Dentistry … a rewarding & fulfilling career choice! Barbara Miller, D.D.S., M.S.Executive Director of Recruitment & Admissions Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry
What does DENTISTRY offer as a profession? Job security – great demand for dentists Impact – opportunity to help Prestige –respect from the community Compensation – financial rewards Creativity – art & science
Specialties of Dentistry General Practice (all aspects of dentistry) Pediatric (children) Oral Surgeon (removing teeth & other surgery) Periodontist (gums and supporting tissue) Orthodontist (braces) Endodontist (root canals) Prosthodontist (restorative; esthetic) Oral Pathologist (diseases) Oral Radiologist (radiographs [x-rays]) Public Health Dentist (community) Research & Academics
And more!!!!!!! Allows for a balance between personal and professional life
Texas A&M University Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry DallasCollege of Medicine – College Station/Temple/RoundrockInstitute of Biosciences and Technology - HoustonSchool of Rural Public Health – College StationCollege of Pharmacy -KingsvilleCoastal Bend Health Education Center –Corpus ChristiSouth Texas Center - McAllen
What can you do to prepare?.... Good grades A/B (esp. science courses) Talk to college pre-health advisors Shadow a dentist Community service Get involved - school - community - church/mosque/synagogue/temple Develop leadership skills Apply early !!!!
• Seeking innovations in science, education and health care delivery Student Research Program Enriches the educational experience Helps in admittance to specialty programs Adds knowledge to the dental & scientific community Many opportunities are available
• Seeking innovations in science, education and health care delivery Simulation Lab
Simulated clinicalexperiences helpthe students tofeel confidentabout their clinicalskills beforetreating patients.
Average debt: $130,000 Financial Aid ScholarshipsNote: Baylor College of Dentistry graduates pay off their student loans in an average of 5 years*Excellent return on educational investment*
Application Procedure Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) Complete your file early Timing (Sept 30 deadline)
What do we evaluate?Cognitive Factors :Academic History (GPA & Coursework)Standardized Test Scores (Dental Admissions Test)Non-Cognitive Factors : knowledge of the profession, community service, communication skills, leadership, extracurricular activities, awards and honors, employment history, experiences in overcoming adversity, etc. Whole File Review
Requirements* 90 semester hours minimum * 6 semester hours of English 8 semester hours of General Chemistry 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry 8 semester hours of Physics 3 semester hours of Biochemistry * 14 semester hours of Biology * (12 hrs lecture; 2 hrs formal lab) 3 semester hours of Statistics Grade of “C” or better in all required courses * *NOTE: When the applicant pool is highly competitive, candidates who receive offers have much more than the minimum requirements.
To be more competitive: Select courses that will help prepare you for dental school Take full course loads Shadow a general dentist & specialists Participate in on-going community service activities; interacting w/people Prepare for DAT Participate in extracurricular activities