Words From Your Peers

Predent Perspective: Start Thinking Now About Shadowing in Dentistry

Posted by Omer Siddiqui on August 26, 2020

“Shadowing a dentist is perhaps the single most important and defining step to take when considering a career in dentistry. There is no experience that is more beneficial than personally seeing and, in some cases, even participating in the day-to-day work of a dental practitioner to help inform your decision regarding whether dentistry is the right career path for you,” says Omer Siddiqui, a graduate the University of California, Riverside, and predental student.

“During this unprecedented year, in-person shadowing has obviously become less of an option for us predental students, especially in certain areas of the country. Fortunately, based on my conversations with multiple admissions offices, colleges seem to understand that there will be little to no shadowing being done during the COVID-19 pandemic. At some point though, when dental offices do reopen fully, it will be our responsibility to make up for lost time.”

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How to Study for and “Crush” the DAT

Posted by Kyle Groberg on January 28, 2020
If you’re planning on applying to dental school this cycle or next, chances are the Dental Admission Test (DAT) has been on your mind a lot. You may have questions, such as “How do I best prepare? When is the best time to take the DAT? Do I really need a 25 in order to be a competitive applicant?” Not to worry. With the right plan, resources and effort, you can be prepared to do well on the DAT. You might even surprise yourself when you receive your final score. Also, be aware there is no one-size-fits-all solution regarding DAT preparation. First-year dental student Kyle Groberg has some tips and tricks you can use to make sure you are calm and ready on test day to do your best. 
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Predent Perspective: The Value of a Gap Year to Reset a Career Path

Posted by Elizabeth Wright on October 27, 2019
For some, dentistry has been a childhood dream. Sometimes, it’s the result of a shift in self-confidence after months or years of wearing braces. Others pursue dentistry later in life following years spent in the professional world and, impressively, tackle dental school while balancing families of their own. “Then, there are those in the middle—where I found myself as a junior in college pursuing a career in business, about to study abroad in Copenhagen under the Department of Economics. Yet, I was still drawn to dentistry,” says predental student Elizabeth Wright. Read on as she details her thought process for deciding to take a gap year before enrolling in dental school. 
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Tips to Make the Most of Your Summer From a Predent’s Perspective

Posted by Aileen Cruz-Lezama on June 20, 2019
“During the school year, every day we spend hours upon hours balancing classes, studying, extracurricular activities, leadership roles and, for some of us, jobs,” says predental student Aileen Cruz-Leazama. “Factor in the time we need to eat, sleep and maintain personal hygiene (don’t forget to floss!), we’ve established a lengthy quotidian routine and, before we know it, summer is upon us.”
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Strategy for Success: Using a Grid When Selecting Dental Schools

Posted by Matthew Manly on May 20, 2019
“Preparing for dental school is a lot like driving a car, making adjustments to your speed and direction,” says predental student and Army Reserve Engineer Officer, Matthew Manly. “For example, while you’re driving your brain takes the information from your speedometer, views of the road through the windshield and mirrors, gas gauge and any light indicators (e.g., Check Engine light, etc.) to help you determine how you will get to your destination safely. While preparing for dental school, I created a spreadsheet grid to eliminate some of the ambiguity in the application process and to help me know which schools might be the best fit and offer me a higher chance of acceptance.” 
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SHPEP Student Feature - Predent Marlinda Haudley

Posted by Marlinda Haudley on January 16, 2018
Marlinda Haudley became inspired to enter dental care through her strong desire to give back to her Native American community. The combination of participating in the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) and meeting a woman dentist from the same ... See More

Opportunities for Student Leadership Development in Dental School

Posted by ADEA on December 27, 2016
Students are the cornerstone of dental education. From their contributions to research, advocacy and the classroom, students’ active participation in organized dentistry enriches the learning environment and ensures that dental and allied dental institutions are robust, innovative communities that provide the best education, research and delivery of dental care. 
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Life of a Third-Year Dental Student: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Posted by Wendan Li on December 22, 2016
“The transition into my clinical years of dental school was not an easy one. In fact, it was probably one of the hardest experiences I’ve ever had to go through in life so far. As I’m about to begin my final year of dental school, I want to share some of my experiences with clinic this past year. Hopefully my story will serve as motivation for other third-year students,” says Wendan Li, a student at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. ... See More