As dental students, we have a lot going on and, as you may have noticed, there is a lot going on in Washington. It can be hard to keep track of pending bills and how they may affect the patients you serve. With the American Healthcare Care Act (AHCA) passing through the House of Representatives, it is time for you to take a quick break from studying to learn about how this bill may affect Medicaid in your state.
Changing career paths from medicine to dentistry was the hardest decision of my life. Cultural and familial expectations made me pursue medicine. After some personal reflection, though, I realized that my heart, my convictions and my talents belong in a dental career.
Growing up, my family and culture stressed certain educational paths. My role models were the physicians in our family who encouraged me to follow in their footsteps. Our close bond and passion for the biological sciences pushed me, my twin brother and my cousin all toward medicine. All roads seemed implicitly to point to the medical field.
Times New Roman. Helvetica. Comic Sans. Most of us are familiar with these fonts due to their prolific use in media we see daily. But, have you ever stopped to consider how font choice, size and style can impact your choices, especially in the context of a dental office?
Typography is defined as the style, arrangement or appearance of printed letters on a page. However, it encompasses more than just being able to change the color of letters or bolding important words. Read more about how typography applies to dentistry in today’s post!
Now that you have learned the basics, it’s time to apply them in clinic! This video will give you the settings you need to start dental photography. Put your camera in Manual mode and follow along.
Do you want to take dental clinic pictures with your DSLR camera, but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, this video will help you get started by going over the basics of photography. Getting acquainted with the fundamentals will put your skills over the top so you will be ready to tackle photography in clinic!
Since I started dental school, the biggest habit I picked up is being a chronic maximizer. As a first year, I was presented with so many new opportunities that I found myself overwhelmed with a desire to take on everything. But, when you’re trying to balance a personal life, academic obligations, extracurriculars and taking care of yourself, time becomes your most precious commodity. Efficiency became the name of the game and before I knew it, every little pocket of time was spent trying to tick off yet another item on my to-do list. Waiting in line at the supermarket? Perfect time to send out an email or two. Got out of class early? Time to call up those vendors for that event we’re planning next month.
Fundraising for a student organization isn’t easy, but crowdfunding has recently emerged as a unique way to raise money from many individual donors. Websites such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe are popular choices to jump-start a campaign, but more recently, educational institutions have moved towards utilizing crowdfunding as well. UCLA embraced this opportunity to connect with Bruin students, faculty, alumni and its community when it launched UCLA Spark in 2014.
Read on to learn how UCLA ASDA raised more than $22,000 for their project.