Is the media making dentists look bad?

newspapers-tabletThis article originally appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Mouth. At the time, Stephanie Mazariegos, LECOM ’15, was the trustee from District 5. To read more from Mouth, click here.

For every headline that indicates dentists rank high among “most trusted professions,” there’s another condemning a dentist for fraud or patient mistreatment. As you enter a profession that relies on public trust, consider that the actions you take are a reflection on both you and the profession itself.

Is the media making dentists look bad?

Ethical terms such as nonmaleficence, autonomy and beneficence stand at the forefront of quality patient care…

When a dentist kills a lion: a lesson on reputation management

Lion in Hwange NPBy now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Dr. Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s beloved lion, Cecil. If you’ve somehow missed this social media firestorm, catch up here.

I’m not going to talk about how what Palmer did was wrong and what type of punishment he deserves–that debate is playing out in full force on Twitter. What I want to talk about is that Palmer is a dentist. Assuming you haven’t lured a national treasure from his protected habitat to kill him, let’s explore some lessons we can take away from Palmer’s life-ruining mistake.

Your [online] reputation as a future dentist

online reputationLast summer, I read an article on Forbes.com titled “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get.” While the title may make you bristle, it’s a good read with some great advice. Here’s one point that stood out and reminded me of my work with dental students: “Your reputation is priceless, don’t damage it – over time, your reputation is the most valuable currency you have in business. It’s the invisible key that either opens or closes doors of professional opportunity. Especially in an age where everything is forever recorded and accessible, your reputation has to be guarded like the most sacred treasure. It’s the one item that, once lost, you can never get back.”