Dental School Examination Guide

Over the years I've written articles on the different standardized exams. Below I have populated a list of of all the articles I've written the DAT and NBDE exams. Just follow the links and feel free to bookmark this page for future reference.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT):

National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part 1:

National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part 2:

PS: I am currently working on pieces about licensing exams and the new ADAT (exam for post-doc programs). So, stay tuned.

Graduation and Board Certification 🎓✅

The last time I wrote, I mentioned that I was on the home stretch of preparing for and sitting the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) written examination <-- this is the exam taken as part of the process to becoming a board certified Orthodontist. I am very pleased to announce that all my hard work and studying paid off. I passed!!!

I have taken many standardized exams in my time but this one was by far the one I was most nervous about. When the email popped in my inbox I remember being overcome by a flood of emotions; my heart felt like it would literally bust through my chest, my palms got sweaty and I could barely breathe lol! My co-resident had to open the email for me and deliver the good news, phew!! 

I've also since graduated!! 🎓🎓and I had the great fortune of sitting exactly 5 rows away from President Barack Obama, as he delivered our commencement speech.

Graduation Day! Ticket in-hand eagerly awaiting the arrival
of President Barack Obama

Howard University 2016 Commencement Speech (in case you missed it)

This was a historic day and I will never ever forget it. His speech was very inspiring 
and a strong reminder that your Passion must be matched with Strategy.

I was this close to the President

Howard University Orthodontics, class of 2016!

From job/contract negotiations, apartment hunting, board exams, several research presentations, graduation and lots of other residency related things and... just life in general, the last couple weeks has been nothing shy of eventful and amazing (stressful too, at times). The only thing missing is the icing on the cake - my certificate to solidify my new title as Orthodontist. Stay tuned.

Orthodontics Board Exam

As many of my readers know, I was accepted into my dental school's Orthodontics Program in July 2014 and since it's a 2 year program, that leaves me with just about three (3) more months until I get the official title of Orthodontist. I'm very excited for this accomplishment and embracing the impending next steps of my life, ahem real world.
But before I graduate from my program and move on to bigger, brighter and better things, there are a couple hurdles to jump over - one of the biggest right now being the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) written examination, yes another national board exam.

With just about 2 more weeks remaining until I sit this exam, there's a lot of burning the midnight oil and exam anxiety at this time. You would think taking these standardized exams would be a breeze by now, but no. I still have to call up on all the things that I've done in the past to get through my studies and remain focused. There is a world of material to cover with only so much time left - so staying organized is key. I've been struggling this time around with the staying focused bit. I have a lot of things going on: employment contract negotiations, research and grand case preparations (finalizing my research and presentations for 3 research symposiums coming up within the next 3 weeks), chief resident duties, family...stuff, blogging over at The NEXT DDS, to name a few.
This is however, nothing new to me and I will be plummeting through like I always do!

Wish me luck!

A Guide to Success on NBDE Part II

You've come a long way in dental school and now on the home stretch! I have outlined just how to be successful on the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part II. See below for an excerpt:

You can find the entire article by visiting The NEXT DDS
It is free to enroll!

A Guide to Success on NBDE Part 1

I have written a guide on how to pass the NBDE Part 1. This is an important time for you and I do hope that this guide is beneficial. Ihave attached a snippet below, please follow to think for the entire article on The NEXT DDS

Understanding The Match Process

If you decide to continue your education after dental school, chances are you may go through "The Match" process. It can be a little confusing. So, to help you understand it a little better I have shared my experience with it and have also prepared a timeline to keep you organized.

The full article can be found over by The NEXT DDS blog, here's an excerpt:

I hope this is helpful when applying to post-doc programs. You can also conveniently download the timeline from The NEXT DDS

Accurate Impression Taking

Taking impressions seems very simple and straightforward, and it can be, but there are a some little things that people struggle with. There are some intricacies and techniques to grasp to ensure accuracy of an impression at all times.
I recently wrote an article for The NEXT DDS which touches on the intricacies involved and goes over some tips and techniques for accurate impression taking.

You may find an excerpt of the article below:

Find the entire article on The NEXT DDS blog here.
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