During my career as a dental assistant, I transitioned from a general to a pediatric dental practice. I never considered how different the environment would be in this setting.
Do you spend way too much time on Instagram? Have you felt like too much of your precious time is spent staring at photos, captions and hashtags on a three-by-five inch screen? Well, there’s good news. If you follow the right Instagram accounts, it will not only give you more opportunities in the field of dentistry, but it can help you connect with other students and professionals.
As an ASDA predental member, there are ample opportunities to learn about the areas that make up a stand-out dental school applicant, while creating lifelong friendships at the same time. You can attend national ASDA events such as Annual Session and the National Leadership Conference, both of which include exclusive predental sessions on topics such as interviewing to Q&A panels with admissions committees, in addition to networking opportunities. The experience of attending these events is invaluable — yet it comes with a cost: registration fees, travel expenses, etc.
When I was applying to dental school, I was full of hope, dreams and aspirations. My personal statement was chock-full of determination, resilience and steadfastness. Absolutely nothing was going to stop me from accomplishing my dream of getting into dental school.
When I was a freshman in college, I thought I would go straight to dental school after graduation. However, as the semesters progressed, the notion of taking a gap year — or years — started to become a possibility.
Working with patients is integral to the practice of clinical dentistry, and in order to offer the best care for our patients as future providers, we need to be able to communicate health conditions and treatment plans.
Dentistry is a relational profession. The next 40 years of your career will be spent building relationships with your patients, team and fellow dentists. There is no time like the present to start flexing those interpersonal skills to make lifelong connections and build a quality network.