Tips From Current D.D.S. and Dental Hygiene Students

Work Now, Chill Later: Preparing for the ADEA AADSAS Application

Posted by Kristen Horstmann on April 21, 2021
“If you’re applying to dental school this year, you’re probably anxiously counting down the days until the ADEA AADSAS® (ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) application opens this year on May 11,” says Kristen Horstmann, a third-year dental student at University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry (UCLA SOD). “And who can blame you! It’s an exciting time filled with reflection and hope. But instead of scrolling away the hours until then, consider preparing for your application now to alleviate stress later. Without even opening the application, read on to learn what you can do to prepare the strongest application possible.” ... See More

How to Decide to Which Dental Schools to Apply

Posted by Elyse Estra on April 21, 2021

“Choosing a dental school can be quite the daunting task. It’s where you’ll spend the next four years of your life, so it’s important to find a program that challenges you yet makes you incredibly happy,” says Elyse Estra, a second-year dental student at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.  

“Now the question is, how do you find that school? The answer is different for everyone. As a predental student, you need to decide what you’re looking for in a program, including what you’re willing to compromise on and what is non-negotiable. You can apply to as broad a range of schools as you would like, but remember, the application process is a time, financial and emotional investment. Keep reading for a guide of some factors to consider while applying to dental school.” 

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Make Yourself a More Competitive Applicant During Your Predental Summers

Posted by Tommy Lau on March 17, 2021

“By April or May, I’m sure predental students will want to take a break from studying and enjoy the nice weather outside in the spring and summer,” says University of Michigan School of Dentistry student Tommy Lau. “While you should take a break, the summer is also the perfect time to gain more experience and exposure to dentistry and health care while conducting research to make yourself a more competitive applicant.” Read on to learn some of the things Mr. Lau would recommend all predental students explore. It’s certainly not too early to start planning your summer now.

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Navigating Your Experiences in Public Health During a Public Health Crisis

Posted by Poonam Furmah on January 21, 2021

“The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly altered the traditional predental experience. Due to this public health crisis, there are a number of requests from community-led initiatives, government agencies, charitable organizations and nonprofits in public health for volunteers in a variety of roles,” says Poonam Furmah, a second-year dental student at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. 

“This pandemic, although dreadful, offers unique opportunities for prehealth students to serve their local community. However, students must make informed decisions and maintain a superior standard of care to prevent further community spread to themselves and others,” Furmah said. “Not only will this add valuable skills to your repertoire, but it will also benefit those who need it most during this uncertain time.” 

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