COVID-19 Snatched D1 Year
Today on the pod, we’re deep enough into the semester to really dive into the pros and cons of Quarantine Dentistry.
Jerrell and his guests, Student Dr. Kia Symone-Surrell and Student Dr. Keyshawn Astin, are all D1 Howard alumni with a passion for oral healthcare and community engagement. Kia is attending Tufts University’s School of Dental Medicine, and Keyshawn is attending Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry—one of just a few HBCUs offering graduate programs in dentistry.
Keyshawn chose Meharry because of his longtime commitment to rural access to healthcare, which matched well with Meharry’s curricular goals. Kia found her way to Tufts because of its lauded program and the broad diversity of its student body. Both Kia and Keyshawn noted that the biggest difference between their undergrad lifestyle and their dental school schedule so far is the challenge of taking on a much heavier workload and far less free time.
But make no mistake, this is no typical semester of dental school.
All 3 student doctors are taking classes online from their bedrooms, taking notes on their iPads, and finding themselves much more restricted in their abilities to interact with their classmates—at least physically. Kia, Keyshawn, and Jerrell agreed that Zoom class/video lecture can be draining, and staying in the same place all day is tough.
That said, they also pointed out a few perks to this unexpected semester of quarantine dentistry: namely, cutting out all commute time allows them to sleep in later, using the chat function during class encourages student collaboration, and, above all, taking a safe and responsible approach to limiting the spread of COVID-19 is critical. So, at the end of the day, Quarantine Dentistry isn’t so h(oral)ble.
Check out Quanrantine (Clinical) Dentistry Part II to hear how COVID-19 impacted D4s from UNC-CH and Howard University. Hear more about the Quar-Dentistry lifestyle, and make sure to follow up with questions for Jerrell and his guests about their school choices, undergrad experiences, and future goals. Don’t ask me, though. I don’t even really know what a root canal is.