Write the Perfect Personal Statement

Your personal statement provides the admissions committee a glimpse into who you are, beyond your GPA and DAT score. This is your chance to “sell yourself!” Why should you be selected for admission? What past experiences demonstrate that you will be a successful dental student and dentist? Given the importance of your personal statement, it’s…

Specializing in Pediatrics

Interested in pursuing a specialty in pediatric dentistry? Read below for an interview of my colleague, Monica, who is entering her pediatric dentistry residency this fall! She provides some great advice for dental students who are considering peds! 1. What general advice do you have for students interested in specializing in pediatric dentistry? Volunteer, shadow,…

Preventing Patient No-Shows

As a dental student, there’s nothing worse than a no-show! You’ve wasted your time scheduling the appointment, reserving the chair, reviewing the patient’s file, reviewing steps for the procedure, and setting up your chair and instruments! Time is a hot commodity in dental school. Continue reading to learn how to protect your precious time and…

How to Win a Dental School Scholarship

Dental school is EXPENSIVE! Luckily, there are many scholarship opportunities to offset the cost. Scholarships usually focus on academics, community service, or both. For advice on how to excel academically (without working harder), see my blog post on How to Boost your Class Rank! One of the major obstacles to winning a scholarship is self-doubt! Many…

Demonstrating Manual Dexterity

You will be asked to demonstrate evidence of manual dexterity on both the paper application and during your dental school interview. According to the ADEA, manual dexterity is “the ability to use your hands in a skillful, coordinated way to grasp and manipulate objects and demonstrate small, precise movements.”  Most dental school candidates demonstrate their manual…