Predoctoral

Book review [+ giveaway]: A Dentist’s Guide to the Law

This book answers 288 of the most commonly asked legal questions in dentistry. It is a unique style of formatting because it is written as a Q and A. Specifically, in using this resource, it is important to approach it as a reference regarding the legal framework surrounding a particular issue and how to approach it. It has a primary focus on federal law and does not necessarily state the law exactly as written, but rather frames the answer to the questions in a legal context.

Meal hacks for the frugal dental student

You’ve been sitting in lectures or clinic for eight hours each day. Some days you don’t get a lunch because clinic runs late and there are pages of notes and treatment plans to finish before food is even in the equation. Instant ramen has become a mainstay or you find yourself buying cookies from the vending machine and spending two dollars on a soda for lunch. Do you, like so many of your classmates, feel that stress, a busy schedule and a tight budget negatively affect your eating habits?

Here are five meal-planning hacks to stay healthy and save money…

How to stay organized, no matter what

One day, at my first job out of college, I was called into my boss’s office.

“Kerri, you’re not organized.”

Excuse me?

“What you’re doing isn’t working, you need to find a new way to stay organized.”

She was right. I wasn’t organized. I thought I was, but I wasn’t. This was my wake up call. Ever since that day I’ve worked hard to ensure I’m never called out on my lack of organizational skills again. Here are a few of my tips for getting and staying organized.

Four benefits of being bilingual

As part of such a diverse class of dental students, I find myself in awe of how many different languages we can collectively speak. The diversity in my class alone is reflective of the diversity that we have in the U.S. According to the US Census Bureau, about a quarter of Americans speak a language other than English at home. In 2010, Spanish was the widest-spoken language other than English. Other common languages include French, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean and German. Clearly, in today’s globalized world, multilingualism is increasingly important. Here are some reasons speaking another language can benefit both you and the people around you…

How to balance dental school and a family

I created this video with the intent to encourage other dental students with families that it is possible to balance school life with family life. It can be overwhelming juggling diapers with crown preps. I do not have it all figured out, but if there is any wisdom to be learned from my mistakes, I hope to pass that on to others like me!

Getting personal with your statement

Now that Dec. 1 and Phase I/II Match Days have passed, it’s time for the next round of prospective dental school and residency applicants to start thinking about that personal statement. Many of us remember struggling as predental students to convey our passion for dentistry – all without using the word ‘passion’ – in only 4,500 characters. Yet, whether you’re a predental student or a residency hopeful, writing that personal statement rarely comes easy. After all, the personal statement is often considered the most important part of your application. When thousands of equally qualified candidates are applying to the same program with a similar GPA, test scores and extracurriculars, how can you make yourself stand out among the rest?

Packing light for your next adventure

Let me be completely transparent: I’m hardly a “light” packer by nature. The suitcase I took on a recent trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, weighed in at a hefty 64 pounds. Want to see me lose my cool? Ask me to magically find a home for 14 pounds of shoes at 4 a.m. in the airport.

When you spend six weeks traveling Europe with a standard 45-liter backpack, you have to get very creative with your limited space. So, over the years, I’ve adapted out of necessity.