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All I really needed to know I learned in Mr. Winchell’s class

Larsen_feat_FINAL A few weeks ago, I went back to my hometown for my little brother’s graduation. While there, I ran into one of my favorite high school teachers, Mr. Winchell. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him or even say hi because he was so busy running the whole audio/visual set up of the entire graduation. Although he knew that what he was doing was important to graduation that day, I don’t really think he knew how important it would be to his students for years to come.

Running to stay sane in dental school

carolinemoore While interviewing for dental school, one of the questions that I asked enrolled students was: “Is there any time for extracurricular activities?” The question was one that I asked because I wanted to continue my commitment to running. Before arriving at dental school in August 2015, I had completed three full marathons and almost twenty half marathons. For many years, running was my outlet. Running gave me time each day to tune out my worries and release stress. It was my time to disconnect from the world and clear my head.

The controversial history of bite mark analysis

Crime Scene InvestigationIn the late 1940s, the city of London was shaken by a series of unexplained disappearances. You might be surprised to learn that it was an oral appliance that finally brought the reign of terror to an end. John George Haigh, also known as the “Acid Bath Murderer,” had made every effort to eliminate evidence of his crimes. However, he missed the fact that his final victim had left behind a partial denture. Its discovery in his possession was instrumental in helping investigators identify the victim, leading to Haigh’s eventual arrest and conviction in 1949.

Disability income insurance tips for new grads

new gradThe completion of dental school (or residency) brings a whole bunch of changes and new responsibilities. As this blog has made clear many times before, there are several financial changes a new grad must deal with. One of those financial questions new grads are often confronted with revolves around disability insurance. While not exhaustive, I’ll attempt to give a few tips on disability insurance in this article.

Maximize your happiness by practicing mindfulness

MindfulnessSince I started dental school, the biggest habit I picked up is being a chronic maximizer. As a first year, I was presented with so many new opportunities that I found myself overwhelmed with a desire to take on everything. But, when you’re trying to balance a personal life, academic obligations, extracurriculars and taking care of yourself, time becomes your most precious commodity. Efficiency became the name of the game and before I knew it, every little pocket of time was spent trying to tick off yet another item on my to-do list. Waiting in line at the supermarket? Perfect time to send out an email or two. Got out of class early? Time to call up those vendors for that event we’re planning next month.

Meet the Humans of UCSF

Laura Aguilar D1I am the girl running around the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) campus, a Canon T2i slung over my shoulder and tripod gripped at my hip. I am here first and foremost to learn dentistry, but every once in a while, I also have the distinct privilege of taking portraits for my classmates, meeting up with my medical, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy counterparts, listening to strangers’ stories and otherwise waltzing around campus as the “Humans of UCSF” columnist. What started off as a simple passion for photography and desire to get involved with the school newspaper developed into a greater vision for maintaining a platform through which our student, faculty and staff voices could be heard.

Dental specialties approve white paper on third molar management

AAOMS imageIn recent years, the management of third molar teeth has generated considerable discussion in the media and among healthcare professionals. The lines of debate most often come down to the need to contain costs versus the benefits of third molar surgery for the patient. Often overlooked in the sometimes heated discourse is the quantity (and quality) of evidence-based research data confirming that impacted third molars are prone to…