Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 155: Gratuitous "First Live Patient" Photo

Today was the momentous day where I saw my first real live patient (and by that I mean it was my own patient, not a patient that I was assisting an upper classmen on). We got to shoot a full mouth x-ray (FMX) and interpret the radiograph afterwards.

Exciting stuff!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 136: First Year, Second Trimester

The start of second trimester in dental school has been wonderfully exhausting. Between a full day (8-5) of preclinical courses on Tuesday and Wednesday, problem-based learning (PBL) on Monday and Friday, and ethics on Thursday, we've had a really busy week. The worse part is that we are exhausted yet we've only been back at school for one week. 

This trimester, there seems to be a greater emphasis on developing our hand skills and clinical skills. We are spending a lot more time on preclinical courses - 2 hour lectures and 6 hours of sim lab every Tuesday and Wednesday. We completed a set of maxillary anterior wax-ups for our morphology class during our first week back from vacation. 

Dental School Anterior Waxup

Dental School Anterior Waxup

Today, we spent six hours in sim lab drawing posterior teeth in preparation for next week. We are starting posterior wax-ups in morphology next week!

Dental School Tooth Morphology Drawing

We also started Class II composite preparations in our restorative dentistry class yesterday. I hope that composite turns out to be as fun as the upper classmen have hyped it to be!

Monday, January 7, 2013


My second trimester of dental school is off to a whirlwind start. It hasn't even been a week yet and I'm already trying to catch my breath and keep up with the multitude of items on my to-do list.

Before school started, I got to spend some time with relatives. They asked me to help them shoot a family portrait and I eagerly obliged. What I'm really excited about is that I FINALLY learned how to make backgrounds white in Photoshop! All those years that I spent using the white paintbrush and the dodge tool trying (hopelessly) to paint the background white...