Contour is the only print news source dedicated to sharing the dental-student narrative and addressing their holistic needs as they prepare to enter the workforce as dental professionals. ASDA members receive Contour 10 times a year, with combined issues in June/July and November/December.

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June/July 2021 – Road to residency

In her final editor’s note, “Why you should keep an open mind about your dental career,” 2020-21 ASDA Editor-in-Chief Callista Schulenburg, LECOM ‘22, writes: “The road to residency can feel like a daunting journey, filled with uncertainty or unexpected discoveries. The best advice I’ve received from current residents and fourth-year students as I prepare to make some big decisions this summer is to keep an open mind, do your research, talk to people in the fields you are considering, and take your time. If it’s difficult to decide right now whether or not to specialize, that’s OK. You don’t have to specialize right after dental school. In fact, many dentists practice general dentistry for a few years before deciding to specialize.

“In this issue of Contour, we explore the road to residency. Read about a variety of dental specialties including an in-depth look at endodontics, Q&A with the president of the American Academy of Periodontology and advancements in oral and maxillofacial radiology. Learn tips for compiling your residency application, including how to find the right AEGD or GPR program for you. Find out more about postdoctoral entrance examinations, such as the ADAT. Discover the residency plans of some students in the University of Utah class of 2021. We also explain the nuts and bolts behind the match process and explore the pros and cons of virtual interviewing (which may happen again this year).”

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