Dr. Clarence M.
Calman is a Clinical Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial
Recycling and E-ZPass:
An Invitation to Retirees
Dr. Clarence M. Calman
Class of 1951
know about many things, but two areas we should know more about
are recycling and E-ZPass. My hope is that other mature
(I hesitate to use the word elderly) dentists will take
heed and also realize the value of recyclingourselves.
When I retired
from practice 10 years ago, I played tennis daily, went fishing,
and traveled. But always there was the return home to the same routine.
It was difficult to reconcile my previously active life with the
letdown I felt after the tennis, fishing, and traveling were over.
Then one day
I ran into Larry Salman, the former chairman of the Mecca Department
of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, who invited me to teach part-time
at NYUCD. The two-day-a-week salary would do little more than cover
commuting and parking expenses, but the process of recycling, enhanced
by the savings and convenience of E-ZPass, was about to begin.
to 10 years later, and here I am today, having been completely recycled
as a clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Im convinced that the process has extended my life; it has
certainly made it more interesting. The only activity it is depriving
me ofthank Godis spending my days as a couch potato.
Until the infirmities of old age caught up with me recently, I still
played tennis, fished, and traveled. Now, because of health problems,
Ive given up those activities. But because Ive been
recycled, I can still teach students.
It is not an
overstatement to say that I have been rejuvenated intellectually.
The synapses in my brain are growing because they are continuously
being stimulated by students who challenge my knowledge and abilities.
In spite of increasing age, a process we cannot stop, my mind is
sharper than ever. Sure, the commute is a hassle, especially since
September 11, although E-ZPass certainly helps. Sure, parking is
difficult and often expensive, but arriving at NYUCD, raring to
go, makes it all worthwhile.
To all you retirees,
I have this to say: Teaching opens the door to a life that remains
professionally active, but without the headaches of private practice.
There is an acute shortage of dentists in teaching positions. And
while you will not be richly rewarded financiallyafter all,
recycling a can or a bottle only gets you a penny you will
reap other benefits. Just as recycling a can or bottle promotes
the greater good, so does a recycled dentist promote the well-being
of the profession. And think of all the money youll save by
using E-ZPass on your commute to NYUCD.