hello everyone. i have some questions concerning shadowing a dentist. i'm a 2nd year undergrad, and i thought that it was about time for me to start shadowing (now that i'm pretty sure about pursuing a career in dentistry). the problem is, that i visited various dentists in my area, and none of them allowed me to shadow them! i mean, according to various sources online and in books, etc. dentists are "supposed to" be excited to help out pre-dental student! right? has anyone else experienced this rejection? another thing is, at home i know several dentists as friends that would probably allow me to shadow, etc., but back at my college town, i dont' know any dentists personally... and it's really hard for me to go back home to shadow... also, i kno for pre-med students it's pretty easy for them to volunteer in that they can just go to a hospital and apply for a volunteer position... but for predental students how the heck are we supposed to volunteer (esp. in a private practice setting?)?? one of the excuses a dentist i wanted to shadow gave me was that the patients might be concerned about their privacy and so they wouldnt' want me observing/shadowing. so if they are concerned about me even observing, how can i actually do anything to volunteer? are there dental volunteer opportunities in hospitals? help please.. thanks a lot!