Why I decided to pursue dentistry, Part 1

It’s that time of year again, which means that many, if not most, dental schools are back in session, teaching, training and preparing the next generation of dentists. ADA News asked John Pelton, class of 2023 of the NYU College of Dentistry, why he decided to pursue dentistry. “My decision to pursue a career in dentistry has been… Read More »

Everything you need to know about root cause analysis in dentistry

An error was made. No matter whether you practice in Baghdad or Los Angeles, you need to know why so that you can fix it. Root cause analysis is an analytical method that seeks to identify the root causes for a problem, which in turn helps to identify potential solutions. It’s one of the best tools in dentistry… Read More »

Help colleagues by adding your voice to the New Dentist blog

The ADA’s award-winning ADA’s New Dentist blog is seeking contributors interested in writing about their experiences and insights on the unique challenges facing early career dentists who graduated from dental school fewer than 10 years ago. From managing student debt, navigating employment contracts and acquiring a practice to avoiding burnout and choosing a career path, the goal of… Read More »

CDC offers opportunities for early-career dentists interested in public health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accepting applications for its Dental Public Health Residency Program, which aims to produce skilled specialists in public health who can work collaboratively with their population health colleagues in an array of multidisciplinary health program settings to achieve improved oral health in their communities. The application deadline is Sept. 30 at… Read More »

The Art of Asks: The Unspoken Rules of Asking for Favors

As a new dentist building a career, requests for recommendations may come up for residency applications or job applications. It is important to learn about the art of asks, as this will serve you well in the span of your professional career. When we ask for a favor, whether it is big or small, there are a few… Read More »

If I could go back in time, what would I tell my dental school self about what to expect after graduation?

Let me start by giving a little background on my dental school experience. My father was diagnosed with stage IV renal cell carcinoma two months into me starting dental school at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  He was initially given four months to live, but fortunately he lived about two-and-one-half years more before he passed away three… Read More »