Say “yes” to research: It can open doors for your career

Andy Alvarez ResearchBefore dental school, I had zero research experience. I majored in Molecular Biology and Microbiology, and later completed a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. I never found the right opportunity to experience research in the real working world, a feat that ranked as a top priority on my ever-growing to do list. Luckily, after enrolling in the University of Florida College of Dentistry, I was introduced to an avenue that would get me involved with research more than I ever thought possible: the Summer Research Program. Some quick advice to any incoming D1 or any current dental student interested in research: TAKE THE PLUNGE! There are so many different types of research opportunities out there that are waiting just for you. Over the past year, I’ve realized that saying “yes” to research (and often figuring out the details later) continues to open doors for me that I never knew existed. In this innovative and exciting era of dentistry, dental research continues to serve as the foundation of our profession and getting involved at that ground level is much easier than you think!

How to sail through the PASS/Match process

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 2.43.07 PMOn January 26th, a flurry of Facebook posts popped up in my newsfeed from elated students announcing their match day results. For many, match day served as the end of a long application process to various specialty programs, general practice residencies (GPRs), and advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD) programs. For some, this served as a dress rehearsal in preparation for another attempt at matching next year. Regardless, going through the Match process takes some serious effort and persistence, but a little background knowledge will help you get through without breaking a sweat.

The Best Blogs of Mouthing Off: Career advice

Best-of-weekHappy Tuesday, and day two of the Best Blogs of Mouthing Off. Today we feature a couple of writers who we are especially thankful for. These blogs feature career advice and include everything from getting into a residency to transitioning to private practice. These are all the tips I wish they taught us in dental school! Check out three of our favorites here. Thank you to everyone who has offered there two cents of career advice and who have written for us in the 2014 year. Enjoy!

Calculating the costs and benefits of a residency

474213179(1)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.)

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…