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    Dentistry Dentistry Presentation Transcript

    • Dentistry
    • What do dentists do?
      • Dentists are health care practitioners concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of problems associated with the hard and soft tissues of the mouth
      • They also restore defective teeth and tissue and replace missing teeth.
      • Most active dentists are in private practice
      • About half of the graduating dentists complete an internship or residency
    • Dental Specialities
      • There are 9 specialties recognized by the American Dental Association
      • All require additional education after the DMD or DDS degree
        • Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
        • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
        • Endodontics
        • Periodontics
        • Pediatric dentistry
        • Prosthodontics
        • Oral and maxillofacial pathology
        • Dental public health
        • Oral and maxillofacial radiology
    • Why be a dentist?
      • Interested in health care career that is not involved in life and death decisions
      • Enjoy working with people
      • Possess good manual dexterity
      • Excellent income (net income of $183,050)
      • Time for a personal life
    • General Information
      • There are 56 dental schools in the US
      • Nearly all have the same admission requirements:
        • 8 semester hours of general chemistry
        • 8 semester hours of organic chemistry
        • 8 semester hours of physics
        • 8 semester hours of biology
      • Some schools also require English, mathematics, and social sciences
      • Recommended courses:
        • Biochemistry
        • Genetics
        • Physiology
        • Social and behavioral sciences
    • Choice of Undergraduate Major
      • Most predental students obtain a BS or BA degree, often in biology
      • A major in a science is not necessary
      • Dental admission committees do not look for a particular undergraduate major
      • Choose a major based upon your interests and aptitudes
    • The Admissions Process
      • Four factors will determine whether an applicant is accepted:
        • Overall academic record
        • Scores on the DAT
        • Evaluations from faculty members and other letters from employers and/or family dentist
        • Impressions made during a personal interview
        • (work experience)
        • (Extracurricular activities)
    • Academic Record
      • Single most important factor in predicting whether or not a student will be admitted to dental school
      • Includes cumulative GPA, subjects taken, rigor of the major and trends in performance
      • Strong academic record is evidence of both ability and motivation
    • DAT
      • Traditionally second in importance to grades when evaluating an applicant for dental school
      • Computer-based test only; application form and fee payment to DAT program
      • Can be taken any time of the year; recommended mid to late summer, with a chance to retake it in the fall
      • Applicant must wait 90 days before he/she can retake the DAT
      • There are plenty of DAT preparation books available; go to , for example
    • Letters of Evaluation
      • Similar to that for medical school
      • Need a committee letter (I write) and individual letters from at least 3 faculty members who know you well
      • Composite letters plus individual letters will be sent to dental school directly
    • Extracurricular Activities and Work Experience
      • Important in painting a picture of someone who can participate in other activities and still do well academically
      • Must know how to order your priorities
      • Work experience in a dental office or laboratory can be difficult to find.
      • At the very least, a significant shadowing experience is a must!
      • Must know what it is like to be a dentist
    • The Application
      • Earliest application date is June 1 st in year preceding expected matriculation
      • Deadlines vary, but apply early!!
      • There is a centralized application service called AADSAS (American Association of Dental Schools Application Service)
      • 5 of the 56 schools do not participate
      • Have transcripts and DAT scores sent to AADSAS
      • Letters of evaluation are sent directly to dental schools by me
    • Acceptance
      • Letters go out no earlier than December 1 st
      • May be much later, depending upon when you submitted your application, DAT score, etc. and when interview is scheduled
      • Usually much, much faster than medical schools
      • Most dental schools like to have their classes filled by early spring
      • There is a wait list for dental schools
    • Websites of Interest
      • American Dental Education Association (ADEA):
      • Dental Admission Test:
      • American Student Dental Association:
      • University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Dentistry:
      • University of Tennessee College of Dentistry:
      • Nova Southeastern University College of Dentistry: