An Interview with Dr. Frederick Liewehr, DDS, MS
Chief of Endodontics
Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center
What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?
The interpersonal interaction you have with most patients.
What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?
Digital record keeping and radiography.
What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?
The most difficult aspect is dealing with referring dentists, who may not diagnose or treatment plan correctly.
Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators? If so, explain.
I think there has been far too much “student-oriented” learning. Students should want to learn as much as possible to become the best practitioners they can.
What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach? Why?
Diagnosis seems to be the most problematical for many dentists, and it is absolutely fundamental to treatment planning.
What digital adjunct materials do you find most useful for students, and for what lessons do you use them?
PowerPoint slide shows are outstanding for presentations. That said, students should expect to take notes.
What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?
I wish I had paid more attention to ergonomics and posture, which could possibly have limited the damage to my back and neck over the years.