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filled last month's ADEA GoDental® Recruitment Event as
they contemplated their future in dentistry and as dental professionals.
Nearly 600 attendees convened in Orlando to hear from admissions officers,
financial aid advisors and dental educators about the process of applying to
This popular event, in its ninth year, is
geared toward high school, community college and four-year college students, as
well as others interested in dentistry. It allows attendees to network with
others who are considering careers in dentistry and to learn more about
applying to dental school from admissions officers.
“The ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event offers
aspiring dentists a unique opportunity to engage with admissions officers from more
than 50 U.S. dental schools at one time, in one location,” says Elizabeth
Johnson, Director of Recruitment for ADEA Application Services, an event co-organizer.
“Attendees have a chance to learn valuable tips on becoming a successful dental
school applicant and network with peers.”
Leon Assael, D.M.D., CMM, Chair of the ADEA
Board of Directors and Director and Professor of Community Based Education and
Practice at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry,
welcomed attendees with inspiring words about his path to the dental profession.
He stressed that this is a journey, and that the future of the profession was
right here in this room. “This whole meeting is about you. Our theme is ‘Vision
2030,’ which is the future of dental education. You will be the new
practitioners of 2030. I’ve had a gratifying career, and I hope you will have a
great career in dentistry.”
A mock dental school interview and panel
discussion provided dental school applicants with insight on how an actual dental
school admissions interview may unfold. Panelists explained the questions and
answers from the mock interview, sharing what an admissions team will look for
during an interview, and answered questions from participants.
Attendees were reminded that interviews are by
invitation only. The dental school admissions officers told the attendees that
they should come prepared. Receiving an invite means the school is really
interested in them as a candidate and they should not waste the opportunity to
share why they want to become a dentist and what makes them passionate about
the profession. The interview day can include campus and classroom tours,
presentations on financial aid and networking opportunities with faculty and
students during meals and events.
Panelists from several dental schools shared
key takeaways about the admissions process:
- Be ready to answer questions about information contained within
- Get involved in shadowing—it is key to learning what dentistry
is all about. Dental school is a major investment in your future. You should
take the opportunity to observe a general dentist or specialist at work so you
understand what it takes to complete dental school and be a successful
practitioner. You should also learn about the business side of dentistry so you
understand the basics of running a practice.
- Use dental terminology when describing your experiences in
shadowing to show you are engaged and invested in entering the dental
- Engage in community service to amplify your education and
experience and reflect a well-rounded student.
- Disclose any legal or conduct issues up front. Share what you
have learned from that experience and how it has shaped your path.
- Explain your DAT scores and grades if they are not optimal and
outline strategies that will allow you to successfully tackle the tough dental
- Highlight your hobbies, which are important as they often
translate to dentistry. Like pottery or sculpture? These are translatable to
hand work skills necessary in the profession.
- Understand that GPA and DAT scores are important, but they are
one part of a holistic review of applications. Overall and science GPA are
often considered separately. Biological science knowledge is important for
success in dental school. Understanding these sciences is a predictor of
success in the first and second years of dental school. Reading comprehension
is also key since complex text is a large component of the education.
- Emphasize your leadership, teamwork and experiences. Involvement
with athletics, clubs, the military and your local predental society will help
to distinguish you from other applicants. Be engaged! The breadth and depth of
your experiences will show your passion for dentistry.
- Obtain letters of evaluation from faculty who are familiar with
you and your journey. Provide them with your CV in advance so that they are
able to write letters which can demonstrate a clear idea of your path, and why
you want to be a dentist.
- Proof your application! Have someone else review all components
of your application for errors and omissions.
For the fourth
consecutive year, the profession of dentistry is listed among the top 100 jobs
featured in U.S. News & World Report rankings.
As you prepare your application to enter this competitive and rewarding career,
be prepared, and be ready to explain your experiences and share your passion
for this amazing profession.
View the 2018 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event Recap Album here.
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is
The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead and support the health
professions community in preparing future-ready oral health professionals. Our
members include all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied
and advanced dental education programs, 50 corporations and approximately 18,000
individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy,
faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal
of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application services.