Good Posture

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In case you were wondering what we look like during our practicals.

Unfortunately, dentists aren’t known for their good posture…although we try.  Recently we had a group of physical therapy students come into the dental school to observe how our posture looked like during various procedures and in the sim lab. They also observed us during one of our graded practicals and unfortunately this is what we looked like! I remember our professor telling us that if we don’t maintain good posture, many of us already start having back problems by our second year…

There are a lot of adjustments we can make. The height of the seat, the angle of the light, turning the head of our manikin (and yes it’s spelled manikin), using the mirror for indirect vision, and of course our loupes are supposed to help too. I try to be aware of this but when something is graded sometimes you forget about your aching back until after the practical.

A Walk in the Park

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

We finally got a short break (although I guess you could call this “the calm before the storm”) since our next set of exams is in two weeks during which we’ll have 2-3 exams each day straight for a week. Taking around 14 classes doesn’t always give us a ton of time to relax and do other non-dentistry related things. I used to write A LOT and admittedly, at times I feel like a brainless, studying machine with most of my energy allotted to wrought memorization rather than critical thinking and analysis. Continue reading “A Walk in the Park”

Behind the Scenes

Decided to surprise everyone with an impromptu photoshoot. We’ve been working on Class I’s and II’s on our typodonts and some extra credit caries removal on real, extracted teeth. This semester has generally been a challenge because we have some many projects and so many deadlines. Here are some of my happy classmates during a slightly less stressful week plus a couple of our row instructors: