Noobie Dentist Podcast with Dr. Jessica Metcalfe
Episode Run Time: 1:23:54
In this week’s episode, I sat down with the ambitious, passionate and goal-oriented Dr. Jessica Metcalfe. Jessica is a full-time Staff Dentist, Education Director, Special Projects Manager, and Clinical Investigator. She is also an international lecturer on topics of treating cancer patients.
We talk about her background in dentistry, the Impostor Phenomenon and the Thought Ladder.
Dr. Jessica Metcalfe
[00:28] Jessica Metcalfe’s background
[02:29] The “smiles” that motivated Jessica pursuit of dentistry
[03:53] Jessica’s sense of fulfillment from taking the General Practice Residency (GPR) program
[05:57] How Jessica and her team cope with patients with cancer
[08:06] Jessica’s activities outside of work
[10:20] Current dental practices in Toronto
[12:10] Changes in dentistry during COVID-19
[16:57] The types of patients Jessica is currently treating
[20:28] Tooth extraction protocols on patients being exposed to radiation
[26:10] How Jessica sees herself years from now in her career
[29:49] How having a positive mindset and re-learning helped Jessica be successful in her career
[35:59] How high achieving individuals set their goals in life
[40:21] On journaling achievements in life and reaching goals
[47:16] Coping with the “Impostor phenomenon”
[50:12] The Thought Ladder
[53:20] Jessica overcoming the setbacks she faced when starting her side projects
[1:01:17] The aspects of the Impostor phenomenon
[1:05:57] Differentiating humility and Impostor phenomenon
[1:11:13] Experiencing impostor feelings at some point in life
[1:20:24] What’s next for Jessica and her side projects?
1:00:25 – 1:01:16
Jessica: We have this beginner’s luck in the beginning, where things come easy. We’re super excited for it, so it’s a little bit natural, we’re willing to put on the effort and then all of sudden, you’re in the trenches and it’s not going as planned and you are like “Okey, do I really want to do this?” and it is like “Yeah!”
Omid: This is great
Jessica: That’s when you need to put in that much more and push through because, you’re going to end up on the other side and you’re going to be happy that you did it because the self though and the self-critical thinking that you have, either initially or partway through the process, or even at the end, you’re never going essentially give up on yourself. You’re never going to regret putting the effort and commitment in investing in yourself at the end of the day.
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