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Resumes, Personal Statements and the Application Process
B.S., Biology, Minor: Chemistry, May 2013
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
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 the same way you would a job
The ADEA AADSAS application asks you to provide information about:
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
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!
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.
“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
1- Explore Health Careers
2- Read Health professions undergraduate preparation
3- Attend a Health Professions Advising information session Onceprior to opening your OHPA eFolder.
4- Open or update eFolder after attending a group information session
5- Schedule an appointment with the Health Professions Advising Director
6- Meet with your academic advisor once per semester
7- Complete your self evaluation
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.
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.
After your junior year
One Letter needs to be from a Dentist
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have an Advisor look over your resume and personal statement:
Visit the Smith Career Center
880 Washington St, by the roundabout and McComas
Contact us at www.career.vt.edu or (540) 231-6241