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pre dental club

Pre-Dental Club

Resumes, Personal Statements and the Application Process

resumes the basics
Resumes- The Basics
  • Use a “readable” font like Calibri, Arial, Times New Roman, etc.
  • Font size 10-12
  • Margins range between .5 inches – 1 inch, same all the way around
  • Keep it in black and white
  • Write in first person, but no personal pronouns (“I, Me, My”)
  • Focus on accomplishments & successes
  • Begin with the current degree pursuing / most recent degree earned
  • List additional degrees in reverse chronological order
  • Include institution name, city, state, degree level, major(s), minor(s), and date of completion.

B.S., Biology, Minor: Chemistry, May 2013

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

GPA: 3.6/4.0

formula for showcasing your experiences
Formula For Showcasing Your Experiences

Skill: What did you get out of performing this duty?

Structure: Put result into a statement.

Verb: Use an action verb.

Clarify: Ask yourself who, what, where, when, why, and how many.

format for showcasing your experience
Format For Showcasing Your Experience

Answered phones.

  • Skill: communication skills
  • Structure: I learned communication skills while answering phones.
  • Verb: Developed communication skills while answering phones
  • Clarify: Developed excellent communication skills addressing up to 50 customer billing concerns per shift by phone
  • Pre-Health resumes are 2 pages!
  • Relevant experience needs to go at the beginning of your resume:
      • Clinical Experience
      • Shadowing
      • Research

*Format the same way you would a job


The ADEA AADSAS application asks you to provide information about:

  • Scholastic awards and honors earned
  • Job shadowing and volunteer experiences in dentistry
  • Extracurricular activities and leadership positions
  • Volunteer and community service activities
  • Work experience
  • Research experience
  • Activities requiring manual dexterity
tips for writing and editing personal statements
Tips For Writing and Editing Personal Statements

Set the tone: positive and forward thinking

Original but not shocking

Start with a grabber, then what you know, then wrap it up

Write in first person (use I statements)- it’s about you

Know your audience

Avoid writing like you talk- don’t be informal, no apostrophe’s or contractions

Sell yourself!

dental school personal statements
Dental School Personal Statements

Provides an opportunity for you to explain why you desire to pursue dental education.

Limited to approximately one page (4,500 characters, including spaces).

Type in word to check for spelling and grammar mistakes before pasting into the application

You will not be able to revise this section after e-submitting your ADEA AADSAS application.Review carefully before submitting!

what are committee members looking for
What Are Committee Members Looking For?

The Admissions Committee members who read your essay are looking for individuals who are motivated, academically prepared, articulate, socially conscious, and knowledgeable about the profession. Write about your experiences and any qualities that will make you stand out. Check the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools for ideas about essays.

tips from adea aadsas
  • Be honest about how you became interested in studying dentistry. 
  • Explain how you discovered dentistry as a career possibility and what you have done to research the career.
  • Explain what you've done to demonstrate your interest in dentistry. Talk to practicing dentists to increase your understanding of general dental practices.
  • Do you have any special talents or leadership skills that could be transferable to the practice of dentistry?
  • Express your commitment to helping others and mention any efforts made that enforce that commitment.
  • Did you have to work to pay for your education? How has that made you a stronger applicant?
  • To get where you are today, have you had to overcome hardships or obstacles? If so, how has this influenced your motivation for advanced education?
qualifying for dental school
Qualifying For Dental School

“Holistic admissions” strategy- looks at the total applicant, not just grades and test scores. 

Factors considered in the holistic admissions process include:  Experiences, Personal Attributes, and Metrics.

Most successful candidates for admission not only demonstrate academic potential, but also show through their actions and experiences that they are motivated, compassionate and have the potential to be caring, ethical health care provider

ohpa steps
OHPA Steps

1- Explore Health Careers

2- Read Health professions undergraduate preparation

3- Attend a Health Professions Advising information session Onceprior to opening your OHPA eFolder.

  • Wednesdays: For freshmen, sophomores, and new transfer students: Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Nov. 7, 14, 28. Dec. 5
  • Fridays: For juniors and seniors. Fall semester only.Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28. Oct. 5, 12, 19, 28. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30. Dec. 7.
ohpa steps1
OHPA Steps

4- Open or update eFolder after attending a group information session

  • Freshmen: Open your eFolder the first week of spring semester.
  • After freshman year: Update your eFolder at least once per semester.

5- Schedule an appointment with the Health Professions Advising Director

6- Meet with your academic advisor once per semester

7- Complete your self evaluation

ohpa steps committee interview
OHPA Steps- Committee Interview

Spring semester of your junior or senior year you should schedule a campus interview with the committee

Interviews will only be offered March through May and specific dates and times will be announced on the OHPA website and listserv.

Must participate in committee interview as the committee - submit a composite evaluation letter from their undergraduate university’s evaluation committee.

typical dental school application timeline for 2013 application cycle
Typical Dental School Application Timeline for 2013 Application Cycle

Consider taking in early spring in case you need to retake

*ADEA AADSAS application cycle is typically June 1-February 1.  You are encouraged to apply early, as many dental schools have application submission deadlines earlier than February 1, and all dental schools begin extending offers of admission on December 1.

the application process1
The Application Process

After your junior year

One Letter needs to be from a Dentist

seek a career mentor
Seek a Career Mentor

How to get Started:

Contact the mentor coordinator for your area from the list of mentor coordinators below.

The mentor coordinator will refer you to a dentist in your area. Contact may take place via e-mail or phone and possibly include a job shadowing opportunity.

Virginia Mentor Coordinator:

Virginia Dental Association:

career services resources
Career Services Resources

Have an Advisor look over your resume and personal statement:

Visit the Smith Career Center

880 Washington St, by the roundabout and McComas

  • Office Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
  • Walk-In Hours: 12pm -3pm M-F

Contact us at or (540) 231-6241

helpful websites
Helpful Websites