How to Ace Gross Anatomy

Within the didactic curriculum, Gross Anatomy is a heavy-hitter. Typically, it’s the D1 course assigned the most credits; therefore, it’s weighed the most heavily in your GPA calculation. Acing Gross Anatomy will significantly benefit your GPA and class ranking, opening opportunities for scholarships and future specialization. My advice to D1’s, above all else, is ace…

How to Win a Dental School Scholarship

Dental school is EXPENSIVE! Luckily, there are many scholarship opportunities to offset the cost. Scholarships usually focus on academics, community service, or both. For advice on how to excel academically (without working harder), see my blog post on How to Boost your Class Rank! One of the major obstacles to winning a scholarship is self-doubt! Many…

Quick Guide for Success: Remo

Spoiler Alert: If you didn’t like waxing during D1, it will come back to haunt you in remo! Oh remo! I can probably count on one hand the number of classmates who actually enjoyed remo. It’s a grueling process. However, my denture cases in clinic were, without a doubt, the most rewarding. Removable prosthodontics replaces…

Quick Guide for Success: Fixed Prosth

Fixed Prosthodontics is typically offered during your D2 year. Fixed Prosthodontics involves restoration of the coronal portion of a tooth or the replacement of missing teeth by a non-removable (fixed) restoration.  Mostly, you will focus on crowns and bridges. Fixed is a challenging course that requires fine-tuned hand skills. Like operative and endo, your fixed course…

Quick Guide for Success: Endo

Endodontics is typically offered during the D2 year. In your endo course, you will learn about the etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and the peri-radicular area. Like operative, your endodontics course will typically entail both a lecture and sim-lab component. In my experience, students either love or hate…

Quick Guide for Success: Operative

Operative is one of the first clinically relevant courses you will take in dental school (hallelujah)! Although it is offered early in your dental school career, operative is undoubtedly one of the most important courses you will take. Not only will you be required to perform restorative procedures during your board licensure exam, but operative…