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1 Four Year Plan for Pre-Dental Students
Pre-Dental Society Week 3

2 Announcements & Events
Boys and Girls Club in Santa Ana – Careers in Dentistry Presentation Letter of Recommendation Workshop (10/18) 3:30 - 5:00 NS2 4201 Beginner Tooth Waxing and Denture Course (10/19) - $135 8:00 AM - 6:00 NS2 4201 Week 4 - Speed Friending with PDS 5-6:00 NS2 4201 Week 5 – USC presentation Grad School & Professional School Fair 10-2:00 UCI Ring Road Kaplan ONLINE Practice Test

3 Polls Who is interested in CPR Certification for $40 dollars
CPR/AED certification is one of the 3 requirements to work as a dental assistant Which section are you most worried about for the DAT? Gchem Ochem PAT

4 1st Year & Campus Resources
Classes to Take Resources Biology (93/94) General Chemistry (1A-1C + labs) English Composition (WR39 Series or HumCore) GE Classes (psychology, speech) UCI FREE Peer Tutoring (Bio, Chem) LARC Office Hours Writing Center BioSci Counselors (located in BS III) Counseling Center It’s never to early to get started on prerequisite classes for dental school! Even if you are not a bio major you should be able to get into Bio 93/94 and general chemistry during your first year (For non-bio majors it may be harder to get into bio and ochem classes during the 2nd year, so it is advised to try to take classes in the summer; remember summer courses go at a faster pace so be prepared for that!) If you are enrolled in some relatively difficult classes, balance them out with easy GE classes. Use the resources we have available here at UCI. There is free peer tutoring for biology and chemistry classes; there are usually multiple tutors for each class so you can choose whose teaching style you like the best, the peer tutoring program also has reviews before midterms and finals. LARC costs $100 but can be well worth it. Smaller groups of students are in each class and they meet twice a week to review that week’s lecture materials. Office hours are a great way to not only get help, but to also get to know your professors! If you have questions about when to take prerequisite classes and whether you are on track, the biosci counselors will be able to answer your questions. Their office is located in BSIII and they take walk-ins almost everyday. If you have a quick question, you should be able to call and they are usually pretty good at answering your question in a timely manner. It’s possible to get overwhelmed and overstressed at any point in college. In times like these it’s important to know what resources you have available to you. The Counseling Center (next to the Cross Cultural Center, across from Starbucks) has professional counselors that you can talk to if needed. This is free if you are paying tuition.

5 1st Year: Recommended Develop study habits FIRST!
Create strong foundation for GPA “Sample” clubs before committing Explore Dentistry Pre-dental Courses, Volunteer, Shadow Begin Dental Shadowing Find a mentor! It’s important to take the time to develop your study habits before committing to a number of extracurricular. You will get busier during your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year of college so take advantage of the extra time you have now and really get those great grades. You’ll thank yourself later! “Sample” clubs before committing to them. Take the time to check out a meeting, go on the club’s website and see what they are about. There is so much out there so it’s a good idea to be aware of your options. It’s important to explore dentistry to help you determine if this profession is right for you. It’s never to early to immerse yourself in a dental setting and begin shadowing dentists.

6 1st Year: Recommended Community Service (Non-dental related)
Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hearts for the Homeless, Circle K, etc. Visit campusorgs.uci.edu to search for service clubs Dental-Related Volunteering Share Our Selves (SOS) Clinic Healthy Smiles for Orange County Getting started in community service earlier is better. This way you can really find something you are passionate about. For dental school, the volunteer work you do does not necessarily have to be dental related. There are many service clubs here on campus that can help you find community service activities.

7 2nd Year Academics Bio 97, 98, 99, OChem Series with Lab
Research - Bio 199, Look into labs that you may be interested in, and apply to multiple labs! Doesn’t have to be dental related ADEA Guide to Dental Schools figure out prerequisites and plan out what courses you need -The most important thing to do during 2nd year is to keep your grades up. The Ochem series with Bio can be very difficult. (Personal experience was that sophomore year was most difficult so far) - Research: Look up what labs you might be interested in on the Bio Sci 199 Website and professors. Remember, the research does not have to be dental related and ask friends for tips and openings in their labs. Remember to APPLY APPLY APPLY! (Some people had to at least 10 professors before receiving a reply) - ADEA Guide to Dental Schools - look at what schools you might be interested in and look at their prerequisites to plan out the rest of your quarters. Some schools require some courses that other dental schools do not.

