So you’ve decided you want to be a dentist and you’re looking for a way to gain valuable first-hand lab experience. I have just the solution for you! Two years ago, as I was nearing the end of my undergrad, it dawned on me that I was lacking any sort of dental experience in the clinical lab setting. Thanks to the predental club at my school, I learned about an intensive two-day simulation course over the upcoming summer presented by the ASDA chapter of Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Arizona. This is one of the country’s newly established dental programs and at the time, had yet to graduate its inaugural class of dental students. It sounded like a unique opportunity so I decided to gather a group of interested predentals from my club and plan our weekend getaway to Arizona.
The simulation course was designed to provide predentals with a glimpse into the life of a dental student at MWU. Over the two-day period of the course, we attended several seminars and lectures on a variety of topics including preparing for dental school and basic oral anatomy. Other benefits included: making alginate impressions on typodonts and then using them to cast stone models, preparing for cavity restorations using a high speed handpiece, filling preps with composite resin, and reviewing techniques for waxing proper tooth anatomy. We were even introduced to the school’s state-of-the-art CAD-CAM technology and 3D computer software used by MWU students to explore dental anatomy. At the end of the course, participants were presented with a certificate of completion signed by the school’s dean.
Needless to say, my colleagues and I shared an enjoyable and highly educational experience at MWU’s simulation course and I would definitely recommend it to any predental student who is available to attend this summer. This event is not exclusive to Midwestern and other schools such as UNLV, Loma Linda, and UCLA (to name a few) offer similar courses to interested students. The price for these courses ranges anywhere between $100 to $200 dollars depending on the school, not including the cost of room or airfare if you’re traveling from out of town. Click on the school names above to receive more information on their respective simulation courses.
So who’s thinking of brushing up on their manual dexterity skills this summer and checking out one of these simulation courses? Drop a comment below and let us know!
~Sean Sooferian, Los Angeles ’11, predental member
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