Dan - Columbia Internship

Dr. Dan Ponce – Former Columbia University AOC Dental Internship

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2006 Update:  Dr. Ponce will soon graduate from a pediatric dental residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and move to California.  Dan was part of a “Private Practice” Area of Concentration (AOC) honors program in our office during his third and fourth years at Columbia.  Admission into this program is among the most competitive at Columbia.  Dan completed our program with high honors.  We highly recommend (A+) Dan for an Associateship considering all aspects of his hand skills, intellect, personality, responsibility and integrity.



Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, New York, NY.

    DDS degree expected in May 2004.

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

    BA in Biochemical Sciences, June 2000.

Saint Francis High School, Mountain View, CA.

    Maxima Cum Laude (top 2%), Class of 1995.

    Bank of America citation in Mathematics.  Tandy Technology Top 2% distinction.


Columbia University School of Dental & Oral Surgery, RESEARCH ASSISTANT, New York.

� Instruct and assist students on cavity preparations using a computer dental simulator.

� Analyze data to determine students� skill improvement and efficacy of simulator (April 2002 � June 2003).


Columbia University Housing Office, RESIDENT ADVISOR, New York.

� Managed resident halls with housing staff and assisted students with emergencies.

� Plan social events (Winter Tree Lighting, Welcome Wagon). (June 2001 � May 2003)


Forsyth Institute, RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Boston, MA.

� Conducted dental research in cytokine biology involving immune responses of toll-like receptors in the periapical region of the tooth.

� Tasks included polymerase chain reactions and work with cell culture. (Summer 1999)


Harvard Dep. Of Earth & Planetary Sciences, RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Cambridge, MA.

� Assisted in research leading to recent fault line discovery in Los Angeles Basin.

� Digitized seismic graphs for research analysis.  (Summer 1998)


Harvard Student Agencies, DATABASE MANAGER, Cambridge, MA.

� Assisted in research leading to recent fault line discovery in Los Angeles Basin.

� Digitized seismic graphs for research analysis.  (Summer 1998)


Harvard PBH Partners for Empowering Neighborhoods, INSTRUCTOR/WEBPAGE DEVELOPER, Cambridge, MA.

� Created and administered databases using FileMaker Pro.

� Managed job requests, client information, student registration, and course schedule for Resource Department and Bartending Course.  (Summer 1998)


Comfort Dental Office, DENTAL ASSISTANT, Sunnyvale, CA.

� Assisted in normal dental procedures (fillings, root canals), cosmetic dentistry, trauma/ oral surgery.

� Performed sterilization of rooms and equipment.

� Managed computer system and patient database on DENTRIX.

� Coordinated front desk and doctor�s schedule for 1000+ patients.

� Arranged and presided over staff meetings.  (Nov. 1996 to Aug. 1997)


Stanford University Housing Office, DATABASE DEVELOPER, Palo Alto, CA.

� Created database tracking undergraduate and graduate furniture using FileMaker Pro.

� Increased work efficiency tenfold via database implementation.  (Summer 1996)



Bartending:                Masters in Mixology from Harvard Student Agencies & Bartenders Alliance courses.

Languages:                Fluency in Spanish and French.

Computers:                Macintosh and PC platforms. Microsoft Word, Excel, Photoshop, FileMaker Pro.  HTML.

Boy Scouts:                Eagle Scout with Gold Palm; Assistant Scout Master, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader; Member of the Order of the Arrow, Interpreters Strip in French and Spanish.

Athletics:                National Youth Invitational Rowing Championship (3rd place, Men�s Four).  Ultimate Frisbee Club Team.  Snowboarding Club.  Intramurals.

Activities:                Harvard Model United Nations Assistant Director.  Social Coordinator for Dental School.  Security Council representative.  Vice President of Cinema Heights Movie Club.

Hobbies:                Guitar, Snowboarding, Golf, Travel, Barbequing.