A short guide to volunteering as a predental

volunteering handsAlbert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Serving your community can be one of the most rewarding experiences that you have throughout your journey of becoming a dentist. Finding volunteer opportunities that contribute to your community and fulfill your interests is an important part of shaping yourself as a dental school applicant. As an active volunteer, I have found these pieces of advice to be most valuable when deciding how to get involved in the community.

Can’t decide which dental schools to apply to?

dental school choicesI remember it perfectly, sitting down to fill out the application for the Dental Admissions Test and then… WHAT? I have to know which schools I want my scores sent to?! I knew this was something that I would have to figure out, but didn’t expect it to come so soon. I needed to have an idea of which schools I could see myself spending four years at, but how was I going to do this?

Ever have the same thought? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. You don’t need to know exactly where you want to end up, but it is good to learn about different schools to determine if you are interested in applying. Here are three ways to get started with this decision-making process…

ASDA’s top 7 predental resources

Predental week webpageSo you’ve made up your mind that you want to be a dentist. Or you think you might want to be a dentist, but need to find out more about what that really entails. Where do you go to find answers to all these burning questions? Fortunately, the ASDA website contains a comprehensive collection of predental related material to help keep predental members well informed and on track to pursuing dentistry. While there are a myriad of resources that are all extremely helpful, the following resources are seven of ASDA’s most valuable ones (in my opinion, anyway.)

Am I “non-traditional”?

WebinarI love hearing the word “non-traditional” because it gives me a little chip on my shoulder when I describe my journey to where I’m at today. When I first heard non-traditional, I thought it was a bad connotation and got a little discouraged from it. I knew when I graduated from undergraduate that I wasn’t immediately going to apply for dental school. Not by choice, but that’s how life is sometimes.

Non-traditional students have some great stories like this and ASDA will be hosting a webinar tonight at 7p.m. CT on “Non-traditional Paths to Dental School” to highlight some of the paths these students took…

Join the celebration of ASDA Predental Week

Today kicks off our celebration of the second annual ASDA National Predental Week! ASDA chapters and predental clubs will be hosting events throughout the week, such as dental school admissions workshops, dental lab simulations and dental school tours, to engage current ASDA predental members and encourage new predentals to join ASDA. Check out our list of events to find one near you!

Preparing for NBDE I and II as an international dentist

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India and worked at a military hospital as a dental officer and at a volunteer organization for almost two years. Not long after, my husband and I moved to the United States, and I began my path to become licensed to practice in the US.

When we first moved, I was unsure what the future would hold for me, and the challenges that awaited. I spent the first several months adjusting to my life here before I started to figure out my next step. My mind raced with questions like “what’s next?” and I knew that I couldn’t sit idly and waste my time.

Keep reading for Shruti’s tips on taking the NBDE as a foreign-trained dentist.