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The Student- Patient relationship while in dental school

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I have now been seeing m own patient in clinic for 1.5 years. We are responsible for scheduling our own patients, providing them with their oral health care, and managing payment plans for them through the school. Having been with a few patients throughout my entire time in clinic, I have bonded with my patients in a way I never would have imagined. At times, keeping the relationship professional has been challenging.  

 
In order to schedule my patients quickly and efficiently, we communicate via cell phone conversations and text messages. Early on, I emphasized to them that they could call or text me with questions or concerns should anything regrading their care arise. Knowing what I know now, I wish I would have established boundaries. I have had patients google me, "facebook friend" me and text me with questions not related to dentistry. These situations complicate the student-patient relationship. I have since had to have conversations with these patients about the professional relationship I need to maintain with them. I believe it would have been easier for me to have these conversations beforehand, and so from now on, when I provide my phone number to a patient, I inform them that this is for dental care scheduling and concerns only.  

 
Several of my patients are retired and enjoy coming to the dental school for half day appointments. I have had some older women bake cookies for me and write me Christmas cards. Although these are incredibly kind and thoughtful gestures, could they too be crossing the line of a professional student-patient relationship?  

 
As dental students, we are in the unique position of learning and growing with our patients, which can increase the bond. What advice do others have to offer to keep patient relationships strong, yet trustworthy and professional?