Chairside Connection: Advice for recent grads

June 1, 2021
What does Dr. Mark Hyman mean when he advises new dental school graduates to "stick with the winners"? Here's his guidance for this spring's grads.

Spring is when many new grads enter the “beautiful” profession of dentistry. What are some of the benefits of being a dental professional today?

Dr. Mark Hyman, DDS, feels strongly about sharing advice with recent dental school grads. His dental school experience was not pleasant, he tells Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz. He says it was humiliating in many respects, and he didn't feel as prepared as he could have been. He’s changed that as a faculty member of UNC Adams School of Dentistry.

Dr. Hyman enjoys being a mentor and he loves teaching. What does he want to share with new dental professionals? He says to pick good role models (the "winners"), keep up on continuing education, don’t always buy the cheapest and hottest products, be the boss you’d like to have, how Philips can help dentists every step of the way, and much more.

Both doctors wish new dentists the best of luck in their new profession. If it seems stressful now, don’t worry, they agree. When you settle in it will get much better.

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About the Author

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of DentistryIQ and editorial co-director of Through the Loupes. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected].


Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, named chief editor of DentistryIQ