about my volunteering


Senior Member
15+ Year Member
Jan 22, 2004
Irvine, CA
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?


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10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Dec 17, 2003
U.S. Army
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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.



G.V. Black Fan
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15+ Year Member
Feb 26, 2004
Dallas, TX
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!
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