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UMKC PreDental Society: Getting into the programs for the schools of your choice: the application process given by Kathleen V. Kilway, Ph.D. on November 28, 2007 Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri – Kansas City Purpose of This Talk Getting into the program of your choice

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UMKC PreDental Society: Getting into the programs for the schools of your choice: the application process

given by

Kathleen V. Kilway, Ph.D.

on November 28, 2007

Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri – Kansas City

purpose of this talk
Purpose of This Talk
  • Getting into the program of your choice
    • Career Choices - how to know what you want to do
    • Preparation for your future career
    • Application Process
my background
My background
  • Why me?
    • Undergraduate Advisor for Chemistry
    • Chair of the Recruiting Committee in the Department of Chemistry at UMKC
    • Ph.D. in Chemistry at UCSD
your career choice
Your Career Choice
  • Finding your passion
    • Shadow a physician, dentist, nurse, . . .
    • Talk to an advisor, peers, other professionals in that field
    • Check on website or at the career center
    • Volunteer in a research lab (after organic chemistry or genetics) or at the appropriate setting
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Your Career Choice
  • Must have some ability in the classes
  • Differences between graduate school and professional schools
    • Paid to go to graduate school with either graduate teaching or graduate research fellowships
    • Not paid to go to professional school but check for special scholarships at financial aid or scholarship office
choosing your major
Choosing your major
  • Professional schools
    • Pick a major from classes that you enjoy taking (BA or BS)
    • Should be flexible so that you can take required classes and perform well in them
    • May not correspond to what you think
      • Philosophy
  • Graduate School
    • Need a BS in that field
application process
Application Process
  • Apply to several schools including safety school
  • Talk to alumni, peers, or professors about your choices
  • Look at their requirements for admission including the deadlines
application process the package
Application Process - The package
  • Application - Different requirements for different Schools
    • May have different requirements
    • Personal statement - in English and use resources including Writing Center
    • The Admission Exam - practice and you may have to take it several times. Check dates.
    • GPA - is important, check to see if they replace classes in science GPA
    • Letters of recommendation
application process the package continued
Application Process - The package (continued)
  • Objective Criteria
    • 3.0 Minimum GPA (3.4 or higher preferred) after completion of 90 hours of college credit
    • 16 minimum on DAT (17 or higher preferred) - take all parts of the exam seriously
    • One semester of general biology (with lab), anatomy (WL), cell biology (WL); one year of general chemistry (WL), organic chemistry (WL), physics (WL), and English composition
    • Reference http://dentistry.umkc.edu/bec_student/assets/pdf/SuggestedPredentalSchedule.pdf
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Application Process - The package (continued)
  • Subjective Criteria
    • Investigation of Dentistry (five offices for 80-100 hours)
    • Social conscience and compassion (active/ongoing volunteering)
    • Personal character (maturity, self-reliance, and leadership)
    • Critical thinking/problem solving skills
    • Interpersonal communication skills
    • Time management skills
    • Reference http://dentistry.umkc.edu/bec_student/assets/pdf/SuggestedPredentalSchedule.pdf
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Application Process - The package
  • Other things
    • Work/Volunteer in a laboratory setting
    • Do research if applicable
    • Try SI or be a UTA
    • Peer Tutor
    • Honors Program
    • Spend time in a different country
letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation
  • May need 3-5 letters
  • Request - in English, give time for response
  • Provide advising transcript, personal statement, resume, and any other information
  • Provide self-addressed, prestamped envelopes
  • Write a thank you note and keep them updated
example of letter of recommendation form
Example of letter of recommendation form
  • Personal information and Program and due dates
  • Provide the following material:
    • Self-addressed, stamped envelopes for each letter
    • A personal statement
    • A copy (unofficial) of your transcript
    • A resume including education, awards/honors, work history
    • Any other material which might help with the recommendation
  • Please initial the following statements:
    • I waive the right to see this letter of recommendation.
    • I release my grades and GPA to be used in a favorable recommendation.
  • Sign and Date
application
Application
  • Follow directions
  • Good penmanship counts
  • Waive your right to read the letters of recommendation (very important)
    • Trust them. If not, do not ask
    • Professor, advisor, research or shadowed person
resume
Resume
  • Start now if you have not already done so.
  • Include activities, awards, honors, work experience (including high school)
  • Any activities should not take away from your classes and performing well in them
summary
Summary
  • It is not the rest of your life.
  • Enjoy the time that you have now.
  • Take the time to research what you want to do.
  • Also be reasonable with your expectations.
acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
  • ACS Student Affiliates
  • UMKC Department of Chemistry
  • This will be on the website but could develop a checklist.