There are a number of organizations available to dental students that help us enhance our education. By advancing our knowledge base, we develop as a dental community. One organization dedicated to expanding knowledge in the dental field is the American Association of Dental Research National Student Research Group (AADR NSRG). The AADR NSRG is student-run and supports students who wish to broaden their education through dental research.
As a high school senior, I had an opportunity to interview for a collegiate scholarship, during which I discussed my aspirations for a career in dentistry with an all-male panel of judges. I remember being asked, “Why don’t you want to be a dental hygienist or an assistant? Aren’t those the typical roles in dentistry for a female?”
I was taken aback. I was sure that it wasn’t their intention to instill self-doubt in a woman pursuing a career in a male-dominated industry. However, I couldn’t help but feel as if I was being relegated to another career, based strictly on traditional gender roles.