Article: Volume 13 Number 2 Page 72 - April 2020

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  Orth Update 2020; 13: 72-77

Orthodontics:  The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Life as a New Consultant – an Anecdotal Review Part 1

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Abstract: This first of a two-part article aims to provide a road map to the budding clinician wishing to take on the role of a Consultant Orthodontist. Part 1 suggests what to consider when taking up a new post and how to create an ideal unit. Part 2 will provide the author’s personal insight into the first 18 months of a consultant post. Hints and tips from other newly qualified consultants are also provided, to enable future consultants to avoid the pitfalls and enjoy the pleasures of an immensely rewarding job.

Clinical relevance: To provide first-hand, real world knowledge of life as a new consultant orthodontist in the 21st century NHS.

Author notes: Andrew MC Flett, Consultant Orthodontist, Queen’s Medical Centre, Derby Road, Nottingham, NG7 2UH; King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 4JL, UK.

Objective: To highlight considerations when taking up a new post and creating an ideal unit.