Hello all, also, yay my first post in this group.
I've recently been in one on one talks with the Dean and an Admissions Board member for a particular dental school I've been look at getting into. From the language I hear when I talk with them it looks like all the ducks are lining up quite nicely and I'll be walking into dental school next June. Barring some horrible turn of events I will be paid to stick my fingers in people's mouths in four years' time.
For those of you who don't know; I was a social science student who, at the latest possible moment, realized that it was not for me. I was maxed out on units at my University and went back to city college to take science undergrad pre-reqs because my GE science grades were far less than stellar. I essentially taught myself Biology, Chemistry and Organic Chemistry for the Dental Admissions Test because I did not have time to learn them in a classroom and still hope to get in on a more ideal time frame. In spite of it all I scored surprisingly good marks; good enough to make a viable candidate for at least one school based almost solely on those scores.
I wanted to say thank you to his noodliness; Carbo Deium, RAmen.
While I've been going through all the excitement I've been considering just how "out" I want to be when I go into practice. The doctors I work with have told me that I need to be social tofu (they are mild Christians); taking on the tastes of the person in my chair. I don't like it, but they're right. Being an atheist is particularly difficult considering that 80% of Americans would distrust an atheist based solely on their atheism; being a medical practitioner, not having the trust of one's patient can be quite an obstacle. For me, it's not an obstacle worth overcoming with every patient.
Out side of the office I plan to be as "out" as one can be. In the office, however, I plan to be as mute about my lack of faith as I expect all doctors to be about their faith condition while in the operatory.