If you look up the word experience in the dictionary it says “see Mistakes.”
My dad gave me the best advice I’ve ever received the day I graduated in Dentistry. The most valuable asset you will ever have is your reputation. He was right of course.
Find the things in Dentistry that you like to do and focus on that. Do not try to be the one stop dentist for all patients if all it is going to do is stress you out and resent your job. Do the procedures that make you happy and that you excel at.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Chances are, someone else is wondering the same thing but is too afraid to ask.
Live life to the fullest while you can. If you wait till your golden years you may find that they have rusted.
Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it!
Never forget or take for granted the honour and privilege when our patients allow us to provide dental treatment to them or their family members. Our patients have many options for their dental care provider. Therefore when they are in our dental chairs, we must respect the honour they have granted us and provide the utmost sincere care, compassion and responsibility.
Count your blessings. And, you should really check out the Oral Radiology program at the University of Toronto.