Shadowing in a Dental Office
Curious about whether dentistry is right for you? Are you looking
for a way to rev up your resume? Whether you want to observe specific dental
techniques or you’re simply wondering what it’s like to be a dentist, shadowing
is the perfect way to open your eyes to all that this profession has to offer.
Where do I begin? How
do I find a dentist to shadow?
A quick internet search will turn up dentists and dental
specialists in your area. Make a call or write an e-mail to inform them that
you are considering a career in dentistry and would like to learn more by
shadowing a professional. This may seem like a daunting task, but don’t be
afraid! Remember, they were once in your shoes. Many dentists are receptive to
having students come in, so do not get discouraged if you are declined by one
Want to try a
You may wish to begin your search by reaching out to your
own dentist. During your next appointment, mention that you are considering a
career in dentistry. If you are having a procedure done, ask your dentist if he
or she would be willing to narrate each step. In this face-to-face setting, you
can ask about the possibility of returning to their office to shadow.
What do I ask?
As you talk to the dentist, be professional, confident, and
assertive. Arrange the date or dates you would like to shadow. If there is a
specific procedure you are interested in observing, you may be able to schedule
your shadowing around your interests.Certain procedures may already be
scheduled. The dentist can tell you the best time to come in based on what you
want to see. Agree upon a time you should arrive, and make sure you keep a
written record of your plans for future reference.
Finally, keep an open mind when it comes to shadowing
various specialties. This will give you a broader perspective of different
dental environments and procedures. You will be able to hone in on your own
interests, and dental schools will appreciate your curiosity!
*Original post published 7/11/2013