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