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What holiday cinema has taught me about the season

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Spring can keep its flowers and its insects. Summer can keep its sweaty tank-tops and severe thunderstorms. Halloween can keep its blustery winds and candy-munching ghouls.

All I need is Christmas.

In this time of merriment and mistletoe and mocha lattes, I’d like to turn to film for a lesson on what the season is really all about.

A day in the life of a Nigerian dental student

The dental degree in Nigeria is a bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) degree. It’s a 6-year program that doesn’t require an undergraduate degree. A school year starts in January and ends in December with only one break during Christmas. During the first four years, basic medical science subjects are taught. We attend lectures with our medical school colleagues during our second through fourth years. Anatomy (where we dissect cadavers), biochemistry, physiology pathology, hematology, microbiology, oral biology, pharmacology and epidemiology are some of the classes that we take.

In the second part of the fourth year we have a junior operative technique course, which involves an introduction to prosthetic and conservative dentistry. We have to make a complete denture and prepare Class I and II cavity preps. For a class of 49 pupils there are only five working phantom heads available for practice of cavity preparation and one slow hand piece shared between five students. Read more to see how I faced a day in dental school…

A tooth collection program that you’ll want to implement at your own chapter

tooth-collectionDental students are required to collect extracted teeth throughout our four-year program. These teeth are used in classes such as operative, endodontics, and even our licensure exam for Texas – the WREB. In fact, collecting teeth is one of the first tasks assigned to us once we are accepted to dental school. Many students are able to collect several teeth, while others struggle to gather any. To make matters even more challenging, many of our assignments require the infamous “ideal” teeth that should be a variety from all over the mouth. Read on for Andrew’s solution to this dilemma…

Future dentists head to Boston for ASDA’s Annual Session in February

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As you may already know, this blog is run by the American Student Dental Association. A little history lesson: ASDA is the largest student-run organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights, interests and welfare of dental students like you. Currently, there are 20,000+ dental student members and 1,800+ predental members. Each year, ASDA holds a national meeting called Annual Session. 2015 will mark ASDA’s 45th Annual Session!

If you are interested in networking with other future dentists, learning about professional issues and getting involved in organized dentistry, sign up to attend ASDA’s Annual Session at the Westin Boston Waterfront, Feb. 18-21, 2015.

Student researches a transgene mutation in mice that causes cleft palate deformities

During college I began working in dental research as a lab assistant for Dr. Eric Everett at the UNC School of Dentistry. I quickly realized that I wanted to continue being a part of the process of discovery associated with research. During this time in college, I was also involved in planning the “Cleft Palate Gallop 5K,” a race held every year to raise funds for the UNC Craniofacial Center. Working with the Craniofacial Center and witnessing the extensive treatment that must be performed for cleft palate patients inspired me to begin research in this field. Prior to beginning dental school, I initiated a project in the Everett Lab that involved examining a gene mutation which manifests in cleft palate and other craniofacial and skeletal abnormalities…