What my job as an RA taught me about communication

Dentistry is a teamwork-driven field: we must learn to collaborate productively despite differences in our working styles. After all, the relationships between dentists, patients and employees are all important. Being in a profession where you work closely with people can be rewarding, but also challenging. Learning how to work with all types of people can prevent conflict, reduce stress and help your team achieve a common goal. So where do we start building these skills long before we put on those white coats and see patients of our own?

What my part-time jobs taught me about dentistry

Retail employmentDental students learn early on that they must learn to manage all forms of dental anxiety in their patients. While reassurance and a friendly smile can go a long way, effective communication is essential to helping patients feel comfortable in potentially stressful situations. In fact, many of us have already began working on these important skills before dental school, sometimes without even realizing it. I believe that the best way to maximize the development of your interpersonal skills is to immerse yourself in activities that require you to constantly interact with people, such as part-time employment.