The population of dental patients who need special-needs care is growing dramatically. While predoctoral dental programs are incorporating more curriculum that allow students to treat special-needs patients, they still have a long way to go to develop competent practitioners.
Lobby days are a fun and effective way to develop relationships with your congressional representatives. The goal of a lobby day is to inform politicians about the issues that affect the dental profession and the oral health of the greater community. Meeting with legislators during a lobby day will hopefully persuade them to vote in a certain way on active bills. But how do you plan a lobby day?
ASDA continues to highlight special populations as part of its National Outreach Initiative. In the fall, we are highlighting the treatment of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is a personal account of how treating patients with special needs can make a difference.
When I was a freshman in college, I thought I would go straight to dental school after graduation. However, as the semesters progressed, the notion of taking a gap year — or years — started to become a possibility.
Working with patients is integral to the practice of clinical dentistry, and in order to offer the best care for our patients as future providers, we need to be able to communicate health conditions and treatment plans.
It’s that time of year when we get to show off our creative sides at their nerdy best. If you haven’t found the perfect dental-themed Halloween costume yet, don’t fret! Here are a few ideas sure to amaze your classmates and spark your friends’ interest (because they probably won’t catch the dental reference the first time around).
Dentistry is a relational profession. The next 40 years of your career will be spent building relationships with your patients, team and fellow dentists. There is no time like the present to start flexing those interpersonal skills to make lifelong connections and build a quality network.