Minnesota Dentist Walter Palmer, in Hot Water

By now I am sure we all have heard the news of the killing of one of Zimbabwe's major tourist attraction, Cecil the Lion. And if you have been made aware of his killing, you certainly have been made aware of his killer - a dentist from Minnesota, Walter Palmer.

To Palmer's defense, he claimed he wasn't aware that the lion he hunted was Cecil, a major tourist attraction of Zimbabwe, collared and tracked via GPS by Oxford University. He claims he thought he was participating in a legal hunt.

What is surprising to me is the amount of money paid by Mr. Palmer for this hunt, a whopping $50,000USD!! (insert super surprised face). It is sad that people are legally allowed to hunt and kill these wonderful creatures, and I am saddened that it was by the hands of a dentist - one who's hands are supposed to be used for healing.

Social media is definitely not too fond of him right now as seen here:

His practice though? YIKES!
Source: CNN

Stu-Dent Diaries In the Neighborhood

I recently came across an article on the world wide web featuring my little corner on the internet: my blog. It hales all the way from Austin, Texas entitled How to Experience Dental School Vicariously, you can read article here. It's a blog for a dental practice and intended to ease patient's nervousness about getting dental procedures done. It points to my blog as an example to show the training that us dentists go through in an attempt to further one's knowledge and appreciation for dental care.

When I started my blog some six years ago, my only intention was to help individuals that faced similar challenges in applying to dental school. I was the first in my family to attend dental school, or any field in healthcare for that matter. Because of this, I had to do and research everything about going to dental school on my own - with no help or advice from anyone. It was quite a task. I thought that surely if I was in that situation then others may be in it too - and the stu-dentdiaries blog was born.

Throughout the years I chronicled the steps I took in preparing to apply and applying to dental school, getting accepted to dental school, my journey through dental school, and now Orthodontics residency.

I did it because writing (my thoughts down) is a hobby and I genuinely wanted to help those who were as confused and flustered as I was. I believe I have accomplished (and still accomplishing) my task.

I get a little embarrassed when people I go to school or attend conferences or different networking events with, recognize me and ask if i'm "that girl from the stu-dentdiaries blog." Most times they tell me that it helped them, and for that I am exceedingly glad.

I will continue to do what I do in my little corner on the www. And, as usual don't hesitate to email me with questions or concerns.

Because Freakin' Awesome Isn't an official Job Title

My first year of Orthodontics residency is officially over! I have just one more year left before I become an Orthodontist, put on my big girl pants and step out into the working world.
The thought of it is very exciting, and at the same time a bit terrifying. No  longer will I have the shelter and cushion of school and my many professors and teachers there to guide me. It is all so bitter-sweet.

Needless to say, my first year was a bit challenging. Rest assured friends, that Orthodontics is not simply moving teeth around, neither are Orthodontists teeth technicians - as some people like to refer to us as. On the contrary, an Orthodontist's job can be quite arduous - we not only have the job of dealing with various malocclusions and fixing mis-aligned teeth, but we are the thinkers of the profession, the problem solvers, the mystery busters, the wire benders, the craniofiacial or denotofacial orthopedic specialists, the gate keeper to the oral surgeon, the smile perfecters, the confidence boosters, etc etc.

Shortly put, we're "freakin' awesome!"
Through the challenges, I've been enjoying every minute of Orthodontics residency life. I am truly looking forward to being one of the very best Orthodontists around.

Don't forget my referrals! :)
Happy New Year!!

Dropping in for a little update. I am no longer a dental student. I graduated from dental school in May 2014, as stated in this post. Also in said post I mentioned that I was matched to the Orthodontics Program at my school (yay). 
I started my new journey as an Orthodontics resident in July of 2014. Needless to say, it was quite different from anything I encountered in dental school. I've had many moments when I wasn't sure what was going on or understood what was being said/taught, and to be completely honest, there were times when I asked myself "what the h*** were you thinking coming into this specialty?!"
Needless to say, as the weeks and months went on things became a lot more clear and I became a lot more comfortable with the new things that I was being exposed to. Concepts began to make sense and soon I no longer felt like I was drowning in information.

