Article: Volume 13 Number 3 Page 125 - July 2020

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Orthodontics:  The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Life as a New Consultant & an Anecdotal Review Part 2

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Abstract: Part two of this paper provides the author’s personal insight into the first 18 months of a consultant post. Being the new consultant in town is not without considerable challenges. The aim of the second part of the paper is to provide the reader with the reality of integrating into existing units and setting a new one up from scratch. Hints and tips from other newly qualified consultants are also provided. It is hoped that this will 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 provide advice on how to integrate into existing units and setting up a new one from scratch, including hints and tips from newly qualified consultants.