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While trying to work in 2 temp crowns, one fell into the cleavage of this attractive older lady and by instinct I went after it not realizing at the time I was feeling her up inappropriately. This was before the "Me Too" Mvt and I'm sure I would probably get in serious trouble today. She fortunately laughed it off and was good-natured about it. But one good thing happened because of it...she never missed any more appts!
 
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This happened in the USAF about 20 yrs ago to a friend of a colleague. He was trying to obturate a RCT with paper points instead of GP cold lateral style. As he was trying to separate the paper points with the torch, the pt smelled smoke coming out of his tooth. The dentist friend freaked out and didn't know what to do. I guess the Dental Schools don't teach you how to manage a burning tooth.
 
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A facutly at my school in the department where they pull a lot of teeth got caught sleeping around with a classmates dad. Also, another faculty in the same department told a student that she looked like a "screamer", he was promptly fired.
 
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Upper classman of mine brought their mom to practice taking alginate as it was one of our competencies.

Mixed it too runny and put too much on the tray: the alginate started to flow behind the throat eventually gagging the mom. The student had to call code on their own mom to get the alginate out of her throat. The whole code team responded for that.


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Someone in our class stole the lab demo for a class ii prep and replaced it with their own. Not the whole typodont; they actually managed to unscrew and swap the individual plastic teeth with no one catching them in the act.
The lab director noticed the demo was not the original and said she would look at the camera footage. They got away with it since the cameras didnt have an angle on the demo table. Nobody knows who did it. Truly epic.
 
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Someone in our class stole the lab demo for a class ii prep and replaced it with their own. Not the whole typodont; they actually managed to unscrew and swap the individual plastic teeth with no one catching them in the act.
The lab director noticed the demo was not the original and said she would look at the camera footage. They got away with it since the cameras didnt have an angle on the demo table. Nobody knows who did it. Truly epic.

they put red nail polish on our typodont teeth so we can't do that lol
 
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When my class did our first "wax carving" lab work we learned the grading in the lab was a joke.
--The guy in our class that had been a lab tech got a C+
--I sweated for hours on mine and got a C- and was happy with that.
--The guy that got the only A carved it with his pocket knife in 15 minutes.
 
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After a long week of studying and taking exams ..... two dental classmates went to a local pub to vent off some steam. Alcohol was involved. Then an argument re: is an AEGD/GPR better or just going into practice erupted. Then these two idiots proceeded to throw punches for about a minute. The employees at the place called the police as the two classmates ran out. One student thought he had gotten away by hiding in a nearby field, but the police were on him quickly. Both students were caught and placed into the cop car. Word travels quickly in DS. The following monday both students showed up to class with black eyes and one with a noticeable limp. A few days later ... both went to court and were charged with a "Disturbing the Peace" misdemeanour.

What a couple of idiots. Oh. I forgot to mention. I was one of the idiots. Yep. Black eye, but NO LIMP. :D
 
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After a long week of studying and taking exams ..... two dental classmates went to a local pub to vent off some steam. Alcohol was involved. Then an argument re: is an AEGD/GPR better or just going into practice erupted. Then these two idiots proceeded to throw punches for about a minute. The employees at the place called the police as the two classmates ran out. One student thought he had gotten away by hiding in a nearby field, but the police were on him quickly. Both students were caught and placed into the cop car. Word travels quickly in DS. The following monday both students showed up to class with black eyes and one with a noticeable limp. A few days later ... both went to court and were charged with a "Disturbing the Peace" misdemeanour.

What a couple of idiots. Oh. I forgot to mention. I was one of the idiots. Yep. Black eye, but NO LIMP. :D

Way the go champ! Too bad the movie Fight Club came out the year after I graduated. It would have inspired me to start one in DS to release all of our frustrations. Having a black eye can be a badge of honor to impress the patients, instructors, school staff, and your other classmates. I might even consider instigating a bar fight the night before presenting at a dental convention.
 