8 2nd Year Academics LOR (Letters of Rec) DAT
UCI’s LOR Service (cheap and easy!) Attend office hours, ask questions, stand out! DAT decide on when to study and take it (over the summer or next year) HUGE time commitment - LOR: Though it can be difficult to get letters of Rec from your professors during 2nd year, you can still try! By asking questions in class, introducing yourself, being active in class and going to office hours, it’ll make you stand out and more likely to receive a LOR. - UCI LOR Service: Only 75$ and they’ll save your letters for up to 5 years. - DAT: Plan out when you will take it. Some say it is better to take it after OChem while it is still fresh in  your mind or next year during the summer. - During the summer, you’ll have more time to study for it - whatever you decide to do, know that is a huge time commitment to study. Make sure to PLAN AHEAD! The PDS Website has good DAT sources such as a study timeline you can follow, links to helpful resources, etc.

9 2nd Year : Extra Curriculars
Shadowing a Dentist Volunteering: CDA Cares, Care Harbor Internships, clinical volunteering, organizations like Flying Sams, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hearts for the Homeless, etc. Hobbies and Interests manual dexterity doesn’t have to be dental related do what you LOVE - Find a dentist to shadow in your hometown or near UCI. You’ll need hours of shadowing, interning, or working as a dental assistant if possible. (You’ll need a LOR from one for Dental School). It is VERY GOOD experience! - Volunteering: Join community service clubs on campus, such as Flying Sams, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hearts for the Homeless, etc. They are not only fun but very rewarding! - Hobbies: Practice your manual dexterity while doing what you love - for example, jewelry making, sewing, woodworking, painting, etc. - make yourself stand out from other applicants by showcasing your hobbies and interests - doesn’t have to be dental related

10 3rd Year - Required University Requirements
Take Upper Division Bio Classes Physiology with Loudon (Fall) Cell Bio with McGregor/Sutterland (Winter) Neurobiology (Spring) Bio 100 Complete university requirements (GE’s, Physics, Labs, etc) Taking these 3 core classes in this order during your third year is considered the easiest way to get A’s Familiarize yourself with the DAT and prepare to take the exam. You should be taking the exam during your third year or shortly following it. This gives you plenty of time to retake if needed (6 months) You are only allowed to take the exam 3 times without a special exemption. Keep yourself busy! This is often the hardest year of college! Study hard, be active, and get involved. DAT Keep your eye on your goal! You are almost there!

11 3rd Year- Recommended Research Shadow/Work at a Dental Office
Leadership Opportunities Networking Community Service Hobbies… you need a life outside of dentistry and class. Research is excellent to have on an application especially from a college that is known for research. Most labs require a 2 year requirement so be sure to start around the beginning of your third year Shadow at a dental office for ~100 hours. If you plan on applying early, this should NOT be the month before applications open. Work at a dental office as a dental assistant. Look for a dentist who is willing to mentor you. Save time for your hobbies. Try to find a hobby that requires fine motor skills. Take pictures of your achievements. Get involved in organizations on campus or off of campus. Part of being a dentist is being a leader. Do community service and keep track of your hours! You should have more than 100 hours of community service before applying to dental school. Try to volunteer regularly at an organization.

12 3rd Year- Applying Early
Start looking at dental schools ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools DAT ($385) Letters of Recommendation Fall/Winter Quarter Communicate with Professors Portfolio/Resume UROP/Excellence Personal Statement Apply for Dental School You should start looking at dental schools during your third year. You look at location, technology, specialty programs (feeder school vs. general dentistry schools), any dental fraternities you are interested in, dental school requirements (like anatomy which UCI does not offer), admittance statistics, etc. You can find much of this information in the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools ($10-35). First hand experiences are great in learning about dental schools Examples of these can be found on however be sure to confirm what the stories say with an independent source! The DAT should be taken early on (preferably during the summer between sophomore and junior year). It cost $360 dollars. Kaplan periodically has free practice exams. You can visit the Kaplan website to find other dates to take the exam. Letters of recommendation should be based on your fall or winter quarter professors (or earlier). You need to give professors time in order to write the letter. Communicate with the professor and stand out. Talk to them 1-on-1, etc. You can actually use the fact that you are pre-dental as a way to stand out. While in this room there are many pre-dents with you, pre-dental students are a minority in comparison to pre-meds BY FAR. Don’t just ask a professor to write a letter that you performed well in. A letter focusing on your academic performance is useless (your transcript takes care of that). Thank them for the class. Ask if they would be willing to write you a strong letter of recommendation. Give them when you are available to meet. Explain to them that as a pre-dental student a letter by them would really enhance your application. Using the Bio Sci Letter of Rec service is easiest for professors to work with. A mandatory workshop is required in order to use the service and held frequently throughout the year. These meetings are held frequently throughout the year. The service costs $75 dollars. Using this service counts as a “Committee” letter on your AADSAS application. Next workshop is Friday (October, 18th, 2013) Start building a portfolio Nice binder including a resume, cover letter, awards, personal statement, business card, etc. You can also do UROP/Excellence during your third year so that your achievements can be included in your dental school application under the Awards/Honors section. UROP is a program we share with MIT Doing both together is 1.5x the work of doing either alone! Work on your personal statement. The prompt is the same every year so you can finish it well in advance. “Your Personal Statement should address why you desire to pursue a dental education and how a dental degree contributes to your personal and professional goals.” Go through many drafts. Take week long breaks between reading your personal statement, etc. There shouldn’t be a single error on your personal statement. If you have everything ready you can apply June 3st and be part of the first wave of applications that go to dental schools. Since they are on rolling admissions it is typically easier if you apply early. Applicants first hear of acceptances on December 2rd of that year. Applications are not sent out to dental schools for at least 3 weeks so you have nearly a month to be in the first batch of applications delivered.

