Friends in High Places
10 Jan 23
Alon Frydman PERIO ’06
Director, Continuing Education
LAST YEAR, Ostrow’s CE department launched its official podcast, Louped In, which looks at various topics in dentistry from the foremost experts in the field. We caught up with its host, Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry Alon Frydman.
WHAT GOES INTO PREPARING FOR RECORDING AN EPISODE OF LOUPED IN?
I usually read a book that is related to the topic so that I can bring insight from a source that has great examples and match it to the guest and their expertise. From there, I have a few goals or ideas of what I want to get out, and the rest is hopefully one of those conversations people would want to eavesdrop on at a coffee shop.
HOW DID YOUR INTEREST IN PODCASTING BEGIN?
It stemmed from my experience of being in private practice and academia. In private practice, you are basically alone, but here at the school we have an environment where we have discussions with other professionals on a constant basis, and the thought-provoking moments are hard to come by when you’re on your own. I wanted to share those same opportunities and moments with a larger community.
WHAT ARE SOME TOPICS THAT ARE COMING UP ON THE HORIZON?
For the next few episodes, I am going to focus on anxiety. So much of what we do in dentistry is procedure-based, and people handle things differently. As a society, self medication for anxiety as well as prescribed medications are presenting some problems for us as practitioners. So I think we need to understand more than pharmacology and anatomy; psychology and the individual are equally in need of understanding.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE WALK AWAY WITH FROM THESE PODCASTS?
What do you hope people walk away with from these podcasts? My hope is that they pick up some gem or tool they can use in their practice or life. I am lucky to work with most of the guests on the podcast so I benefit everyday, but our community can’t be there for every hallway conversation, and there are some valuable lessons and insights that just need to be shared.
Check out Louped In on Apple Podcasts or wherever you find your podcasts.
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