You spent a fortune on school. You stayed in and studied while your friends were out having fun. You tolerated all kinds of craziness for the promise of work/life balance, a great salary, and the professional title.
This is it. You made it through the toughest time in your life, and you’re an actual REAL. LIFE. DENTIST! And you feel like you totally suck at it. You might feel like you picked the wrong profession and that you’ll always be a lousy dentist. Keep reading if you’ve had a rough week and need to hear why you’re amazing. You don’t suck!
1. You care
You care about people and that makes you not only an amazing dentist, but an amazing person. This is 95% of the battle. You’ve made the decision to be your best for the people that are counting on you— your patients, family, friends, and team members. Give yourself a pat on the back and make sure that above all, this doesn’t change.
2. You’ve failed
Dental school did not make you an amazing dentist. School provided the framework to get you excited about learning. You learned, got excited, failed and continued to learn anyway. You are developing your skills and knowledge through time and you’re proud of what you’ve learned because of your failures. Yay! You are rocking it!
3. You’re still shadowing and staying open to new ideas
You’re learning from your surgeons and your friends. You are learning little things and doing your part to share what you’ve learned with others. You are seriously kicking butt!
When we help each other, we’re doing the profession a great service. Everyone has different ways of saying things, a new technique to share, or a cool idea that might be what takes your dentistry to the next level.
4. You’re growing and taking CE
You’ve had a few “Oh $h*t” moments to make you realize that you need to step up your game. You’ve taken these moments and transformed them into becoming an even more amazing dentist.
While similar to #3, I feel strongly about taking time out of your life to intentionally grow. I’m not talking about your state required minimum amount of continuing education hours. I’m talking about going to a course that spikes your curiosity and teaches you something you didn’t even know that you didn’t know.
You’ve met dentists who shared their favorite courses and your journey developed. You’ve shared your favorite courses with other people. YES! You are killing it!
5. You’re taking photographs
You put your pride aside, took some photographs, and blew up your restorations to the size of a head. You felt bad, saw what you needed to correct, and became better because of it. Woohoo! You’re amazing!
You care more than the average dentist, which is why you’re even reading this article. You’re at the top of our profession, and I’m so proud of you! You don’t suck! You’re an amazing dentist!
Dr. Dawn Wehking graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 2010. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and the Boulder/Broomfield County Dental Society. She was awarded Master status with the Academy of General Dentistry, has been published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, and she serves as visiting faculty at Spear Education. Dr. Wehking is also an ADA Success Speaker, teaching dental students about life after dental school. Dr. Wehking owns a small private practice in Lafayette, Colorado. On her days off, you’ll find her with her furry children, enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors.