The Gator Bite September 2013
Message from the UF ASDA President
Inside this issue: Message from the UF ASDA President (Pg 1) ASDA Annual Session Inspires Future Dentists (Pg 1) How to Build Your Dream Dental Practice (Pg 4) Class of 2017: Surviving Sim Lab (Pg 5) Global Citizens: International Mission Trips (Pg 6) SNDA Hosts Oral Cancer Awareness 5K (Pg 9) How to Study for NBDE Part 1 (Pg 10) Words of Wisdom for the Incoming Class of 2017 (Pg 12) Class of 2015 White Coat Ceremony (Pg 14)
Greetings from UF ASDA and your diligent working 201314 ASDA Board Members. We would like to welcome you to a new school year and spark your excitement for future ASDA events. Our goal this year is to focus on, ―What more can ASDA do for you?‖ This chapter has a rich history of being an integral part of the UF Dental program through exposure to the ―real world of dentistry,‖ outside of what is offered by our curriculum. Mighty Molar Picnic, community service events, socials, vendor fairs, CE courses, Lunch and Learns, and Spring Synergy Weekend are only some of the events on the horizon. We are confident that with an extra emphasis placed on fun social activities, along with an educational addendum, UF ASDA will fulfill the various needs of all its members.
Desmond Foster, 2013-14 ASDA President
Please, take full advantage of ASDA and everything it has to offer. Get to know the ASDA board members. Provide us with suggestions on things you’d like to see available within your membership. Allow us to introduce you to a lifelong relationship with organized dentistry and provide the services, education, representation and advocacy that will pave your path to success.
ASDA Annual Session Inspires Future Dentists
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theme of this year’s ASDA Annual Session, held in Atlanta from March 6th-9th. Kyle Maynard, a congenital amputee turned motivational speaker, delivered the keynote address in which he
attending dental and predental students not to let excuses get in the way of reaching their goals. Maynard used himself as an example, articulating difficulties he faced with seemingly simple tasks as a child, such as using utensils or dressing
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got older, he developed innovative ways to accomplish these daily activities, such as using a paperclip to zip up his clothes. Small achievements led to bigger goals and soon he found himself on the high school wrestling Caption describing picture or graphic. team, where he won 36 varsity matches against fully ablebodied opponents, several of whom were state place finishers and state champions. After he graduated from high UFCD students at the Annual Session Awards Ceremony school, he became the first man to elected Speaker of the House. Two trustees crawl up Mount from each of the 11 different districts Kilimanjaro, truly showing that with enough derepresented at the convention were also termination and willpower anyone can reach elected. The newly elected board and trustees great heights. testify to the importance of student involvement in ASDA. Upon being elected, “ASDA has the power to inspire Lee expressed her pride in representing fellow dental students and her belief that ―ASDA has change for both patients and the power to inspire change for both patients and the leaders we create.‖ The 16 resolutions passed at Annual the leaders we create.” Session as well as the various research presentations and breakout sessions held JIWON LEE during the conference reflect ASDA’s embracement of change. The House of Among the inspired audience members Delegates voted on resolutions concerning was Jiwon Lee, Columbia ’14. Lee was elected topics such as ASDA policy and the ASDA president of the 2013-2014 ASDA executive website. Eighteen students presented groundboard at this year’s Annual Session. Martin breaking research. Lan Pham, Minnesota ’15, Smallidge, Pittsburgh ’14, and Tyler Rumple, won first place for his research project, the Wahington ’14, were both elected vice presidents Disruption of BMP signaling in Osteoclasts and Gabe Holdwick, Detroit Mercy’14, was regulates their Differentiation.
