Brantley McCarty, LECOM '17

Brantley-McCartyMy favorite part of fourth year is finally feeling like a real dentist! Although we have worked on patients all four years of school, this is the first year I feel like I can execute a treatment plan from start to finish (confidently) on my own. 

Over the past year, I have learned major clinical time management skills. I've learned many short cuts this year and how to use my time wisely from appointment to appointment. This has been vital in completing all of my requirements and gaining as much experience as possible.

The most challenging part of this year is saying goodbye to everyone! Although life can get hectic with competencies, boards, ASDA, job hunting — I wouldn't trade it for the world. It is a strange, bittersweet feeling to know that you and your classmates/ and faculty will never all be the same place at the same time again. I have really tried to enjoy this last year and cherish all these relationships I have spent four years making. 

My advice to current dental students is NEVER say no! If a faculty member is willing to mentor you and allow you to do a procedure under their watch, go for it. This could be the last time you have the option of being bailed out. 

A typical day in D4 includes clinic, clinic, and then more clinic. This last year is all about treating your patients and gaining real-world dental skills.  

In my free time, I explore my new home at my outreach clinic in Defuniak Springs, Fla. It has been a blast getting to live in a new place for a year. 

My involvement in ASDA has been all over the place. I have served on local, district, and national ASDA, and each position has a special place in my heart. ASDA is one of things I will miss the most after graduation! 

After dental school, I’m looking forward to making money! I am excited to end my 22-year-long professional student career and enter the real world. 

Stephen Raines, Tennessee ’17, created the winning D4 video in ASDA’s 2016 “Day in the Life” video contest.