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March Student Spotlight

March 03, 2022 843

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This month's Student Spotlight, Sara Katherine-Hogue Fickert, tells us why being selected as one of two D4 Grad Prosthodontics Honor Students is her proudest dental school accomplishment thus far.

What has been your most memorable dental school moment or experience so far?

My most memorable dental school moment was when I got a 100% on my lab midterm for a #9 crown prep in one of my fixed prosthodontic courses. Our professor was great but a very difficult grader – meticulous down to a quarter of a millimeter. I thought that grade was impossible in his class. It felt so good when my practice and three hours spent on a prep to make it as perfect as I could really paid off.

What has been the most rewarding thing about working on patients?

It has been so rewarding to work with patients from the beginning, starting with the examinations and then seeing their treatment plan through to the end. Not only have I made great connections with wonderful patients, but I know that I have helped their overall health by treating the dental problems they have. It is so gratifying to see a patient’s well-being improve and to be a small part of their journey.

What’s something you’ve accomplished in dental school that you’re proud of?

I am proud to be one of the two students in my class who was selected to be a D4 Grad Prosthodontics Honor Student. LLU has a program where each specialty can pick a few honor students from the D4 class who apply. To be eligible to apply to the program, you must be in the top third of the class academically and be doing well clinically. My honors program requires that I assist in the Grad Prosthodontic clinic one half-day a week, complete an extra removable case beyond graduation requirements and attend the treatment planning class with the grad prosthodontic students for a quarter. I have learned so much from this program that will help me in my future practice, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever received?

I wouldn’t call this advice per se, but whenever I get worked up or stressed about something, my mom reminds me of the serenity prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Essentially for me, it boils down to knowing my best is good enough and to have faith that everything beyond that will work out the way it is supposed to.

What’s your favorite classic movie?

My favorite classic movie is “Singing in the Rain.” My maternal grandmother and namesake is an extra in the movie, so catching a glimpse of her in the movie has always held a special place in my heart.

If you had a day off from school to spend any way you choose, what would you do?

I would choose to spend time with my husband in the mountains enjoying snowboarding or hiking, baking and cooking or reading a good book! 

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

Shoes. I realize I probably should say something like floss, but I have to be true to myself. I have a major shoe obsession. Always have and always will.

Why are you #cdaproud?

I am #cdaproud because it is so beneficial to be part of a dental community. Having access to great continuing education programs as well as other resources to help me in my career will help me provide the best care that I possibly can.