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  • Dentistry is a well-paid, in-demand and secure profession Overall population is growing, especially the number of older people driving up demand (more sophisticated/complicated tx and more are retaining their teeth as predecessors. Demand for dental care projected to grow - older adults keeping teeth longer, more awareness of need for regular dental care and require more services; there will also be a demand for new services such as cosmetic dentistry JOB prospects good as new dentists take over established practices or start their own Most openings will result from the need to replace the number of baby boom dentists expected to retire Employment of dentists projected to grow 9% - about the average rate of growth for all professions Demand tends to follow the business cycle (private and insurance payers)
  • About 20% of our students go on for postdoctoral residency programs….11, 12 and 13 students the last three years Dental specialties, hospital residencies and GPRs.
  • The OUCOD is one of 58 Dental Schools in the United States The first class was admitted in 1972 and graduated in the Bicentennial year Currently the class size is 56-60 with a total undergraduate enrollment of 228 The College of Dentistry opened its doors in 1971 with the first class of dental hygiene students and the first predoctoral students started in 1972. In 1976, the College movede into the magnificent new Dental Clinical Sciences Building. The College offers a baccalaureate, doctoral and post doctoral programs that collectively enroll 375 students. 240 predoctoral dental students D.D.S. 92 dental hygiene students B.S. 33 post doctoral students M.A. and Certificate Programs: Perio, Ortho, Oral Surgery (12 in 4-yr residencies) AEGD
  • However we have not admitted any student with less than 90 hours completed at the time of admission.
  • In the next application cycle we will change the prerequisites to include 8 more hours of biology for a total of 16 credits required, or essentially four courses with lab We may reduce the hours of physics to 4 instead of 8
  • The AADSAS processing fee is $217 for the first dental school, and $68 for each additional school. OU Supplemental app is 75.00 Other requirements: ・ Letter of evaluation from a dentist (submit to AADSAS) ・ DAT (make results available to Oklahoma College of Dentistry) ・ 100 hours of observation/experience in practice of dentistry or dental lab ・ International Students: A course-by-course transcript evaluation by World Education Services (WES) for any coursework taken at a college or university outside the United States
  • Minimum paper based 570, computer based 230, Internet based 88
  • Aptitude in science do you have a strong interest and ability in science? Dentistry requires working closely with patients and managing them through treatment…you must be approachable and work closely with patients. Dentistry is an artistic as well as scientific profession…the treatment you perform involves intricate detail and requires good spatial judgment
  • your personal level of self-awareness, identification of skills and assessing your strengths, will all be included in the process. Assess your personality, values, experiences, preferences
  • Most dental students have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering dental school.
  • reflect on the important ethical and professional responsibilities associated with their new roles as student-doctors. statistics that show the mounting prevalence of cheating in school
  • The newly renovated pre-clinic lab at a cost of 1.3 million dollars. The most sophisticated simulation lab in the country. Received a $3.25 million dollar grant in 2002 ((university Hospital Authority and Trust) Has helped refurbish the school’s facilities into one of the nation’s premier educational institutions Every clinic has been completely renovated with new chairs, lights, and operating modules The preclinical laboratory has been converted into a state-of-the-art clinical simulation environment - on the leading edge of technology Classrooms have been technologically upgraded as well.
