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2019 AO Externship Report: Janani Gurukkal

Screen Shot 2019 09 19 at 11.24.13 PMWhen I first heard about the AO externship, I knew that I had to apply! I wanted to go to a city I had never been to, so I was Screen Shot 2019 09 19 at 11.26.08 PMexcited that I was assigned to Boston! Dr. Lindi Ezekowitz and Dr. Matthew Lann graciously hosted me their home, which added to the experience since I was able to spend so much time with them. Dr. Ezekowitz organized five different offices, ranging from general dentistry to oral surgery. I shadowed; Dr.

Sorrento, Dr. Blaeser, Dr. Spitz, Dr. Lukasiewicz, and Dr. Bellavance, Dr. Raisman, and Dr. Lann. I took part in their morning huddle, and I got to see some behind the scenes of what it takes to manage a practice. These offices all worked with the latest technology, which was amazing to experience since we don't get to do a lot of that at school. Each dentist had a unique story of how they got to the position they are today. It was interesting to compare stories about starting a building from scratch while some dentists took over a practice and made it their own I loved how eager they Screen Shot 2019 09 19 at 11.21.30 PMwere to show me around and to educate me on different procedures they did throughout the day. They gave me helpful advice about different career options after graduation.Screen Shot 2019 09 19 at 11.22.47 PM

After being in the office all day, I was able to spend time with my host family. We made s'mores around the campfire, had a dinner party with their friends, and had a Harry Potter movie night (which brought back some childhood memories). We went around the city and finished the trip with a visit to Plum Island. Overall this externship was a fantastic experience, and I am thrilled that I was able to participate. These dentists all have made an impact on my life, and I have gained so much knowledge from them. Having mentors in this career is invaluable, and I am grateful for Alpha Omega for helping me make these connections. Special thanks to all the dentists, as well as my host family, couldn't have asked for a better week in Boston!

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