of prevention and early detection of oral diseases very alluring, and ultimately being a pivotal role in patients’ treatment throughout their entire life."
Why did you choose to study Dentistry at the University of Melbourne?
It is an incredible learning environment, surrounded by a supportive network of staff members, students and alumni. It offers some of the best education in Australia and is highly ranked in the world too. Melbourne University is one of the universities in Australia that offers this outstanding Doctor program, rather than just a Bachelor’s degree. This allows us to dip our feet into the research world as well, and contribute to the university’s reputable research department. But what personally enticed me to be a Melbourne University postgraduate student was the captivating video on its website that showed the high-tech equipment, such as the Moog Simodont Dental Trainer simulations and preclinical work on manikin heads; all of which made Melbourne Uni stand out even more.
Furthermore, the rural placement program in the final year has amazing reviews and students constantly rave about the immense experience the university provides them before becoming independent clinicians.
What do you enjoy most about the Doctor of Dental Surgery course?
I absolutely love interacting with patients and putting my knowledge to practice. Working with patients, from providing advice to managing their problems to reviewing their treatment, is very satisfying as I can see their confidence boosting with each visit. I appreciate how each patient is unique, making each case challenging and allowing me to consider different alternatives to establish a tailor-made treatment plan best suited for each individual.
I loved bringing out my artistic flair during the cosmetic dentistry seminars where guest lecturer, Dr Terry Wong, allowed us to experiment with restoring tooth anatomy, making it as realistic as possible.
What have been the highlights of your time at University?
I think the highlight from my time at university thus far would have to be dental camp at the start of my first year of dental school. It was just such a lovely time knowing that we were forming a tight-knit dent family, whom we’d need to rely on for the next 4 years. It made us really realise that we are, in fact, all in this together.
What inspires you?
Seeing a patient’s confidence in maintaining their oral hygiene and being pleased with aesthetic and functional changes inspire me to continue learning to be the best clinician I can be. There is nothing more rewarding than patient satisfaction and seeing a gleaming smile leaving the clinic at the end of each appointment.
“The privilege of receiving a high quality dental education in Australia has helped me realise the large disparity in health care systems between my homeland and developed countries and it spurs my passion and determination to help people through dentistry.”
Why did you decide to study the Doctor of Dental Surgery?
Growing up in Rural China, I had to travel miles away to access dental care and had very little exposure to preventive dentistry. It has always been my dream to pursue dentistry in a developed country. My childhood dream was to attend a famous dental school in a western country. Right now, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to come to the top dental school in Australia!
What inspires you?
Helping people is a very rewarding experience. Their smiles and satisfaction always make me happy!
Scott arrived in Melbourne from Vancouver to do the Doctor of Dental Surgery and he talks about his journey in the course and his impressions of Melbourne.