by Abram Estafanous
As a fourth year dental student at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Matthew Magar commences his day much like he did during his past three years – at six o’clock in the morning. After eating a small breakfast and packing lunch, he sets out to begin his day as a dental student.
The day officially begins with a meeting with the instructor. Here, the patient case is discussed, which includes reasons for treatment as well as the actual treatment itself. After the case is discussed, the patient is treated. This can include a variety of procedures, such as crown fillings. Once treatment is finished, the instructor evaluates the work performed on the patient. Then comes a thirty-minute feedback discussion session, where the instructor approves the clinical note written. Magar stressed the importance of the feedback session.
“The feedback session is very important for a dentist in training,” he said. “It’s what allows the student to improve on a regular basis. It’s always nice to have direct feedback on work done.”
The end of the instructor feedback session signals a lunch break. This cycle of patient treatment repeats again after lunch, from the initial meeting with the instructor to the feedback session. The day then usually ends, unless it is Tuesday or Wednesday. These days include night clinic from 6 to 9 at night. After the last patient, any necessary lab work for the day is completed before heading home.
Magar said, “This is considered the end of a student’s day at school. After the lab work, most students go home, where they can study for boards or work out– essentially anything that de-stresses.”
When asked why he chose the Ostrow School of Dentistry, Magar stated that the opportunities at USC stood out.
“Here, the are opportunities are great. USC offers unique opportunities that are not found in many other dental schools. There are top instructors, and the learning is very hands-on. The community here upholds the highest standards,” he said.
As for his day-to-day routine, Magar said that he feels truly blessed to be able to learn something new everyday and hopes to continue his studies in his pursuit of the dental profession.