The Real New Dentists of Dallas
New dentists from Dallas and its surrounding cities shared their experiences and perspectives with a room full of eager dental students at the 2016 ASDA Annual Session, on March 3. Tera Lavick, director, New Dentist Committee at the ADA, moderated the session.
The session began with introductions and warm-up questions that asked the panelists to reflect on what they remember as dental students about to begin practice life. The floor was then open for students to ask their questions–which ranged from the benefits of doing a residency, what questions to ask during the job search, mentorship and managing debt, among others. The students continued to talk with the dentists after the session. Dr. Andrea Janik, the ADA New Dentist Committee representative for Texas, ADA 15th district, was available to interact with the students throughout the rest of the ASDA meeting. Feedback was very positive and students were excited to learn about opportunities in Texas and life after dental school.