Ask Me Anything: Adjusting to Post-Graduate Life

April 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM

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With the end of dental school comes an entirely new life experience. You have the tools to be a successful doctor, but you may still have some uncertainties about what to expect from post-graduate life. Join our panel of new dentists who will share details about their last few months of dental school and first year in practice.

Be sure to bring your questions about being a new dentist. This session is an opportunity to get those questions answered from individuals who were recently in your position.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Consider how the adjustment to life in practice can impact them personally.
  2. Explore tips to best use the final months of dental school to help them prepare.
  3. Apply insights and lessons learned by the panelists about their first 6-12 months out of school.

joseph-manzellaJoseph Manzella, DDS MPH; Stony Brook ’21; 2020-21 Speaker of the House

Dr. Manzella graduated from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in May 2021, there having served as class president, ASDA Chapter President, District 2 Programming Chair, and National Speaker of The House from 2020-21. Dr. Manzella also earned his Masters in Public Health while attending dental school and is now finishing his 1-year GPR at Rhode Island Hospital at Brown Medical. He is passionate about treating patients with special needs from all walks of life.

sidney-shapiroSydney Shapiro, DDS MPH; Columbia ’21; 2020-21 President

Sydney is a pediatric dentistry resident at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University. She graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2021, where she completed her dental degree and Master of Public Health. Sydney served as the national president of the American Student Dental Association from 2020-21. She also served on various councils throughout her time in ASDA, including ASDA’s Council on Professional Issues and as the ASDA liaison to the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure.

anthoula-vlachosAnthoula Vlachos, DDS; Pacific ’21; 2020-21 District 11 Trustee

Anthoula Vlachos graduated from Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in June 2021. She has been active with ASDA since 2015 as a pre dental student. During dental school, Anthoula was the Pacific ASDA Chapter President 2019-2020, District 11 ASDA Secretary 2019-2020, and National District 11 Trustee 2020-2021. In 2019 she was the winner of the National Rising Leader Award. Dr. Anthoula Vlachos currently practices in a private office in her hometown of Ukiah, CA.