ADEA PASS: Exciting Changes Ahead!

2019-20 Application Cycle Updates

New updates are in store for the ADEA PASS® (ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service) 2019-20 application cycle. Benefits to applicants and programs follow.

  • For applicants, an enhanced user experience;
  • For programs, the ability to customize a section within the application.

New Features and Changes

Application Enhancements—Intuitive instructions, updated layout and visual cues offer reminders to applicants of outstanding items.

Professional Evaluation Forms (PEFs)— PEFs are no longer customized by program. Instead, one set of PEFs will be sent to all programs. 

Program Materials—A new panel within the application—Program Materials—will populate with information on each program. The personal statement will be part of the Program Materials information.

Customization Options
—Programs can request and receive additional applicant information by asking tailored questions or uploading documents. To take advantage of these customizations, programs must complete the Configuration Portal. 

—The downloadable PDF will be modernized and color coded. 


Jan. 30, 2019: ADEA Advanced Dental Ed eForum

Exclusive Resource for Prospective ADEA PASS Applicants

The ADEA Advanced Dental Ed eForum is the exclusive resource for information on applying and matriculating to advanced dental education programs across North America. Dental students and dentists pursuing advanced dental education are invited to attend this free online event to view a tutorial of the updated ADEA PASS application, speak with various groups across the dental profession and download related materials and presentations.

Feb. 27–March 13, 2019:ADEA PASS Search Engine Updates

Program directors gain early access to update their profiles in the ADEA PASS Search Engine. All content will be carried over from the 2018-19 application cycle.

March 16–19, 2019: ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, Chicago, IL

Upgrading ADEA PASS: What Program Directors and Evaluators Need to Know

March 17, 2019, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

ADEA PASS introduces updates for the 2020 application cycle that allow participating programs to customize a section within the application. Program directors, coordinators and evaluators, join us at this “can’t-miss” session to learn about the new application homepage, customized question and document options and more. This session includes a demonstration of the upgraded application. Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare for the ADEA PASS 2020 application cycle! 

April 1–May 1, 2019:Configuration Portal

Programs can request additional information from applicants by requiring applicants to answer program-specific questions or upload documents. To take advantage of these customizations, programs must complete information in the Configuration Portal.

May 15, 2019: ADEA PASS 2020 Application Cycle Opens

How should programs prepare for the 2020 application cycle?

  1. Act early to complete ADEA PASS Search Engine updates.
  2. Assess whether to take advantage of the customization options. If so, complete them in the Configuration Portal by May 1. Requests for personal statements are part of the customization features.

What’s different for programs once the 2019-20 cycle opens?

  1. Programs receive official National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) and Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) scores/results electronically, following an applicants’ request.
  2. The PDF in WebAdMIT will be formatted differently.

How should applicants prepare?

  1. Professional Evaluation Forms (PEFs) cannot be customized. Applicants must select three evaluators for the cycle and each program will receive all three evaluation forms.
  2. Personal statement essays can still be customized for each program. Whether writing one or five, essays must be matched to each designation. 

Contact: Yolanda Jones at