Category Archives: After Dental School

My New Dentist Life: Knowing enough to know what I don’t know

Editor’s note: This is the fourth article in a New Dentist Now blog series, My New Dentist Life, following a new dentist’s first year experience out of dental school. The three-month mark! I am getting better at managing multiple patients at a time, my speed is slowly improving, and my treatment planning skills are tested daily. However, there… Read More »

Careers aren’t upward straight lines, they’re waves

Last night, I watched from across Elliot Bay as a sea of colors illuminated the sky. One second past midnight brought a burst of reds and blues and purples and whites, proudly announcing that the New Year has come once again. I truly love the holidays, that’s for certain. I think they are so valuable for a lot… Read More »

How to pick the best residency program for you

Trying to find information on all the residency programs out there and then trying to narrow it down to find a best fit may seem like near impossible task. There are no official rankings, the information about each program is scattered, and for the most part, the information you do glean is anecdotal from past residents or friends… Read More »

Dentist or therapist? In our profession, compassion is an inescapable part of our job

For most of us, the reasons behind becoming dentists are fairly common across the board:  we like working with our hands; we like creating beautiful smiles; we wanted to own our own business (for the business owners of the group); and the catch all, we wanted to help people. For those of us who didn’t grown up in… Read More »

All about character: What my time with the Army National Guard has taught me about being a dentist

The Army Blackhawk helicopter banked over the mountain ridges of California before soaring through the canyons and hovering over treetops doing their flight maneuvers. A giant grin was across my dusty face as I savored every moment. I had joined a soldier who was doing a preventative medical visit for another battalion at Fort Hunter Liggett. There was… Read More »

My New Dentist Life: Shaking off those first-day nerves

Editor’s note: This is the third article in a New Dentist Now blog series, My New Dentist Life, following a new dentist’s first year experience out of dental school. Finally, I can write to you as a practicing dentist! It really felt like this moment would never come as it has been a goal of mine for so… Read More »