For many of us, dentistry is a dream job. And for some, it’s a profession that lets us chase our other dreams.
Dr. T. Bob Davis saw dentistry as a chance to keep up with a childhood passion. He started playing piano as a kid, and his first memory is of watching “Goodnight Irene” and trying to play songs from the movie on a piano. Dr. Davis took lessons throughout high school and began recording albums in dental school.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Mouth. At the time, Stephanie Mazariegos, LECOM ’15, was the trustee from District 5. To read more from Mouth, click here.
For every headline that indicates dentists rank high among “most trusted professions,” there’s another condemning a dentist for fraud or patient mistreatment. As you enter a profession that relies on public trust, consider that the actions you take are a reflection on both you and the profession itself.
Is the media making dentists look bad?
Ethical terms such as nonmaleficence, autonomy and beneficence stand at the forefront of quality patient care…
Many are quick to judge those they meet, including dentists, based solely on what they see. These initial opinions can be hard to change. Non-verbal aspects like hairstyle, clothing, posture and jewelry are often used when developing these early judgments. Some studies show that people trust appearance cues more than actual information about a person. As dentists, it is important to recognize that patients may draw conclusions about us based solely on that first interaction. What we wear to the office that day could help or hurt our patient-doctor relationships.
Buying a car is the No. 1 way to practice negotiating skills. Countless hours are spent researching the specs, price point and availability of a desired make and model. It can take hours in a dealership to leave with a negotiated selling point.
Dentistry does not have the luxury of spending a whole Saturday to discuss treatment options with one patient. Some key points will help dental office negotiations become mutually advantageous for dentists and patients.
When seeking dental care, patients exercise autonomy and are increasingly involved in their own treatment planning. The terms “holistic” and “alternative” invoke a variety of responses from health care professionals and patients. The Holistic Dental Association believes that being a healthy person goes beyond the absence of disease. They examine treatments and agents not typically taught during dental training. There is a special focus placed on a patient’s whole well-being that goes beyond the oral cavity. They seek to provide a means to foster the innate ability to heal.
This article originally appeared in the fall 2013 issue of Mouth and is written by Dr. Josh Nardone, Colorado ’14. To read more from the “Trials and Triumphs” issue of Mouth, click here.
Imagine you’re in the most demanding semester of dental school. At the University of Colorado, that’s the fall semester of second year. Now picture yourself holding a cast with your first RPD design, complaining about the impossible demands of your lab work and studies. Your bald classmate recovering from chemotherapy says, “Come on, guys. It isn’t so bad.”
Suddenly there’s little to complain about.
This article originally appeared as an editorial in the August 2014 issue of ASDA News. At the time, Christian Piers was editor-in-chief of ASDA. To read more from ASDA News, click here.
Last week was my first week in clinic, and everyone wanted to tell me their secrets to success. But they weren’t secrets. It sounded like they were trying to teach me to play cards. So here’s what I think they were trying to give me—a cards-based guide to the novice in clinic…