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How to clear your Exams: NBDE: Tips and Advice

Preparing for NBDE or exams and you don’t know where to start? Here are the all time Real  tips for all the exam going students.  I have used these tips myself. TIP#1: Start with easy subjects; Starting is the problem!! Starting with easy subjects thats easier (to you) like dental anatomy will help you to start. Imagine the confidence you gain simply by thinking that  you finished half of the dental anatomy in few days flat!! Don’t be fooled with finishing an easy subject though: Remember that you started with easy to start focussing. Take it as a stepping stone and move ahead with a faster tempo. Step up everyday a little more what you can actually do until you start putting in comfortable 6-8 hours on an average! TIP#2: Buy the LATEST NBDE part one study material: Quick Advice: Don’t buy everything in one go. Start with Kaplan Review Books, dental decks and NBDE First Aid. Focussing on the basics first will help you win the exam. <A HREF=”http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?rt=qf_sp_asin_ssw&ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fmedabroad-20%2F8003%2Fe020eba0-cbba-40db-bb45-d117e12ce8a8&Operation=NoScript”>Amazon.com Widgets</A> TIP#3: Read the basics first. Dont know whats the basics is? See what was asked in the previous years and gauge yourself by doing some questions. Check where actually you stand. This will also help you in analyzing the questions and study material with a different mindset. DID you know that doing basic questions wrong has a bigger penalty in terms of your final score. So go get the basics first. Acknowledge: Are you the one who remember everything you read in one go? Most probably not. Acknowledge that! Forget about learning everything in one go. You will have to come back to it to make sure. That is where the Tip#18 will follow. TIP#4: Seniors are saviors :You are being taught in the school about all the basic concepts. But you are never taught everything. Talk to seniors and see what topics are paramount and concentrate on them. TIP#5: Look for a study partner: do you think you can do well with a study partner? It doesn’t work for me personally but my friends swear by it. It always helps with that healthy competition. A good study partner picks you up when you are falling, encourages you when you are down and pushes you to the next level. TIP#6: Balance your day: Remember putting in 6-8 hours per day? Spend time not only studying but enjoying. Listen to music, do blogging, do something that gives you a well deserved break. I listen to rock band Korn or similar whenever I need a break from everything and that’s the most refreshing thing for me the whole day. I can soon focus after. TIP#7: Avoid distractions: a.k.a. avoid Internet: Man thats the biggest distraction of the mankind.  The very acceptance that you waste time being online will start yielding results within days with that extra time and of course focus. Advice: Planning on doing residency?  If you have the slightest idea of doing a residency then you should concentrate all the more on the boards.Those freaking part 1 (and part 2) score are not only important for you to stay in the dental school but also a big important reason for you to be considered in a dental residency. What books to read? There are many books that people refer to like these… Dental Decks (2007) Kaplan Medical NBDE part I Lecture notes First aid for the NBDE I Clinical Microbiology made ridiculously simple Medical Microbiology (Jawetz, Melnick & Adelberg’s) Pathological Basis of disease (7th edition) Textbook ofMedical Physiology (Guyton Hall) Clinically Oriented Anatomy (Moore Dalley) Gross Anatomy (Chung – BRS) Dental Anatomy, Physiology & Occlusion (Wheeler’s 8th edition) USMLE books are more comprehensive but honestly do you have that much time? Many students do not have months to study so studying USMLE will be advised only if you have a lot of time. Kaplan USMLE questions are really hard as many people say (and even I have experienced), but its always a good idea to do that in the later stage after you think you are already at the advanced level of understanding. TIP#8: Use Reliable References: I am sure you need references. Wikipedia has every info you might want. BUT beware, that information may not be as reliable as you may think it is. Look for reliable information only in the recommended books. TIP#9: USE same notes: Picture this: Reading the basic topics in detail again and again from the SAME notes will actually help you remember. Add more notes related to the topic and make those notes as comprehensive as possible. We all have some photographic memory, like I never forgot on the top right side of the page there was a Gaucher’s disease due to accumulation of Glucocerebroside and guess what i still remember it!! TIP#10: Compile them: This is something similar which I just mentioned above. Keep on adding the information on that horrible topic that you dread. Those additions will convince you when revising that these additions are worth concentrating a tad more. MAKE sure to add all the info at ONE place. Believe me that helps like crazy! TIP#11: Learn from your mistakes: yeah that one is a cliche.. but think about it. Why that question was wrong? Why do I always do THAT question wrong? Read the explanation and see what the MISSING LINK is and remember that for the next time. If it is a fact that you should just memorize then you should just do it. Did you learn English alphabets in a day, certainly not. So you need to depute the time to those basics that we need to memorize. Take them as your basics and JUST remember them. If you have read it, you would just know it. You cannot retake the exam that is another reason for you to...

