for new dentists
Questions from recent dental school graduates and
answers from Dawson Academy faculty
Joan Forrest, MS
AS A NEW DENTIST, there is no doubt that your life after dental
school graduation is stressful. Beyond having to find a job, there are
new skills to master and difficult decisions to make—without any clear
guidance. You may be asking questions like: How do I get faster doing
all these procedures? Where do I go for continuing education (CE)?
What equipment and products do I really need to purchase?
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE OUT OF
SCHOOL AND HOW DID YOU ADDRESS IT?
While still in dental school, I encountered
a patient who challenged everything I had learned. He
was an elderly, edentulous patient who desired a set of
dentures. Capturing a repeatable bite registration on this
gentleman eluded me and my covering faculty. No less
than five faculty members worked with me on his case,
each having a different technique to capture the centric
relation bite record. In the end, not one of those techniques
worked. It is no exaggeration that I saw this patient for
nearly 20 appointments (each of which were three to four
hours). When I got out of school, I knew there had to be
a more predictable, less stressful way to do dentistry.
My biggest challenge was not having an
understanding of global treatment planning and the masticatory system. After graduating, I really was only minimally
proficient with “tooth” dentistry. At least 90% or more of
what makes me a dentist today is the CE that I have taken
outside of dental school.
Shannon Johnson, DDS Pio Modi, DDS Rajeev Upadya, DMD Matthew Wolfe, DDS
The following are questions collected from recent dental school graduates
and answers from Dawson Academy
faculty (and students) Shannon Johnson,
DDS, Pio Modi, DDS, Rajeev Upadya,
DMD, and Matthew Wolfe, DMD.