• AMA with Certified Student Loan Professional

    Join SDN on December 7th at 6:00 PM Eastern as we host Andrew Paulson of StudentLoanAdvice.com for an AMA webinar. He'll be answering your questions about how to best manage your student loans. Register now!

Dentist Shadowing: Dental Internship or Dental Job?

supahdupah22

Junior Member
10+ Year Member
Oct 30, 2005
6
0
  1. Pre-Dental
    Hi, I'm new to these forums and was wondering if it would have a greater effect if you were just a dental intern at an office that did not get paid vs having a dental position at an office where you do get paid? I would think that interning for free would show that you're more into it for what you're interested in and learning rather than getting paid for it. Its hard to explain, what do you guys think?
     

    PDizzle

    PreDents.com
    Partner Organization
    10+ Year Member
    7+ Year Member
    Oct 25, 2005
    1,292
    5
    LSU, New Orleans
    www.predents.com
    1. Resident [Any Field]
      The main reason why they insist you have some experience(paid or otherwise) is to make sure you know what you are getting into. The last thing they want is an empty chair for 3 years!

      I don't think it matters if you got paid or not as long as you have enough experience to know that its the right career choice for you.
       

      donkeywhisperer

      Senior Member
      10+ Year Member
      5+ Year Member
      Oct 8, 2005
      252
      0
      1. Pre-Dental
        PDizzle said:
        The main reason why they insist you have some experience(paid or otherwise) is to make sure you know what you are getting into. The last thing they want is an empty chair for 3 years!

        I don't think it matters if you got paid or not as long as you have enough experience to know that its the right career choice for you.

        I agree, a few of the schools I've spoken to just want to see a good number of hours. Pacific in particular told me that they like to see a minimun of about 40hrs. I didn't have quite that much so I'm going to be beafing that up if I end up having to apply again.
        Personally I'd go with the option that would make you a little cash. :)
         
        About the Ads

        Sprgrover

        Pulped out Moderator
        Moderator Emeritus
        10+ Year Member
        7+ Year Member
        Jun 4, 2004
        4,034
        5
        Philadelphia, PA
          It makes no difference at all if you merely shadow, volunteer, or get paid to work in a dental office. It might be a bit hard to find a dentist willing to take you on board as an employee as turn-around is the name of the game in most offices and dentists prefer experience as a result. If you really do want to work in an office don't get discouraged in your search if you don't have any dentists extend an offer of employment to you. I gained experience through shadowing (and most dentists are delighted to have a pre-dent come in and watch them - it's great that someone values what he/she has to say and is curious about the profession) and volunteering. I located a non-profit dental clinic and volunteered my time as a dental assistant. I had a great time doing it and they were willing to overlook my complete lack of experience in exchange for the manpower. If you are interested in this look around your area for such clinics as most metropolitian areas tend to have them.
           

          PDizzle

          PreDents.com
          Partner Organization
          10+ Year Member
          7+ Year Member
          Oct 25, 2005
          1,292
          5
          LSU, New Orleans
          www.predents.com
          1. Resident [Any Field]
            Here is what I did:

            I knew a friend who knew a dentist and was allowed to shadow her for a while. At the same time, I took a college intro to dentistry course. Slowly, I went from just observing to more of an active role in the office. Started out just breaking down and setting up chairs. Eventually, I was pouring molds, steralizing tools, developing and setting x-rays and even was allowed to assist the dentist. (just suction and general assisting).

            It worked out great! They loved the extra help when it got busy and I got tons of experience and a letter of recomendation.
             

            Dutchboy

            Senior Member
            10+ Year Member
            5+ Year Member
            Dec 2, 2005
            529
            3
            1. Resident [Any Field]
              coolslugs said:
              Can an unpaid dental internship be considered as volunteering/ community service?
              I would say no. Community service/ Volunteering is all about making a difference or helping the less fortunate. Helping a well-to-do dentist is not exactly charity work.
               
              About the Ads
              This thread is more than 15 years old.

              Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

              1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
              2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
              3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
              4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
              5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
              6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
              7. This thread is locked.