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How to engage in advocacy after dental school

The question every fourth-year student is asking themselves right now is this: “What am I going to do after graduation?” While some may spend hours weighing different residency programs, others may contemplate joining a corporate or private practice. But there is another option to consider: advocacy.

Giving thanks, from ASDA’s Editorial Board

This time of year, many of us slow down (just a little!) to reflect. With Thanksgiving around the corner, our thoughts of family and pumpkin pie are interspersed with gratitude and recognition for what makes us feel special. Our Editorial Board wanted to share with you some of the things for which we’re thankful this year.

Malpractice insurance, swipe right

When you hear the words “malpractice insurance,” you may think, “Yawn, insurance.” We get it. As much as we’d like to believe MedPro Group is on your mind, sadly, we know we’re not. The subject of malpractice insurance doesn’t have to be daunting. To keep it simple, we’ve provided a list of points to help you choose the right malpractice company.

Being a dental assistant as a dentist

After I graduated in India with a Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS) degree, I got the opportunity to come to the United States. As I prepared my application for international dentist programs at U.S. dental schools, I shadowed and volunteered at dental offices and community dental clinics. Soon, I started working part-time as a dental assistant and eventually received my Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification and Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) license in California and started to work full-time.

Your other set of dental instruments

We have all heard classmates say, “I hate public speaking.” Some might have chosen dentistry with the intent to avoid public speaking. In reality, you will give many speeches throughout your dental school education and career. These speeches may not involve podiums, but the messages are no less significant. On a daily basis, we talk to patients, faculty and our peers. All of these interactions reflect on you as a professional.

Finding joy in the journey

In July 2007 my wife, 11 month old daughter, and I packed our Honda CR-V and headed east to begin dental school. I was a man on a mission! I had recently taken an oath of office with the Army for a Health Professions Scholarship. My plan after dental school was to do a 2-year AEGD, pay back my obligation and then either stay in the Army as an educator or get out and work in private practice. Ten years have flown by and I will be leaving the military and working in a private practice in Washington this summer. I have reached the goals I set for myself, but I also learned a very important lesson-take time to be present and find joy in the journey!