Does the thought of treating a patient with an intellectual disability make you nervous? Health care providers are often intimidated by the idea that they may not know how to properly coordinate the patient’s care, communicate with him or her, or even manage behavior during the visit. Take a deep breath and look at it from the other side–your patient is just as nervous about you! Dental anxiety is common among many of our patients, and this fear can be magnified in someone with a cognitive delay who is coming to your office for treatments that they may not fully understand. Treating these patients may be a challenge, but it also might become one of the most rewarding patient visits you will ever encounter. Try some of these practical tips to facilitate smooth and enjoyable visit for you and your patient.
The start of my third year of dental school also marked the start of our transition into clinic. My first rotation was in Emergency Care and despite the fact that I had no previous experience seeing patients up until that point, I felt confident. Assisting and observing my classmates in preparation for my rotation only confirmed this self-assurance. All I had to do was take the patient’s medical history and perhaps arrange for an oral surgery consult. It all seemed simple enough.
Seeing your first patient, especially as an emergency case, is an exciting milestone that can quickly turn into an emotional and stressful experience.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a government program in which federal student loans get forgiven after 10 years of work at a qualifying non-profit or government organization. I’m going to assume for the purposes of this article that you are at least a little familiar with the plan. You can read more about it here.
There are a variety of considerations one must take into account when considering a job that qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Often times the dentistry isn’t very exciting and the areas that offer these kinds of jobs can be somewhat remote. But I want to answer the economic question. How valuable is Public Service Loan Forgiveness from an economic standpoint?
As students, we often find ourselves spending our time between one of three places: the clinic, the classroom and the library. Unlike college, “social studying” with friends is no longer a viable option. As much as I miss spending hours sitting on the quad pretending to reading “Introduction to American Literature” while actually talking with my friends about our plans for the weekend, the rigor of dental school demands different study habits. Now that the focus is on efficiency and time management, how can we find new ways to study and stay focused?
Earlier this year, we joined Kobe Bryant in bidding farewell to a successful twenty-year professional basketball career with the Los Angeles Lakers. His retirement letter (written as a poem and published by the Players’ Tribune), aptly titled “Dear Basketball,” brought us back to his humble beginnings, shed light on his difficult choice to retire and highlighted his incredible legacy.
Kobe’s journey to retirement holds important lessons for all of us. As future dental professionals, there will come a time when we also have to make the difficult choice to retire. Using Kobe’s journey as an example, here are some key factors that will help direct us to a successful and happy departure from our day jobs.
Though it may be a mouthful to pronounce, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the experts in face, mouth and jaw surgery. Many patients find the name confusing and don’t know everything our surgeons can do. Learn about some of the key OMS procedures in this short, entertaining video.
As dentists, we’re in the business of prevention. But what happens when in spite of our preventive efforts, our patients develop a problem? We quickly move into damage control mode to protect our patients’ interests. Shouldn’t we do the same for ourselves?
That’s why we need insurance. When something happens, we want to control the damage and protect our interests. Would you ever consider leaving an auto dealer with your new car and no auto insurance? You have so much invested in your decision to become a dentist, and as a result of this investment, you have tremendous earning potential. Yet although you’d insure your car without hesitation, you still haven’t insured yourself.
Maybe you just don’t know what you need. Unfortunately, both of us got a quick education when we had to use our insurance plans early in our careers. We are hoping that our stories will help to illustrate which insurance coverage you need as soon as you get your license, and why.