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Isabel Pereira Kayode

East Midlands
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My passion for maxfax started when I had my first encounter as a 4th year medical student assisting in a major head and neck case. Since then I've been hooked. I then went ahead to get a rotation in OMFS as a foundation trainee. This experience further ignited my passion for this amazing and unique specialty. OMFS offers something very unique, it's only specialty that you are a general surgeon , a vascular surgeon, an oncologist , a reconstructive and trauma surgeon , dentist and a medic. As an aspiring OMFS and global surgeon I have spent some time in Ethiopia with a charity called Facing Africa providing free facial reconstruction for amazing people that had been victims of the disease NOMA and were left with servere facial deformities. This experience was life changing seeing how surgery has an impact on these individuals who were previously ostracised by society , could now re-intrigate back into society and also live a more independent life full of possibilities . I would be honoured to serve as a JTG rep in the East Midlands. If I'm appointed for this role I plan on raising awareness of this great specialty in medical schools, foundation trainees, basic surgical trainees and dental core trainees. I plan to develop a buddy mentoring system for first degree undergraduates and foundation doctors / pre registration dentists to guide them through the beginning of the journey towards OMFS. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm coupled with my experience in building up a successful CV and portfolio with a focus on OMFS.

Natalie Axiotis

KSS
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Hi, I'm Natalie. I'm a Specialty Doctor in OMFS in Surrey/South London, having graduated from dentistry in 2013 and completed DCT 1&2 in Guildford. I'm aiming to apply for medicine this year to pursue a career in OMFS.

I have been involved in the profession from an early stage in my career. During DCT1&2 I was involved in presenting to, and mentoring, new dental graduates and talking to them about OMFS. I have been asked to carry out induction for incoming DCTs to show them the ropes in a busy unit. As a second-on-call I am used to mentoring and teaching SHOs. I have also presented oral presentations and posters at various conferences.

My interest in skin cancer surgery led me to write my Masters dissertation in marginal control of non-melanoma skins cancers and through this I have learnt good time management and organisational skills. To the role I will bring enthusiasm, dedication and initiative. I enjoy working with colleagues and coming up with creative ideas to bring together like-minded, passionate individuals.

Harmony Ubhi

London
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Maxillofacial surgery has been a speciality I have always been fascinated with. From early exposure working within a dental practice as a teen right up until foundation year training, I have continued to see how vastly encompassing and exciting the speciality is. At present I am medically qualified and about to commence CST training in London with an OMFS post.

The challenges of training in OMFS are ever-present, with escalating tuition fees and recent research demonstrating OMFS specialists expenditure for training as almost double that for any other surgical speciality. In this difficult time, many students can feel at a loss on where to go, how to seek further advice or even where to get more exposure to confirm their desire in pursuing the speciality. This is where I want to help.

Throughout my undergraduate training, I have taught medical students more junior than myself, including hold mock interviews and exam based scenarios. I have continued to teach. During my foundation training I have been appointed PGCE Student Rep where I have liaised with both students and staff to identify problems and work towards a common ground. I have continued to present audits and research on a national level from my BSc in Neuroscience up to current practice.

I believe I will be an effective rep for enquiring and establish OMFS trainees, as I will work on their behalf to address their concerns. I am highly approachable and enthusiastic, and will continue to be as regional rep.

Mark Cobb

North East
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After studying Dentistry at Newcastle University and carrying out my FD, DCT 1 + DCT 2 jobs in the North East, I am now half way through the 4 year accelerated Medical degree at Newcastle. I currently work as a second on at several units in the region.

I have already been acting as an unofficial 'rep' to those junior to me wishing to pursue a career in OMFS. This includes helping those with their second degree application, giving advice to dentists wishing to do a DCT job in OMFS and spreading the word to medical undergratudes interested in surgery who haven't a clue what OMFS really involves!

I am passionate about our specialty and wish to use my knowledge and experience of the training pathway so far to encourage and help those interested in pursuing a career in OMFS.

Mark Kennedy

Northern Ireland
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I have just completed my DFT in Northern Ireland and have secured a place for Max Fax DCT1 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Aitor de Gea Rico

North West
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Having graduated in Dentistry in Barcelona, Spain and Medicine in London, I am currently a Core Surgical Trainee 2 in Neurosurgery at The Walton Centre in the Merseyside Region.

Having gone through all the stages of training prior to Specialist Training, I believe I am in an advantaged position to offer advice and support to those interested in pursuing a career in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) in this region.

I have worked and/or collaborated with projects in a number of OMFS units around the UK including Bristol, Birmingham, London and Liverpool, giving me a good insight in our specialty, the training required and different ways of working and doing things. I believe this could be a helpful experience to transmit to our forthcoming trainees and be of use when it comes to key stages such as second degree and job applications, working while being a full time student or choosing useful training rotations.

I am currently a member of the Royal Society of Medicine Trainees Committee. Working in conjunction with trainees from other medical and surgical specialties I have gained a wider vision of training in the NHS and further experience in the managerial and leadership aspects of training. I feel joining the Junior Trainee Group of BAOMS follows a natural progression and I would be delighted to take a more mentor role for anyone willing and keen to train in OMFS.

Promoting the best of the surgical specialties will be an easy task, given my devotion and commitment to OMFS and I look forward to be of any use to our Junior Trainee Group and its members.

Ayesha Dalal

South West
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I am currently a Foundation year 2 doctor at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital and work weekends on the second on-call rota for Maxfac simultaneously. I have been in the South West for the best part of 10 years with a brief interlude to London to complete my second degree at Barts on the accelerated MBBS course.

I am familiar with the units across the South West and feel I am in a good position to advice future Maxfac enthusiasts on training and progression options. I can help with applications, interviews and happy to give general advice on pay protection and working during second degrees.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my Maxfac journey so far and hope to help others do the same.

Aaron Chai

Wales
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I graduated as a dentist from Cardiff University in 2007, completed my vocational training and general professional training in the South Wales scheme. Following that, I worked for a further two more years as a SHO in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery before obtaining a post as a middle grade in OMFS in the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport. My interest in the specialty grew and in 2012, I was accepted to read medicine in Cardiff University. Through out medical school, I have been fortunate enough to be offered a fix position as a middle grade doctor in the OMFS department in the University Hospital of Wales; a position that I held for four years. I have been incredibly lucky in that all the consultants and colleagues whom I have worked for have been extremely supportive, not only financially but also in terms of educational, vocational and emotional as they understand that a career in OMFS can be challenging given the dual nature of our specialty.

I believe the change in tuition fee structure and most recently the imposition of a new Junior Doctor‰Ûªs contract can have an impact on the future of our specialty. I believe the only way to protect our specialty is through education, teamwork and the development of interest in OMFS among current medical and dental undergraduates. Yes, it can potentially be long and expensive training pathway but I believe what is more important is the enjoyment one gets from doing what he or she loves.

My background and my links with the local hospitals in South Wales puts me in a unique position to help any potential candidates interested in a career in OMFS receive as much support I once did.

Ali Malik

Wessex
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I am currently working as a Foundation Dentist in Nailsea. From September I am starting Max Facs DCT post in Portsmouth, which I am really excited about.

I studied Dentistry at Bristol where I was also Vice President of the students society, and will be applying for to study medicine starting in 2018.

My father being an ENT surgeon, I've always had a fascination with head and neck surgery, but particularly max facs. Luckily during my time at Bristol, I had the chance to gain further exposure to the specialty which has only increased my passion for it.

When I'm not at work you'll usually find me at the gym, or playing football/cricket.

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