5 Questions With ... Mr. Shahzad Mumtaz

Shahzad Mumtaz
Shahzad Mumtaz
Third-year Dental Student
Boston University
Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

1. What drew you to dentistry?

My pull to dentistry was my personal realization of how radical of an effect one’s smile can have on their own confidence and self-worth. After having braces for 5+ years and seeing the difference excellent dental care can make, I knew I wanted to be able to play my part in replicating that profound feeling for others.

2. Tell us about one of your “big wins” recently?

One of my “big wins” recently is not so much of a literal win, but more of an abstract win in my approach to the way I handle the stresses of being a student. Growing up, I would often let the challenges of school detrimentally affect my mental health and well-being. Despite being busier than ever as a third-year dental student—balancing clinical, academic and extracurricular obligations—I believe I have finally mastered how to achieve my goals while simultaneously prioritizing and taking care of my mental health.

3. If you could change one thing about dental education (or dentistry) with a snap of your fingers, what would that be?

I would reduce the exorbitantly high tuition for dental schools, which unfortunately only keep increasing.

4. What do you look forward to outside of school?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends and cherishing the moments away from an academic setting, especially since it is so easy to get caught in the hustle and bustle of being a student. I love going for long runs on the Charles River Esplanade, playing basketball and going out with my friends or spending a night in watching a movie with my family.

5. What's your philosophy in ten words or less?

Treat others the way you want to be treated.