A little life lately of our experience during Roger’s final year of school & dental school year four.
This might be the very last post I share about dental school! Unless I get an email with a specific question or inquiry, this will be the end!
When Roger & I first got married four years ago I scoured the internet for a blog written by a wife whose husband was in dental school. I was desperate for information on how to support him on the journey and what to expect during dental school, & when I came up basically empty I began to ponder starting my own blog to share our story & experience.
That thought process quickly evolved when I began researching blogging & even more so when I began my blog, Domestically Blissful. While I haven’t posted a lot of dental posts I have created almost 10 dental related posts, including a little overview of each year.
So to finish this 4-year long mini series, here is what you need to know about his (our) experience during Dental School Year 4.
The following is in a Q&A format with Roger.
What happened in your fourth year of dental school?
It’s all about the boards. The actual lecture portion is very minimal, similar to continuing education (CE) courses. You basically go to class & listen. There are very few tests or assignments/papers to write.
Clinic is still busy, but you are faster so you can see more patients. You feel more comfortable with the procedures & you do less lab work, which is wonderful.
Also, fourth year is all about finding a real job. There are a lot of big questions & life decisions to be made. For example, the decision to specialize, where to work, & what type of practice you are going to start or join.
What challenges did you face?
Boards are one of the most stressful parts of fourth year.
You take both national boards part 2 & state/regional dental boards, which are really stressful because the regional boards are given with a live patient portion and a mannequin part as well. Many also include a separate computer exam that you have to sign up for at a testing facility, like where you took the DAT.
During year 4 you also have to self-evaluate yourself some & decide what you want out of your life & career. Then you must choose a job that is in line with those decisions the best that you can.
Side Story by Giusti:
We did a lot of praying over which boards to take & after a lot of questions & uncertainty we began to feel God directing us to the boards that would work in both Tennessee & Georgia (among many other states), since Chattanooga (our home city) is just over the boarder from Georgia.
In January Roger took a day off of school for interviews. He had 3 interviews (in a variety of settings) in 12 hours. We had been living in Alabama, but within 24 hours we had gone from Alabama, to Georgia, to Tennessee for these 3 very different job opportunities. Before we went on this big interview journey, we thought that we knew where God was leading. We created a pro-con list, with lists of expectations/hopes/& ideals, & were eager to be pleased (sometimes interviewees forget that it’s a two-way street, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you). You need to ask yourself “do I want to work here?”, not just “I wonder if they will hire me?”
By the end of the day we were sure God must have been chuckling at our human know-it-all attitude 24-hours earlier. There was also a 4th job opportunity, but after this 12 hour 3 interview experience, our top two options became our bottom two & God surprised us by the possibilities of two very different opportunities, one in Tennessee & one in Georgia.
After a lot of prayer & consideration Roger chose a job in Georgia where he would be able to help people with the greatest need, that still would provide a good income with nice benefits for our family as well.
I can’t begin to tell you what a difference a few months make. We went from being completely in the dark & uncertain of where God was leading us, if we were going to find the right job, & at times if He even had a plan for us, to discovering a plan created by God that was bigger than our dreams. It’s a lesson we have learned over & over again this last year with the dental boards, job search, & house hunting experience. It’s amazing how quickly & easily we forget, only to be reminded in even bigger ways, that God is leading our life… we must simply trust Him!
What did you learn?
I learned how to actually be able to make money & a living in dentistry through being more efficient & fine tuning my speed and skills. I became faster & better than during my 3rd year, while at the same time building confidence and feeling very comfortable with expanding my knowledge of new procedures.
What was good about your 4th year?
Having the end of dental school finally in sight was huge & it was really nice to have more free time to spend doing fun stuff with my wife (Me!). Second semester 4th year was extra nice because there was minimal studying & once boards were done & I had found/accepted a job offer, it became my easiest & least stressful time in dental school. However, experiences may vary depending on the dental school & situation, we only have our personal experience to share.
Are you in dental school or considering dentistry as your profession?
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With love, G
Be strong and of good courage,
do not fear nor be afraid of them;
for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you.
He will not leave you nor forsake you.