Thaisa E. Jones
Director, Media and Public Relations
UMSOD Students Featured in ADA News Becoming a Dentist Series
Class of 2021 students Benjamin Horn, LaShonda Shepherd, and Dan Yang are the subjects of a series of articles being published in ADA News, the American Dental Association's publication. The ADA is a Chicago-based dental professional association with more than 155,000 members.
The articles, written by Jennifer Garvin, Washington D.C. editor for ADA News, will follow these students through all four years of dental school and illuminate readers about the dental school experience.
You can access each part of the series to date, in chronological order, through the links below.
Part One: Introducing the Students
The first installment of the "Becoming a Dentist" series explores the background and ambitions of the three featured students, Ben Horn, LaShonda Shepherd, and Dan Yang. Read more.
Part Two: Human Anatomy
Horn, Shepherd, and Yang experience a mix of nervousness and excitement as they tackle their first Human Anatomy course. Read more.
Part Three: the SIM Lab and Operative Dentistry
In part three of the series, Horn, Shepherd, and Yang take an operative dentistry course that gets at the heart of dentistry: improving someone's smile. Read more.
Part Four: Technology-Enhanced Learning
In part four of the series, Horn, Shepard, and Yang learn how to utilize computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. Read more.
Part Five: The Challenges of Second Year
At the beginning of the second year, our three students face the transition to the preclinical laboratories as well challenges to developing organizational and time-management skills. Read more.
Part Six: Studying, Excelling, More Studying
In the latest installment, second-year students Dan Yang, LaShonda Shepherd, and Ben Horn go through the stress - and eventual exhilaration - of successfully completing their Endodontics exam. Read more.
Part Seven: Learning from the patient's perspective
Horn, Shepherd, and Yang learn how to administer anesthesia for the first time on live patients - which include their fellow classmates. Read more.
Part Eight: Students Learn to Screen for Diabetes
As part of UMSOD's response to the growing diabetes epidemic, second-year students learn about measuring blood glucose levels in a class led by Dr. Gary Hack. Read more.
Part Nine: The Decision to Specialize
The question surfaces at the beginning of dental school, maybe even sooner, when the dream first takes hold. What kind of dentist do I want to be? Read more.
Part Ten: Dental School During a Pandemic
Nothing is typical during the COVID-19 pandemic, including at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Read more.
Part Eleven: Their Final Year
LaShonda, Dan, and Ben have evolved from wide-eyed newbies to "veteran" fourth-year students. Read more.
Part Twelve: UMSOD dental students receive COVID-19 vaccines
Ben, Dan, LaShonda are among those providers to receive shots. Read more.
Part Thirteen: UMSOD trio graduates
Dan, Ben and LaShonda prepare to graduate, and reflect on their time at UMSOD.