New curriculum and strong bonds form memories

Friday, June 14, 2013

What do you want to do with your life? It's a question that is asked of us throughout our youth and one we pose to ourselves as we grow older. David D'Silva, Dentistry Class of 2013 didn't always know he wanted to be a dentist. However, an interest in the medical sciences, coupled with a desire to own his own business, and strong belief in supporting those less fortunate attracted him to dentistry. While the decision didn't happen overnight, things did start to come together as he was nearing the completion of his first year in general science at the University of Waterloo. On June 14, D'Silva will graduate and embark on a career that brings together his values and interests.

"Dentistry is based in the medical sciences and allows one to be responsible for their own practice, thus incorporating a business element," said D'Silva. "It also provides continued opportunity throughout one's career to help those who are less fortunate through community initiatives and charitable events."

With a priority of staying close to home, family and friends, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry really stood out to D'Silva. The School was rolling out a new curriculum that prepared graduates for independent general practice. For D'Silva and his classmates, this meant being part of the exciting and significant changes that were taking place at the School. D'Silva and his class will be the first to graduate from the newly developed curriculum.

Schulich Dentistry offered more than an exciting new curriculum. It provided D'Silva with the opportunity to become involved with the community through the Dental Outreach Community Service (DOCS) program. The program provides dental care to low income families who have no dental insurance. David also became involved with student government; taking on the privileged role of being the class president of the UWO Dental Student Society. Working alongside administration, each class president and coordinating and chairing council meetings, what D'Silva enjoyed most was being able to connect with students at the school.

"I'm truly proud of my class and what we've achieved during the past four years as we led the transition and implementation of the new curriculum. It has been a busy four years full of academics, clinic time, social events and time spent together. It has been such an enjoyable experience being a part of the class of 2013 and to represent them during the past four years."

D'Silva will walk across the stage at convocation, with a lifetime of memories from his time spent at Schulich Dentistry with classmates and colleagues. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry congratulates David and all the graduates from the Dentistry program.