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About a month ago, I visited Columbia as a guest lecturer. I did my residency at Columbia, and it was a huge honor to receive the invitation. It was also great to be back in New York City.
I arrived in New York on Thursday evening. My lecture was Friday afternoon. I was able to reconnect with old faculty. It was a bit strange being on the “other side.” I was once a resident, but I came back as a person who could speak about my real-world experience in the orthodontic field.
My lecture focused on the practical aspects of running a practice. In residency, you concentrate on the actual practices of orthodontics. There isn’t much discussion on running an office, training staff, or dealing with insurance. I learned a lot the hard way. Hopefully I was able to help the residents avoid some of the struggles I faced. I think I may have put them into information overload, though. I had so much to tell them, and so many slides. I think next time I’ll simplify the information and concentrate on fewer topics. I was invited back to lecture regularly, and I’ll be there again in May.
The rest of the weekend in New York City was a lot of fun. I was able to see my sister, her husband, and my cousin, as well as some old friends. I stayed in a really cool hotel. It was a Holiday Inn with an exclusive nightclub. They played really loud music in the lobby, which was pretty cool. The hotel was in the lower east side of Manhattan, and I had to do a lot of walking to get to where my friends were. Strangely enough, I actually missed walking. It was nice to get out and around the city. I got to visit my old favorite bagel place and coffee place. Being there made me miss the city.
I really enjoyed giving my lecture, and I think it went well. Giving lectures is a great motivator to keep me sharp and up-to-date. It also helped me realize that I would like to teach someday. I find it very fulfilling, and the residents seemed to appreciate my lecture. They probably don’t realize it now, but eventually the information I gave them will be incredibly useful. Running a practices is not easy, and maybe someday, as a professor, I can help prepare residents for the reality of working in the orthodontic field.