There comes a time when med students and dental students don’t have much in common.
Last year we took the same basic science classes: biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, histology, anatomy and the likes. Second year of dental school is a more clinical transition. The only two basic science classes we take are Pharmacology this semester and Pathology next year: I just realized this!
Most of the classes have a direct clinical application. Our dentures laboratory class. Anesthesia/Pain/ Emergency where we learn about local anesthesia and will soon practice local injections…
Even with anesthesia, our focus is more on pain, anxiety, local anesthetics. We focus on the drugs that have potential adverse reactions with our anesthetics, our vasoconstrictors.
Although Alex is taking pharmacology too, we had an entire section dedicated to pain medications while for Alex the med student has to study all these systemic drugs.
Plus, you know, the many hours in lab… It’s kinda like arts and crafts! Playing with silly putty-wax and learning how to use these different instruments.