Evan Hodel

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"Providing direct patient care after two years was insane. I was very nervous and excited at the same time. It helped that my first filling was on my fiancé. So, she was probably more nervous than I was."

What made you want to earn your DDS or BSDH?

As a kid I always enjoyed going to the dentist. Well the hygienist to get my teeth cleaned. And so, as a young age I decided I wanted to be a dentist. As I grew up and started shadowing I realized that being dentist is something I would really enjoy doing. It gives me a chance to help people rebuild confidence through giving them a new smile.

Why do it at WVU?

Being from Ohio I applied to all the schools in Ohio as well as the School of Dentistry. After my interviews and visits I decided on WVU, mainly because everyone there was so friendly and welcoming. On top of that I liked the smaller class size and the updated sim lab helped too.

What particular part of our program has been your favorite and why?

My favorite part of dental has probably been the time I have gotten to spend at the innovation canter. Getting to use top of the line equipment has been a great experience. Plus getting to test new materials and see what works best for me has been awesome.

My favorite part of dental is hands down my trip to Guatemala to provide dental work to the people of Tecpan. It was amazing to get to see and learn more about their culture. The people of Tecpan were so grateful for anything we could provide for them. It really opened my eyes to how many people do not have access to routine dental care and maintenance.

What are you proudest of from your educational time at WVU School of Dentistry?

I’m most proud of the relationships I have developed over my four years in dental school. It was a lot of hard work getting through all that studying and practicing. Without friends to help me through all that I don’t know if I would have made it.

What are your plans after graduation? 

After graduation I plan to enter the GPR program at Summa Health up in Akron, OH. They have a great program and I hope to build on the great base set of skills that the WVU SoD has helped me develop. After that I plan to work as an associate for a couple years and then hopefully buy into a practice.

What is it like to be providing direct patient care after just 2 years into classes?

Providing direct patient care after two years was insane. I was very nervous and excited at the same time. It helped that my first filling was on my fiancé. So, she was probably more nervous than I was. However, I quickly realized that I knew more than I gave myself credit for. The faculty in pre-clinic do a great job preparing us for clinic and once you settle in it’s a lot of fun.

What hobbies outside of school do you have?

My main hobbies outside of school are playing with my pup Murphy and golfing. Murphy is a Husky/Lab mix and has A LOT of energy. So anytime I can get him out and running around is great. We enjoy going hiking and playing fetch. He is great at fetching golf balls in the front yard. When I am not playing with murphy normally I am out golfing. I am not very good but it gives me a chance to get outside and blow off some stress from school.