Caroline Alpert’s love affair with dentistry traces back to elementary school. Known as the class dentist, Caroline would assist her classmates out of pain by helping pull out their loose teeth. Her interest in dentistry continued, and by the time she graduated high school, her career path was obvious.
Now a fourth-year student at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Caroline finds studying and practicing dentistry equally gratifying and challenging. “Every day is exciting and unique. I love working with people of all ages and different backgrounds, especially children, and I have now been trained to put my skills into action,” she said.
Getting to know her professors and clinical instructors on a personal level has been a highlight in her time as a graduate student. “Not only have they provided me with an invaluable education, but their kindness, help, encouragement, and constructive criticism have helped me to grow, both personally and professionally,” she said.
Caroline hopes to one day teach future dentists. “I want to share everything that I have learned, have a profound impact on others, and help others achieve high standards of excellence in care,” she said.
When asked what advice she has for other emerging clinicians, Caroline offers, “Try to fully embrace the learning experience, with all of its challenges and successes, while continually striving to improve and grow. Always treat your patients and others in the manner in which you would like to be treated – with compassion, fairness, honesty, and excellence.”