By now, some of you predents have sent in your application to dental school and are awaiting interviews. You are hoping that your academic record and your essays were good enough to land you an interview and give you a chance to tell adcoms why you belong at their schools. So you finally get that email for the interview, you are excited but nervous at the same time (as you should be!). This could make or break your admission. So here are some general tips to guide you towards a great interview day…
Maybe you became interested in dentistry because your favorite holiday was your six-month check up. Maybe you skipped the Superman comics and saw your dentist as your super hero instead. Maybe your parents are dentists or you have a family friend that inspired you. Regardless of how you became interested in the dental field, getting into dental school starts with a passion of dentistry. Shadowing a dentist is not only a near universal requirement of dental school admission, but also a way to prove your passion and expand your unilateral vision of what the day-to-day life of a dentist looks like. Here are six steps to shadowing success.
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.