Having already travelled to Ghana in the summer of 2012 as a member of the KCL Global Brigades team to undertake voluntary dental work I believed it was time for a different experience for my elective of 2013.
My aim for my elective was to explore a new part of the world and to experience a completely new culture. In addition I wanted to experience dentistry in a different setting to which I have become accustomed to in the UK.
To fulfil these aims I believed South East Asia and specifically Singapore would be an ideal country to visit.
The project was entirely funded by my own funds which I accumulated through working in my GAP year in 2009.
I learnt a great deal about the different dental environment, the culture and the people of Singapore during my travels.
The dental environment was much more pleasant and the patients were much less visibly anxious than they would be in the UK. The patients were very grateful to receive dental care and would never question the decisions of the dentist. They seemed to have great trust in the dentist, which is essential if the dentist-patient realtionship is to work.
For further details please see my attached document below.
To conclude, Singapore is a beautiful country with very friendly and welcoming citizens. I was made to feel at home and as a result learnt a great deal and would definitely want to return in the future. Both dentists and patients alike can learn a great deal from the Singaporeans whom I had the priviledge to meet and work with.