Lauren Vitkus, Buffalo ’14, won the student’s choice award for her presentation on Microscopic Visualization of the Essence of Carries. General body ASDA members attended thought-provoking breakout sessions throughout the event, with session topics ranging from opening your own technologically savvy dental practice to how to manage dental school debt. Student achievement throughout the past year was recognized at an Awards Ceremony, where San Francisco won best newsletter and Oklahoma won best website. Minnesota won the Ideal ASDA Chapter Award and Brandon Berman, Howard ’13, won the National Delegate for the Year award. To cap off a terrific week, attendees celebrated at the Presidential Gala, which honored last year’s president, Colleen Greene, Harvard ’13. As the presidential reigns were passed from Greene to Lee, students reflected upon past successes and looked forward to a new year of growth and accomplishment through ASDA. The motto of the keynote speech, ―No Excuses,‖ burned brighter than ever in the minds of dental students, who stood poised and ready to make this year in ASDA a great one. By: Michelle Goodman
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How to Build Your Dream Dental Practice Saimon Ramos In June 2013 I had the opportunity to attend the Florida National Dental Convention. It was a wonderful experience. I met many practicing dentists and even some University of Florida College of Dentistry alumni. My favorite part of the convention was the course ―How to Build Your Dream Dental Practice‖. This course covered several different aspects of how to build a successful practice. Some of the topics discussed included financing, regulations, design, management and staffing. I was surprised to learn that each full time practicing dentist requires a minimal patient pool of 1,600 to 1,800 active patients. An active patient is defined as anyone who has visited your “Understanding patient perceptions and office for dental services within the last two years. A full time hygienist should be added researching before investing in a private when you reach about 700 active patients. For practice will help you build a successful practice.” those of us looking to have an office that is creative in design, a rectangular or square property gives you the most options. Perhaps the most significant thing I learned is that most patients choose not to have work done because they do not see value in the service. However, patients will never tell you that. Instead they will tell you that they cannot afford your services. The most common reasons patients do not get their work done are: lack of perceived value, time, fear and financial constraints. I highly recommend these insightful classes to all dental students. By: Saimon Ramos
Class of 2017 Surving Sim Lab Class of 2017, congratulations on beginning your careers as dentists! Your next few years will be filled with exciting, yet challenging new opportunities and experiences. One of these new areas of learning will be the development of your hand skills and demonstrating your technical capabilities by practicing on artificial teeth in the sim lab. For many of you, this area of your dental education will be unlike anything you’ve previously been exposed to as an undergraduate and can seem overwhelming at first. To make this transition easier, we’ve come up with some tips and tricks that will make your life in sim lab much easier. Come Prepared While coming prepared to class everyday may seem like a no-brainer, it will make your life so much easier if you actually follow through with it. If your professor gives you a reading assignment or suggests looking at a power point before your lab session, DO IT. We all know that its difficult to stay caught up with all of the reading assignments but the professors assign these reading to make your life easier when you actually sit down to do the procedure. Plus, you never know when a pop quiz may be just around the corner. On a different note, make sure that you have all your supplies ready for your lab session before coming to class. Sim lab is designed to prepare you for working in the clinics, and part of that includes learning how to be a professional. Treat your time in sim lab as if you were in clinic: come on time and come prepared. Make Good Use of Your Time The time given to you to work in the sim lab is precious. While it is possible to practice in the Jr/Sr lab or at home, the sim lab gives you the most realistic setting for practicing your skills and your time in the lab should not be squandered. There will be days when you get through your work very quickly and then there will be days where you’re scrambling to finish and still have work from a previous session to complete. It can be very tempting to just sit back and relax while you’re waiting for a professor to come and sign off on your work, however my advice is to take that time to work on another project or just keep practicing the same technique; the faculty will take notice of the extra time and effort spent practicing. Ask Questions and Practice, Practice, Practice! As said before, for the majority of you, developing your hand skills will be a brand new experience and nonetheless can be frustrating at times. If you find yourself struggling or confused DO NOT hesitate to ask for help. The faculty and TAs are there to help you learn and they want you to be successful. The more questions you ask, the better your chances for success are. Developing your hand skills is not something that will happen overnight. It takes time, dedication, and hard work to really master your skills. So while you’re in the lab use your time wisely and make the extra effort to wax another tooth, do another prep, or work on your finishing and polishing because when the time comes to actually see a patient, you want to be doing the best work you possibly can. Again, welcome and congratulations to the Class of 2017. Hopefully in the coming months you’ll heed these few bits of advice and your time in sim lab will be a huge success! By: Kyle Losin
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Global Citizens: UFCD International Mission Trips In the United States our dental care system may not be perfect, but we still have so much to be grateful for. Many underdeveloped countries have absolutely no access to care. In these places it can be standard for a child to have rampant caries and expect to lose most teeth in adulthood. Many may never hope to see a dentist in their lifetime, let alone to be able to afford treatment. At the University of Florida, students are given the opportunity to travel to such countries and profoundly impact the lives of so many people. Students have traveled to communities in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Ecuador. A service trip provides invaluable clinical experience to all dental students, but more than that it is truly a life-changing experience. One of the main reasons any of us choose a career in health care is because of our passion for service, and trips such as these are a good reminder of that. Through these experiences students become much more culturally competent and sensitive to global issues. They can open their eyes to the extremes of poverty and the devastation limited access to care can have on a community. Although we may be the ones providing care, we still have so much to learn. For example, students on service trips will notice patients that appear to have very little but in reality are very wealthy in something less materialâ€”they might be happiest, kindest, and most appreciative people youâ€™ll ever meet. Hopefully these are the experiences that come full circle and inspire students to be more active in their own communities when they return home.
