treasure_island

Senior Member
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jan 22, 2004
178
0
36
Irvine, CA
Status
ok so i have been volunteering at a dental clinic for about 30 hrs now, but what i don't like about it is that i don't really observe the dental procedures, but only sterilize rooms when they're done, sterilize instruments, develop x-rays and other stuff. i asked one of the assistants if i could actually sit with the dentist and see the procedures, but she said there's not enough space for 3 people in the operatory room (dentist, dental assistant, me). i kinda wanna change into another office/clinic, but this clinic is so convenient for me, since i don't have a car.

what should i do?
 

gatorfan99

10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Dec 17, 2003
690
128
U.S. Army
Status
Dentist
QUIT WASTING YOUR TIME. Volunteering is not CRUCIAL for you to get into dental school... I only did like 3-5 hours of it tops and I got into 2 of the 3 schools that I applied for.

They are using you as a cleaning person. Unless they pay you to do that, you should definately quit. Get a rec. letter from this dentist and never show up again.

gatorfan.
 

Bickle

future NYC taxi driver
15+ Year Member
Jul 28, 2003
2,019
0
red sox nation
Visit site
Status
Gatorfan is right. The position you described is a paying position. Either ask for an hourly wage, or ride your bike to another, more accomodating, clinic.
 

Calculus1

G.V. Black Fan
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Feb 26, 2004
301
0
Dallas, TX
Visit site
Status
I don't believe I've ever had to do manual labor at a dentist's office unless I wanted to. That dentist sounds like an ass to me, because I've observed in some pretty small operatories and no one seemed to have a problem with it being a bit cramped. Plus, GFan is right, shadowing doesn't really mean all that much. If you've done absolutely nothing, that may raise some eyebrows, but you've done more than enough. Quit!
 
About the Ads