What I miss most about dental school

dr. Markov (left) goes out to dinner with his dentistry classmates.

What do I miss most about dental school? Lunch.

As a private practice owner and solo practitioner, it’s not uncommon for me to shove a snack between patients, try to barge in an emergency room, or do administrative work on my lunch break.

But it’s not the food I miss; it’s the people.

Dental school is a long four years, but something that got me through it was the fact that I was in it with my classmates.

I don’t miss the four-hour anatomy lectures at 8am. But I miss seeing my friends at lunch after class, knowing they’ve had a nice 3-hour nap to the soothing sounds of an anatomy professor and that they may need to borrow my notes later.

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dr. Markov

Whether it was discussing tests and quizzes, the interesting patients we dealt with, the procedures we planned that we needed help with (why aren’t there more dental procedures on YouTube?), or when our next happy hour was that hour of the day spent together talking about anything and everything.

And it made life better.

After dental school — whether it be grabbing a bite to eat with a coworker, having lunch and learning with a local business, or simply participating in blogging and forums — I try to remind myself not to skip lunch. Because it’s not about the food; it must be remembered that we are in this together.

dr. Peter Markov is a pediatric dentist and owner at UK Pediatric Dentistry in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated with honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his residency in pediatric dentistry at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. When he’s not practicing pediatrics, you can find him in Northern Virginia, golfing, eating sushi in McLean, and touring DC’s monuments.

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