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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

A Lady Dentist's prospective after graduation

Reader, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospitals, Affiliated of Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication3-Jul-2018

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S Karthika Nagarajan
Reader, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospitals, Affiliated of Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ijmd.ijmd_17_18

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Nagarajan S K. A Lady Dentist's prospective after graduation. Indian J Multidiscip Dent 2018;8:1-2

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Nagarajan S K. A Lady Dentist's prospective after graduation. Indian J Multidiscip Dent [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 May 29];8:1-2. Available from: http://www.ijmdent.com/text.asp?2018/8/1/1/235724

Hope all are enjoying a wonderful hot summer in many parts of this region. Our discussion about a topic would be as hot as the climate around us. The ever-ongoing question in the heads of most of the freshly graduated dentists would be “what next?” and “how to survive in this highly competitive atmosphere?” The prospective of having >100,000 dentists in India by 2020[1] is an enormous workforce available for the country to handle if most of them decide to stay back here in India to practice. However, considerable number of graduates do travel outside the country either to take-up completely new registration in their preferred country or to take-up a career option in research based on their postgraduate specialty. A very few lady graduates who travel outside the country decide to take-up any of these options. Most of them decide to stay back as homemakers or train themselves in any other alternate jobs available that would suit them. On close watch at the batch of students that get admitted in a year in any dental college that has an average of 100 seats, we would be surprised to see the major number of students enrolled are girls when compared to boy students. Our 1999 batch was a great example. Our batch had a total of 100 seats with 72 girl students and 28 boy students. Of these 28 males, almost all of them have their own private practice except one person who went into dental materials business. Handful of these graduated lady students started their own practice. Few of us ladies; in fact <10 have completed postgraduation and are working in teaching institutions. Not <30 lady graduates have chosen to stay back as homemakers in India or abroad. If the pattern is to be generalized in all dental colleges, we would still have a large number of female population who would choose to stay back from their field of study and thereby reduce the competition for fresh graduates. Therefore, the above-predicted numbers for 2020 need not have to be so threatening.

William Ross Wallace said, “Hand that rocks the cradle is the Hand that rules the world.” We would take it that, after all these hands are tied-up at the cradle as they do not have an option to establish themselves in an already competitive world. I would like to take pride in exploring various career options for these wonderful full-time mothers who otherwise would not get respite from their daily chores to come back and exercise their lovingly hard-earned skills and knowledge. Medical and dental syllabus are considered as the toughest ones to clear and graduate due to the long years of study and rigorous skills training. After going through such methodical trainings, it is a waste to lay these skills to rust due to lack of proper opportunities. In Indian societal makeup, women are always looked on to takeover the households and concentrate on childbearing and later child raising. It is very hard for them to forego these duties for the sake of starting their own practice or to decide to study further or work for that matter. This would involve lots of hard work, economical support, work–life balance, and on top of all support from her own family members.

Ladies with undergraduate training who have immense interest in research can train themselves in certain common laboratory procedures and after formal training would get great opportunity to attach themselves with pharmacological companies in their R&D wings owing to their medical background as well as their pharmacology knowledge. These types of expertise are in high demand in developed countries like US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Lady graduates who are confidently trained in such work can make a comfortable earning in these arenas with a great work–life balance offered by these countries. The same concept would suit the postgraduate lady dentists trained in any nonclinical specialty. Interested students can also invest time and money in cracking the licentiate examinations of those corresponding countries which would immensely benefit them in the future if they plan to permanently settle in those same countries. The abovementioned expertise could also be utilized in applying for any research assistant post or for undertaking a fellowship in any relevant discipline of interest.

The option of clearing examinations as dental hygienist or dental assistants might appear down, but believe me, it is quite lucrative when you opt for such job on casual basis. Perhaps, it could give you an exposure to the local working conditions and expectations, on your path for full registration. There is also an option to take-up teaching on a casual or part-time basis in a dental school for preclinical laboratories/histology laboratories. This depends on the subject coordinator who understands your ability. Many dental schools would still look for a registered candidate or a permanent resident for these positions. Best options of all these would be to take up a course offered by local universities such as biomedical sciences, psychology, or specialties such as courses on geriatric dentistry, forensic odontology, or emergency dental practice so that after course completion, there will be ready job opportunities since they would be easily accepted by the employers of the concerned states. This would also add to their credit points while applying for permanent residency.

Therefore, I feel rather than lamenting over the number of graduates who come out and go unemployed each year; we can explore the real background possibilities of engaging these young skills in more profitable fields which also have a role in the development of the profession. Every field is expanding laterally and would take on new ventures and opportunities all along to emerge into a happening profession. Why not expose these group of graduates to such ventures? Thank you very much.

I am glad to be given this window to share my views in the guest editorial of “Indian Journal of Multidisciplinary Dentistry.”

Readers are welcome to share their views and suggestions at ijmdent@gmail.com.

My best wishes!

  References Top

Samuel SR. Dental education: Too many graduates in India. Br Dent J 2016;220:219.  Back to cited text no. 1


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