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Calculating the costs and benefits of a residency

474213179(1)For many students, the choice between doing a residency and going straight into private practice is a tough one. In today’s world of growing student debt, it’s important to be aware of the costs and benefits of each.

Here’s a simple model. The American Dental Education Association says 2013 dental school graduates had an average debt of $241,000. If you graduate with the average debt and do a one-year residency, your debt will generate around $15,000 in interest during your first year out. (This assumes 6.8% interest rates.)

Why are we drawn to what’s “weird”?

One of my favorite in-school rotations at UTSD is our Urgent Care rotation. We’re assigned to this multiple times a month but when your patient no-shows, it’s typically your 1st resort to ensure you spend your clinic time wisely. There’s always room for more students in urgent care. Dr. C.D. Johnson runs our urgent care clinic. Unlike the typical stories you hear of dentists working 4 days a week, with fridays for golf or waterskiing, Dr. Johnson ran a clinic working 7 days a week. A good amount of his time was spent seeing walk-in urgent care patients. Needless to say, Dr. Johnson has seen it all.

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18_September Mouthing Off Blog Post Thumbnail ImageOne of the most valuable benefits of ADA student membership is the ADA-sponsored Student Members Life and Disability Insurance – provided at NO COST to you! To take advantage of this benefit, create your login to access your ADA student member’s insurance account online. ADA student members who create a login for the first time will receive a complimentary $5 coffee card! Read more…

5 Networking tips for introverts

2013-ASDA-National-Leadership-Conference-Chicago---715If there is one thing I’ve learned from my involvement with ASDA, it is the power of networks. A strong network can open doors and help you stumble onto new opportunities. Yet the idea of networking makes many people uncomfortable. I’m a natural introvert so my idea of a perfect Friday night includes curling up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. The thought of roaming around a room talking to hundreds of my peers is quite intimidating. Through practice, I’ve honed my ability to network and meet people. Here are five networking tips that have helped introverts like me connect with people at events.