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Answers Along the Way: Helping Others Excel

Dr. Michael Myers, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Restorative Sciences, recently retired after serving on the faculty for over 30 years.

Find Your Niche
“My father was a dentist, so I kind of gravitated to the field by osmosis. I like working with my hands and have always been interested in the biological sciences. But the most pivotal factor in my career choice was discovering how much I enjoyed teaching. I love the challenge of passing information along to others and the rewards of seeing students ‘get’ it. Good teachers get a thrill from seeing others excel.”

Find Your Fit
“I’d never been to Augusta before I was recruited, and I wasn’t sure it would be a good fit. But I quickly learned how competent and collegial the faculty was. DCG is well-supported by the state of Georgia, which enables the faculty to do things we otherwise wouldn’t be able to. In addition to teaching, I was involved in researching dental materials and clinical techniques. I also practiced prosthodontics one day a week. Many of the people I treated had been my patients for over 20 years. DCG gave me an opportunity to do all of these things and more.”

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Find Your True North
My advice to new dentists is to always strive for excellence. Once you’re in practice, no one is looking over your shoulder, so you must always do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. Treat patients as if they were your family.

Find Your Peace
“I’d like to resume working part time, but I’m dealing with some health issues that have caused some hopefully temporary setbacks. It says a lot about my career that I looked forward to going to work every day. My colleagues are my best friends, and I feel very close to my former students as well. I hope to be back soon, but in the meantime, I’m grateful for every day I had on the job.”

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