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…

Write the Perfect Personal Statement

Your personal statement provides the admissions committee a glimpse into who you are, beyond your GPA and DAT score. This is your chance to “sell yourself!” Why should you be selected for admission? What past experiences demonstrate that you will be a successful dental student and dentist? Given the importance of your personal statement, it’s…

Specializing in Oral Surgery

Interested in pursuing a specialty in oral surgery? Read below for an interview of my colleague, Dr. John McKelvey, who is entering his oral surgery residency this fall! He provides some great advice for dental students who are considering OS! 1. What general advice do you have for students interested in specializing in oral surgery?…

Specializing in Periodontics

Interested in pursuing a specialty in periodontics? Read below for an interview of my colleague, Dr. Sharlene Demehri, who is entering her periodontic residency this fall! She provides some great advice for dental students who are considering perio! 1. What general advice do you have for students interested in specializing in periodontics? The more exposure…

Specializing in Pediatrics

Interested in pursuing a specialty in pediatric dentistry? Read below for an interview of my colleague, Monica, who is entering her pediatric dentistry residency this fall! She provides some great advice for dental students who are considering peds! 1. What general advice do you have for students interested in specializing in pediatric dentistry? Volunteer, shadow,…

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…