Dental schools don’t officially teach students how to find a mentor. They place students in guided clinics and classes under direct mentorship from expert dentists, but it’s up to each person to reach out and forge a connection.
A major decision for many new dentists and dental students is whether to start their own practice, work as an associate or start as an employee dentist for a practicing dentist, group practice or corporate group. But how do new dentists decide which option is best for them?
If you had mentioned evidence based dentistry (EBD) to me during my time at dental school, I most likely would have rolled my eyes. Caught up in learning specific studies and statistics, it was easy to forget the importance of having scientific evidence behind every treatment and decision. However, evidence is key to delivering good patient outcomes in dentistry.
Donating your time and expertise to a volunteer dental clinic can be one of the most rewarding aspects of dentistry. It can also be intimidating at times. I have had opportunities to volunteer at a variety of different clinics and schools, and it has given me the chance to meet some selfless dental professionals, to treat some extremely grateful patients and to help underserved people in my community.
Erica Prados-Delgado Aguilera is a fourth year dental student at the University of Barcelona in Spain. In this article she discusses the choices, questions, challenges and concerns, which dental students face as they near the end of their undergraduate studies.