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?


The 2017 Melbourne Dental School Mentoring pilot involves 21 final year Doctor of Dental Surgery or Bachelor of Oral Health students in their final year of study paired in a mentoring relationship with our members of our esteemed alumni community.

Through face-to-face meetings and workshops, students participating in the program will gain exposure to work and learning experiences in practice, increase their professional networks, and identify and develop their career strategy post-study.

Applications for the 2017 program have now closed.

Please contact the MDHS Alumni Relations team on 03 9035 7869 or for information about the 2018 program.

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