The studying continues but it’s all worth it, says Reena Wadia.
I can clearly remember how excited I was when I was offered the opportunity to complete specialty training in periodontology at Guy’s Hospital. I can also distinctly recall the little voice in my head saying, ‘don’t do it, you’ll regret this, why are you putting yourself through more exams?’ Well I’m pleased to say that I’m almost half way through and still smiling, so that has to be a good sign! I haven’t regretted going back to university and the experience so far has been incredibly stimulating.
I am completing the part-time programme so I usually spend 3 days a week at the hospital. A typical week consists of a variety of clinics, formal teaching, group discussions and of course the early morning journal club!
My clinics this year include dedicated periodontal sessions, restorative consultation clinics and implant planning clinics.
The teaching staff range from specialists in practice to established consultants and professors. Every tutor is enthusiastic and keen to share their wealth of knowledge and experiences. As well as the guidance provided by the staff, the close support given by fellow periodontal trainees certainly helps when it comes to meeting the stringent requirements and passing the rigorous assessments.
We also work closely with the other mono-specialty trainees and the challenge of treating complex restorative cases together is particularly enjoyable.
I’m looking forward to progressing through the perio pathway and hope to continue to share any learning and experiences.