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The dentist as a motivational speaker

speakingAs dental professionals, many of us act as motivational speakers. We influence and educate our office staff and fellow students. We reduce patient anxiety and explain why treatment is recommended. We even inspire ourselves to take continuing education and learn about new dental technologies. This type of communication can be used to stimulate change or simply encourage others. Motivational speaking is a skill that anyone can improve with practice and guidance. In her article “The Key Components of a Motivational Speech,” Laura Woods describes four basic techniques to engage your listeners.

Establishing yourself as a new dentist in a community

communityUpon graduation, the average dental student faces countless obstacles such as deciding where to practice, paying down student debt and more. Establishing oneself as a dentist in a community is a tall order for most. Whether as a specialist or a general dentist, it is a necessity for new dentists to develop an action plan for establishing themselves in a community. To do so, you’ll need to focus on three critical steps: 1) identify a target group; 2) network with established dentists in the area; and 3) develop promotional products to raise one’s profile within the community…

Student research: Regulation of ltgA in Neisseria gonorrhoeae

research-spotlight-thumbnailIn today’s Student Research Spotlight, a predental member explains her research into Gonorrheal DNA enzymes.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae are gram-negative bacteria that can be transmitted sexually or during childbirth, leading to infections of the genitals, rectum and throat. Although gonorrhea is a treatable disease, many people are asymptomatic and go undiagnosed. If left untreated, gonorrhea can result in infertility. Recently, the development of antibiotic resistant strains has become an increasing public health concern. Research teams are focused on learning more about the bacteria so that new antibiotics can be developed.

Questions to ask on a job interview

questionsFor those of you who think ahead or are thinking about poising yourself for future job interviews, there is no time like the present. So, when you get those job interviews, what should you ask? It will serve you well to be prepared with a list of questions and concerns and be proactive when negotiating employment terms. The following are some great questions to ask potential employers…

Detroit Lions and TeamSmile make a difference in Detroit

photo 1Recently, a team of three dental students, including myself, partnered with TeamSmile to provide dental care to the children of William Loving Elementary School in Detroit. TeamSmile, a mobile dental clinic, is unique in that it collaborates with professional sports teams across the nation to bring awareness and dental care to underserved populations.

I was blessed to have played professional football for the Indianapolis Colts under the likes of Peyton Manning and current Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell. Utilizing these connections, I reached out to my former coach to propose the potential partnership.