They say first impressions are everything. But does it really end there? What about the second, third or maybe fourth impression? It doesn’t always have to be “You had me at ‘hello’” moments that make you worth remembering. Regardless of whom you are meeting with whether it is a residency interviewer, a potential employer, or your dean, the real work happens after you leave that meeting. Making that critical first impression is important. What is equally as important is how to make that impression linger after that initial contact. The principle of “follow up” is key to all interactions. It extends that initial meeting and keeps you in the mind of that person or people you met. Follow up shows genuine interest. It shows your conversation wasn’t a one-and-done scenario. It shows that you care about their thoughts and value any subsequent communication you may have with them. Ways you can keep that open communication with someone through follow up can be done through many mediums. Below I have listed four ways you can follow up with someone on a scale of recommended to highly-recommended…
Students get the ergonomics lecture during the first year of dental school. But when it comes to beginning sim lab to do a crown prep, all that positioning tends to go right out the window. “I’ll work on my positioning once I get the actual dentistry down,” right? Then clinic starts and you will do anything to feel like you can actually see or to avoid indirect vision. Those future neck and back problems can get their start as early as dental school. Here are some exercise tips for countering those PSPs in office or at home.
Much like Miss America, I’ve had people ask me if Girl Scouting is still relevant in today’s day and age… both are now two of the largest proponents for women to enter STEM fields in our nation! Why is it important to get young girls interested in math and science? It’s all about open doors, and open doors lead to passion, stability in a career, and self-sufficiency and fulfillment. I’m not arguing that every young woman needs to pursue a career in one of these fields, but they need to at least be on her radar! I do hope that all young people will keep an open mind and be sure to cross these options of their list before proceeding to their passion in life.
With so many factors that go into treatment planning (cost, insurance coverage, time requirements, length of procedures, knowledge of the treatment, fear), sometimes we may lose sight of what is best for the patient. Never make assumptions. Get to know your patients. Make sure that he or she understands what the procedure entails and is clear on the pros and cons of every treatment option. Taking the time to listen to the patient and explain all possible treatment options and ways for future prevention is paramount to treating each person in the best way possible.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. ASDA is encouraging the dental community and public to spread the word on oral cancer prevention! As oral health care professionals, we are often the first to see signs of oral cancer. Awareness and early diagnosis is key to increasing oral cancer survival rate. Check out these facts on oral cancer in the infographic in the post and be sure to educate your patients on risk factors.