  • We award approximately $125,000 in scholarships each year, much of it, a sizable portion of it from named endowed accounts. About $117,000 in OU Foundation Scholarships was awarded for the 2008-09 academic year through the College of Dentistry. This touches about forty of our dental students and dental hygiene students have received scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to $5,000 each. A sizable portion is endowed but significant scholarships are funded by annual gifts from the donor….I.e. Delta Dental and the J. Dean Robertson Society Scholarships. Although dental school may seem expensive, recent studies indicate that dental school is a good investment - a better investment than many other professional educations. On study showed that dental offices were the third highest ranking category of start-up businesses most likely to survive. A dentist's average income is in the highest 5 percent of U.S. family income, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • College of Dentistry

    1. 1. DENTISTRY Counselor’s Workshop 2009 Dr. Randy Jones Director of Admissions and Student Affairs
    2. 2. DEMAND FOR DENTISTRY <ul><li>Population is growing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Projected to increase by 50% from 2000-50 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Service per capita is rising </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Retaining and maintaining more teeth, longer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Popularity of cosmetic dentistry and new services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>More dentists leaving than entering the profession by 2014 </li></ul><ul><li>JOB PROSPECTS ARE GOOD! </li></ul>
    3. 3. REASONS STUDENTS CHOOSE DENTISTRY Source: American Dental Education Association, 2006
    4. 4. TIMING OF DECISION <ul><li>Two-thirds of dental school seniors reported they made the decision to pursue dentistry sometime after entering college. </li></ul>Source: American Dental Education Association, 2006
    5. 5. POST-DOCTORAL PLANS Source: American Dental Education Association, 2006
    6. 6. DENTAL SPECIALISTS 80% are generalists 20% are specialists OUCOD offers the top three specialties!
    7. 8. ABOUT THE COLLEGE <ul><li>Opened in 1971 (present facility in 1976) </li></ul><ul><li>One of 58 accredited dental schools in US </li></ul><ul><li>32,000 patient appointments annually </li></ul><ul><li>Student Body - 354 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dental Students - 229 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dental Hygiene Students - 89 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Training - 36 </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. DENTAL PROGRAMS <ul><li>Dentistry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Four-Year Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Post Doctoral Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Education in General Dentistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orthodontics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Periodontics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral Surgery </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. APPLICATION DEADLINE <ul><ul><li>Non-residents: September 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oklahoma Residents: December 1 </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. BASIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS <ul><ul><li>At least 90 semester hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum 2.50 GPA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade of “C” or higher in all prerequisites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In good standing with the institution last attended or currently enrolled. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. PRE-DENTAL REQUIREMENTS * Biology will increase to 16 hours in 2010-11 application cycle 8 * Biology with Lab 3 Biochemistry 8 Physics with Lab 8 Organic Chemistry with Lab 8 General Chemistry with Lab 3 Psychology 6 English SEMESTER HOURS COURSE PREREQUISITES
    12. 13. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES RECOMMENDED <ul><li>Anatomy </li></ul><ul><li>Cell Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Genetics </li></ul><ul><li>Histology </li></ul><ul><li>Immunology </li></ul><ul><li>Microbiology </li></ul><ul><li>Molecular Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Physiology </li></ul><ul><li>Zoology </li></ul>
    13. 14. PREREQUISITES CONTINUED <ul><li>Accepted from any accredited post-secondary institution, including a two-year college </li></ul><ul><li>No maximum number of hours that can be taken at a two-year institution </li></ul><ul><li>No certain number must be achieved at a four-year institution </li></ul><ul><li>Online courses do satisfy our science prerequisites </li></ul><ul><li>Lab component for most prerequisites a limiting factor </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimately, mastery of content and science aptitude are revealed on the DAT </li></ul>
    14. 15. APPLICATION CHECKLIST <ul><li>Application ( </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All supporting documentation, including transcripts and recommendations are submitted directly to AADSAS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Dental Admission Test (DAT) </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-dental Advisory Committee (two science professors if no committee) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dentist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Application Supplement </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sent to OU College of Dentistry </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 16. OTHER REQUIREMENTS <ul><li>Observation/experience </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reported to AADSAS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100 hours </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dental practice or dental lab </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>International Students </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TOEFL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coursework evaluated by World Education Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(WES) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>College students typically apply at the end of their junior year
