I was recently inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists. At the annual ceremony, held in Houston, standing next to people who have 15, 20 or 30 years of work experience after dental school, I felt a little out of place. After all, at the time, I was only 4 years into… Continue reading Why I went back for a GPR
Why becoming a mentor is just as important, and even more so, than being mentored.
I wrote this piece back in May of 2020. Dug it out this morning and decided to publish it with a few edits. It’s an ode to Seattle and what it meant for me when I lived there. I miss you, Great Pacific Northwest! I want to just write about Seattle today. It comes as… Continue reading Ode to Seattle
Ever since I received my first dental school acceptance in 2015, I’m always hit with the same set of questions from every prospective dental student. What is the admissions process for international students? What are dental schools looking for? How could I, as a candidate, stand out? Could you review my resume and statement of… Continue reading Statement of Purpose
If anyone had a blueprint for what exactly any dental school was looking for, you wouldn’t be reading posts like this on the internet, would you? The answer to this question is complex. While I do not know the ‘real answer’, I can share an idea of what schools expect, based on the students I… Continue reading What are dental schools looking for?
Now that I have Persevering ready for launch later this week, I have a few thoughts to share about the book writing and publishing process. I’ve been getting tons of questions over the last few months on how to go about writing a book, so here are some of my answers. Book writing may take… Continue reading How to write a book
It’s that time of the year again, when we begin to wonder how the year has passed us by and we ask ourselves if we have accomplished anything at all. It’s so easy to be hard on yourself when perhaps the 1-2 major goals you had at the beginning of the year don’t seem to… Continue reading Wins of 2021
I’ve blogged previously about the differences between mentors, coaches and sponsors, and also about why we all need coaches at different stages of our lives. This blog post is about how to go about finding a coach. I am breaking the process into 5 steps to keep it concise. You need to know what you… Continue reading How do you find a coach?
I began writing when I was only 12 years old; just short stories and some really embarrassing poetry. The goal for writing at the time was to be published in the most important magazine of the 90’s. In the Middle East, for a third culture kid like myself, Young Times was the epitome of ‘cool’.… Continue reading Writing and career advancement
When colleagues found out I was moving to San Francisco from Seattle, many heavily discouraged me from doing so. ‘Why are you moving to one of the most expensive cities in the world?’ ‘San Francisco is saturated for dentistry; you will be paid less, asked to do hygiene, and that, coupled with high rents, will… Continue reading Moving during the pandemic