You’ve likely been encouraged to “find a mentor” in dental school, but why is it so important and how does one start this process? Some meet their mentors by chance, but for others it takes time and personal effort to find the right mentor. In this session, you will learn the importance of mentorship throughout all phases of your dental career, how to identify strong dental and leadership mentors and ways to cultivate a successful relationship with these individuals in person or virtually.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
- Understand the importance of a mentorship throughout the stages of one’s career.
- Identify the qualities of a successful mentor-mentee relationship.
- Seek out or foster a mentorship in a virtual setting.
Daryn Lu, DDS; Oklahoma ’15; 2014-15 Vice President
A 2015 graduate from the OU College of Dentistry, Daryn’s passion for his profession shows through his journey within organized dentistry. From an eager predental member of the American Student Dental Association to a passionate local, district, and national volunteer leader — the depth of his experiences has shaped him as a dental professional and lifelong learner. He currently serves as a board member for several dental organizations and represents new dentists from the 12th District on the ADA New Dentist Committee. Most recently and perhaps most importantly, he married his best friend Edith and now officially has a better half. He currently practices as a restorative dentist in Oklahoma City at Dental32.