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I shadowed a dentist for half a year and I'm moving away from my hometown so I'm thinking about getting him a gift...he's really into golf so my options right now are (1) a $30 gift card to goldsmith (a golf shop) (2) a box of brand name golf balls (3) a box of Godiva chocolates..

what should I give him?


did you get anything for the dentist you shadowed?
 
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I shadowed a dentist for half a year and I'm moving away from my hometown so I'm thinking about getting him a gift...he's really into golf so my options right now are (1) a $30 gift card to goldsmith (a golf shop) (2) a box of brand name golf balls (3) a box of Godiva chocolates..
what should I give him?
did you get anything for the dentist you shadowed?

The staff may have a hard time chewing on golf balls.
 

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I gave my dentist a nice card and a movie he and his wife love. I mentioned how much I enjoyed learning and observing his work. I also said that he's a very kind dentist and that I'll follow his steps when I practice. Take the opportunity to say what a wonderful dentist he is. I'm invited to go back as well as starting a job in that office. I hope you had a god experience. Dentists love to hear what you think---not matter how long ago they graduated. I like the golf balls idea :thumbup: There's no need to go overboard with expensive gifts to say "thank you".

Oh, a gift card is nice since he may already have those specific balls...if you like the staff and interacted with them a lot, you can also get chocolates for everyone to share.....that's what I did. Did you ask the staff for ideas?
 

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Buy him a trip to Space Camp. He'll love it.

Or you could order pizza for the entire office. I know that's what our GPRs did on their last days in the clinic. The staff will remember you with kind thoughts.
 

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I gave my dentist a nice card and a movie he and his wife love. I mentioned how much I enjoyed learning and observing his work. I also said that he's a very kind dentist and that I'll follow his steps when I practice. Take the opportunity to say what a wonderful dentist he is. I'm invited to go back as well as starting a job in that office. I hope you had a god experience. Dentists love to hear what you think---not matter how long ago they graduated. I like the golf balls idea :thumbup: There's no need to go overboard with expensive gifts to say "thank you".

Oh, a gift card is nice since he may already have those specific balls...if you like the staff and interacted with them a lot, you can also get chocolates for everyone to share.....that's what I did. Did you ask the staff for ideas?

You obviously don't play golf...;)
You lose balls in water and high shrubs/grasses. You can never have too many golf balls.
 

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I like the pizza party idea! I get mine Christmas cards every year too!
 

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Hey lol, same thing with my dentist. He loves golf so I got him a box of golf balls. I also got the dental assistant and the front office receptionist 10 dollar movie gift cards.
 

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i just sent a thank you note to a couple of them. i dont think a gift is really necessary (it's ok, everyone who knows anything about applying to dschool will expect you to be broke after all those app fees and DAT fees and plane fees fees fees fees fees fees.

p.s. after you get in, you get to pay for immunizations, scrubs, relocating, deposits on an apartment, and a background check. so start saving up! or get a rich boyfriend or something lol
 

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oh i forgot, after you get your acceptance, they give you like a couple of weeks to send them anywhere from $200-1,500 as a deposit to reserve your seat in their dental school. so save up money for that too.

i think maryland has a pretty hefty deposit...i think they have two of them. you pay something like a thousand dollars, then pay another thousand dollars or so a couple months later.

i think this is important to bring to predents attention, because i know a lot of focus goes in to just getting accepted, and i didn't really realize how much money you need to pony up AFTER acceptance. just something that could be easily overlooked and needs to be planned for, if your a poor kid like me :)
 

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The office I shadowed at always fed me... anything that they had made, from chicken salad to fruits, etc.

The few times I went back, I got fruit salad for them (HEB has a big plate for around $10-20) and once I got them cupcakes :laugh: they loved it!
 

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Every once in a while, I try to take in bagels for the whole staff...or a gift basket at Christmas time. My wife and I send them Christmas cards as well.

Remember that the dentist makes much much more money than the office staff does. He can afford the nice golf balls (sorry mom...) or the movie, whereas it might be a stretch for the staff to pony up for a movie or something like that. With that said, I understand the dentist is the one that is really helping you, but my dentist's staff does a lot of foot work for me too.

Just do something...they will appreciate it!
 
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