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VIP Workshop: Maximize Your Dental School Application. Adrien Lewis, Houston ’16 Chair, Council on Membership Desseree Lysne, Midwestern-Arizona ’17 Chapter President. Your application is the most important component to getting an interview at the dental school of your choice. Goals:

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vip workshop maximize your dental school application
VIP Workshop: Maximize Your Dental School Application

Adrien Lewis, Houston ’16

Chair, Council on Membership

Desseree Lysne, Midwestern-Arizona ’17

Chapter President

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Your application is the most important component to getting an interview at the dental school of your choice.

Goals:

Get tips on how to develop and enhance your dental school application.

Learn how you can demonstrate to dental schools that you are the well-rounded applicant they need.

how to prepare for the application
How to prepare for the application:
  • Keep a good record:
    • Coursework & grades
    • Shadowing/volunteer activities (date, location, what did you learn?)
    • Work or job-related history
  • Letters of recommendation
  • School’s committee packet
  • Take the DAT
  • Professional photo
before beginning the application
Before beginning the application
  • Register for a DENTPIN
  • Obtain unofficial transcripts from college(s) attended
  • Keep an on-going list of extracurriculars
  • Application fee
    • TMDSAS - $140.00 flat fee
    • AADSAS - $244 for 1st dental school + $90 for each additional
filling out the application
Filling out the application
  • Applicant Information
    • Background
    • Parent and family Information
    • Disadvantaged status
  • Education Information
    • All schools attended  
  • Coursework
    • Every course completed and grade entered by applicant
    • GPA verified by ADEA AADSAS, may differ GPA calculated by your university
extracurriculars matter the professional experiences section
Extracurriculars Matter! - The Professional Experiences Section
  • Included in the Professional Experiences Section:
    • Awards/Honors/Scholarships
    • Volunteering/Community Service/Extracurricular
    • Research Experience
    • Work Experience
    • Dentistry/Shadowing Experience
    • Academic Enrichment Programs
  • This section is in lieu of physical resume
  • Select three of your best experiences for AADSAS coversheet
personal statement letters of evaluation
Personal Statement & Letters of Evaluation
  • Personal Statement
    • 4,500 characters
    • Should not be specific to each dental school
    • Cannot change once submitted
  • Letters of Evaluation
    • 4 individual letters or 1 committee letter
    • Electronic or paper request
    • Check with dental schools for letter requirements
      • Many require at least one letter from dental professional and a science professor
sending your completed application
Sending your completed application
  • Check for completeness
  • Review, review, review
    • Many fields can not be changed after submitting application!
  • Release statement
  • Submit early!
    • TMDSAS opens May 1
    • AADSAS opens June 3
      • Many schools operate on rolling admissions
  • Follow-up with schools
how to stand out on your application
How to stand out on your application
  • Put down everything!
  • Unique activities
  • Leadership roles
  • Ongoing commitments to service
  • Hobbies

Be YOUnique!

take the extra step
Take the extra step!
  • Predental ASDA membership
  • Undergraduate research
  • Dental school predental simulation course
    • Waxing
    • Drill Prep
  • Predental summer intern
  • Masters program/Post-bacc
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Career Transitions Center of Chicago
  • Exclusive ASDA Member Benefit
  • Services they provide:
    • Resume Tip Sheet
    • Resume Creation
    • Resume & Personal Statement Review
  • www.ctcchicago.org/PDP1.asp?MPid=29
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