Predental

Serving the profession before dental school

Smiles in the city As a predental student from Benedictine University, I am fortunate to be an active member of my university’s predental club. Through my involvement, I have the opportunity to engage in a number of events and activities to enhance my interest in the dental profession and develop leadership in my community. One event in particular that I attended with my university’s predental organization was called Smiles in the City. The purpose of this collaborative program is to teach elementary school aged children locally and in underserved communities about the importance of oral hygiene…

Learning to live below your means in dental school

saving moneyAs pre-dental students we are always trying to be immersed in the scientific and medical world. The world of business and finances is far from the mind of the typical science student. But ask any dentist who has recently graduated and they will tell you, “I wish I had learned more about finances.”

It’s hard to imagine learning about things like investing, 401(k)s, retirement, etc., while we are in undergrad, but the earlier we start to investigate finances the further ahead we will be as practicing dentists.

Getting into dental school is more than just good grades

predental studentPredental students are often consumed with how important their GPA and DAT scores are when applying to dental school. Although they are definitely crucial to gaining acceptance into dental school, the application contains other areas that students can use to strengthen their application. To ensure you are a well-rounded, competitive applicant when you hit the “submit” button focus on these important areas…

A new resource for nontraditional dental school applicants

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 3.11.14 PMFor a nontraditional applicant, the process of applying to dental school can seem complex and overwhelming. As nontraditional applicants ourselves, we have experienced the frustrations of uncertainty first-hand. Most resources are geared toward the large numbers of traditional applicants, who continue on to dental school immediately after college. However, as the pool of nontraditional applicants increases, it is vital to provide resources for these students to help them along their dental school application journeys. For some, this simply means explaining how to complete and submit their AADSAS application. For others, the road is a bit more nuanced, requiring guidance in necessary coursework, DAT preparation, shadowing and more. As part of ASDA’s Predental Advisory Committee, we have created a guide specifically geared toward nontraditional applicants to assist them in the process.

Top 7 resources for predental students

ideaYou’re a predental and there is one thing on your mind = getting into dental school. You’ll have to work hard for good grades and a high score on the DAT. Your hard work combined with ASDA’s resources for predentals should make for some exciting results. Here are the top 7 resources you should be utilizing as a predental member of ASDA…