Applying to ADEA PASS
Application Opens: May 2017
First Program Deadline: August 1, 2017
The American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral
Application Support Service (ADEA PASS) is a centralized application service
for individuals applying to advanced dental education programs. ADEA PASS
simplifies the application process by allowing applicants to complete one
standardized application, rather than individual applications to each program.
Steps to a successful
1. Gather, Prepare & Research Application Content
It’s important to research program requirements and gather necessary documents early. Compiling the necessary information before beginning helps to make a successful application process.
valid email addresses for evaluators who will submit Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF)
on your behalf.
a resumé/CV that can be uploaded to the ADEA PASS
application. Some dental schools request a copy of a resumé/CV be submitted to the
dean’s office when requesting an Institution Evaluation Form (IEF).
essay(s). The essay is a required part of the application.
Applicants can complete more than one essay and often choose this option if
applying to more than one specialty. Proofreading the essays is important
because once the application is submitted changes cannot be made to the
essay(s) submitted with the ADEA PASS application.
advanced dental education programs using the
ADEA PASS Search Engine. It is important to note all participating programs are
responsible for the content provided in the ADEA PASS Search Engine and that
content is subject to change without notice. If you have questions regarding
the content you should contact the program directly.
2. Request Required Materials
All evaluations are submitted electronically. Start requesting the required materials once the 2018 ADEA PASS application opens in May.
Evaluation Form (IEF): The IEF is also known as the “dean’s letter” and is a requirement for all applicants. This document is completed by the dean’s office and includes: class ranking and GPA (if applicable), National Board Dental Examination results, an evaluation of ethical behavior and overall mandatory
comments. If the dental school is not included in the drop-down list, you must provide a valid email address for the dean or the dean’s designation. Contact the dean’s office to obtain this information.
Evaluation Form (PEF): The PEF is the traditional letter of recommendation and is a requirement for each applicant. This document includes an evaluation of personal traits, along with overall mandatory comments. You must obtain a valid email address for the evaluators. Applicants submit a minimum of two and a
maximum of four PEFs per program.
dental school transcript(s): A transcript request form must be submitted to the registrar’s office to request an original official copy of the dental school transcript be sent to the ADEA PASS office. Applicants are encouraged to complete the “dental school(s) attended” section first. Once the dental school
attended is entered under “academic history,” the ability to print the transcript request form is available.
3. Determine Appropriate Tests
ADEA PASS application reports four different test results, some of which are
official and some of which are self-reported.
Board Dental Examination (NBDE): The NBDE results are reported on the IEF by
the dean’s office and are not self-reported.
Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT): The ADA ADAT scores are sent directly to
ADEA PASS electronically and are not self-reported. If at least one ADEA PASS
program is selected, the official scores will be viewable by each program
designated in the application.
Record Examination (GRE): The GRE scores are self-reported in the “Test Scores”
section of the application.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL scores are self-reported in
the “Test Scores” section of the application.