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What I miss most about dental school

Dr. Markov (left) with his dental school classmates going out to dinner.

What do I miss the most about dental school? Lunch.

As a private practice owner and a solo practitioner, it is not uncommon for me to be shoveling a snack down in between patients, trying to squeeze in an emergency patient, or taking care of admin work during my lunch hour.

But it is not the food I miss; it is the people.

Dental school is a long four years, but something that helped me get through it was the fact that I was in it together with my classmates.

I do not miss the 8 a.m. four-hour anatomy lectures. But I do miss seeing my friends at lunch after class, knowing they had a nice 3 ½ hour nap to the soothing sounds of an anatomy professor and that they might need to borrow my notes later.

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Dr. Markov

Whether it was discussing tests and quizzes, the interesting patients we had to deal with, the procedures we had scheduled that we needed help with (why aren’t there more dental procedures on YouTube?), or when our next happy hour was, that hour of the day was spent together talking about everything and nothing.

And it made life better.

Post dental school — whether it is grabbing a bite with a colleague, a lunch-and-learn with a local business, or just participating in blogging and forums – I try to remind myself to not skip lunch. Because it is not about the food; it is to be reminded that we are in this together.

Dr. Peter Markov is a pediatric dentist and owner at VK Pediatric Dentistry in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated dental school with honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his residency in pediatric dentistry at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. When he is not practicing pediatric dentistry, you can find him out in Northern Virginia golfing, eating sushi in McLean, and sightseeing the D.C. monuments.

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