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Why NOT to Cut The Dental Umbilical Cord

Retraction. There are many instances it makes our lives simpler. There are many strategies for success. That said, as a young dentist, it’s all too tempting after the daily clinic beatings in dental school to cut the dental umbilical cord from one’s armamentarium. Before you do, experience has taught me this…great habits deliver great results.
Great result deliver great success. So before you cut that cord, here’s a simple 5 step process to CRUSH your Restorative Success.

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What it means to be successful outside of academics

Getting an A meant I was successful and getting any other grade else meant I was not. As a student, we are constantly overwhelmed with people telling us how to attain “success.”

Following someone else’s expectations can be destructive and counterproductive to your personal goals.

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Student budget-friendly activities

In school, exams and academic commitments are plenty and free time is limited. With deadlines always looming, it is difficult for us high-achieving individuals to make time for ourselves and simply relax. I have compiled a list of activities to spark some inspiration for your next weekend or day off.

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Preparing for Success on Your First Day in Clinic

Your heart is beating a little bit faster than normal. You feel your hands are cold, clammy, and shaking slightly more than from the usual morning caffeine jolt. Your mind is racing at a million miles per minute trying to ensure that you have prepared for every last detail. After setting up your cubicle you anxiously await your first patient in clinic. With the summer semester right around the corner, many students are transitioning into clinic and getting their first patient experience. A desire to work with and treat people is why the majority of dentists go to dental school. All of our previous preclinical training has been in preparation for patient encounters. The purpose of this post is to discuss how to make your first clinical encounter with a patient a success.

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Finding the Right Financial Planner While in Dental School

According to the American Dental Education Association in 2014, the average educational debt per graduating dental school senior was $247,227. Many dental students graduate with even higher amounts of student debt, which is why dental students and recent graduates need to be financially savvy. I know the last thing on a dental student’s mind is finding a financial planner, but I hope to convince you why it should be on your radar.

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The Importance of Personal Rules

It was May, 2016 and I found myself with an unfamiliar span of free time. I had just graduated from dental school, but my residency program wouldn’t start for another six weeks. For the first time in four years, I had a substantial amount of time to do whatever I pleased. Many of my peers traveled, or used the time to shift focus from dentistry to another aspect of life. I chose to make the most of those weeks by working to gain perspective that could influence my career.

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Podcasts

In grade school we are taught that interrupting people is rude. Yet, as adults, we do this all the time. I have found that tuning into podcasts frequently can improve listening skills.

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So You Had a Bad Day…

…we all have them in dental school. Those hectic days when you’re struggling to get it all done, a clinic procedure that you could have done better, or a test that you worked so hard to prepare for that you don’t feel good walking out of are all examples of difficult moments we go through in dental school. One person’s great day can be another one’s worst, and such is life. When those moments kick in in the worst way, here are some ways to take the edge off and to get feeling back on track:

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The #1 New Dentist Obstacle… Pizza by the Slice or the Whole Pie

How many times have you delivered a great treatment plan to a patient only to have the patient and/or a team member look at you like you’re: 
Clearly not as good as the owner dentist
Out of your mind
Trying to scam them
In this episode, Dr. David Rice, founder of igniteDDS and Mr. Jonathan Miller, Executive Fortune Management Coach, show you how to deliver your treatment plan pizza by the slice or the whole pie. AKA, how to win the patient and the team, without pi#*ing off the owner doc.

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The Right Partnership

In a sea of dental vendors, who do you choose? Learn here what makes a dental vendor “enlightened” and understand which companies are there to help you grow…

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Top 15 Tips To Crush Dental School

We have compiled the Top 15 proven tips and tricks that will help crushing your dental school interviews. We know these worked because we are speaking from personal experiences and the perspective of a former predental student. You will not only learn how to dress professionally, but also other very important areas you might not be aware of. Ultimately, we want you to succeed and we believe you can do it! Click here to download the ebook now!

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Get Motivated, Be Dedicated, Stay Involved

Applying for dental school can be…. is a very stressful process. Of course your goal is to have the most competitive DAT score, GPA and excellent academic ranking. In light of all those factors, one must keep in mind the importance of maintaining your extracurriculars up to date.

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The Dental School Game Plan

How do you plan on achieving your dream of becoming a dentist? It no longer is an easy task. With almost 14,000 applicants to the 65 dental schools in the United States your grades will no longer solely set you apart. Much more goes into your application now-your extracurricular activities, leadership positions, DAT scores, and the very important personal statement. Because only 15% of applicants are called for an interview you need to use every opportunity you can put get yourself ahead of the pack and this book will help you do just that.

