April 30, 2018
A former DMD-Advanced Standing student has returned to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry to teach the Advanced Standing students. Dr. Betti Shahin, who earned her DMD from the college in 2018, now is a clinical instructor for the Department of Restorative Dentistry.
Shahin earned her Belgian dental degree in 1997; a degree in Postgraduate Dental Studies in periodontics, diagnosis, and business management in dentistry in the United Kingdom in 2007; and an MSc in orthodontics in the UK in 2011.
“I am responsible to teach the Advanced Standing students in the preclinical sessions on how to detect a caries lesion, how to remove it, and to prepare a suitable cavity and to restore either with a resin composite restoration or an amalgam restoration,” she explained.
“I teach my students how to learn to have the right ergonomic posture and to properly use their dental instruments and armamentarium,” Shahin continued. “I specifically sit down with them and spend time finding out about their visual aim and manual dexterity and I advise them to correct any shortcomings that I discover.”
In the future, in preclinical digital dentistry sessions, she will teach students how to use a digital scanner and how to design and fabricate indirect restorations. She supervises students in the Vivaldi Clinic and practices general dentistry in the faculty dental practice.
Shahin’s goal is successful students. “I endeavor to build up the confidence of my students in both diagnosis and treatment,” she explained. “I love the positive reinforcement method of education. Each individual is unique in learning; I explore different methods of teaching the individual in order to prepare my students for their duties in the clinic.”
As a student herself, she won the college’s Sparky D. Dragon Customer Service Award.