The ORE (Overseas Registration Examination) is an exam that overseas qualified dentists have to pass in order to register with the GDC. Registration allows dentists to practice dentistry unsupervised in the UK. Luckily, there are 5 Filipinos who managed to pass the exam and one of them is Marilou Villaver Denosta.

Dr. Marilou Villaver Denosta, DMD was a proud graduate of Southwestern University in Cebu. Before she went overseas, she worked first here in the Philippines. 
Right after passing the board exam way back in 2001, Marilou volunteered as a community dentist in Mandaue City Health Department. Afterwards she joined Macrohon Orthodontic Centre for 2 years then moved to Bernal Dental Clinic where she became the principal dentist. Simultaneously she was also asked to become a Reliever Dentist for PAGCOR Mactan in Waterfront Hotel Mactan.

Prior to moving in the UK, she managed to practice her profession for almost 4 years.  At first, she wasn't a practicing dentist obviously but every time she goes home she did some associate jobs during her vacation. Then finally she had the guts and money to take the exam, recently passed it last September 2015 and was registered two months later. Currently she’s looking for a Dental Foundation Training Post for her to work in the NHS. As of the moment while waiting for the training post, Dr. Villaver-Denosta is busy revising for the MJDF (Member of the Joint Dentist Fellowship) run by the Royal College of Surgeons in England. Later on, once she’ll successfully finish her vocational training, she plans to pursue a specialization in Cosmetic Dentistry and God willing, will open her own Dental Surgery.

Dr. Marilou Villaver-Denosta, DMD, who loves to read books and educational magazines, is now happily married for 11 years and they have a 9 year old son. In her free time she does online revision courses to other ORE candidates so they too can pass the exam (these are candidates of different nationalities).

“It's about time that community of Filipino dentists should be acknowledged. We are amongst one of the best producers of dentists in the world and most of those who went abroad are just settled doing assistant/dental nurse jobs thinking that these qualifying exams are so impossible to pass. It's a big NO. Imagine how many Filipinos here have a dental degree but would rather work as a nurse (not that I'm against it) but I'm sure they would rather work as a dentist if given the chance but I don’t know, just scared maybe? The lack of encouragement or the prospect of failure, I really don't know but having this type of articles could really push some to try it. Since passing, I have now 4 batch mates of mine who are now in Australia, planning to have a go sa ADC. I am really pleased because I inspired them to do what I just did.”

These are some of the inspiring words Dr. Villaver-Denosta personally gave us. She wasn't a practicing dentist for 10 years but she took the exam with no formal course in manikin (phantom head) and only had 2 months of practice and passed the exam. To think that our basic dental education in the Philippines is on a par with other dental professionals abroad, We believe that also you can do it.

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