I have been worried about my upcoming clinical board exam, like you've been hearing about. Our instructors were very unclear about what we needed to be doing. My group worriedly brought our concerns to their attention, only to be pooh-poohed.
Evidently now, the instructors are VERY WORRIED about the lack of patients available for the exam. I don't think even 10% of my class has the patients they need. We have been told we are now responsible for finding our own patients. This makes it very difficult when I am not going to be anywhere near the school during business hours for another 9.5 weeks (the test is in 10 weeks).
Yesterday I found a patient with two perfect cavities. However, I feel very awkward asking to snatch away this patient from another hospital. I guess I better get aggressive and ask. (This patient has some psychiatric issues that made her less than an ideal patient anyway).
Anyway, if you have been putting off going to the dentist or know you have a few small cavities or periodontal disease, PLEASE let me know! If you could come in to the dental school for a free screening and xrays I would be very grateful. Leave a comment or email me and I will facilitate the process for receiving the care you need.
1 small cavity between back teeth
1 small cavity between the front teeth
1 patient with mild-moderate periodontal disease