Company/Organization: Align Dental
Mentor(s):Dr. Daniel Kim
Topic of Internship
Align Dental Care Group is a dental office located in Ridgefield, New Jersey that seeks to treat patients who are in needs of dental care. Our goal as a whole is to help our patients be satisfied with their teeth. We do not specialize in one area of dental care; therefore, we treat all different kinds of patients. Dr. Kim treats patients with implants, orthodontics, and even trauma. For those patients who come to us for jaw problem, Dr. Kim hires specialist doctors to come and treat them. Our dental office has been around for more than ten years now and has a branch at Flushing, New York. Dr. Kim, as the head dentist for both offices, goes back and forth to manage and treat the patients in both of the offices.
Summary of Internship
Being an intern for a dental office provided me with a unique experience that I could have never had before in my life. I have always been a student, not anything else. I have never worked or even tried working before in my life. Interning at the dental office gave me unique experiences that taught me responsibilities, social skills in a professional settings, and diligence to work for a long period of hours without complaining. It was my first step in being part of the adult society, and I saw myself growing and maturing as those experiences cumulated. I have not only gained social experiences through the internship but also gained medical experiences. Shadowing Dr. Kim was a big part of my day. Excitement and tension arise every time I hear Dr. Kim call me to assist him with certain procedures. While assisting him with suctioning and various other minor tasks, I get to hear vital tips from Dr. Kim. For example, he told me information such as an effective way to stitch the gum, grind the teeth, and so on. I was able to witness many different dental maneuvers such as implant, sinus lift, orthodontics, killing the nerve, and so on. My help is most appreciated when I clean up and hygiene the instruments after each patient. Those tasks are easy but exhausting after a while because they need to done after every patient. By taking care of that work, I relieve a big amount of stresses from the crew. I was able to gain both social and medical experiences by being an intern at Align Dental Care, and I am sure that those experiences will be an asset to my future.
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