A D2's experience in Guatemala By: Ramzy Lotfi
I have done international service trips in the past, but nothing compares to my dental experience in Guatemala with the UFCD Christian Dental Society. Having the potential to make a real difference in someone's life is a remarkable and unforgettable feeling. For most of our patients, we were relieving them of dental pain in a particular tooth, but the significance was much deeper than that. Enduring dental pain for a long period of time can be debilitating, especially if you are unable to eat with it. We may have given some people their ability to function normally again, while still others had their smiles completely transformed through operative procedures. Witnessing the before and after was enough to get excited and know that we are changing lives. Being a second year, with so far limited patient contact, it's easy to lose track of why I am working so hard. At times I feel like am buried in mountains of notes and lectures, but through this experience I can better see the light at the end of the tunnel and I even came to better appreciate the knowledge it takes to get there. As dentists we will regularly be touching the lives of our patients, and the chance to get a taste of that early on is such a fulfilling and humbling experience. Itâ€™s something I recommend that everyone should do at least once while they are still in school.
A D3's experience in the Dominican Republic By: Evelyn Ramirez
As a rising junior, I must also state that participating in a mission trip definitely facilitated my transition into clinic. I was able to practice procedures and techniques under different parts of our state. An experience like this makes you realize that no two doctors will perform a procedure the same way. This, in turn, allows you to discover the technique that works best for you and your patients. This mission trip took place at the perfect time in my dental education. It came at a time where I was transitioning from practicing in sim lab dummies to real patients. I arrived to Dominican Republic with plenty of knowledge, but a lack of confidence in my clinical skills. As the week progressed, I was mesmerized by how effectively I could execute injections, extractions, and even restorative work. The amount of experience I gained from this trip was invaluable to me as a student. This was an experience that I not only recommend, but also truly encourage.
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SNDA Hosts Oral Cancer Awareness 5K On the beautiful morning of May 18th, burgundy and white balloons lined Bo Diddley Community Plaza, leading to the starting line of the First Annual UFCD Oral Cancer Awareness 5K. Throughout downtown Gainesville, signs showcasing facts about oral cancer decorated the race route. For UFCD’s 1 st Annual Oral Cancer Awareness 5K, more than 200 people gathered together to raise awareness about oral cancer. Runners, walkers, and local citizens received free oral cancer screenings from local dentists and UFCD faculty and students. Oral cancer has a death rate higher than that of cervical cancer, skin cancer, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Close to 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year and only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. It will cause over 8,000 deaths this year, killing roughly one American every hour of every day. The death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but because the cancer is routinely discovered later in its development. This is a disease that we have the opportunity to change drastically, through early detection initiatives. If caught early, oral cancer has one of the highest overall treatment and survival rates. “This is a disease that we have the opportunity to change drastically, through early detection initiatives.”
The Oral Cancer Awareness 5K sent the critically important message of early detection and prevention not only to the general public, but also to health care providers who are the front-line specialists in screening for and detecting this disease at its earliest, most curable stages. Volunteers provided over 50 free oral cancer screenings during the event. UFCD broke new ground with the First Oral Cancer Awareness 5K in Gainesville, FL, by raising over $2,500 for the Oral Cancer Foundation. Leading up to the event, volunteers secured sponsorships from Dr. H. Paul Taylor, D.D.S., Millhopper Family Dentistry, Jenny Craig, Dr. Bertram Hughes, D.M.D, Weight Watchers, Muscle Milk, and DELL. I had a vision to bring an oral cancer awareness 5K to Gainesville, FL, and was very pleased to see it culminate into a wonderful and well-received event. The UFCD Oral Cancer Awareness 5K was truly a collaborative effort with the help of student volunteers from UFCD and across Florida. Get excited for next year’s Oral Cancer Awareness 5K!
UFCD Students Volunteering at the 5K.
By: Shelly Taylor
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How to Study for NBDE Part 1 UF ASDA wants to congratulate the Class of 2015 for maintaining UFCD’s tradition of 100% pass rate on the NBDE Part 1. We asked the students a few questions regarding their preparations for the boards. Here are some of their compiled answers: 1)Please list the study materials used: Dental Decks, First Aid, Practice Exams, Occlusion Review and Dental Anatomy Review (provided by UFCD professors).
2) Which study material(s) did you find the most useful and why?
