I'm Ryan Patel and in the Class of 2015 at CDM. I'm from San Jose, California, went to UNC for undergrad, and am a Tar Heel for life. I was interested in medicine when I was a kid, but knew I wanted to work using my hands and my creative side (Legos are my forte). Our profession demands a certain degree of artistry and finesse; dentistry is the perfect amalgam of just that (and how creative was that word play?). Being a member of the best class here (FIF-TEEN!), I can honestly say the sense of family and school spirit here at CDM is second to none. When we're not consumed with exams or clinical work, we're out experiencing the city... it can't be beat!