Gaining Dental Experience as a Predental Student

After grades and DAT scores, dental experience is one of the most important areas of the application. Volunteering, working or shadowing in a dental practice allows an applicant to determine if dentistry is truly the right profession and demonstrates to dental schools that the applicant has made an informed choice. Yet applicants are often unsure …

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The Dental School Admissions Interview

After months of writing your personal statement, filling out seemingly endless secondary applications, and waiting to hear from the dental schools, an interview offer is concrete evidence that you have advanced in the admissions process. Exhilaration is often quickly replaced by nervousness when an applicant is notified of an invitation to interview at a dental …

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Guest Appearance on KPCC’s Airtalk Segment on Multiple Mini Interviews

Last week I was a guest on KPCC, Los Angeles’ NPR station, discussing MMIs.  You can listen to the broadcast of the segment “You can diagnose, sure, but how’s your bedside manner?” here. As discussed in the recent New York Times Article “New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test” Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs), developed in …

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The Medical School Application Personal Statement

Many science-focused premedical students don’t relish the thought of writing, especially about themselves. However, the personal statement is your chance to let the committee get to know you beyond your G.P.A., test scores and list of activities. In this entry, I focus on the basics of the personal statement for allopathic (M.D.) schools. Look out …

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Letters of Recommendation for Medical, Dental or Veterinary School Applications

Strong letters of recommendation can be a significant asset to an application, yet this is an aspect of the admissions process that too frequently gets treated as an afterthought by applicants who are in the midst of writing the personal statement and taking practice tests. In order to put together a set of letters that …

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