Getting your teeth into dentistry at Orange MyDay

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MyDay at Orange. It’s your university for a day. If you want to come behind the scenes at uni and find out what’s it’s really like to study dentistry, MyDay at Orange is for you.

Come up the hill to Charles Sturt University’s (CSU’s) Orange campus on 19 April to get the lowdown on our university. From the facilities and the library to the sports and social stuff (not forgetting the café too), you’ll see what uni is all about. And, of course, you’ll discover more about the courses we offer that can help you get the career you want.

At CSU, we’re all about giving you practical experience from day one of your course. That’s the best way to prepare for moving into the workplace full of confidence and raring to go.

That’s why on a MyDay, you’re going to get hands-on at a workshop for your chosen field of study.

MyDay dentistry activities

So what might that involve? Well, we spoke to Dr Erica Yates, a senior lecturer in clinical dentistry, to get the lowdown on what you’ll be doing if you’re interested in studying dentistry.

“For this year’s MyDay, you’re going to get introduced to a key skill for any dental professional – making an impression of a mouth.

“If you’ve ever had any orthodontic work done, you might well have had an impression taken of your mouth. Now, you won’t be pouring plaster into your own mouth, but you will get the chance to create an impression, then take it into the laboratory to create a model with dental stone.

“Practical experience is at the heart of the Bachelor of Dental Science. You do practical workshops throughout the first year and a half. This sets you up perfectly for the latter half of your second year when you start treating real patients in our public dental clinic in Orange. Then, over the rest of your studies you get to travel to clinics on other CSU campuses and take up opportunities in other government dental services. And because these clinics are in rural areas, we really pride ourselves on helping students from rural and remote areas give back to their communities.

“So MyDay is really the first step to mastering the skills every dentist needs.

“And that’s not all. You will also be able to tour all the facilities and equipment you would be using during your studies. So, that’s the simulation environments (we’ve got some 50 chairs with all the equipment you’d see in a dental practice) where you get to practise things like drilling. And then there’s the students’ clinical areas, so you can see where patients and professionals interact. And then, in the labs, you’ll get to see all the fascinating equipment like furnaces for making appliances.

“We’ll have a senior academic, a senior technician and a lab assistant on hand to guide you through and answer your questions.”

Your MyDay

MyDays are all about experiencing what it’s like to be part of the CSU community. So besides your hands-on sessions with our expert academics, you’ll also hear from current students on what life at CSU is like – you might even pick up some handy study tips too! You’ll also have the chance to tour all of our facilities (from the library and labs to sports and social areas) as well as checking out the accommodation options.

Plus, there will be plenty of people on hand, so if you have a question about anything to do with study at CSU – just ask. And if dentistry’s not your thing, we’ll also have sessions for clinical science, pharmacy and physiotherapy.