Personal Finance Books for Dental Students/New Dentists

One of the best things about graduating dental school is finally having time to read for pleasure again! Recently, I have been devouring books on personal finance. Seriously, they're addicting! 🤓 I have provided a synopsis of these books below, extracting the gems for you to takeaway! If you're a bookworm like me, be sure…

Dental Anxiety: More Than Meets the Eye

Treating anxious patients is a daily norm in dentistry. I sometimes joke that I’m half dentist, half therapist. (Speaking of therapy, see my post on Motivational Interviewing for enhanced patient communication). But in all honesty, a large portion of our patients is terrified of the dentist! I have come to learn that different patients have…

Why I Left Corporate Dentistry

A long overdue update! I recently left my corporate dental (DSO) job for private practice. For those considering corporate (or considering an office transition), here is some insight into my decision: Background: I was an associate dentist for a large, national DSO. This was my first job after graduating dental school. I helped open a…

The Associateship Rollercoaster

Well, here I am! In the midst of a global pandemic, searching for an associate dentist position! 🙃 In all seriousness, my search for an associateship was nothing like I envisioned. For starters, it takes a LONG TIME to be fully licensed and registered. I completed my CDCA board exam on 7/2/2020 and was first eligible to…

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! 2. State…

Associateship Week 1

Are you curious about the transition from student/resident to associate? Reflecting on her first week in practice, I interviewed fellow dental blogger, Dr. Alenna Monet from The Dental Journey. She offers some great insight into her first week as an associate dentist, including her workload and when she finds time to squeeze in hygiene checks!…

Specializing in Endodontics

Interested in pursuing a specialty in endodontics? Read below for an interview of my colleague, Cassandra, who is an Endodontics Resident at the University of Maryland! She provides some great advice for dental students who are considering endo! 1. What general advice do you have for students interested in specializing in endodontics? I would say…