Match day is an exciting culmination of hard work and months of preparation for dental students across the country. As a GPR and AEGD applicant, I was excited to see which program on my list ranked me. The time came, I opened my email and, to my shock, I saw the dreaded, “We regret to inform you…”
Dr. Jessica Meeske, senior partner at Pediatric Dental Specialists of Greater Nebraska, leads a group practice with four locations in diverse cities throughout Nebraska, serving pediatric patients who are on Medicaid. Here, she discusses the challenges and rewards of working in her practice.
As future dentists, we are often asked, “What do you want to be?” or “What do you want to do when you’re finished with school?” What I have realized is that many of us have goals that span many disciplines and interests, and it’s hard for us to choose just one (or even a couple) upon which to build a career.
Over the past few decades, there has been an increased concern of a national dental faculty shortage. The American Dental Education Association published its first report in 1999 outlining this issue and has been tracking the national shortfall since then. Between the 1990s and 2000s, the number of vacant faculty positions increased more than 50 percent.
In college I participated in an internship program that allowed students into psychiatric hospitals to interact with patients with chronic mental illnesses. All interns were required to carry a personal duress alarm system, every corridor was locked on both ends, and patients could wear only the color khaki. At the time, my goal as an intern was to make the patients smile.
Dr. Emily Hahn attended Marquette University in Milwaukee for both her undergraduate and dental school education, earning her DDS in 2012. Here, she discusses her unique pediatric practice as well as her advice for students interested in treating this population.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a dentist in the National Hockey League? Where your patient pool consists of professional athletes who crash into boards at speeds of up to 45 mph, all while leaving their mouths exposed to the unpredictable trauma that can present in the blink of …