    16. 17. DAT <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Administered at Prometric Testing Center </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Average </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not Perceptual Ability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Highest DAT if taken multiple times </li></ul><ul><li>Red flag! Scores of 15 or less </li></ul><ul><li>19 average score for matriculants; 17 is average for all applicants </li></ul>
    17. 18. WHAT WE LOOK FOR <ul><li>Aptitude for science </li></ul><ul><li>Good manual dexterity </li></ul><ul><li>Artistic-creative acumen </li></ul><ul><li>Strong interpersonal & communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational skills/business savvy </li></ul><ul><li>Desire! </li></ul>
    18. 19. CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION <ul><li>ACADEMIC </li></ul><ul><li>GPA </li></ul><ul><li>SciGPA </li></ul><ul><li>DAT </li></ul>ACADEMIC DAT SciGPA GPA L60 <ul><li>NON-COGNITIVE </li></ul><ul><li>BASIS FOR CHOOSING DENTISTRY </li></ul><ul><li>MANUAL DEXTERITY </li></ul><ul><li>SERVICE ACTIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>COMMUNICATION/INITIATIVE </li></ul><ul><li>INTEGRITY/MATURITY </li></ul>+ 50% 50%
    19. 20. PERSONAL INTERVIEWS <ul><li>By invitation </li></ul><ul><li>Top applicants only </li></ul><ul><li>Non-cognitive factors evaluated </li></ul><ul><li>Four separate 30-minute interviews </li></ul>
    20. 21. BASIS FOR CHOOSING DENTISTRY? <ul><li>Knowledge of Dentistry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Observation/Experience (100) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dental Office (assisting is better than shadowing) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dental Lab </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dental Courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Self-reported </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General dentistry preferred over specialty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Desire and Commitment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Goal: Understand the nature of the work and determine whether it matches students’ interests and aptitudes </li></ul></ul></ul>
    21. 22. BASIS FOR CHOOSING DENTISTRY <ul><li>Pre-dental simulation course (OUCOD) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>November 7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform dental procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network with current dental students </li></ul></ul>
    22. 23. ADMISSIONS SCHEDULE <ul><li>Selection Committee Meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saturday, November 21, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saturday, January 30, 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interview Dates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>October 5 - November 19, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>December 2 - December 16, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>January 11 - January 28, 2010 </li></ul></ul>
    23. 24. APPLICANT POOL <ul><li>Applications for 2009 Entering Class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>129 RESIDENTS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>443 NON-RESIDENTS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>572 TOTAL </li></ul></ul>
    24. 25. OUCOD APPLICATIONS 1998-2009
    25. 26. ADMISSION BY THE NUMBERS <ul><li>Total Applications 572 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Residents 443 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OK Residents 129 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Total Interviews 179 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Residents 68 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OK Residents 111 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Total Admitted 57 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Residents 13 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OK Residents 44 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    26. 27. ADMISSION BY THE NUMBERS 2.9% 13  31  68  443 Out-of-State 34.1% 10.0% Yield 44 57 Admits   46  111  129 Oklahoma 77  179  572 Combined Offers Interviews Apps
    27. 28. CLASS OF 2013 PROFILE <ul><li>Total Applicants - 572 </li></ul><ul><li>Total Admitted - 57 </li></ul><ul><li>GPA – 3.64 </li></ul><ul><li>Sci GPA – 3.57 </li></ul><ul><li>DAT (academic average) – 19.02 </li></ul><ul><li>Female: 25 Male: 32 </li></ul><ul><li>Re-applicants - 23 </li></ul><ul><li>Ave. age - 25 (six 30+) </li></ul><ul><li>Small Hometowns - 16 </li></ul><ul><li>44 Residents </li></ul><ul><li>13 Non-residents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AR 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CA 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FL 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KS 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MI 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TX 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UT 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International~ Romania 1 </li></ul></ul>
