Working as an Assistant for Dr. Hasson
March 16, 2015
Working as an assistant for Dr. Hasson has been a blessing of epic proportion. I am lucky enough to be someone who wakes up every day overjoyed to spend my day doing something I love. Not a day goes by that I do not have at least 10 questions for Dr. Hasson. Constantly learning and immersing myself into my work as an assistant brings me such joy.
When I was extended an invitation to attend the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA) conferences in Chicago, IL my heart almost skipped a beat. Touching down in Chicago filled my already nervous stomach with endless butterflies. Harlee and I had spent months studying and anxiously anticipating our courses. For once we wouldn’t be burdening Dr. Hasson with our endless questions.
We woke up to a cold morning with overcast skies armed with large jackets, extra coffee, our AAOMS badges and books as we took a seat in the front row of our first course. As the doctors spoke about their topics, we highlighted and noted all of the important information. It was only the end of the first day and we had learned so many new and important things.
From the smallest things about how important an assistant’s job is, to things about the drugs we use on an everyday basis. After we wrapped up class on the second day, Harlee and I were lucky enough to have an opportunity to attend the assistant’s hands-on skills lab, a personal favorite of mine. I was able to apply the new techniques I had learned in class right then and there. With help from the wonderful doctors and other assistants, just like me and Harlee, we successfully learned how to intubate, handle an emergency situation from all aspects and organize our office. Leaving Chicago, I couldn’t wait to get back to work and apply all my new skills.
Following our educational trip to Chicago I was invited to attend another AAOMS meeting in Denver, CO. Still burdening Dr. Hasson with 10 questions a day, I was thrilled that I would be able to hear from different speakers and other well trained assistants. Denver was not only beautiful, but another chance for me to learn new and helpful information to help me every day.
Out of all the speakers, one stood out the most, a doctor who flew in from San Diego. She was an assistant prior to attending dental school. It was wonderful to hear her speak from the vantage point of both an oral surgeon and an assistant. AAOMS did a great job putting together a program that is able to not only teach, but help assistants. We were able to meet assistants who had been through similar scenarios and who taught us about how to better ourselves for our doctor/employer.
I leave these conferences overwhelmed and overjoyed to be part of such a vast and growing community, surrounded with people, patients and a doctor who better me in both my job and life. AAOMS has provided a platform for me to feel as though I will constantly be learning innovative techniques to work better and more efficiently.