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"...with hard work, resilience, and determination, YOU WILL study Dentistry!"

Find out how 'hard work, resilience and determination' were essential for Taaseen's journey to becoming a dental student and his thoughts on the degree so far.

Prior to studying Dentistry at Queen Mary, I had studied BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science for 3 years.

As a graduate of Biomedical Science, it is reassuring to know that I can apply the knowledge gained from my previous degree and apply it to Dentistry. From my experience so far, I find it incredibly useful how the lecture content has been thoroughly planned and crafted to draw influence from different fields and make links between them. For example, Anti-Diabetic drugs (Pharmacology) lecture was taught on the same week as the Endocrine Pancreas (Systems Physiology) lecture and Diabetes Mellitus (Medical Conditions). Usually, these different fields would be taught as individual modules and it would be down to students to make these links. However, with meticulous planning, it allows a deeper understanding. I am also looking forward to practicing my clinical skills using the University’s state-of-the-art facilities.

I must commend all staff and students from the older years for adjusting to these uncertain times and providing an immersive university experience from the comfort of our homes. Thanks to our Year lead for their fantastic pastoral support and regular contact which has supported settling in.

In order to gain the full experience of University life, I would advise students to get involved in a variety of societies to celebrate diversity and to network. Also, it is important to have a healthy work/life balance.

In terms of the clinical years, we get the opportunity to treat local patients that possess a wide range of medical needs. This helps us to feel part of the community as we serve their needs. Furthermore, the more we encounter unique cases the better prepared we will be for life as a Dentist.

When I was completing my A-levels, I had applied to Dentistry and was lucky enough to receive an offer from Queen Mary. However, I didn’t achieve the entry requirements and had to make a slight diversion by studying Biomedical Science. I have no shame in saying that in total, it has taken me 3 attempts to gain admission to study Dentistry. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and you must remember that not everyone shares the same path. If you don’t get in the first time and you really want to study Dentistry, then with hard work, resilience, and determination, YOU WILL study Dentistry!

Taaseen Gul Khan, BDS Dentistry

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