Friday, June 27, 2014

typical day of a dental student ft Sharon

I get a lot of questions asking what my typical day as a dental student is like! I thought I’d recruit my dental school friend Sharon to tell me about her day. I’ve featured Sharon on the blog before: we discussed prioritizing health & fitness as a dental student and her military scholarship with the Air Force. Here’s her typical day as a dental student at Penn Dental Medicine (aka our newly minted “PDM”). Enjoy! –Y.

0650 - Alarm goes off. I was so tired last night I passed out on my futon...before I fed my fish (I gave them extra this morning to make up for it and apologized profusely to them).

0800 - Even though I don’t have clinic until 10, I wake up early so I can watch an episode of Cake Boss, and also so I can go study for National Boards Part 1. (Y: I wrote about our NBDE preppin’ here! I also went to grab coffee and ran into Sharon so I snapped this picture.)

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0950 - Head into clinic. Before I go in I review my scheduled patient's chart, medical history, X-rays, and what has been done in the last few visits. I want to know who my patient is before I meet them. I want to understand what they need and not just quickly glance over their chart while they are sitting in the chair waiting for you. Preparation is key!

1020 - After calling and checking the waiting room, my patient unfortunately doesn’t show. It is okay since some of my classmates need chairs. I now have time to get all my paperwork up to date.

1230 - Leave clinic for lunch. Since I didn’t have any patients I help those who were running late clean up their chairs.

1300 - Back to clinic! I didn’t have any patients scheduled for the afternoon, but as I was walking around one of the seniors asked me to start with her patient. Saweet! I am about to do my first final impression for a crown. I read and did some of the steps in lab, how hard could this be? But first, time to hunt down a chair...

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1320 - Chair found! I pull up the patient’s chart and get up to speed on the patient. I then bring the patient back and begin the process of a final impression. Sounds easy, but holy smokes there is a lot involved. Two gingival retraction cords, medium and light body impression material, hunting down custom impression trays, removing the provisional, bite registration, the list goes on! It is a fun learning experience and the next thing I know it's 5:00 (luckily we finish at 4:40, just enough time to write a clinical note, clean the station, return materials, and head out for the day).

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1700 - Meet my friend for dinner. He was passing through town, so we catch up over some much deserved burgers.

1800-2000 - GYM TIME! Thank goodness I ate a burger since today's workout involved squats. Saying I love the gym is an understatement. 

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2100-2300 - Shower, pack my bag for tomorrow, and sit down to study for my final tomorrow morning. It's a good thing this class is pass/fail, since I am pretty much ready for bed at this point! No matter how much material I haven't covered, I always am in bed by 11. Sleep is important for recovery, so I make sure I do not deprive my body of those precious hours.

10 comments:

  1. I hadn't really thought much about what it would be like to be a dental student. It sounds kind of intense. Good luck with everything.

    Anita Mas | http://www.roykalidental.com/

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  2. This was so fun to read! I'm applying to dental school this cycle, so I love having an idea of what to expect in the coming years. Love your blog, keep up the great work!

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    1. Thank you so much! Best of luck with the application process PJ!

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