3) When did you start studying and how long did you study for? -‖4 weeks before the exam‖- P. Prado -‖Around March7th—April 24th‖ -J. Garcia
5) Words of advice/comments? - ―Take breaks when you need to. Remember your not alone and don't freak out during the test‖ -I.A. Tongco -‖Don't get worried if people have covered topics you haven't yet. Create a schedule and stick with it. Everyone studies differently so pace yourself and you will get to those topics in time‖ - J. Garcia
-‖Make sure to review as many released exams as possible before the boards. They are very helpful in determining which concepts you understand and which ones you don't. It's also important to sit down and take at least one full exam as if you were taking boards in order to prepare yourself to mentally and physically sit through the exam‖ - J. Garcia -‖I personally found the first aid book overwhelming because of all the material it covered. I decided to only study from the dental decks‖. P. Prado -‖Sample exams. I learned by getting question wrong/ right and then learning why‖. –T. Williams
4) What would you do differently while preparing for the boards? -‖Not study during spring break. I took my exam the first available day but for those who didn't ,I would say it's highly recommended so be ready to get that spot if you want it‖ P. Prieto -‖Make sure you stick to a schedule and don't wait to look at released exams until the week before your test. There is a lot of material out there and you cannot go through it all. Pick one or two things to study from and create a schedule to get through it. Stick to your schedule and you will do great!‖ - J. Garcia
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Words of Wisdom for the Incoming Class of 2017 Dental school for a lack of better words can be a roller coaster ride. You can expect to have your good times as well as bad times, but something most crucial about dental school is balance. What is balance? Balance is making an honest effort to not overdo it in one aspect of your life. Aside from studying, don’t forget to make time for yourself, for hobbies and for your family. To get through dental school working together is also important. Asking for help and reaching out to peers that are struggling will strengthen your relationships with your classmates. Didactic courses will test your ability to absorb a significant amount of information in a short period of time and sim lab will test your ability to pick up new skills very quickly. Most importantly never give up, despite how challenging things may get. You all have many resources and you have upperclassmen who have experienced everything you re going through and are ready to help. This is a tough journey but a journey that will be well worth it in the end. -Stephen Obeng
“Don't ever forget that you deserve to be here and trust the people around you to help you reach the end of the best path you will ever walk”
UFCD is a whole new world, with the most intricate language about the human body in all regards. The professors are so used to speaking this language that as new fish in the sea, we must adapt quickly and readily begin to assimilate into this clinician-hood. It is such an honor to even be here--we were all hand selected from a haystack of 1531 applicants: a privilege that was earned...and can be revoked if we take it for granted. We must work hard and continuously remind ourselves of the unique gifts we have, the gift of learning that we receive, and the gifts we can pass on to future colleagues. I always feel inspired and in a state of deep appreciation as I learn more about what happens in our bodies. Holding the honor of just simply having the opportunity to sit in this academic world is the best stress I've ever been under, and I just hope that one day, I can be as inspiring and helpful as these brilliant Doctors and fellow classmates, our brothers and sisters in dental medicine, who continue to mold us into influential Dentists. Don't ever forget that you deserve to be here and trust the people around you to help you reach the end of the best path you will ever walk. They will throw you Life Savers, all you have to do is grab it. -Melissa Dixon
Dental school is a very new experience, one unlike anything you’ve ever done before. Although many older dental students will give you their own bit of advice, let me share with you a few words of wisdom of my own… 1. Take dental school one day at a time. 2. Learn how to study (no, but really, this is different from undergrad). 3. Pick up a hobby, or two, or three. You NEED a brain break. 4. Plan a date night with friends every week or every other week. 5. Stress is OK, and normal, but find a healthy stress reliever. 6. Remember WHY you are here, and remind yourself every day. 7. Everyone is going to be challenged, but if you accept the challenge, you will succeed. Good luck with your first year. Take it slow, and enjoy the ride! -Alexis Meyers
Words of Wisdom for the Incoming class of 2017
To survive dental school, you must learn to balance and just stay calm to keep your sanity. It's definitely easier said than done, and definitely seems impossible during that first semester when you're transitioning, but it's doable and crucial. We all will deal with the "transition" into dental school differently and find out what works for us but I really believe that in the end what matters most is staying calm and confident, plus getting sleep. It's normal to "worry" but at the same time, you have to be confident that as long as you know you put in all your hard work and did the best you could, you'll be just fine. If you're constantly panicking and not getting enough sleep or doing things you enjoy, your brain and body doesn't function as well. That's one thing I learned several months in to dental school; two less hours of studying for two more hours of sleeping and keeping calm allowed me to perform a whole lot better on exams. Balance and make time for things that keep you sane! -Quyen Pham
“Keep Calm I would like to welcome the new UFCD Class of 2017 to the Gator Nation! You have a fun, yet challenging path laid before you. So here are a few helpful tips to make the journey a little easier and less stressful:
Find your balance in life and set a schedule. Time Management is key. By this, I mean, making time for things to do outside of dental school. Whether it’s going to the gym before or after school, kayaking at Lake Wauburg, or taking a pottery class at the Reitz Union, you need to find time to relax and unwind. Talk to upper classmen about future classes/ professors/ tests and ask if they have any tips. Explore Gainesville: Payne’s Prairie, Ginnie Springs, Lake Wauburg, Waldo Flea Market, Scalloping, etc. There is plenty to do in a 30 min- 1 hour drive around here. Get involved. UFCD has plenty of clubs, fraternities, and organizations to be a part of. Not only does this involvement enrich your dental experience, but it also allows you to meet older dental students and faculty members. You and your classmates are all in this together. Help each other out, and it will pay off in the long run. Keep Calm and Floss On. You will all be dentists, one-way or another. Good luck with your first year!