Resume vs CV: What gives you the edge?

Resumes That Give You The Edge A resume or a curriculum vitae (CV) will serve as a vital and necessary tool in your career as a Dentist. I have seen thousands in my time as a Search Consultant of dentists across the U.S., and I would like to share some tips on what to do when preparing yours. Know the difference: Resumes are a summary of your employment and educational background and experience. CV’s are meant to be very detailed, and should outline everything associated with your field of study including: education, research, publications, continuing education, employment, etc. When to use Resume versus CV: Resumes are more appropriate for gaining employment in clinical practice. When practices are hiring for new Associate Dentists, they want to quickly review a candidate’s background. An easy to read-at-a-glace resume is what you want to provide. A lengthy CV would not be appropriate in these situations. CV’s are used primarily in the areas such as academia and research. Resume content: Again, a resume is a summary. Keep it to two pages if possible, three at most. I advice all job applicants with lengthy resumes to cut back on the “fluff” such as hobbies, personal statements, family info, or other personal info not relevant to the job search. For a very simple yet effective layout visit our sample at http://etsdental.com/articles/curriculum-vitae.html Note to new graduates: one page is fine. Don’t create content that doesn’t really help you just to get a second page. Highlight your achievements in dental school. Don’t include personal data such as marital status, age, national origin, social security number, etc. This information can lead to possible discrimination or worse, identity theft. In the United States, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sets rules for what information employers are allowed to use when making a hiring decision. Learn more at http://www.eeoc.gov/. Make your resume readable and proof your grammar and spelling. I don’t recommend using complicated resume formats or layouts. Often times these layouts hurt you rather than help set you apart. Most employers and recruiters use databases and software that will scrub for information, and if the format is not straight forward it may not get seen as you would hope. Follow this order: Name and contact info Education Work History CE Measurable achievement sets you apart. Share facts when possible. The questions I get from employers generally are: A) How well did he/she rank clinically in dental school? B) How much does this doctor produce monthly in his/her current role? C) How many molar root canals does this doctor perform weekly/monthly? D) Does the doctor speak Spanish? Success and ability is measurable. Make a point to know and share what you bring to the table. Skip the fluff: As stated in point 6, measurable data is best. I will give you some insight into nearly every resume and interview I’ve seen or done: Every doctor is “great with patients and the staff”. They all say it. When I ask, what set’s you apart? They tell me their “patients want to follow them wherever they go”. If you’re a nice doctor, we’ll get that in the interview by meeting and speaking with you. The points that get you into an interview are the measurable ones. The information I have shared above is very basic, but so often I see doctors overcomplicating what should be a very simple summary of their careers and education. You should know what employers are looking for when reviewing resumes. They are looking for work experience, education, and measurable achievement. Give them that information in order set you apart from other applicants     Carl is a Regional Account Executive and Dental Recruiter for ETS Dental.He has been serving as a Dental Recruiter since August 2007. Carl has B.A. in Marketing and Legal Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Carl has placed over 100 General Dentists across the Western United States, and has counseled thousands of dental students, associate dentists, and practice owners. Contact information: 540-491-9104 | cguthrie@etsdental.com |...

