A day in their scrubs

Meet D4 Michael Filewood
August 19th, 2020

D4 Michael FilewoodHometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Undergrad institution: University of Arkansas

Why Texas A&M College of Dentistry: I chose Texas A&M College of Dentistry for a handful of reasons. First, our college has an incredible reputation within the dental community and prides itself on its high level of clinical expectations. The college also is involved in a vast amount of community dentistry, serving patients at various low-cost clinics and providing dental care to those who otherwise would not have many options. I am a native of the DFW area, and it was of great importance to be close to family and friends. Last but not least, when interviewing I felt a very warm, caring and inviting atmosphere from students, faculty and staff alike.

Dental school success strategy: Dental school is a marathon, not a sprint. Although it is important to schedule out various tests and assignments well in advance, looking at the big picture can be overwhelming. My advice would be to set long-term goals, but more importantly, set weekly or even daily goals. Additionally, celebrate every single accomplishment, no matter how big or how small. Dental school is long, and burnout is real, so taking time to enjoy yourself when appropriate will leave you refreshed and ready for the next challenge. Lastly, avoid negativity at all costs. Every dental student will go through adversity at some point, so taking a step back and reminding yourself how fortunate you are to be working toward such a great profession will help to put things back into a positive perspective.

Favorite energy food: When I know it’s going to be a late night of studying, I like to treat myself to a Raising Cane’s Caniac Combo with a large sweet tea. While I can’t say it’s something I would recommend to patients, there’s something about that fried chicken with Cane’s sauce that makes studying much more tolerable.

How you unwind after a long day in lecture, lab or clinic: I like to unwind by getting outdoors. Whether it’s working out, fishing, hunting, playing golf or playing fetch with my dog, anything active helps me stay rejuvenated and ready for the next long day.

Best dental school moment so far: My best dental school moment so far wasn’t one moment in particular, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with human cadavers in the D1 gross anatomy lab. It was an incredible academic experience; one I’ll never forget.

Favorite patient care experience: My favorite patient care experience was actually with my first patient at the dental college. After working through a handful of appointments over several months, it was finally time for his denture delivery. Seeing the lift in spirit and boost of confidence the first time my patient saw his new smile really solidified my passion for dentistry.

Goal after graduation: My immediate goal after graduation is to get into private practice as an associate dentist, working under a mentoring doctor whom I trust and can rely on to guide me through the transition from dental school life to real-world dentistry. My long-term goal is to own a private practice.

What people may not know about you: I was an all-state wrestler in high school.

— Kathleen Green Pothier