Holy crap! I'm gonna quickly learn to tie my shoes before dental school starts this month.vandy_yankee said:"If you can tie your shoes, we can teach you to be a dentist"
Drilling/Prepping/etc is a little harder than just learning to tie a shoe, but the same: it just takes practice.
I've never heard of it happening here at Penn. If you're worrying about your own abilities don't fret so much as dental school will teach you the necessary skills. And besides, you will be in good company as the majority of your class iwll be struggling with the same issues.I am predental and wondering...
are there people who had to drop out of dental school because they couldn't handle hand skills required?
dexterity usually comes (some sooner some later) after sufficient practice and repetition. however we had 1 guy who was strongly encouraged to go into oral pathology or maxillofacial radiology. he did just that (oral pathology/oral medicine integrated program) and seems to be loving it.Well, I happen to be one of the harderst working persons here at my school and as much as I've tried to develop my skills I am still pretty bad. Worst of all, I have faculty that helps me step by step and tells me all the secrets to make good preps and I still fail preparation exams. My peers don't come as often to practice in SIM lab and always do better than me (they pass prep exams); SIM lab has become my 2nd home, I'm here everyday.
I am really losing confidence that someday my hand skills will develop up to a decent criteria.
The bad thing is that I have been a recipient of differen scholarships and I am not a young pup and married; hence, switching careers at this point of my life is not an option. I truly love dentistry but I am getting very discouraged and truly don't know what to do.