It is already the end of September. Where has the time gone? This semester started a little over 5 weeks ago and it is definitely in full swing! Quizzes, exams, papers and deadlines all coming one after the other and it seems like it is occurring all in the same week.
Last night the pre-dent society had a general body meeting that I had the opportunity to attend. The society will usually bring in guests from all over ranging from dentists, admissions committee members of different dental schools around the country, presidents of different dental schools, dental students, and many other active members of the dental community. The guests will give the advice they feel we as pre-dents should be aware of on our uphill climb to dental school and allow insight into their perspectives as to where the future technology of Dentistry is heading. A general dentist came in and gave his advice and his experiences with the field and shared that he had been practicing for the past 42 years, he shared some of the mistakes he's made in his career and how he was able to turn his private practice into a local success. He also informed us that there are research studies being conducted currently in which researchers are growing teeth from embryonic stem cells! The stem cells are being placed into tissue of existing teeth and the pluripotent stem cells are replicating themselves into new teeth. Which this is fascinating to me in more ways than one because my Biology exam last Monday was about embryonic stem cells and I understand how these cells are capable of doing this on the microscopic level.
"Getting into and through dental school is like running a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy the journey!"