Dominic shadows Dr. Thompson

| April 23, 2009

Dominic is Dr. Thompson’s nephew who is in 7th grade at Big Walnut Middle School.  Today was shadow day so Dominic came to see what a dentist does all day.  Dominic likes to practice basketball, play the “Skate” video game on Xbox 360, and listen to music from Disturbed, Blur, SlipKnot, and SoulFly.

Dominic thought the coolest part of shadow day was watching Dr. Thompson “fix the metal rod in the patient’s gum”. (aka adjust a dental implant)  Dominic also took some photos around the office, chose the song and created the video at the top of the post.

As Part of the Shadow Day Dominic had to interview Dr. Thompson.  Below are the questions and answers.

What type of education/training is needed for this job?  3-4 years of undergraduate college and 4 years of dental school.  Ongoing continuing education.

Why did you choose this job? President and God were taken. What do you like best about your job? I like the variety of things we do and it’s never repetitious.

What do you like least?  Stress; running behind schedule.

When you were in middle school, what did you want to be?  A race car driver or pilot.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to have this job?  Study hard, get good grades, and always be willing to explore new things.

Does your job require continuing education?  Yes. 40 classroom hours every 2 years at a minimum.

How important do you feel shadow day is for students?  Very important.  It provides exposure to real life and what people actually do.  Also, if you shadow and think you don’t like the job it might not be for you.