Jasmine Abdel-Malek

"Although it seems cliché, my advice to students interested in dentistry is to never give up. We work in a profession where things will inevitably go the way you don't anticipate. This applies not only to book work, but also to dealing with patients and doing actual dentistry. It's important to keep a proactive mindset throughout this whole crazy process." 

Hometown: San Diego, California

Undergrad: University at Buffalo

If you were stranded on an island what dental instrument would you choose to have and why?

This is a little far-fetched, but I'd probably want a mirror to catch some sun rays and make a fire. Maybe throw in some tongue depressors in there too. 

What has been your favorite class in dental school so far?

Hmmm. This is definitely a tie between Nutrition and Endo. I always knew I was in for a surprise walking into Nutrition because Dr. Schifferle would always have magic tricks lined up for us during class. I also really liked Endo since Dr. Battista had a sense of humor of his own that would leave me cracking up during class. 

Why UB School of Dental Medicine?

UB School of Dental Medicine is one of the few schools in the US that has a 7 year combined BS/DDS program. This program was really attractive to me when I was looking at schools to apply to. Although far from home, this felt like too great of an opportunity to pass up. 

What student organization(s) you are part of?

BOCA (Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance) is our outreach club here at UB Dental. It's super fun helping out with outreaches and planning new ones for students to go on. I've also found my niche in the ASDA Wellness Committee where we plan fun and relaxing events for our classmates! 

What is your advice for students interested in dentistry?

Although it seems cliché, my advice to students interested in dentistry is to never give up. We work in a profession where things will inevitably go the way you don't anticipate. This applies not only to book work, but also to dealing with patients and doing actual dentistry. It's important to keep a proactive mindset throughout this whole crazy process.