It was 55 years ago that I was applying to dental schools for admission. I tell you this not to reminisce about the 'good old days' but to give a sense of perspective about how decisions made in one's teens can affect the rest of our lives.
This week dental schools were notified that there would be a 10% cut in student intake this autumn. Those starting in 2014 could be retiring in 2060, one hundred years after I started as an undergraduate. Decisions made now can have long lasting effects.