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2019 AO Externship Report: Aarti Prabhu

Our AO Externship took place in Dallas, Texas, this past August for one week, under the guidance with the AO alumni in the Dallas area. It was amazing to see so many recent graduates working in various sectors from private practice, from recently opening an office, to working at a corporate office. Each office we got to shadow, showed us unique avenues one can take as recent graduates <5 years out of school. Dr. Mariya Barnett was so amazing to host us in Dallas, and single-handedly coordinated the shadowing schedule of five various dental offices, each day was different, and exciting none the less! Since many of the practicing dentists had been only <5 years out of school, it was easier to relate to their experiences, and gave us insight on what to expect this May when we graduate soon! Every office we shadowed was completely different. One office has been established for more than 20 years and was in a transitioning phase to be owned by a new young dentist.

69524857 10214181867236414 644756740969070592 nAnother had been opened for less than 1 year and a small starting office, while another had just opened <3 months prior to us coming into shadowing. We asked tons of questions, and I was able to make a cool list of almost five pages long of various tips we learned from each office. All the offices provided us great lessons in practice management, finding jobs, cosmetic dentistry, new dental technology, and various techniques and products used routinely in dental procedures. The AO chapter also graciously hosted us for a lovely dinner one night, in a very nice area of Dallas. All the dentists we shadowed were super amazing and gave us genuine truthful advice for our own careers soon to start in less than seven months. We enjoyed our time here and are super thankful for this opportunity AO has provided us. Thank you AO Dallas chapter for once again hosting us. It was great seeing recent grads I had met during school my D3 year at the  AO international convention last year in NOLA, crazy what a small world this is. Thank You: Dr. Barnett, Dr. Contrucci, Dr. Scwarts, Dr. Jackson, and Dr. Reifer for an AMAZING externship in Dallas. We learned so much and blessed for this opportunity through Alpha Omega Dental Society.

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