Applying to dental schools in the United States is a new and challenging experience for many international dentists. Most applicants did not go through a similar application process to become a dentist in their home country. Without proper information and guidance, the process can seem overwhelming. Often, the resources to guide international dentists through this process are limited. Assuming that a candidate has a dental degree/diploma from a non-U.S. or Canadian dental school, the following are some of the other aspects of the dental school application for international dentists.
Dental school interviews vary. Some are one-on-one with an interviewer, others are with current dental students at the school or even a group interview with other applicants. To be a successful interviewee, you must feel comfortable and confident in all of these instances. Avoid over-stressing by reading these tips from current dental students who have been in our shoes.
I grew up in a small town in India. Participating in various health care camps in under-served neighborhoods helped me realize the importance of access to care and how it can affect people’s health. Serving rural communities for three years in dental school helped me make a difference in so many lives. I would love to do it for the rest of my life.
Although the ADEA AADSAS application will not be officially open until June 2 (which seems like an eternity away), there are a lot of components of the application which can be worked on even before it opens. Here are some tips which will help the whole application process be less stressful.
I have done BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) from India. Which requires 4 years of classroom training and one year of externship. In addition to that, I have practiced dentistry in private setting for a year and that has helped me understand dentistry from both academic as well as professional point of view. After moving to the United States, I wanted to pursue the same path and for that it was very necessary to understand how dentistry is being practiced here. I was lucky enough to get several volunteering and shadowing opportunities and learn about dental practices in the US. I gained invaluable experience and it strengthened my decision to pursue dentistry here. In the process, I also observed some of the differences in dental practices between the two countries.