13 4th Year - Required Academic Update period: November-February
Apply early in the cycle through ADEA AADSAS (JUNE!) Send official transcripts & LORs ASAP! Cost varies (~$95 per school) Admissions on rolling basis Secondary applications Separate fee Deadline usually 1-2 months after receiving it 30 days to accept offer Academic update Send newest transcripts and enter grades for new quarters First Monday of June To be considered a competitive applicant, you should turn in your AADSAS application between early June-late August Schools will begin going over your application as soon as you submit it. Sooner you turn it in, the sooner you can fill out your secondary applications, and the sooner you can be invited for interviews. Students who interview before December have a greater chance of being accepted into a school because the class has not been filled yet. The cost of AADSAS depends on how many schools you apply to, but it is around $95 per school. Once you E-submit, it takes a few weeks for the schools to receive your application. Secondary applications vary in their content, but the main portion of these applications is essay questions. The secondary applications will also include a separate application fee from the AADSAS fee ($50-80). After reviewing your initial AADSAS application, most schools will ask you to complete secondary applications From June-August, Separate application fee from AADSAS ($50-85), Secondaries deadline: usually 1-2 months after receiving the secondary application Schools will start giving out interviews in August Greater chance of being accepted if interviewed before Dec. If you interview before the first Monday of December, you will be notified of your acceptance status. After notice of your acceptance, you have 30 days to accept the offer. You cannot be enrolled in two dental schools at once, so you must pay an initial deposit to the school that you are planning to go to (holding your spot at the school in case you get accepted to a school that you are more interested in) If you are interviewed after December, you will usually hear about your acceptance/rejection/waitlist status a few weeks after your interview. Make sure you keep up with your degree works and take the classes you need to graduate. Academic Update period: November-February Spring Quarter 2014 – Fall Quarter 2015 Make sure that all of your class requirements for dental school/undergrad graduation are completed before the dental school year begins in August/September. Here's a helpful flowchart to check out:

14 4th Year - Recommended Applications open the FIRST MONDAY in June every year Recommended window: June to mid-August Chances decrease dramatically for a late application Keep GPA high (not just for the obvious) Post-doc residency Research in dental school Keep in mind: AADSAS Format 175-character descriptions for Extracurriculars/ Volunteering/Community Service Must give name of sponsoring organization Number of hours & hours per week •The AADSAS application opens the first Monday of June. The entire application process takes around one year, so if you are planning on attending dental school straight out of college, you should apply the summer after your junior year. •AADSAS is one online application that allows you to apply to pretty much every dental school in the US and most of the dental schools in Canada. Texas schools have their own online application, but they usually only accept Texas residents. •Admissions is on a rolling basis, so schools will begin going over your application as soon as you submit it. So the sooner that you turn it in, the sooner you can fill out your secondary applications, and the sooner you can be invited for interviews. Students who interview before December have a greater chance of being accepted into a school because the class has not been filled yet. •When applying, the first step you should take is requesting for your official transcripts to be sent to AADSAS. I would suggest doing this the day that the AADSAS application opens. It takes a couple weeks for AADSAS to receive your transcripts. You must then fill out all of your grades that you have received throughout college into the application. Once you have done this and AADSAS has your transcripts, they can verify the grades that you have inputted and calculate your AADSAS GPA. This process takes a few weeks, so you want to get this done first! You do NOT need to finish the whole application before your GPA is calculated; AADSAS can compute your GPA while you are still filling out the rest of the application. •Also make sure that your letters of rec are on their way to AADSAS as soon as the application opens. •Your DAT scores are automatically sent to AADSAS if you filled out which schools you want to send your scores to when registering to take the DAT. •The cost of AADSAS depends on how many schools you apply to, but it is around $95 per school. •Once you E-submit, it takes a few weeks for the schools to receive your application. Here's a helpful flowchart to check out:

