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2022-2023 Dental School Application Timeline (for applicants starting dental school in fall 2023)

Since most dental schools have rolling admissions, applying early is important. As the cycle proceeds and spots in the class are filled, admission for the remaining spots can become more competitive. The entire application process takes nearly a full year to complete. By familiarizing yourself with the application process early on, you can develop a …

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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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Preparing for an Osteopathic Medical School Interview

Preparing for an interview at any medical school requires certain steps: familiarizing yourself with the school, honing your general interview skills and making sure that you can discuss any aspect of your application in depth. However, to be successful at an osteopathic medical school interview, you need to also ensure that you are ready for …

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The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) for Medical School or Dental School

In recent years, some medical and dental schools have switched to the Multiple Mini Interview format in lieu of traditional interviews. This approach was used initially by medical schools in Canada and Australia and has been adopted by a number of medical and dental schools in the U.S. in recent years. During an MMI, the …

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Open File versus Closed File Interviews: What’s the Difference?

One of the most significant differences between types of interviews is whether they are open or closed file. In an open file interview, the interviewer has access to your application materials. Prior to the interview, he or she will already be familiar with your GPA, test scores, extracurricular and work activities and personal statement. By …

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