One of the things I enjoy besides clinical practice as a dental practitioner is the opportunity to teach clinical students in the university.I have been doing clinical supervision for Year 4 students in the dental faculty in my alma mater,the University of Malaya(UM),for a few years now. And apart from being able to impart clinical knowledge and helping them improve their clinical skills, I also enjoy interacting with them. So I try to routinely organize some food and fun sessions for them at my home. I used to do that only for a small group of dental students from the Christian fellowship for many years now, but in the recent years, I felt that I should just include anyone who wants to come along, and oh yes! along they came!

It was Chinese New Year season, so we had quite a crowd, playing games and making a lot of happy noise! (my neighbors are quite used to these noisiness by now!)

      

      

      

 

I also had the privilege to prepare a home-cooked meal for the final year students who finished their final exams in July. These ones are now serving as Dental Officers in various locations all over Malaysia.

They had earlier invited me as one of their “cikgu”s(teacher) to attend an Appreciation Night at the university.

These students and eventual great dentists will always be cherished as my dear friends because of these times we share ,whether it be in or out of their polyclinics. I look forward to more of these times…

One other thing that I do routinely in my practice ,is to have visiting students from some local universities . They usually come in small groups to visit and to find out some information about a private practice. Last year, the dental faculty of UM came up with a mentoring program where the students are allocated/attached to a particular clinic for a few days for them to get a better idea of how a practice is run. I had 2 of them who came and spent some time with us at iSmile