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D3 Rotations- Not Just Fun and Games

April 11, 2011

“Pedo time is pedo time.”
-Dr. James Boynton, Pediatric Dentistry, Clinical Assistant Professor – Program Director

One of the many perks of being a D3 is going on rotations. Rotations can vary from one to seven weeks and are opportunities for students to gain exposure to other areas of dentistry that the Comprehensive Care Clinics do not emphasize. These areas include Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry at University Hospital, Pediatric Dentistry, and Oral Surgery based at the School of Dentistry.

Winter semester began with Oral Surgery here at the School of Dentistry, taught by Dr. Stacy Griffith DDS, which was my first exposure to exodontia and management of dentoalveolar surgery and trauma. My schedule consisted of four-half days a week for seven weeks in the OS clinic. Highlights of the rotation included extracting my first tooth, learning new techniques in anesthesia, and gaining exposure to writing prescriptions to manage the daily scenarios I faced. On a lighter note, trivia questions were posed, laughs were shared, and one Friday afternoon when we finished early, I personally became a patient had a third molar extracted!

Hospital Dentistry was my next assignment, and consisted of one week working with Dr. Samuel R.  Zwetchkenbaum, DDS Program Director, General Practice Residency in Hospital Dentistry and his residents at University Hospital. During the week, I assisted in OR cases and consults, performed restorative dentistry, new patient screenings, and recall exams. Hospital Dentistry works side by side with the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery department in creating prostheses and surgical guides as well as routine dental care for patients undergoing treatment. This rotation gives students exposure to working with medically compromised patients whose needs cannot be served in a typical dental setting.

Finally, the semester wraps up with Pediatric Dentistry, more commonly referred to as “Pedo.” Dr. James Boynton, DDS, MS, Program Director – Clinical Assistant Professor has divided the pediatric dentistry experience into two parts (A and B.) Part A consists of learning the basics of working with children and teenagers on mostly recall and new patient exams. Part B is a longer rotation, and incorporates clinical treatment planning, restorative dentistry, infant oral health, and pediatric anesthesia. Learning to work with assistants and children takes time and exposure, and this rotation gives you the best of both worlds!
Steve Davis, a D3, is looking forward to finishing up this semester and swapping ski boots for sandals. Quote of the week: “Summer isn’t a season, it’s an attitude.” Think Spring everyone!


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