Jun 30, 2021
Jessica Atkinson, MEd, BSDH, RDH., Melia Lewis, MEd, BSDH, RDH., and Shelley Brown, MEd, BSDH, RDH., of ‘Hygiene Edge’ take over and host the podcast this week. Together, they discuss how they get ready for summer as dental hygiene educators. Offering valuable experience, insights, and advice along the way.
In this episode, Jessica discusses her summer plans consisting of Continuing Education (CE) courses and the importance of these courses to improve as educators, even during the summer break. The panel explores the power of networking in improving teaching tactics and gaining knowledge in the dental space, and Melia goes on to highlight the world of online teaching. They round off with an admonition to dental students to make good use of their summer to hone their skills and to dental hygiene educators to prep, network, learn and grow, and, of course rest.
Interview starts: 2:37
“Continuing Education is a necessary part of not only being an educator but being a professional.”
“It's really exciting to learn about new products. It's really exciting to learn the latest and greatest science, about the products that our students and ourselves can be using in practice.”
“The lifeblood of our profession— patient care.”
“This is where you can be more creative.”
“Education's kind of like laundry or the dishes that are never done, and there's more you can do.”
“You will always find something more that is very important to add into your course to make it more beneficial towards your students and to make better hygienists.”
“We should be talking as educators and connecting and learning and growing in a different way. Let's talk and work together and collaborate.”
“If every school gets better, that means we're going to have better hygienists in the field, patients are going to have better care, our profession is going to be better, respected, more well established.”