Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Day 350: Dental School 2nd Year, Fall Trimester Courses

In two weeks I will be starting my second year of dental school. Being a second year dental student is partially cool and partially terrifying. I'm expected to know things, diagnose conditions, and work on patients. While I've learned a lot in the past year, there is still so much information to learn. They say that the more you know, the more you don't know. It's true.

I can do an amazing amalgam or composite prep. I can even do a pretty bomb crown prep. I can make you a near-perfect provisional. But I don't know how to diagnose caries and other oral health issues, much less treatment plan them. I can't interpret an x-ray proficiently. And when people ask me "hey doctor, what's wrong with my teeth?", the best answer I can give is "maybe you should go see a dentist".

Insecurities aside, I think that I'll be a lot more competent after second year. Here is a sample of the classes that we will be taking during the upcoming trimester:

  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Endodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Posterior Fixed Prosthodontics 
  • Treatment Planning
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Radiology
  • Diagnosis 

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