Colleen Greene

Alcohol and networking: mix with caution

3184695159_03ab24fac2_zI moved to Wisconsin for residency last summer. As a native Midwesterner, I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with the culture, values and cheese curds of Middle America. License plates may label this state as America’s Dairyland, but it seems to me a different indulgence is its most famous export. Beer.

Wisconsin isn’t the only drinking danger zone! Today’s dental students face alcohol-fueled culture at mainstream professional events. Social receptions tend to come well stocked with spirits. I see four significant alcohol-centered threats staring you down as an ambitious young dentist working hard to expand your network.

5 tips for pediatric dentistry hopefuls

So, you’re interested in pediatric dentistry? I know the feeling! It’s an exciting specialty with opportunities to practice on young patients in a variety of settings. There is a unique joy in setting up patients and families for a lifetime of optimal oral health. I am just about half way through my residency training at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. As a first-year resident, the majority of my time is spent treating patients in a hospital-based clinic, as well as an urban health center in the area. My advice on the application process…

How to handle illegal interview questions

One year ago, I was in the midst of a frantic residency interview season. There are many awkward moments when you go on this type of personal hype tour. None are more awkward than the moment when an interviewer probes a little too personally into your credentials and experiences. Illegally personal, to be exact. Don’t… Read more »

Orthodontists to install first female president


This May, Dr. Gayle Glenn of Dallas, TX, will become the 113th president of the American Association of Orthodontists. Even more historic, she will be the first ever woman to hold this title. The topic of women in leadership has been covered widely recently, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal. Many thanks to Dr. Glenn for sharing her provocative memories and sage advice with MO…

ASDA travels to AGD’s annual meeting

Over the weekend, ASDA was warmly welcomed at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Academy of General Dentistryin Philadelphia, PA. Our members were represented by yours truly and our tireless Vice Presidents: Alex Barton, Virginia ’13, and Ben Youel, Illinois ’13. The City of Brotherly Love welcomed AGD delegates and members from across the country…. Read more »

Money Monday: of icebergs and interest rates

Given the debut of Titanic 3D last month, you couldn’t have missed that April 15th was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I was in Chicago that weekend for ASDA council and board meetings. Money was on my mind since April 15th is also Tax Day and I may or may not have finished my returns by then…

Keep reading for more on icebergs and your student debt.