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New blog series follows Dr. Emily Hobart's first year out of dental school

'Scary, awkward' part of new life

July 22, 2015
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Dr. Hobart
Columbia, S.C. — From dental school graduation and taking the licensure exam to finding a job and moving across the country, Dr. Emily Hobart's past few months have been a whirlwind.
"The last few months have been a scary, awkward transition period where I don't really know where my life is going, and I'm just living day-to-day," said Dr. Hobart.
For the next 12 months, Dr. Hobart will candidly share her stories and experiences — the highs and lows — of her first year as a new dentist in the latest New Dentist Now blog series called "My New Dentist Life."
Dr. Hobart, a former American Student Dental Association district trustee, graduated in June from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. She was hired to practice at Family Dental in Columbia.
In her first blog post published online, at, Dr. Hobart shares her experiences in the weeks prior and following graduation, including taking two licensure exams, finding and being offered a job, and driving cross-country from Glendale, Arizona, to Columbia.

Throughout the year, Dr. Hobart will write about her new life, including getting acquainted with her new community, attending ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting and the New Dentist Conference at ADA 2015, how she's managing her student loans and whatever comes to mind — including first-year blunders.

"I'm pretty candid," she said. "And if there's one person who's learning as they go about the transition from dental school to practicing dentistry, it's probably me. This should be an interesting experience."

To follow Dr. Hobart's first-year new dentist experience, visit