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Dr. Frank Alarcon
When I started my studies in the “Facultad de Estomatologia de la Habana”, in 2003, I was fortunate enough to be involved in several research projects, which gave me the discipline and the preparation needed to develop my professional career.
Starting my second year until I graduated, I enrolled as a student assistant in the Oral Surgery Program in Havana University which allowed me to work and learn from the leading professor in these specialties directly in the clinic. Upon graduation and thanks to my final grade average I was awarded Magna Cum Laude and started an internship in General Dentistry, which I finished two years later in 2010, with the highest qualifications.
During all my years of studies, I was invited to participate as a student in the rural community outreach program called “Todo por la Salud”, I participated in this program every year from 2003 to 2008, and then after my graduation, I was asked to join the program as a Faculty in 2010, I was in charge of a group of young dentists ventured into remote rural areas to provide care to those who have not access to healthcare due to the remote location of the communities, with the goal to achieve a shift in the oral health situational state, reaching relevant results.
I also participated as contestant in various scientific events. I am especially proud to have been invited to the unprecedented Fifth International Congress of Stomatology, 2005 in Havana, Cuba and in the First Ibero-American Congress of Students of Odontology in the same year. In addition, I was invited to participate in the academic exchange with a group of students from Ecuador and Brazil.
From 2008 to 2011, I worked as General Dentist in a very busy dental office; I was in charge of all duties related to the position, as well as the supervision of the X ray department and staff. Later on, due to my qualifications I was asked to go to Venezuela to work for the Cuban Health Mission as a manager of a dental service in a rural community. In the same year I moved to United States. Here in USA, I worked as an Oral Surgery Assistant for a local dentist in order to get familiar with modern techniques and technologies while studying for the National Board Dental Examination part 1, 2 and TOEFL which I past on the first attempt.
After having met the requirements, I was accepted in the Advanced Educational in General Dentistry (AEGD) of University of Florida from 2015 to 2017, a two years program designed to provide foreign dentist with the highest level of training in General Dentistry. While in the AEGD program I was able to update myself as a dental professional and performed a variety of simple and complex procedures under direct supervision of very talented and experienced faculties. Currently I’m practicing full time in a solo practice and looking forward to keep on learning and provide excellent dental care to the South Florida community
Dr. Frank Alarcon