Confessions of a (former) predental

DrEmilyHobart_640x400Truth be told, I came to the realization that dentistry was my calling a little later than most. Unlike my colleagues who were inspired by a mentor or career day way back when, I was not completely sure of my destiny in dentistry until my last semester of undergraduate studies.

While I wasn’t really a “predental” student for very long, I did pick up a couple valuable tips that I wish someone would have shared with me…

Job search advice: 6 tips from new dentists

Kool SmilesYour first job out of dental school is one of the most important career decisions you’ll make – but when it comes to the job search and interview process, it can be difficult to know where to start!

We asked two of our newly hired dentists, Dr. Courtny Patterson and Dr. Candace Murphy, to share advice for dentist job seekers based on their recent experiences with the process. Here’s what they had to say…

Explore a future in oral and maxillofacial surgery

C Chiang - AAOMS.FebMouthingOffHeader.BusinessWomanRarely in the history of the dental profession have dental students been presented with so many opportunities to build on their dental school training and skills.  As their knowledge and desire to explore these opportunities grow, many dental students think about pursuing specialty training. For a growing number of these students, the broad scope of practice and the professional satisfaction offered by the dental specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery present a unique way to maximize their training and make a difference in the lives of their patients.

So you graduated … let your destiny begin!

thumbnailGraduation is a whirlwind. It’s like being caught in a tornado of laughter, parties, paper work, and fear. We all survive and are left breathless on the footstep of June. The sweet 4 weeks of bliss that we have before we start our residency!

My first recommendation to use this time wisely is: travel. Go out and see the world, live without a schedule, and experience a life that is slow paced.

My next piece of advice is: set goals. I traveled through Europe after my graduation and spent hours on planes, trains and automobiles just thinking. Use this time to jot goals down on your iPad or phone. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day life or emails and forget where you want to be in 20 years. It’s also easy to be so overwhelmed with dentistry your first few years that you can’t even think about long term goals.

What I realized at ADA 2015

ADA thumbnailMy generalized exhaustion today would suggest that I had a wonderful — and active — few days in Washington, D.C. for the New Dentist Conference and ADA 2015. In addition to my original goals of volunteering, networking and connecting with old friends and mentors (all of which I did), I took a lot away from this experience.