Dentistry by 8Qr9fN


        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
       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
   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
   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
   Applicant must wait 90 days before he/she can
    retake the DAT
   There are plenty of DAT preparation books
    available; go to, for
         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 1st 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
   Letters go out no earlier than December 1st
   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
   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:

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