    28. 29. ENTERING CLASS <ul><li>Level of Education </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 years (90-119 hours) 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4 years no degree (120+ hours) 7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelor’s Degree 44 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Master’s or Equivalent 3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PhD or Equivalent 1 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    29. 30. ENTERING CLASS Sending Institutions (22)
    30. 31. VIABLE APPLICANT <ul><li>Competitive GPA (3.50 or higher) </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum 17 on DAT </li></ul><ul><li>100 hours of observation or work experience in dental settings </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrated capacity for manual dexterity </li></ul><ul><li>Strong recommendation(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor’s degree or equivalent coursework </li></ul>
    32. 33. 38th Entering Class! White Coat Ceremony June 29, 2009
    33. 34. DENTAL SCHOOL CURRICULUM <ul><li>First Year (56 credits) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Didactic courses (Biomedical Sciences & Dental Sciences) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Year (46.5 credits) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Didactic courses + Pre-clinical Dental Technique Courses (lab) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Third Year (48.5 credits) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-clinical Dental Technique Courses (lab) + Clinical Training (patients) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fourth Year (34.5 credits) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical Training </li></ul></ul>
    34. 35. STRENGTHS OF OU EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE <ul><li>Excellent clinical and practical training. Training competent clinical practitioners is our forte! </li></ul><ul><li>Significant patient contact </li></ul><ul><li>Student-dentists provide patient’s comprehensive dental care </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent facilities </li></ul>
    35. 36. STRENGTHS, cont’d <ul><li>All dental specialties taught by Board-certified specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive clinical practice! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Night Clinic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Honors Clinic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>19 root canals (nat’l average is 4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25-30 crowns (nat’l average is 10) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical orthodontics (only school in US) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>75 Extractions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 full pedodontic patients (nat’l average is 1 or 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100% restore implants </li></ul></ul>
    36. 37. Pre-clinic Simulation Lab
    40. 42. GRADUATION RATES ENTERING COHORTS 1999-2005 100% 60 98.3% 59 60 2004 96.6% 56 96.6% 56 58 2005 98.3% 58 98.3% 58 59 2003 94.4% 51 90.1% 49 54 2002 98.2% 53 98.2% 53 54 2001 94.4% 51 87.0% 47 54 2000 96.4% 53 92.7% 51 55 1999 5-yr Rate Graduation 5 years 4-yr Rate Graduation 4 years Entering Number Entering Class
    41. 43. LICENSURE <ul><li>National Boards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part I (written exam Soph year) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part II (written exam Senior year) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regional Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical-clinical Exam </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State Jurisprudence Test </li></ul><ul><li>* License to practice in OK is issued by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry </li></ul>
    42. 44. TUITION, FEES, AND INSTRUMENTS * Resident tuition is $16,336 per year ** Non-resident tuition is $38,798 per year $205,913 $116,145 Total $48,201 $49,664 $52,446 $55,603 Non-Residents** $25,759 Fourth Year $27,222 Third Year $30,004 $33,160 Residents* Second Year First Year AY 2008-09
    43. 45. FINANCIAL RESOURCES <ul><li>Stafford Loans (variable interest up to 8.5%) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subsidized $8,500 per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unsubsidized $32,000 per year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Health Professions Loan (5% fixed interest) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$9,000 per year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Graduate PLUS Loan (variable interest up to 8.5%) </li></ul><ul><li>Perkins Loans (5% fixed interest) </li></ul><ul><li>Lew Wentz (5% fixed interest) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OU Funded Loan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (income of parents) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Depends on funding and # of qualified apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically $3,000 - 5,000 per year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dental School Scholarships ($1,000 - $5,000 per year) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Endowed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-endowed </li></ul></ul>
    44. 46. GETTING STARTED <ul><li>Meet with Pre-dental advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with pre-dental club </li></ul><ul><li>Observe in a dental office </li></ul><ul><li>Plan schedule for prerequisites </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the College of Dentistry </li></ul>
    45. 47. CONTACT US! <ul><li>Sally Davenport, Admissions Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Joi Martin, Admissions Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>405 271-3530 </li></ul>
    46. 48. THE END…THANK YOU!