As a prehealth
advisor, you wear many hats. You are probably advising for multiple health
professions, involved in mentoring student groups and have lots of different
letters of recommendation to write.
In a typical day, you
often not only advise students, but serve as a parental voice when the going
gets tough in school, much like a therapist does when students struggle
socially and as a career counselor does for students who don’t know which health
profession they want to pursue. You work tirelessly to set up your advisees for
success and mentor them through one of the toughest and most stressful parts of
their lives so far: applying to health professions programs. You support them,
motivate them and push them to be better students, and to become the
professionals who will eventually serve the public as our health
practitioners—including the next generation of dentists and allied dental
The dental profession
is growing, and the field is one that draws motivated, intelligent and creative
students toward a stable service-oriented career. And with population growth,
changes in health care law and the upcoming retirement of a large group of
dentists educated during the 1960s and 1970s, the need for new dentists is
rapidly increasing. Now more than ever, it is important to encourage a diverse
group of students to apply to dental school in order to meet the evolving oral
health needs of a diverse society.
We recognize how hard
you work to help your students fulfill their dreams, and the role that you play
in molding the future of oral health services. We want to provide you with
information to help you advise your students interested in going to dental
school. In this section you will find information about the application to
dental school, the dental profession, and guides on how to best assist your
students throughout the application process.
*If there are any additional topics you would like this section to cover, please contact the ADEA GoDental team.