Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Sam Koh
I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Dental Sciences. Since, then, I’ve completed the Progressive Orthodontic Seminars (POS) 2-year orthodontic program as well as several other shorter format courses in various disciplines. My area of interest and passion lies in the multidisciplinary approach to aesthetic dentistry and smile rehabilitation. I also enjoy all aspects as orthodontics – both fixed and clear aligner therapy. I run a group called the Young Dentist Hub, which offers quality CPD to younger clinicians at affordable prices, and also lecture on topics such as resin composites and clear aligners.
What made you interested in teaching and becoming a lecturer in your given area of interest?
It was actually all a bit of a lucky coincidence as to how it all unfolded. Back in 2015, me and a good friend decided we were fed up of the lack of affordable courses for younger dentists, especially from the bigger companies and organisations. We threw our first Young Dentist Hub conference, and the rest is history! There are so many amazing course providers out there now dedicating events to younger dentists and I really hope we played a huge part in making that all happen. In terms of lecturing, well that all came pretty spontaneously and naturally as I never even imagined I would ever do something like teaching and speaking to other clinicians and lecture internationally! I think people and companies could just see how enthusiastic and passionate I was to teach others, as I feel the way I present topics is relatable to the common clinician. I’ve been told the way I present topics is practical, simple and easy to understand, which I think a lot of dentists hopefully enjoy.
From a lecturer’s perspective, what can CPD Junkies do to get more out of CPD events they attend?
I think you should really consider beforehand what disciplines or topics you want to delve deeper into to continue your ongoing journey. Find the courses that excite you and interest you, so then when you’re there you’ll be truly excited and willing to learn. Actively seek out clinicians that you want to hear and learn from, those whose work you admire and respect, and those that their way of teaching resonates with you. Once you’re at the event – don’t just be a passenger. Instead, make sure you go prepared to take notes and are curious to ask questions and participate. I’ve always found that the ones who take away the most from courses are those who are active and ask lots of questions. We’re all here to learn and there’s no shame in putting a hand up and asking a question if it means you can consolidate your learning.
What advice do you have for anyone hoping to become a speaker/lecturer?
Run your own race. I never reached out for anything or anyone, and I think companies and organisations really see and understand that. I personally don’t think you should ever actively approach someone or try to force their hand to get them to have you lecture or speak. Otherwise, when you start lecturing, people can see right through you as the person who is just there for pure publicity or is egocentric and your speaking career will be over before you know it as that will surely come across in the way you present too. Instead, put your head down, plug away and do quality work, continue to network and become the best clinician you can be and opportunities will surely come your way. You do you Boo.