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The Benefits of Interdisciplinary CE

I recently attended AAOMS’s Dental Implant Conference, an interdisciplinary conference that presents a holistic approach to dental implant treatment plans. Find out more about the benefits of interdisciplinary conferences in the article.

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Let’s Caucus!

I attended the AAOMS District III caucus last weekend in Atlanta and had a great time taking part in our political process. Learn more about how you can ensure your voice gets heard in organizations like AAOMS, ASDA, the ADA, and more!

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3 Keys to Anterior Restorative Contour

7 Deadly Sins of Smile Design. It’s one of my fave seminars to deliver. Today’s post…a quick excerpt from just one sin. Check it out and take a step closer to delivering some wicked anterior restorations

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Why NOT to Cut The Dental Umbilical Cord

Retraction. There are many instances it makes our lives simpler. There are many strategies for success. That said, as a young dentist, it’s all too tempting after the daily clinic beatings in dental school to cut the dental umbilical cord from one’s armamentarium. Before you do, experience has taught me this…great habits deliver great results.
Great result deliver great success. So before you cut that cord, here’s a simple 5 step process to CRUSH your Restorative Success.

Read More »

Crouching Tiger…Hidden Margins

Even without considering all the patient benefits, there are tremendous advantages to Cad-Cam in our practices. Conservation of tooth structure, precision, fit, esthetics and well…control. Check out this case…it walks in my practice everyday!

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The Books You Should Have Read in Dental School – “Good To Great” by Jim Collins Part II

In my last book review blog post, I introduced Good to Great by Jim Collins. As this book has so many valuable lessons, I believe it justifies a second post. One of the overarching themes of the book is leadership and the qualities the CEOs of the ‘Great’ Companies. For the majority of us dental students and new dentists, we may not become CEOs of Fortune 500 companies but the qualities these leaders exemplify also apply to leading a dental team or your ASDA chapter.

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igniteDDS Dr. David Rice

The #1 New Dentist Obstacle… Pizza by the Slice or the Whole Pie

How many times have you delivered a great treatment plan to a patient only to have the patient and/or a team member look at you like you’re: 
Clearly not as good as the owner dentist
Out of your mind
Trying to scam them
In this episode, Dr. David Rice, founder of igniteDDS and Mr. Jonathan Miller, Executive Fortune Management Coach, show you how to deliver your treatment plan pizza by the slice or the whole pie. AKA, how to win the patient and the team, without pi#*ing off the owner doc.

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Free Money Anyone?

Yup, I had you at money. Well, your holidays are about to get a little happier. Want a scholarship that will shave $20,000 off your tuition? Read on to find out how!

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Dissecting media in medicine

The internet can be a powerful tool, but also a dangerous one given the breadth and depth of false information. Despite its intelligence, Google can’t replace a four-year medical degree.

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Pizza By the Slice…Or the Whole Pie

Whether you prefer NY or Chicago style, one thing’s for sure. There are people who prefer a slice at a time and their are people with whole pie appetites. What I’d like to suggest to you is this. Your patients…they like pizza too. And just like every other “Can’t wait to burn my mouth” pizza lover, some need you to serve them a tooth at a time…and others…others want you to deliver their entire treatment plan all at once. What matters most is understanding WHO wants what…and when.

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Student budget-friendly activities

In school, exams and academic commitments are plenty and free time is limited. With deadlines always looming, it is difficult for us high-achieving individuals to make time for ourselves and simply relax. I have compiled a list of activities to spark some inspiration for your next weekend or day off.

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The Cost of Doing It All

This is the most real post I have ever written. It is also the hardest to write because it hits very close to home. These are the demons I battle on a daily basis. And I am willing to bet, they are your demons too.

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Married to medicine

On Valentine’s Day this year, I spent 12 hours at school during the day (from 7 AM – 7 PM) and less than 5 hours with my boyfriend. At this point, it would be appropriate to change my relationship status to: married to medicine.

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AEGD/GPR vs. Private Practice, Are you confused?!?!

Hi guys, I’m excited to share with you an awesome conversation I had with a D4 student who was struggling with the question of: Do I attend a GPR/AEGD or go work in private practice? I know that I personally struggled with this question a lot. So here’s the video of our conversation and me sharing my personal experiences from the last 6 months in private practice. I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any other topics/ questions that you would like me to address.

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On self-care and wellness

After reading one of my favorite author’s books on happiness in medicine, I was inspired to figure out how I can stay happy in dental school and came up with these 3 tips to share with the group.

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The Perception of Strangers Can Break Your Heart

Erinne showed me what Google predictors completed when typing “Dentists are…” and it was horrid. It broke my heart and got me wondering. For every time we hear “I hate dentists” but we still continue to love what we do… why? For those of you who wonder the same, read my answer here.

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