For students

Are you interested in understanding more about what life is going to be like once you graduate? Would you like to get more advice and guidance about how to begin your dental career?


We are currently seeking student applicants for the 2017 Melbourne Dental School Mentoring Program pilot.  Participating in the MDS Mentoring Program pilot will be a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure to work and learning experiences in practice, increase your professional networks, and identify and develop your career strategy post-study.

The program will primarily involve face-to-face meetings, for which you will be responsible for coordinating, and workshops. This program will expose you to expertise and experience and allow you to discuss your career plans with someone who is already established in  the field. Please read the information below and submit your application by 11:59pm on Friday 24th February 2017:

Applications closed

  • What might I expect to gain from joining the mentoring program?

    Each mentoring match will be different. How your mentoring relationship evolves depends on you and your mentor documenting clear goals and strategies for achieving them. However, you can expect to be involved in some of the following:

    • Exposure to expertise and experience
    • Goal setting and decision making
    • Career planning and professional development
    • Discussion about the challenges of being a professional clinical practitioner
    • Working through problems from a new perspective
    • Introduction to the Australian professional dental environment
    • Starting to establish a professional network within the dental community
  • What are the responsibilities of a mentee?

    To get the most out of this program mentees need to be open minded and willing to be proactive and accountable for their own professional development. As a mentee you will be responsible for:

    • Leading the process of the mentoring relationship including, contacting your mentor, arranging appointments etc.
    • Being reliable - Honouring your appointments and commitments with your mentor
    • Communicating openly and freely
    • Defining and expressing what you wish to gain from the mentoring relationship
    • Providing feedback to your mentor
    • Sharing your thoughts and ideas about the profession, entering practice and your future aspirations
    • Actively seeking your mentor’s opinions
    • Commit to at least monthly face-to-face meetings with your mentee between April and October 2017
    • Attend two or three on-campus workshop sessions at the beginning, middle and end of the program
    • Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct
  • Contact us

    For further information, please contact the Melbourne Dental School office on 9341 1500 or at