4 steps to finishing your requirements on time:
1. Be patient – Sometimes it can feel like you are
not getting anything done and you will never be able to finish on time. When
you first get to clinic, you will be doing a lot of treatment plans and sitting
around. That will last for about a month and then you will start doing limited
procedures. Do not concentrate on what other people are doing. There will
always be people ahead and behind you. Also you will be doing a lot of waiting around for professors to come to you, you can only go as fast as they let you go so do not stress it.
2. Be in clinic everyday- Some days you want to
just slack off and relax, you can save that for when you finish early. Students
that spent most of their time in the student lounge or outside of school were
not working effectively and most ended up staying after graduation. Even if you
get a cancelation it does not mean you can go home. Stay at school and get
things done (believe me there is always other things that have to be completed),
for example tracking down professors to sign off on lab work.
3. Find patients yourself- Our first year in clinic
we had radiology (what a perfect place to scout out new patients). I would take
some x-rays and if I needed the patient I would ask them if they would like to
continue treatment with me. Every patient said yes because they want to get the
work done faster. But wait till after you take the x-rays before asking the patient. It streamlines the process and makes things easier for the
patient. Do not pick up patients you do not need because it will just stress
you out too much.
4. Take emergencies- I am not talking about the
cementing a temp back on emergency (those are a waste of time). Remember this
OS = Dentures, RCT = crowns. When you go to the OS clinic pick up the emergencies, these were the best patients because they didn’t have
a student doctor, but they obviously needed dental work. I picked up two full
over full cases from taking these emergencies. Toward the end of my senior year
I had extra denture cases that I gave to my friends. Also if you are in the
emergency clinic and the patient needs a RCT on a molar that equal a crown.
Again streamline the process for the patient, if you make it easy to come back
and get the crown they will do it. You will not only get a crown, but you are
doing what is best for the patient because they are more likely to come back
and get the crown, especially if you got them out of pain. There are always
patients that need crowns that visit the endo clinic, go there and find your