kamandsam

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Nov 17, 2008
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I would like to begin shadowing sometime in the next week or so and would like to know where everyone performed their shadowing hours? What is better, a standard dental office or a clinic for low-income folks? Also, any other ideas about how to improve this component of the application would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.:D
 
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ChrisM07

Dental Student
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Apr 8, 2007
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I spent a whole month out of the past 2 summers shadowing. I shadowed a general dentist and a oral surgeon. I got to see a lot of cool things and towards the end, I got to help out around the place, like clean tools and autoclave stuff. I think both would be a good idea to see. With a standard practice, you may only see what the dentist's specialty is. In a clinic you will get to see everything, maybe in one day.
 

banana87

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Oct 7, 2008
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i would try to do a mix of different types of offices. I shadowed in a general dentist office with 1 dentist, a gen office with 3 dentists, several different specialties, and in a low-income clinic. I think that each experience gave me a different insight to different aspects of the field and helped me know what I wanted to do better. I did a majority of my shadowing in one of the general dentists office, just because I clicked with the dentist there the best (and he wrote my rec letter). Try a bunch of different offices, and if you find one you like a lot, spend more time there then the rest. hope this helps!!
 

kamandsam

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Nov 17, 2008
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Thank you for the replies. They are very much helpful. I think I will do as you all have said and try out a few different offices. How many hours should I aim for before I apply next summer?
 
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