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  1. 1. Becoming a Dentist: General Information
  2. 2. Welcome to Delta Delta Sigma! <ul><li>Conducive gateway into your future! </li></ul><ul><li>The academic road to Dental School is difficult and demanding, sometimes even confusing. Delta Delta Sigma's goal is to make that journey as obtainable and easy as possible.  </li></ul><ul><li>Office Hours: SB-41 </li></ul><ul><li>Visit: www.students.washington.edu/dental </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Dentistry is the practical application of knowledge of dental science (the science of placement, arrangement, function of teeth and their supporting bones and soft tissues) to human beings. A dentist is a professional practitioner of dentistry. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Did you know? <ul><li>Only recently have other methods of treating infection besides extraction been implemented. </li></ul><ul><li>Dental Procedures were performed by barbers!?! </li></ul><ul><li>Instruments used for dental extractions date back several centuries. </li></ul>
  5. 5. …OoOooOo…
  6. 6. Why people choose dentistry: <ul><li>Positive perception of working conditions, followed by the altruistic motivations of helping people and improving their appearance. </li></ul><ul><li>Most dentists are self-employed, running their own practices </li></ul><ul><li>It’s just plain awesome! </li></ul>
  7. 7. From the words of a professional: <ul><li>I was drawn to dentistry as a profession because it allows the opportunity to help others while providing adequately for personal satisfaction and financial needs. </li></ul><ul><li>– Dr. Richard Crinzi </li></ul>
  8. 8. Specialties: A lot more to Dentistry <ul><li>Recognized by the American Dental Association </li></ul><ul><li>1. Dental Public Health </li></ul><ul><li>2. Endodotics </li></ul><ul><li>3. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology </li></ul><ul><li>4. Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology </li></ul><ul><li>5. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery </li></ul><ul><li>6. Orthodontics </li></ul><ul><li>7. Pedodontics </li></ul><ul><li>8. Periodontics </li></ul><ul><li>9. Prosthodontics </li></ul><ul><li>Other Concentrations: </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetic Dentistry </li></ul><ul><li>Forensic Odontology (gathering and use of dental evidence in law, primarily documentation and identification; requires training) </li></ul><ul><li>Geriatric Dentistry (diagnosis, prevention, treatment of age-related dental problems) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Exciting Research! <ul><li>Chance to think outside the box </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Evidence Based Dentistry&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>It can be a fun process where you can learn a lot that is not taught in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Contributing to a body of knowledge. </li></ul>
  10. 10. …OoOooOo #2… So this is why there's no more &quot;spit bowls&quot; at the dentists' office?
  11. 11. Satisfying Course Requirements: <ul><li>General Chemistry (142, 152, 162) </li></ul><ul><li>Organic Chemistry ( 237, 238, 239 w/ Lab) </li></ul><ul><li>General Biology (180, 200, 220) </li></ul><ul><li>General Physics ( 114, 115, 116 w/ lab) </li></ul><ul><li>Math ( 124, 125, 126) </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language </li></ul><ul><li>General Biochemistry (405,406) </li></ul><ul><li>General Microbiology (301) </li></ul>
  12. 12. DATS!!!!!!!!!!!! <ul><li>Successful participation requires completion of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Administered on computer on almost any day of the year </li></ul><ul><li>Pivotal component of Dental School Application </li></ul>
  13. 13. Letters of Recommendation: <ul><li>Get to know your professors and professionals </li></ul><ul><li>What you need: </li></ul><ul><li>- Two from Science Professors </li></ul><ul><li>- One from a Character Reference </li></ul><ul><li>- One from a Dental Professional </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure they complement your aspirations! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Getting Involved <ul><li>General Practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Community Clinics </li></ul><ul><li>University of Washington School of Dentistry </li></ul><ul><li>gwenr @u.washington.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Research Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know faculty through volunteering or simply call around </li></ul><ul><li>DPHS 201 </li></ul><ul><li>Offered every Spring </li></ul>
  15. 15. Counseling Services <ul><li>Undergraduate Advising Center </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Gates Hall Room 171 </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Career Services </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Gates Hall Room 134 </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Dental Advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Heather & Namura (206) 543-2550 </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Opportunities Program </li></ul><ul><li>Schmitz Hall Room 373 (206) 543-7132 </li></ul><ul><li>Elena Guevara </li></ul>

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