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After a long week of studying and taking exams ..... two dental classmates went to a local pub to vent off some steam. Alcohol was involved. Then an argument re: is an AEGD/GPR better or just going into practice erupted. Then these two idiots proceeded to throw punches for about a minute. The employees at the place called the police as the two classmates ran out. One student thought he had gotten away by hiding in a nearby field, but the police were on him quickly. Both students were caught and placed into the cop car. Word travels quickly in DS. The following monday both students showed up to class with black eyes and one with a noticeable limp. A few days later ... both went to court and were charged with a "Disturbing the Peace" misdemeanour.

What a couple of idiots. Oh. I forgot to mention. I was one of the idiots. Yep. Black eye, but NO LIMP. :D
We would need to talk to the other guy :D
 
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Way the go champ! Too bad the movie Fight Club came out the year after I graduated. It would have inspired me to start one in DS to release all of our frustrations. Having a black eye can be a badge of honor to impress the patients, instructors, school staff, and your other classmates. I might even consider instigating a bar fight the night before presenting at a dental convention.

My school had a de facto Fight Club to blow off steam. It was our Tuesday night basketball game. It was made up of mostly single guys with a sports background. Those games were the most physically punishing basketball I have ever played. There were a few blackened eyes and blooded noses but it all stayed in the gym. As I look back on it, all these years later, I now understand what fantastic therapy those games were for us. The dozen regulars for those games all handled the pressures of DS with grace, graduated on time and have each become successful in their chosen paths.
 
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Here he is. Still healing after all these years.


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My school had a de facto Fight Club to blow off steam. It was our Tuesday night basketball game. It was made up of mostly single guys with a sports background. Those games were the most physically punishing basketball I have ever played. There were a few blackened eyes and blooded noses but it all stayed in the gym. As I look back on it, all these years later, I now understand what fantastic therapy those games were for us. The dozen regulars for those games all handled the pressures of DS with grace, graduated on time and have each become successful in their chosen paths.

There was a movie in 2016 called The Accountant where the star plays a badxxx CPA to the bad guys. You guys should star in a BadXXX Dentist movie to blow away the public's perception of us. Imagine patients being deathly afraid of the dentist in a new light. Better yet, have the professions...CPA, Dentist, Pharmacist, Software Engineer, Investment banker and Nurse team up for the Avengers Mighty Professions Collaboration.
 
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After a long week of studying and taking exams ..... two dental classmates went to a local pub to vent off some steam. Alcohol was involved. Then an argument re: is an AEGD/GPR better or just going into practice erupted. Then these two idiots proceeded to throw punches for about a minute. The employees at the place called the police as the two classmates ran out. One student thought he had gotten away by hiding in a nearby field, but the police were on him quickly. Both students were caught and placed into the cop car. Word travels quickly in DS. The following monday both students showed up to class with black eyes and one with a noticeable limp. A few days later ... both went to court and were charged with a "Disturbing the Peace" misdemeanour.

What a couple of idiots. Oh. I forgot to mention. I was one of the idiots. Yep. Black eye, but NO LIMP. :D
So, GPR or straight to practice?
 
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So, GPR or straight to practice?

When I graduated from DS in the early 90's ..... I believed going straight into private practice was preferable to an AEGD/GPR. There were very few DSOs back then, so the general path for a young dentist was to locate a good dentist who was looking for an associate leading to partner and ultimately a full practice buyout when senior retires. This was the path back then. Fully spelled out initially. Associate for 6 months to make sure both parties can work together and then through sweat equity ... the Associate starts buying into the practice. Today is different. With a GOOD mentor .... a young associate will learn real life dentistry and as important .... how to run a private practice. No GPR or AEGD can teach this. I can tell you that as an older dentist .... there is no better reward than the opportunity to mentor a young dentist.

Fast forward to TODAY with Covid19. Doing a residency may make sense since the dentist employment environment is a little weak right now. I'm sure it will rebound, but not in the short term.
 
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When I graduated from DS in the early 90's ..... I believed going straight into private practice was preferable to an AEGD/GPR. There were very few DSOs back then, so the general path for a young dentist was to locate a good dentist who was looking for an associate leading to partner and ultimately a full practice buyout when senior retires. This was the path back then. Fully spelled out initially. Associate for 6 months to make sure both parties can work together and then through sweat equity ... the Associate starts buying into the practice. Today is different. With a GOOD mentor .... a young associate will learn real life dentistry and as important .... how to run a private practice. No GPR or AEGD can teach this. I can tell you that as an older dentist .... there is no better reward than the opportunity to mentor a young dentist.

