Since I've started working with students, I find myself thinking of a million things I want to tell them. Sometimes I think of things during lecture, or on my drive home, or on a day in between class sessions. I decided a blog might be a good way to organize my thoughts and share them with my students and anyone else who might be interested.
When I started practicing dentistry, I had so much knowledge bouncing around in my brain. I started accumulating resources that I would use to sort through my thoughts, clarify concepts, and answer the questions I inevitably still had. Over the past three years, as I've gathered together this binder - both physically in 3-hole punched form and digitally - I've thought about sharing my findings (always crediting the creators when possible, of course), so that others can access the resources I've discovered and found to be useful. I also want to share my personal experiences and insight, so here we go...my blog.
Funny story - when I worked as a graphic designer, I had the idea of starting a blog, like, a million times. I even named my blog, created a logo and layout, started brainstorming content. The trouble was, I could never actually get it off the ground. I was so concerned with it being the perfect design/lifestyle blog, that I never pressed that "Publish" button at the top of the page. Practicing dentistry has taught me to strive for excellence, but leave that word "perfect" out of the conversation. It's freeing. I am finally pressing "Publish," confident that I can create an imperfect blog that I will enjoy writing and hopefully you will enjoy reading.
So follow this blog, or just check back from time to time to see what's new. I would appreciate hearing from readers, so please comment or feel free to email me. You can also catch up with similar content on my Instagram - @erinhymeldds - for shorter text and quick posts that might never make it to the blog!
A dentist and educator, sharing resources and experiences with her colleagues and students.
Side note - whenever I refer to Sturdevant or Summitt, I'm citing one of these two electronic textbooks:
- Heymann, Harold, et al. Sturdevant's Art and Science of Operative Dentistry. 6th ed., Mosby, 2012.
- Hilton, Thomas J. Summitt's Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry: A Contemporary Approach. 4th ed., Quintessence, 2013.