Predental students vying for a coveted space in dental school need to find innovative ways to stand out to highly selective admissions committees. Whether you are looking to gain clinical insight or to determine if the career is right for you, shadowing a dentist can help you go above and beyond in making an impression. Here are five ways to gain shadowing experience as a predental student:
Gone are the days of how-to books and manuals. Technology has given DIY (do it yourself)-driven people the option to ditch paper resources and utilize the power of the index finger to click, scroll, and select videos on websites like YouTube and Vimeo to learn how to accomplish certain tasks. Taking it a step further, some self-proclaimed home-based professionals believe they can save money here and there by doing repairs and fixes on their own instead of having trained professionals to solve the problem. True to the definition of “DIY”, Grant Hearn took home dental care to another level in TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates. Read more to see how he performed oral surgery on his wife…
After graduation, I decided to put my Asian language abilities and American degree to use abroad in Singapore. I chose Singapore because there are four official languages: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil, two of which I am fluent in. My US credentials were fully recognized by the Singapore Dental Council. After receiving a job offer from the Ministry of Health Holdings, I obtained my license as a general dentist within a few weeks. Having a special interest in community and pediatric dentistry, I requested to work at the Health Promotion Board (HPB), a local service organization that focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and patient education. Keep reading to learn more about Peggy’s adventure abroad…
Before dental school, I pursued a degree in Commercial Music from Belmont University. At eighteen, I was ecstatic to be moving to Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital. My dream of becoming a professional singer was closer than ever before. I hit the ground running in Nashville. I accepted an internship at a record label, auditioned for American Idol, and started writing my own music. However, I quickly discovered I was just as content to perform at church, as I was in front of huge audience. I made the hard decision to give up my childhood dream of being a professional singer. It is a decision I have never regretted and I am grateful for the lessons I learned in Nashville that apply to my dental school experience.
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.)