4 Advantages to Using the Online Dental Student Groups through THE NEXTDDS

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

One of the useful features of THE NEXTDDS is its Groups page created to enhance the user experience and connectivity. These groups allow you to connect with peers in your dental school or organization. Outlined below are features of THE NEXTDDS Groups that enrolled students can access right from their Profile pages. 



When you enroll in THE NEXTDDS, you are placed in your university’s or organization’s group page. From your Profile page, you can join or leave groups and invite your peers to your groups.


This message board can be used by only group members or THE NEXTDDS Administrator. Members can post important information about classes, campus events, meetings, and just about anything else they want to quickly communicate to all other group members.


Each group calendar is populated with the details from the school’s academic calendar (test dates, fundraising events, school holidays, etc.) as well as other events of interest in the dental community.


Each member has the opportunity to display his or her name, school and contact information on the group page, as well as a profile picture. These options (that a student can decline for privacy) are helpful for networking should a member choose to feature that information.

Access Your School Group

Groups provide you with many benefits and an instant connection with the enrolled dental student population. If you’re interested in serving as the Administrator for your dental school group or would like to form a group focused on your interests, you are welcome to contact us at Your peers, classmates and connections could be just a click away.

Tags: dental students, THE NEXTDDS, online, dental schools, networking, message board

Rotation-based vs. Individual-based Dental School Clinics

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

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by Molly Stice

Dental schools have different ways of running their clinic, whether it’s rotation-based, team-based or individual-based. All systems have advantages and disadvantages. In this blog, I will be exploring these advantages and disadvantages. Currently, my school is considering changing their old ways of having an individual-based clinic and moving on to a team-based system. I’m interested in knowing how your dental school runs their clinic and if you like their system. I encourage you to comment below!

With rotation-based clinics, students rotate through all of the departments (fixed, operative, removable, etc.) and they see different patients practically every day. With team-based clinics, students are placed in a team and that team has a pool of patients who rotate amongst the team. With individual-based clinics, one patient is assigned to one student and that student completes all of the patient’s treatment. The dental school I attend has an individual-based clinic system, and it has been this way for quite some time.

There are many advantages with this system, but there are also major disadvantages. One advantage of this type of system is that you can develop a good rapport with your patient by seeing them throughout their entire treatment. Also, by completing their entire treatment plan, you do not have to worry about another student’s work being done on that patient. Imagine trying to insert a set of dentures on a patient whose final impression was done poorly by a different student and the dentures don’t accurately fit the patient. This patient is going to complain to you and you will have to redo the impression which wastes the patient’s time and the patient will not be happy. Depending on the length of rotations in a rotation-based system, this could occur because removable prostheses take a while to complete. Although the supervising dentist should ultimately approve of the impression, there are some professors who have too much faith in students work.

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Tags: Rotation-based clinics, Individual-based clinics, dental schools

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