November 2019 Volume LIV Number 6

 
 
 
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Resident's Corner

November 2019 Volume LIV Number 6

The AAPD Career Center
by Jessica M. Baron, D.M.D.
 
The second the clock struck midnight on July 1, 2019, the unsettling wave of  dread sunk in - I am about to embark on my last year of residency. In addition to my clinical responsibilities, I somehow have to manage my board studies, my research and finding a job.
 
Where do I even begin to look for a job? Google? Craigslist? Word of mouth?
 
Luckily, there is a resource that I am familiar with through the AAPD website, the Pediatric Dental Residents Committee, and from my colleagues called the AAPD Career Center. This useful resource is accessed through the AAPD website under Resources - Member -  Career Center. The AAPD Career Center is a more tailored version of  Indeed/Monster.com where pediatric dentists, dental schools, residency programs, corporations, and DSOs can directly advertise. Simply log into the website using your AAPD credentials and immediately at your disposal is a list of  job opportunities that you can apply for. All you have to do is fill out a profile with questions ranging from previous job experiences to what type of  employment you are seeking (part-time, seasonal, PRN, etc). You can then apply to as many or as few oppor- tunities that suit your needs. You can also upload your resume directly, and prospective job employers can contact you. The website version of the Career Center offers more current positions than the classifieds in the PDT magazine.
 
For Korosh ""Eric"" Armakan, D.D.S., the AAPD Career Center was a valuable resource in his second year at Montefiore Medical Center. He started to lightly peruse in November, but ramped up his efforts in the Spring. He mainly used the website version of  the AAPD Career Center since he was more able to filter through his selection. He knew that he wanted to end up in the D.C.-area, so he confined his search to Virginia, Md., and D.C.  Through his efforts, he found an appealing ad for Dentistry for Children - a dental service organization (DSO) where you can invest in the company/practices. Five years later, he happily became a multi-practice doctor owner in the company.  For him, the ad was very accurate and the process was seamless to find the initial opportunity.
 
Diana Do, D.D.S., also had a positive experience with the AAPD Career Center. Before moving to Kailua Kona, Hawaii, she practiced in Austin, Texas, in a job that she found through the AAPD Career Center. She states that the website was ""fairly easy to use and useful in that there was a way to upload your resume directly to have recruiters contact you based on your interests.
 
There is no right time to start looking through the AAPD Career Center, but it is useful to start brainstorming early on to become familiar with all the resources the Career Center has to offer. Maybe you will find your first job, or even last job, through the AAPD Career Center!
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica M. Baron, D.M.D., is a second year pediatric dental resident at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. She grew up in Charleston, S.C., and completed her undergraduate education from Duke University in 2010 with a B.A. in Public Policy and minor in Art History. She graduated from the James B. Edwards College of  Dental Medicine at the Medical Uni- versity of  South Carolina in 2015. She has earned a general practice residency certificate from Yale-New Haven Hospital and a dental oncology certificate from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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