Message from the assistant dean
To recognize and celebrate the College of Dentistry fall 2020 graduates, Kellie Glass, RDH, MBA, Assistant Dean of the Dental Assisting Program recorded the graduation video above. A written version of her address is below.
Hello 2019-2020 Dental Assisting Graduates and Congratulations on your remarkable accomplishment!
It has been an absolute privilege being part of your educational journey, and it is a tremendous honor for me to welcome you to the dental assisting profession as the first graduating class of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry – Dental Assisting Program.
What an extraordinary time this has been! I am so proud of each and every one of you for your hard work, determination, and perseverance. It is no doubt what helped you succeed in this program, and it will also be what helps you achieve your goals throughout your life.
Think of how much you’ve learned and grown in such a short amount of time. As you navigate the transition from an academic setting to a work environment, here are a few words of wisdom that I hope will help you enjoy the next stretch of your learning journey.
You know so much more than you think!
It sometimes can feel uncomfortable to step into the real world, outside of the school environment. But think of it this way - you recently completed an intense and comprehensive program that included both didactic and clinical learning, along with national exams. You have had the unique and valuable opportunity to work alongside your dentistry colleagues throughout your program. Even though life in practice is new, consider all of the patients you have already treated successfully. Although you are new and still learning, so much information is right at the forefront of your brain! The information you learned is the most current, and you have a lot to offer your new practice!
Make a Difference!
You are in a position to make a significant impact in the lives of the patients you serve. You have heard me say many times throughout the program, remember to treat your patients the way you would want to be treated. Patient-centered care, while adhering to professional standards and ethics is at the core of being a health professional. Never stray from this. Present yourself professionally. Provide warmth and kindness toward your patients. People want to know that you care before they care about what you know.
And Finally - Enjoy the journey!
Those who are the most fulfilled in their careers and in life, continue to learn and grow. Lifelong learning and remaining current is also at the core of safe, competent oral health care. Embrace opportunities that challenge you and give back to your profession.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to celebrate your achievements in person – at least not right now, but know that all the faculty, staff and students at the College of Dentistry, join me in wishing you their congratulations on this tremendous milestone.
Enjoy where you are right at this moment. Remember how hard you worked to get here, and keep reaching for new heights.
Wishing you all the best!