& Floss On”
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Class of 2015 White Coat Ceremony The much anticipated White Coat Ceremony took place Friday, June 28 at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Hundreds of family members, friends, and loved ones came to celebrate this proud moment with the students of the Class of 2015. The 15th annual White Coat Ceremony signifies the transition of students from classroom to clinic, where the treatment of patients begins. The National Anthem and Alma Mater were led by Stephanie Archbold and Nicole Martino. Matthew McAndrew was elected by his peers to deliver a heartfelt speech on professionalism, which moved many audience members to tears. Class of 2015 Class President, Michael Yuan, led the Dentist’s Pledge for the students and any dentists present in the room. Other speakers included the Acting Dean Dr. Boyd Rob-
inson, President of the Academy of Alumni and Friends Dr. James Edward Martin, and Dr. Richard Stevenson from the Florida Dental Associa-
tion. The Class of 2015 Faculty Advisor Dr. Deborah Dilbone called the names of the students to the stage as they received their coats. The white coats were given to the class by Dr. Nereyda Clark and Dr. Marc Ottenga, two highly esteemed professors elected by the class. We all worked extremely hard to deserve this moment. The first two years consisted of mostly didactic courses, simulation lab sessions, block exams and psychomotors, all of which prepared us well for the transition into clinics. At the conclusion of the second year, we all passed Part One of the National Board Dental Exam and maintained the 100% pass rate traditionally upheld by UFCD students. This was a huge relief and a great cause for celebration. The White Coat Ceremony will be an unforgettable day for Class of 2015 students. The coat will serve as a constant reminder of our lifelong dedication to dentistry. A huge thank you to all who have helped us to get to where we are today, and to my fellow classmates: Congratulations Guys, We Made It! By: Ann Hoang
The Florida National Dental Convention is held annually in June and all ASDA members have the opportunity to attend it. This year FNDC had more than 115 continuing education courses and an exhibit floor featuring more than 275 companies. As a first time attendee of FNDC, I was astonished by how many resources we as dentists are going to have and the many different aspects that go into having a dental practice. The vendors ranged from banks to Xylitol sales representatives to our very own UFCD booth. My fellow classmates and I spent some time at our school’s booth, meeting and learning from UFCD alumni, which was very inspiring. Numerous diverse continuing education courses were offered at the convention. There was something for everyone, with topics such as, ―Introduction to Modern Implant Dentistry‖ and ―Fraud and Embezzlement.‖ UFCD’s very own Dr. Indraneel Bhattacharyya taught a course on oral precancer/cancer and the effects of autoimmune diseases on the oral cavity. Since there was something appealing to everyone, attending this event at least once in the future is something I would highly recommend. It is a great and easy way to network and learn about varied topics in dentistry. By: Camie Miskovich
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Student Organization Spotlight: SPEA Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) is the new student organization at UFCD. It is a national student driven association established to promote and support the student's commitment to ethical behavior in order to benefit the patients they serve and to further the dental profession.
Michelle Goodman email@example.com
The student body aims to serve as a resource for ethics education and development, fostering a non-punitive open environment for ethics communication and to promote awareness of ethical standards and related issues within dentistry. This is an exciting time in the development of dental ethics at the level of education. The momentum we see will help lay a foundation of ethics that will build the framework of integrity among dental professionals. This student body has been reenergized by the support of the school, faculty and a committed group of alumni. We look forward to working conscientiously to achieve our objectives with the greater involvement of the students at school. The group became a reality last month and members have elected office bearers who are working to put together an exciting and productive agenda for the organization. We would like to welcome all students to get involved and contribute to this exciting phase in the dental profession.
Joana Halilaj firstname.lastname@example.org Please visit our website for more information: www.ufasda.com
For more information or to get involved in SPEA, contact Gayathri Raju at KRaju@dental.ufl.edu.