Category Archives: Guest Blogger

At SmileCon, Olympic curler and new dentist reflects on busy 2022

Tara Peterson, D.D.S., is a 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and member the U.S. curling team that competed at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. Her sister also made the team. She spoke at SmileCon 2022 in Houston and allowed the New Dentist blog to publish her speech. The speech, which has been slightly… 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 »

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 »

‘Get out there and live’: Lessons from dental school and early career

Time, our most valuable commodity — along with our good health, of course. It’s hard to believe how many years have passed since my last first day of school: the day I started my fourth year of dental school. My D3 and D4 years seemed like they would never end, and I distinctly remember doing my clinic orientation as a… Read More »

Pursuits of happiness: Do you need a rewrite?

“Dr. Vaughn, I wanted to ask you . . . do you enjoy dentistry?” “Interesting,” I thought. “What a simple, straightforward yet completely complicated and intricately loaded question I have just been asked by this bright-eyed, good-intentioned college student.” “Y-Yeah. . . I do.” I paused. I could feel the perspiration gathering on my forehead. Could he sense… Read More »