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Students create the dental planner they wish they’d had


Late nights, long hours and lab work. In the midst of this and studying for the NBDE Part II, we had a crazy idea to start our own business as a creative outlet beyond dental school. For us, the transition into clinic came with a steep learning curve. Whether it was trying to remember a plethora of facts and guidelines when presenting patient cases to our covering faculty, or even scribbling down notes on loose paper (only to later misplace them), we felt that an extra bit of guidance and organization would have helped ease this transition.

Read on to see what these bloggers came up with.

Tips for negotiating with your patients

Background with abstract retro grunge speech bubbles Buying a car is the No. 1 way to practice negotiating skills. Countless hours are spent researching the specs, price point and availability of a desired make and model. It can take hours in a dealership to leave with a negotiated selling point.

Dentistry does not have the luxury of spending a whole Saturday to discuss treatment options with one patient. Some key points will help dental office negotiations become mutually advantageous for dentists and patients.

Hitting the big time: from local to national leader

danielle marciniak lobby dayTransitioning from chapter level leadership to national ASDA has been as amazing as it has been challenging. I was recently elected District 10 Trustee, and even though I worked to learn the position as much as I could last year, it has still been a wild ride with so much more for me to absorb. From flying out to our first board meeting, site tours for the district meeting, emails, conference calls and more emails, I have already learned a lot. The greatest difference I have found in national leadership is the way and the frequency in which you interact with others.

Student research: Mitigating the risks of bisphosphonate treatment

laboratory equipmentIn treating many debilitating diseases, we are often faced with a difficult decision: how do we reconcile the potential benefits of treatment with the risks of adverse effects? Bisphosphonates (BPs) are widely used to treat bone cancers such as multiple myeloma and Paget’s disease of bone. Its role in inhibiting osteoclast activity has been shown to dramatically increase bone density and slow the course of aggressive bone malignancies. However, osteoclasts are needed for normal bone turnover and its inhibition by BP may lead to other devastating disorders such as osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Graduation: Looking back on lessons learned

Graduation Caps Thrown in the AirGraduation is here, and you can almost see the finish line. After D4 requirements, NBDE Part II, residency applications and licensure clinical exams: poof, you’ll be a dentist! The blood, sweat and tears that you put in over the last four years are finally going to pay off. When thinking about the last few years, I began to wonder: Am I better off today than I was four years ago?