I was fortunate to attend one of few dental assisting programs which offers a coordinated internship program with a four-year college/university.
I had the opportunity to assist with restorations, fillings, extractions, and root canals; it was a unique and rewarding experience to intern alongside fellow dental career students (dentists and hygienists). Meanwhile, we had a wonderful internship coordinator/liaison whose been working with dental, hygiene, and assistant students long before many us were even born! As a former dental assistant, she was well aware of the specific challenges we face as dental assistants and has been a "mother hen" to us all...giving advice and helping each of us feel comfortable and informed as we transition not only into a new environment but career. Well, on the last day of the internship program, my classmates and I surprised her with a small gesture of appreciation. It was the least we could do for a person so dedicated and kind.