In writing this post, it made me reflect, realize and certainly serves a reminder about change. Changes was what I was going through. Sure dental school was no cake walk, and in the beginning it was a total shock (as change took place) but I got comfortable in the same place with the same people and that comfort made me feel safe. Now that safety net was not there anymore. I was in a new environment (though not totally new - I was at my alma mater, which helped a lot), with new people (co-residents) and totally new ways of thinking. But one thing is certain, and that is that change is never easy - you fight to hold on, and you fight to let go. This is funny, I remember in dental school, the goal was to be done! to let go, but when it was over I fought to hold on. I missed my classmates and the friendships we built over the years, and I missed the familiarity of the daily routine or at least the familiarity in the way I studied. Now, everything is pretty different, but good.

I am enormously blessed, and there is not a day that passes that I don't give thanks for its abundance!
I remember graduating high school in my home country Jamaica and wanting to become a dental hygienist. I became a hygienist but during that process I knew I wanted more and so I put all my efforts into becoming a dentist. I could have stopped there but I yearned for something more and had a very ...towards orthodontics and so I put all my efforts there, and here I am living my dream of becoming an Orthodontist :)

Very much overdue, but this was my very first patient in July 2014 (lol). Not perfect but I'm getting there!

Before                                                              After

And here's a video I saw online tracking an 11 year old girls' Orthodontic treatment over an 18 month period.

Orthodontics is awesome!!

As usual, feel free to email me with any questions you may have. Use the contact me tab above or just click here and fill in the form.

New App for Backpacking Students!

No room at the Inn? No problem with Hostelworlds new android app!

Booking somewhere to stay for your next trip just became nice and easy due to the new and improved version of the Hostelworld app.

Cool but how do I use it?
It’s really simple just tap the app, enter where you want to go, choose your date from the calendar along with the number of your guests and press search. Within seconds it will find you all the accommodation in the locale of your choice.

It keeps all the great features as the website so you will still be able to check out photos and reviews for each hostel, hotel and B&B before making your booking.

No need to remember what you have booked either as the app keeps a record of it so you can easily track them down when you need them. Hooray!

 Even cooler is that you can scan your card to your phone on check out and for those whose English isn’t their mother tongue the app is available in 10 languages including Japanese, Chinese and Korean! With Map functionality to help you find hostels close by there is very little missing from this booking gem. Best of all, it’s free!
“Awesome! Perfect app for the road!! Happy Travels!

Download the Hostelworld app.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Hostelworld app nor do I receive any proceeds from this advertisement. This is not an endorsement. 

ADEA GoDental: Newly Revamped Website!

Have you heard of the newly revamped ADEA GoDental website?! It features a bold and modern design, intuitive navigation, customized information for students interested in dentistry and dental hygiene, and dedicated resources to support health professions advisors.

ADEA GoDental is an initiative of the American Dental Education Association and provides students considering dentistry or dental hygiene the information and guidance they need to apply to programs, matriculate and eventually fulfill their career goals. ADEA GoDental aspires to reach students from a variety of backgrounds to meet the increasing demands of the dental and dental hygiene workforce. By using and sharing the resources available on the ADEA GoDental website, you can be an active part of the solution to the evolving oral health needs of a diverse society.

Acting upon its mission to Inspire, Inform and Guide, ADEA GoDental will:

  • Inspire students with blog posts by current students, dentists, admissions officers and other key mentors,
  • Inform students about the practice options and specialties available in dentistry and dental hygiene, and
  • Guide students through the application process to prepare them both academically and financially.
Are you as excited as we are about the ADEA GoDental websiteTweet about it!

Have someone in mind that would benefit from the information ADEA GoDental provides? Refer them to this page or have them:
Visit www.adea.org/GoDental to explore the new features and learn more about a career in dentistry or dental hygiene. Join the conversation by following ADEA GoDental on social media.

I'm a Dentist!

This is a pretty late post, but approximately 2 months ago it finally happened! I am officially a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

I am very excited that after four, long, arduous years I can close this chapter of my life and move on to the next. I was matched to the Orthodontics Program at my dental school, which I started about three weeks ago and I could not be more happy!

I am looking forward to new experiences, challenges and sharing my blessings to those who I come in contact with.

Enjoy pics from graduation below:

Honors & Awards Ceremony: Before being hooded

Graduation Day! Hooded

I even made it on my school's website!! Being hooded by my classmate
The purpose of this blog was to chronicle and share my dental school experiences. Now that dental school is over I believe it's safe to say that it's purpose was fulfilled. I do hope I was able to help someone through my experiences.
Feel free to continue to email me if you have questions about the dental school process and I'll try my best to respond. 

*Now and then if I feel nostalgic I may post a memory/experience from the dental school days. Stay posted!*

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