“I would be a dentist”

On May 27, I turned 27 as a Harvard dental student. On May 30, I ‘turned into’ a dentist, called to the stage for the first time as Dr. Mirissa Danielle Price, DMD.

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After graduation, in between family gatherings and moving trucks, I started reading my colleagues social media posts. Everyone had a story. Everyone had a struggle they overcame and an interesting twist that brought them to that graduation stage. Everyone’s story deserved a seat under the commencement tent. Not a single person made it to that stage alone.

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For each and every one of us graduating that day, the journey was a challenge. For most of us, it was hardly direct. My aspirations and postgraduate plans shifted along the way. I sought help and guidance, and certainly did not get through the journey without a team, a family, and a newfound community alongside me. Harvard became home. Cambridge became life. Dentistry remained my passion, along with my new morkie puppy and love of country music.

Words could express the gratitude I felt for everyone who guided me to that stage, but there were too many people to thank. Too many names to name as I downsized apartments. Instead, I took to heart the words that my medical school colleague announced in his statement to the audience:

“If you think your name is on this [thank you] list, it is.”

I would add to that, too, if you don’t think your name is on that list, I’m four out of five dentists sure that it is (a statistic of my [finally official] profession). 

In graduating, I thought about writing my story, sharing my journey and thanking the strongest guiding forces along the way. And my choice, instead, was to celebrate US ALL. To celebrate the community that reached graduation together, and share that celebration with THIS POST on the Harvard School of Dental Medicine page.

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To the class of 2019 – whatever stage of education you are in – congratulations! To the community that surrounds this class (so effectively to each and every one of you), a heartfelt congratulations and most sincere thank you. We all did this together.

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

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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.

My Story of Giving Kids Smiles – A Feature on the American Dental Association Foundation

Every year, Give Kids A Smile provides pain-free smiles to children across the United States.

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It is a true gift and honor to serve as a national Give Kids A Smile Ambassador and help this program grow and reach new heights. Recently, my experience with Give Kids A Smile and with a specific, marvelous young patient was featured on the American Dental Association Foundation website. To learn more about the program and read about my experiences with young Evan, CLICK HERE.

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

An Honor and Transition: Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity

For the past four years, I have been a member of the Jewish Dental Fraternity, Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. I served as Chapter Vice President, and Chapter Co-President, and worked with the organization in community service and community building endeavors. This May, I am honored to be graduating from student to dentist membership. Congratulations to our new HSDM AO Leadership!

Reach out if you would like more information about the Alpha Omega community in your area.

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© 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.