Fast forward to TODAY with Covid19. Doing a residency may make sense since the dentist employment environment is a little weak right now. I'm sure it will rebound, but not in the short term.

Do you think it would rebound within two years?
 
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he never went to class, lectures at tufts are all recorded. very possible especially first year. I think strippers work at night as well. don't know much about the business myself but I think he worked occasionally at bachelorette parties not exactly a 9 to 5 job
 
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What are some of your funniest or even saddest stories that happened to you or your classmates in dental school?
Friend in my class was amazing at wax ups but was extremely humble. He had experience as a lab tech before school. He helped all of us in lab the night before practicals and would hold review sessions. Some of the instructors were jealous of his abilities. On the day of the practical as he finished and was walking to the instructors' bench to turn in his finished product of #7-10 anterior wax up, people were amazed at how good it looked. Unfortunately, he tripped and fell over a cord. His wax up fell to the ground in the mounted articulator and was completely destroyed. The instructor started laughing and told him it's an auto fail, and he had to remediate the whole course. He was given an "F" on his transcript and after successful remediation it would be changed to a "C". He was the only student in the class who had to remediate and stayed the summer. He tried to appeal, but no one took his side. Really set the tone to the culture of dental school.
 
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Friend in my class was amazing at wax ups but was extremely humble. He had experience as a lab tech before school. He helped all of us in lab the night before practicals and would hold review sessions. Some of the instructors were jealous of his abilities. On the day of the practical as he finished and was walking to the instructors' bench to turn in his finished product of #7-10 anterior wax up, people were amazed at how good it looked. Unfortunately, he tripped and fell over a cord. His wax up fell to the ground in the mounted articulator and was completely destroyed. The instructor started laughing and told him it's an auto fail, and he had to remediate the whole course. He was given an "F" on his transcript and after successful remediation it would be changed to a "C". He was the only student in the class who had to remediate and stayed the summer. He tried to appeal, but no one took his side. Really set the tone to the culture of dental school.

I wonder what the Brain Trusts at your school believe to be the meaningful purpose for your classmate to remediate other than to lose a lifetime alumni donor. In the mid 90's, we had to bring our amalgam patients back after 24 hrs to polish in order to get any credit. My test filling was on this 16 yr old boy who ran away from home. I had to call the boy's best friend and speak through him to bribe him $20 bucks to come in for polish. For complete dentures, we needed to bring the patient back for 2 week post-op to get credit. My pt had angina and needed to be hospitalized for an extended period and finally came at my last week of clinic. For fixed, we needed to sign up with a full-time faculty and there will always be a long line waiting for the sign up sheet (before everything was computerized) to get with your favorite instructor. Juggling that and my pt's schedule usually lands me with this old narcoleptic guy who would show up 2 hrs late if at all. I would then have to get Permission to Proceed from the other instructors and start an hr late for my crown prep. I did get back at my school in a sneaky way (not safe to share) and gave my school the finger after I got my diploma.
 
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D3 year we noticed several patients leaving, never following up after being tx planned for removable prosth. We found out one of the prosth faculty was handing out his own business cards to these patients inviting them to get "Real dental work" done at a private practice which he was an associate at a few miles away without the students knowing! Eventually he was ratted out and removed from the clinic. Hilarious.
 
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Did he actually do anything? I'm curious because this sounds so wrong :(

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he was sleeping with a classmate who was married. when her husband found out she claimed that she had been raped to save her marriage. so she reported him to school (tufts) but not the police. then after the school kicked him out supposedly she called him and laughed at him and said that she had won. but then her husband ended up leaving her anyway. so she got to stay at tufts and become a dentist meanwhile that guy can never become a doctor
 
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he was sleeping with a classmate who was married. when her husband found out she claimed that she had been raped to save her marriage. so she reported him to school (tufts) but not the police. then after the school kicked him out supposedly she called him and laughed at him and said that she had won. but then her husband ended up leaving her anyway. so she got to stay at tufts and become a dentist meanwhile that guy can never become a doctor
I'm stunned... I guess good for the husband for leaving her.
 
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