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Dentistry workshop helps students choose a career path

Participants in the 2006 Careers in Dentistry workshop pose for a group photo. This year approximately 70 students participated in the workshop.
Participants in the 2006 Careers in Dentistry workshop pose for a group photo. This year approximately 70 students participated in the workshop.
Choosing a career path can be a very stressful and challenging experience, especially choosing a path that requires significant training and, most often, debt. Throughout pre-professional school, students seldom have the opportunity to sample possible careers with firsthand experience.

Dentistry is a unique profession that combines health care with hands-on work to deliver the best possible treatment for the patient. However, it is challenging to provide an environment for students to sample this career to affirm whether or not dentistry is truly their mission in life.

Running nearly three decades, the Careers in Dentistry workshop, organized by the School of Dentistry, continues to provide an insightful and practical look into the dental education system and dental profession for undergraduate students considering a career in dentistry.

The Careers in Dentistry workshop provides an opportunity to visit and spend several days within LLUSD. During the workshop, students participate in seminars given by faculty from many departments. They learn about dental school and about the potential a dental education can hold.

From general information about dentistry to case studies in forensic dentistry with Brian Black, DDS, assistant professor, restorative dentistry,  to international outreach and service, students gain valuable information and insight into dentistry and the limitless opportunities it holds.

Students also spend time in the laboratory waxing teeth and carving chalk to get some practice using their hands in a dental  setting. Workshop participants shadow stu
Anthony Theodorou, DDS, assistant professor, restorative dentistry, supervises workshop participants practicing their chalk carving skills.
Anthony Theodorou, DDS, assistant professor, restorative dentistry, supervises workshop participants practicing their chalk carving skills.
dent dentists on the clinic floor to see how the clinic is run and experience the life of a dental student.

My experience during Careers in Dentistry

I am currently a first-year student (class of 2010) and was a participant in the Careers in Dentistry workshop in July 2005. I became interested in the program after hearing Fred Kasischke, DMin, associate dean for admissions, speak about LLUSD, and this workshop in particular.

Through my attendance, I reconfirmed my desire to obtain a dental education and felt more prepared to enter the profession of dentistry.

The admissions staff gave direction through the application cycle, while members of the faculty such as Michael Boyko, DDS, MPH, assistant professor, oral and maxillofacial surgery, provided inspiration on how to become part of such an amazing team of health care professionals.

This workshop continues to gain popularity each year as the number of applicants continue to grow. After attending the workshop and having been accepted to LLUSD, I returned to help with the workshop in July 2006, and I could see myself sitting in the lab carving the previous summer. Now I am beginning LLUSD and am even more excited about providing guidance to future students in the Careers in Dentistry workshop.

Brian Novy, DDS, assistant professor, restorative dentistry, is yet another example of the success from the Careers in Dentistry workshop. He attended the workshop and now has graduated from LLUSD and remains on faculty giving back to the workshop and future dentists.

The workshop continues to provide an environment for students to determine whether dentistry is the field they should pursue.    

—Nicholas Marongiu, first-year dental student

Editor’s note: This article appeared in the October issue of Dentalgram, published by the School of Dentistry.

TODAY news for Thursday, November 16, 2006