THE DENTIST’S TRANSITION: NEW GRADUATES’ LEARNING IN THE TRABSITION TO PRACTICE
Dentists’ learning in the transition from dental school and university education to dental practice is essential for their job satisfaction and skills development. Everyday life as a new graduate requires a higher degree of autonomy and productivity while the dental student receives continuous supervision and feedback on tasks and treatments at dental school. In this article, we review research on learning factors that influence dental students’ successful transition to practice. We draw from both learning psychology as well as health and organisational research. Specifically, we focus on how dentists can experience a positive transition to their first job. This will highlight the importance of workplace learning including support for learning culture, feedback, peer guidance, and deliberate practice. We briefly discuss the possibility of developing a formalised training program for newly graduated dentists.