Category Archives: Diversity

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 »

We want you: Seeing leadership through two female leaders’ lenses in honor of Women’s History Month (Part 2)

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month this March, I’m sharing excerpts of interviews from two outstanding female leaders in dentistry who exhibit both authentic and transformational leadership qualities. Earlier this week, I interviewed Dr. Maxine Feinberg, the third woman to hold office of ADA president in 2014-15. Today, here’s an excerpt of my interview… Read More »

Why I love February: Celebrating Black history, children’s oral health

The month of February is a confluence of so many of the things I love in life: showing love to those in our lives on Valentine’s Day, discount candy and chocolate the day after Valentine’s Day (haha), and the whole month being both Black History and Children’s Oral Health Month. As a Black female, it is exciting to… Read More »

A toolkit every internationally trained dentist needs to have

Being a new dentist in the current job market is not easy. Sky high tuition loans, a shortage in the labor market (that includes assistants and hygienists), being asked to perform hygiene apart from clinical dentistry, and having to pay high rents if you prefer to be in the city, are just some of the concerns we are… Read More »

Everyone Matters: Seeking leadership diversity in organized dentistry

It has been a long but fulfilling 10 years of hard work in organized dentistry – or “dental-land,” as I like to affectionally call it. I often talk about losing my community of colleagues and friends once dental school graduation happened, and how my work in the associations has brought me a new community. They are the support… Read More »

Diversity and Inclusion: The importance of cultural competency training in dentistry

Many moons ago when I first arrived in the U.S., I was a double major in biology and music in piano performance at Fresno State, California. My piano professor, Dr. Werz, was newly emmigrated from Germany. He was serious and strict, nevertheless a very kind person. Many of us under his teaching were foreign students. He would insist… Read More »