Dr. Shirley Stella Josephine R, MDS, MGR University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (2020 - 2023)
Dr. Shirley Stella Josephine R, MDS, MGR University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (2020 - 2023)

DentiSight - Dr. Shirley Stella Josephine R

Insight into the Lives of Healthcare Professionals and Students. A Glimpse into the Life of Dr. Shirley Stella Josephine R

Name: Dr. Shirley Stella Josephine R

Birth Place: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India

Educational Qualification: BDS, SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (2014 - 2019)

MDS, MGR University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (2020 - 2023)

Languages you speak or write: Tamil and English

Q

What do you do? 

A

I'm a working dental professional specializing in Endodontics.

Q

What prompted you to choose this profession? 

A

I chose dentistry due to a combination of factors, such as an interest in healthcare, a desire to help people, and an attraction to specialize in the field of oral health.

Q

What is the best part about being a dental student/professional? 

A

The rewarding feeling of helping patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles, and the opportunity to build meaningful connections with them.

Q

How do you like spending your free time? 

A

I would like to spend my free time watching my favorite series with a cup of coffee.

Q

Which is your favorite subject in dentistry and why? 

A

My preference would be Endodontics because of finding fulfillment in the precise and detailed nature of root canal treatments, the opportunity to alleviate a patient's dental pain, or a fascination with preserving natural teeth.

Q

Which is your least favorite subject in dentistry?

A

My least favorite would be Public Health Dentistry because of its extremely difficult content and my preference for hands-on clinical work rather than community-based work.

Q

What are some studying tips you use to retain and understand things better?

A

Regular review sessions helped me to retain things in my mind for a longer term.

Q

Which dental procedure(s) do you enjoy/anticipate doing the most?

A

Root canal treatment

Q

What do you enjoy more, doing an RCT or extracting teeth? 

A

I love performing root canal treatment because of the sense of accomplishment, the relief provided to patients' dental pain, and the ongoing learning aspects every day.

Q

What are some challenges you face in your professional field?

A

Financially underpaid and lots of competition

Q

How would your friends describe you? 

A

Funny, trustworthy, and talkative

Q

What has been the best/ most memorable moment in your dental school so far?

A

One memorable moment in dental school could be the first time I successfully performed a root canal treatment for a third molar.

Q

Has dentistry impacted your food choices? Like, do you consume less sugary and sticky food items? 

A

Yes, they have certainly. I'm a sweet tooth person but I have reduced my intake of sugary food items in my daily life.

Q

As a dental health professional, what is your dental health care regime? 

A

Brushing twice daily and scaling twice annually.

Q

If given a choice, what alternate career would you have opted for?

A

I would have opted for something more adventurous as I love traveling and since I'm passionate about aviation, would have aspired to become a pilot.

Q

Where would you like to work in the future? 

A

I see myself continuing to develop my skills and expertise in dentistry. I am eager to take on more responsibilities and contribute to the field of healthcare.

Q

What is your dream travel destination?

A

Las Vegas

Q

Tell us a secret talent(s) that the world does not know about you. 

A

Not much of a secret though, but I memorize things quickly

Q

What are you not very good at? 

A

Trusting people too easily.

Q

A quote that resonates deeply with you? 

A

Believe you can, and you're halfway there.

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