My New Dentist Life: First year lessons

Dr. Emily Hobart has just finished her first year as a new dentist. After completing her first year on the job, she has some tips and experience to share with others who are thinking of joining the field. She describes her year long journey as being similar to high school, full of pettiness. She does advise having a life outside of your job to have that balance. But in the end, she does say that you shouldn’t compare your journey to everyone else’s. Each experience is different.

Reflect on these key points:

  • The writer joined a coporate dentist office because the experienced dentists would not hire a new graduate. They all turned her away for not having 3-5 years of experience
  • No matter what age, level of education or level of professionalism you reach, deep down we are all still living that uncomfortable middle school life
  • It’s hard out there for a new dentist. Getting involved and engaged in organized dentistry can be tough

“If there is one thing that the past 13 months have taught me, it is what I do not want – for my career or for my life.”

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