15 4th Year – More Info Most schools will ask for SECONDARY APPLICATIONS
Deadline: usually 1-2 months after AADSAS application Schools will start giving out interviews in August Look for common interview questions online, research about each school, what their interviews are like, etc. Practice!! If you plan on taking a year off, continue with leadership and extracurriculars, add more to application •Secondary applications vary in their content, but the main portion of these applications is essay questions. The secondary applications will also include a separate application fee from the AADSAS fee ($60-90). •Schools may contact you to be interviewed as little as one day before the interview, so it is best to always be prepared. You can prepare by looking up questions for each school online, i.e. Student Doctor Network. Also research about each school and really find out why you want to go to that school. Also find out what their interviews are like, i.e. one-on-one vs. group, closed vs. open file, etc. But the best way to prepare is to practice, for instance, by asking a friend to interview you, recording yourself being interviewed, attending Career Center workshops, etc. •If you interview before the first Monday of December, you will be notified of your acceptance status. After notice of your acceptance, you have 30 days to accept the offer. You cannot be enrolled in two dental schools at once, so you must pay an initial deposit to the school that you are planning to go to. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still interview at other schools, you are just holding your spot at the school in case you get accepted to a school that you are more interested in. If you are interviewed after December, you will usually hear about your acceptance/rejection/waitlist status a few weeks after your interview. •Make sure that all of your class requirements for dental school/undergrad graduation are completed before the dental school year begins in August/September. •For academic update, send in your newest transcripts and enter your grades again for the new quarters. -Make sure you keep up with your degree works and take the classes you need to graduate. As a Bio major you have to graduate in 4 years so you have less room for error. Be Careful of some of the labs you take because some dental schools don't accept certain ones. For example, not all dental schools accept Limnology lab as a science lab.

16 Gap Years Why take a gap year? Improving application: PLAN ACCORDINGLY
Applying senior year; recharge after undergrad; improve your application; save/pay off loans; take the DAT Improving application: Post-Bac programs vs. SMP’s (GPA booster or academic credibility) Shadowing Research Volunteering (not necessarily dental-related) PLAN ACCORDINGLY Time, travel expenses ($$$) for interviews Keep your mind sharp

17 CSU East Bay (Hayward) Academic Enhancer Track II
Length of study: 1 yr (4 quarters) fulltime; courses. Ends with certificate Advantages: provides volunteering/internships, on-campus research experience, mentorship, DAT preparation Cost of attendance: $383/unit Admission prerequisites: biological sciences or biochemistry degree; 2.8 GPA minimum… rolling admissions so higher as application cycle proceeds; math (college algebra) Program requirements: need at least 3.3 GPA to graduate (B+)

18 Sample Schedule

19 SFSU (San Francisco) Formal Post-Bac Program: Academic Enhancer Track (AET) Length of study: 1 – 2 years Admissions: Competitive. 60 students/year; 10% of program are pre- dental (support from Dental Post-Bac program) Year-long rolling admissions; 2.5 GPA min to apply; usually higher Cost: $550/unit ~$15000 (1 yr); ~$27000 (2 yr) Focused on upper-divs; but can take core classes again as well Benefits: Guaranteed classes; MCAT/DAT-style test questions & case-based learning exercises in curriculum; “close ties” with UOP Dental; comprehensive Committee Letter; success rate: 80% Dental Post-Bac Program only for socioeconomically disadvantaged and have a documented commitment to practicing dentistry in an underserved area. 16 people/year, very competitive, close ties to UOP. Must have documented desire to serve in an underserved area

20 Sample Schedule DAT prep course is not mandatory
Cohort is where you enter in

21 Sample Electives

22 Boston University M.S. in Oral Health Sciences Program
Prerequisites: completion of all prereqs for dental school Admissions: new students/year; average 3.05 GPA and DAT Total cost: $45,050 Length: 1-2 years, ending with a capstone project/thesis (cost same) Benefits: core classes (biochem, microbio, physiology) taken at BU Dental with D1 students; faculty advisor mentor; 80% success rate

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24 Post-Bac/Masters Programs

25 Rutgers University in New Jersey
Dental Scholars Program (MS or MBS) 25/30 credits of course work = 3 semesters Advantages Concentration in Oral Biology, Academic advising, Dental courses with dental students, Complete degree in one year, Research experience with dental school faculty, Personalized advice from admissions at NJ Dental School Total Cost of MS/MSB Program $19,500  New Jersey residents $25, 500  non New Jersey residents Admissions B.S w/ courses in Biology, 2 LOR, GRE/MCAT/DAT scores, General & Organic Chemistry, & Physics MS: Master of Science MBS: Master of Biomedical Science

26 WesternU in Pomona, CA Master of Sciences in Medical Science (MSMS)
25-30 students Advantages Critical evaluation skills, Research experience with dental faculty, