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12 tips for the modern residency application

residency-tipsAs May 18th approached, I began receiving the “don’t forget PASS opens” texts from my parents. Like I needed the reminder: I already had nightmares of the application process. One night, I actually herniated a disc in my neck from the stress and insomnia that came from applying. Thankfully, I can laugh at that now.

While my application process was atypical, I feel many of my experiences are relevant to those using the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS) and even the Match system. There are plenty of things I wish I’d known or done better, and I’m happy to share them below:

Be mindful of your mental health

Prof_Success_HeaderASDA has designated September as Wellness Month. Managing your mental health is major factor in maintaining overall wellness.

Multiple studies have been used to measure stress among dental students. The primary stressors reported by students include examinations, grades, and workload. Students reported that the effects of chronic stress resulted in mood changes, frustration, and decreased concentration. Some students even reported changes in behavior like developing smoking habits and substance abuse.

If stress can be identified early, action can be taken before the pressure becomes a problem. The American Psychological Association has published several tips to help you manage stress…

A first generation American applies to dental school

BednarskiI am a first generation American. Both my mother and father grew up in communist Poland. After overcoming many obstacles, they were fortunate to obtain their U.S. citizenship and establish themselves in my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. My parent’s immigration to the United States is heroic in my eyes. They made sure their future family would have lives filled with opportunity. Neither of my parents had the chance to go to college or get advanced degrees, but they understood the meaning of education in the U.S. They instilled in me the importance of achieving. My parents did not specifically push me into a professional degree. However, due to their constant encouragement to excel, I grew to love academia and dreamed of becoming a dentist. The next question was: how on earth was I going to achieve this?

The basics of dental photography (video)

dental photographyDo you want to take dental clinic pictures with your DSLR camera, but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, this video will help you get started by going over the basics of photography. Getting acquainted with the fundamentals will put your skills over the top so you will be ready to tackle photography in clinic!

Cooking on a budget – jambalaya pasta

Lee_3One of the ways I maintain personal wellness is by cooking food for friends. Both the health benefits of eating a home-cooked meal and the social aspect of breaking bread with friends help me relax and de-stress.
With summer slowly coming to an end, I find that more and more friends ask to come over for dinner parties. Although jambalaya pasta may sound a bit intimidating, creating this dish is definitely easier than it seems and very quick to prepare. Read on for instructions on how to make this quick and satisfying pasta dish!

Distracted driving quiz: Test your knowledge

Geico_ImagePut down the phone and fries this summer. Weekend getaways, vacations, and visits to and from the clinics mean more vehicles on the road. We want you to join us in a summer of no distracted driving to keep friends and family safe.

Take our quiz to learn more about the dangers of driving distracted. Then, take the online pledge to drive distraction-free and GEICO will make a donation to a worthy cause on your behalf.

Try Snapchat to “snap up” patients

snapchatAs millennials, many of us are quite familiar with the app Snapchat. Whether we’re face-swapping with our dogs, or using it as a great way to embarrass that classmate who fell asleep in class again, the growing popularity of this mobile appl has enabled us to connect effortlessly with our friends, family and even some celebrities. But could Snapchat also be a powerful, untapped marketing tool for health care professionals?

In a market that is moving towards increased commoditization of professional services, dentists must make a difficult choice: sell “affordability” by cutting fees or sell the experience that your practice offers. We want patients to focus less on purely seeking the lowest fees and focus more on the unique traits that make each provider different because we understand that patient needs can vary greatly. So how can we stand out?