It’s a jungle out there [or reflections on clinic]

dental student clinicIt’s 8:30am on an otherwise lovely Tuesday morning in Birmingham, AL. I carefully peak my head around the corner . . . It seems so peaceful. So innocent. The calm before the storm.

For in a mere 30 minutes, what I see before me will transform into something quite terrifying. A black hole where chaos reigns and confidence and tranquility go to die.

Papers will be flying. Students will be running. Patients will be grunting. Ohhh the horror.

Medicaid’s exclusion of patients with special needs

predental week bannerImagine for a minute that you have an adult family member who has a neurodevelopmental disorder, such as autism, or an intellectual disability (ND/ID). This individual with special needs must see a dentist to alleviate pain or treat oral disease but you cannot afford care and don’t qualify for Medicaid. What do you do now? How long will your loved one have to suffer?

Now come back to reality. You are a dental student who has the ability to learn, provide care and advocate for patients with special needs. Currently, those with an intellectual disability are the most underserved medical and dental population (MUP).

Dental products that claim to be the “future” of dentistry

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 4.40.40 PMGood news! The future of dentistry has arrived! Or… maybe not.
It’s a wonder the basic toothbrush has survived so long with so many exciting advancements in dental care. Check out the four videos below and peer into the future of personal oral hygiene. My personal favorite is the mouth guard with bristles in it. Click “read more” to see the full post with videos.

4 ways the ACA will (and will not) impact dentistry

ACAIt is 2014 and the inaugural year of the Affordable Care Act implementation. Curious if dentistry has etched (primed and bonded) its way into ACA? I can tell you, it has. The watchword in regards to our field is “prevention”—detailed in the 21 oral health provisions of ACA. If you’ve avoided the daunting task of reading the ACA, you may have a few questions. Let me decode those for you here…

Network with informational interviews

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 3.55.34 PMToday’s Mingle Monday features Josh Lord from the Michigan Dental Association. Josh spoke this past fall at ASDA’s National Leadership Conference. He talked to dental students about how networking can be an instrument to further your career. One of Josh’s recommendations is to go on informational interviews to get in front of the people who can help advance your career. Watch this video for more on informational interviews and how to conduct one.

How President Clinton gave me perspective on dental school

Clinton_kedyA few months ago, I had the chance to attend the ADA’s Annual Session in the exciting city of New Orleans! Like ASDA’s Annual Session, this was an opportunity to attend CE classes, explore the enormous vendor exhibition and network with dental professionals from across the country. Exploring the city after hours was a chance to sample the fantastic food, listen to some great music and experience Halloween on Bourbon Street. But for me, the standout experience of the trip was seeing President Bill Clinton speak! Read on for Kedy’s takeaways from Clinton’s keynote address.