Clinic Pearls of Wisdom: Laura Rojas

Today’s post is full of #wednesdywisdom from Dr. Laura Rojas. Laura was my classmate at UMSOD and president of our Special Care Dental Association (SCDA). I was fortunate to work closely with Laura, since we were assigned "sister" General Practices (GP's) within clinic. We even co-therapied patients together! Laura has an extraordinary soothing influence on…

Clinic Pearls of Wisdom: Kathy Ong

Today’s post is full of #wednesdywisdom from Dr. Kathy Ong. Kathy was my classmate at UMSOD and has a heart of gold. 💛 Now a resident with Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, DE, Kathy was the recipient of the 2020 Student Leadership Award presented by the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation. The honor recognizes…

Job Search Timeline

After graduation, the world is your oyster! But, you should have a clear understanding of the licenses you must secure before pursuing job opportunities. Here’s what you need (in this order)! 1. Disability Insurance: First, secure disability insurance to lock in discounted student rates. For more information, see my post on disability insurance (coming soon)!…

The New CompeDont Tooth

All of your hard work in dental school boils down to the CDCA ADEX board licensure exam (no pressure 😅)! This year’s examination was particularly challenging, with the unexpected transition to the CompeDont Non-Patient Based Exam. I recently completed the CDCA ADEX Class 3 Restorative Exam on the new CompeDont tooth. Here’s my personal experience!…

Managing Clinical Emergencies

Dental school focuses heavily on didactics during D1 and D2 to equip students with sufficient medical knowledge to respond to clinical emergencies. Common emergencies may include hypoglycemia, issues with hemostasis, lacerations, panic attacks, and syncope.  I have asked a couple colleagues (who will remain anonymous for this post) to describe a clinical emergency they faced…

Survive your First Extraction

I have to admit, I initially found extractions very intimidating! Exodontia seemed so different from the fine motor skills I employed during operative procedures! Regardless of your preference (I found that students tend to either love or hate extracting), becoming comfortable with extractions is critical to your dental school success. Below, I provide 5 tips…

Preventing Patient No-Shows

As a dental student, there’s nothing worse than a no-show! You’ve wasted your time scheduling the appointment, reserving the chair, reviewing the patient’s file, reviewing steps for the procedure, and setting up your chair and instruments! Time is a hot commodity in dental school. Continue reading to learn how to protect your precious time and…