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From BDS to DDS: Getting a dental degree in the U.S.

IDP picApplying 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.

How to ace your dental school interview

interviewDental 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.

My experience in a rural Indian dental school

friendsI 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.

How dentistry in the U.S. differs from India

539024537I 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.