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crowd marked the beginning of the successful 2019 ADEA GoDental Recruitment
Event in Chicago. Over 700 aspiring dental school students received tips on
application and interview best practices, along with words of encouragement from
ADEA leadership. Attendees were welcomed with remarks about the importance of
dentistry as part of care for the whole human being.
event offers attendees the opportunity to network with peers who are
considering careers in dentistry and to learn more about applying to dental
school. “Our annual event provides students interested in dentistry the
opportunity to engage with admissions officers from U.S. and Canadian dental
schools in one location. Attendees learn what different schools have to offer,
and admissions officers share information and practical advice on how to tackle
the all-important dental school interview,” remarks Elizabeth Johnson, Director
of Recruitment for ADEA Application Services and co-organizer of the event.
ranks among the top professions in the United States, and Susan Rowan, D.D.S.,
Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, shared her top reasons
why dentistry is an exciting path to pursue. “The number one reason I think
dentistry is a great career is the ability [of dentists] to develop life-long
relationships with patients. It is an honor to be able to engage in
individuals’ lives, people who trust you with their oral health,” says Dr.
provides employment flexibility, from research to academics to owning a dental
practice. Engaging with other health professions and providing care for the
whole person allows dentists to be on the cutting edge of many advancements in
health and medicine.
D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors, told attendees that
they are going to be part of a different dentistry. “The golden age of
dentistry is ahead of us, for some of the reasons you just heard. Because of
technology, we can provide care to more people in a more effective way, and we
are a larger player in the health care community,” says Dr. MacNeil. “There is
no better profession to look at than dental medicine.”
encouraging words, attendees witnessed a mock dental school admissions
interview. A student was asked a series of questions similar to what they would
face in a real interview. The purpose of an admissions interview is to allow
admissions officers to match a person with their application, and hear that
person share their successes, challenges, and, most importantly, their
motivation and passion for studying dentistry. The interview is a chance to
shine, and providing honest answers, doing school-specific research in advance
and being prepared with questions are sure-fire tips to a successful interview.
information for a successful application and interview process include:
is important when looking at GPA. The overall experience of four years of
college is taken into consideration—course load, trends of withdrawals,
recovery from a tough term, work load, attendance at graduate school, etc. It’s
important to share your entire story.
compromising situations up front and share lessons learned.
school gives DAT scores different weight. As an example, many schools look
closely at reading comprehension as indicator of future performance—how quickly
can a student take in information, synthesize it and feed it back to
shadowing is very important. While each school has different recommendations
for how much is done, shadowing shows the applicant has a solid grasp of what
is involved in the practice of dentistry. Exposure to general dentistry is more
important than building up hours shadowing a specialty.
service via mission projects or local outreach programs is also important to
admissions officers. It shows a commitment to community and to the
underrepresented in our society.
a personal statement that is strong and memorable, yet authentic. The statement
allows a student to bring their application to life and share their passion for
collecting recommendations, choose people who know you well—whether a professor
or a dentist you shadowed.
attendees were encouraged to pursue their passions and to be fully prepared for
a holistic review of their academic careers and personal backgrounds. Dentistry
is the profession of the future, providing many pathways to a successful and
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