Dentist Job at Reading,PA : Full time

  Immediate FT opening for Dentist in a well established insurance based practice in Berks County,PA. (all of American Dental Solutions’  practices are Medicaid FREE) An Excellent opportunity awaits a confident dentist who is proficient in all areas of general dentistry and has strong interpersonal skills. We offer a recently remodeled digital facility that is complemented by an outstanding professional support staff. You will experience complete clinical autonomy with an abundant flow of new patients combined with a full schedule of hygiene checks. Case acceptance is high, offering you a rewarding professional opportunity and great personal satisfaction. Visit us online at AmericanDentalSolutions.net or check us out on Facebook. About American Dental Solutions Established in 1979, we are a family owned and operated group of 13 practices in Southeast Pa, providing high quality General Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics and Endodontics – offering patients the same care you would recommend for your own family. Our recent integration with Demand Force allows us to not only automatically confirm patients, but also offers patients an open line of feedback on our service and we are proud to say we have a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on hundreds of reviews collected. Inquire today for interview.   The practice address is 5106 N. 5th St Highway, Temple Pa, 19605 My email Jdamore@americandentalsolutions.net can be contacted. This job is NOT endorsed by DentAbroad.com and in no way we are recommending to take this job. Please do your...

My first week at the job: What I learned?

This post is dedicated to the 2013 Graduates, especially at  New York University College of Dentistry   It was a Wednesday after I graduated. I was all in a nice and cozy mood, relaxing waiting for  my dental license to come in. I did have the job and obviously without the license I could not start working. Finally I got my dental license. I was still planning to when to start and suddenly, my employer told me to start working from Monday. I know I wanted to start but may be I was not mentally prepared.  I was scared and excited both and within no time the rest of the week passed away.    It was a wonderful experience. The staff was inviting.   Assistants and other staff start with a blank slate with no impression of you. What I learned from the whole process of starting a new job is what I am talking about. This first week is the time when you make or break your relationship with the staff. If you are in the game for a long haul, then you should understand their importance. They are the one with whom you would spend the maximum amount of your time.  Doing things the way you want them to do it for you is tricky. You have to traverse a thin line and make sure not to encroach upon their domain and yet talking about your needs. You have to deserve their respect and not be a Hitler in your demands.  You have to be productive yet understand your limitations. You have to focus yet you have to relax enough not to scare them away. You don’t want to commit any mistakes yet essentially you will make some mistakes. You are the doctor/dentist yet sometimes they (assistants) know few things better than you. You are the decision maker yet they know few things that you never dreamed were possible.  You will succeed only when you balance your knowledge and their experience.  You are friends and close with the people around (at your job), but remember they are more loyal to the employer. You don’t pay them.  Maintain that line between you and your environment. I always knew all what I am writing above. But was I 100% successful in the job? Certainly not.  Remember things are never perfect in Life. You let go few things. You be adamant about few things.  You might have to compromise few things the way you learnt. But never let go the Standards of Care. They cannot steer you away from that. You are ultimately responsible for whatever you do on a patient.  I joke around and everybody smiles when I say, “Am still learning!!”  But I mean...

If YOU EAT, YOU BRUSH": Real Experience: Giving Hope

If YOU EAT YOU BRUSH: Story THIS patient I saw suffering from Cancer and of course its treatment with one of my favorite Hygienists at the practice. The patient seems to have lost his weight drastically.  How did I know? I saw his pants. They were huge in size with belt. New holes seems to have been created in the belt. Did I say the belt was creased.. well guess what Cachexia means? losing weight in Cancer or any such debilitating disease. I asked him what he would like to do with his teeth with cavities? He replied”I don’t care!!” I courteously asked why would that be? He said, “he does not care about his teeth at all. He confessed that he does not even brush. He is not left with much time before he is gone. (die).” He did not seem to have any motivation or hope for his life forget about his teeth. But somehow I had seen some hope… He was here for the cleaning.  I simply asked him, do you eat? He said “oh yeah”! And I instantaneously replied : If you eat, you brush. !! You don’t stop eating even if you know that you will be gone, then why stop brushing? I asked my hygienist to schedule his appointment IF he is interested. (Giving a choice to a patient makes sure he comes in for the appointment.) I did my job and completely forgot about the patient. Guess what, I saw the patient the next week. The patient came back and said “I have started brushing, and I like what you said last time: If you eat, you Brush.” I was contended that we as dentists are doing something more than teeth…giving...

OMG Microscope: POD

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  New Picture of The Day Posted   Visit the Picture of the day: OMG microscope showing Mitosis: Metaphase    Click here for the awesome pic http://pod.medabroad.info/2013/03/omg-microscope-cells-showing-metaphase.html  

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