Dr. Emelia Sam shares her perspectives on mindfulness and developing a foundation of compassion. As an oral surgeon and educator, she instills mindful behaviors in her students and helps her patients feel most comfortable when under her care.
This is episode four of Beyond the Mouth, an ongoing podcast series in which Dr. Betsy Shapiro of the American Dental Association (ADA) chats with a diverse group of people who can help with the non-clinical challenges dentists experience every day.
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Dr. Emelia Sam
Dr. Emelia Sam hails from Edmonton, Canada. She completed her bachelor of science with specialization in genetics at the University of Alberta prior to obtaining her DDS at Howard University in Washington, DC. Following a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery, she joined the faculty at her alma mater and is currently a clinical associate professor in the department of surgery.
For over a decade, she has maintained a blog, currently known as 360SOUL (three-sixty soul), concerned with matters of mind and spirit. She has also written extensively for various platforms including MindBodyGreen and Huffington Post.
Her latest endeavor is her third book, Compassionate Competency: Healing the Heart of Healthcare. It represents the intersection of her experience as a practitioner with her long-time interests in personal development. Compassionate Competency attempts to enhance the overall patient experience while concurrently addressing wellness for the practitioner.