Small Smiles

I find joy in helping build the health of small smiles …

and in preparing for the next step of my journey towards that career.

Where do you find joy? What have you done today to experience that joy? If nothing yet, there’s plenty of time! Go out and create your smile!

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Opportunities to spread pain-free smiles

There are so many opportunities to share pain-free smiles.

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CLICK HERE to read an article that shares some of the ways you as a dental student can engage in dental volunteer opportunities.

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Educating Future Educators

At Harvard School of Dental Medicine, a small cohort of students study dental academia with the interest of possibly pursing dental education in their future careers. I am honored to be among those students, studying with the close mentorship of my academic deans. Even more so, I am excited to share the details of this program with YOU so that we can spread this innovative mentorship program to other dental and higher education programs! It’s time to educate the future educators (and offer exposure to a field many of us simply don’t know enough about :)).

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CLICK HERE to read the article  in the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society.

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

 

Where the time has gone…

Hi there!

It’s been so long that I posted, that I can’t even remember where we left off. And that’s a good thing, because SO MUCH has happened in this wonderful year!

To start, I currently ‘work’ (as a dental student extern) at the most AMAZING community health center providing dental care. You can read about my experience in cultural barriers and cultural competence at Kevin MD.

CLICK HERE to read the article on KevinMD!

I adopted the sweetest morkie puppy, named Joey. 

And he is coming with me to Tucson to meet his big brother – another morkie – named Sammy! You can follow the fun of this little pup growing older on Instagram. In fact, most of the social media for this website has switched gears from Twitter to Instagram in the recent discovery of this website that everyone else seems to have been using for years :p joey photo.png

I also recently passed my dental licensing examination!!!

With the incredible help of classmates, colleagues, and patients, and the wonderful support of my family and faculty, my entire class passed our licensing credentials. There were some hiccups in the licensing exam day, and we really pulled together as a team to see everyone through. My patient later texted me in utmost gratitude, and I truly feel heartwarmed by the opportunity to provide my three patients with their care. As I told them on licensing day, this is the best FILLING/SIX-TOOTH-CLEANING you will EVER receive. We’re pulling out ALL the stops! #raisingthestandardofcare

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I began posting my ‘Grateful 5’ on facebook every day. 

This is a list of all the little moments and amazing people who made an impact in the past 24 hours. I love sharing this with friends, reflecting on these moments myself, and looking back at all the great days that fill a week! And I encourage each of you to start a gratitude practice of your own. Even if you prefer to keep your lists to yourselves, remember now and then to give that special thanks aloud to someone who impacted your day. Letting them know can truly bring joy to their days, too ♥

As an example, here’s a day when I posted a Grateful *you read that right* TEN!

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And if that weren’t enough …

I found my new apartment to start Pediatric Dental Residency in July, scheduled a graduation/birthday gift trip to Nashville (I turn 27 on May 27! The numerical pattern is oddly titillating), and GRADUATE from Comedy School at ImprovBoston on Monday. You Can Purchase Tickets HERE. 

2019 is a challenging, rewarding, and all-together amazing year.

Here’s to many more exciting moments! (And an attempt to get back to the blogging world :))

What moments have you been grateful for this year? Let’s celebrate them!

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

The face behind the blog

This week was Match Day for dental students in the United States.

I am so honored and grateful to be training in pediatric dentistry at Boston Children’s Hospital – Harvard! My class at Harvard School of Dental Medicine is filled with 34 shining examples of hard work, compassion, and determination, and I am honored to be standing by their side through this journey. In five months, this group of dental students will become dentists!!!! I couldn’t be more proud of this dental family.

Do you have questions about dental school or residency? Reach out. I’m happy to be of assistance in any way I can.

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© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Match Day – A Behind The Scenes View

Today was Match Day,

a day when I found out I would be training as a pediatric dental resident at Harvard-Boston Children’s Hospital.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes view, and the words that simply could not be enough to humbly, and overwhelmingly say ‘Thank You.’

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CLICK HERE to read the latest article on Medium.

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

A published article on the Journal of Dental Education

Can Noncognitive Components of Admissions Data Predict Dental Student Performance and Postdoctoral Program Placement?

I am incredibly thankful to my mentors in dental academia and for the opportunity to explore dentistry from the clinical, academic, and research perspectives.

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CLICK HERE to read the published article on the latest issue of the Journal of Dental Education.

© 2018 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Welcome!

Congratulations

to the Class of 2022 on starting their first week at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. And little known fact, this congratulations applies to each and every one of you, too, wherever you are; whatever it is you are doing today. You made it there; you made it through something to get there. And I am so excited for you, and to see your continued growth.

At every step of the journey, remember:

  • You are here because you can do this (and you can do great things)!
  • We – everyone in the Harvard community, even beyond Boston – are here for you.
  • Now is the time to get involved. Connect as dentists with doctors, pharmacists, and social workers; connect as doctors with dentists … You have an opportunity to change the future of health care by choosing to be active and involved.
  • Maintain balance. Find what brings you joy and hold onto it. That is a special part of who you are that will resonate with your patients at a level a prescription pad and dental drill never will.

And reach out to me, family, someone near at any time. You are never alone on this journey. 

© 2018 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

 

 

In Support of Healthy Smiles

Harvard School of Dental Medicine Gives Kids A Smile

Every day, a child in the United States goes to school, camp, or simply the playground with a chronic infection. The child may not be sneezing or sniffling, but his/her teeth certainly are. Today, however, was a day for change. At Give Kids A Smile 2018, the students and staff at Harvard School of Dental Medicine decided to take a stand in support of healthy smiles and against those cavity bugs the dental world calls caries.

To read more about Give Kids A Smile and this Boston event, CLICK HERE, and be sure to visit your dentist to talk about mouth-healthy habits for your house.

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© 2018 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.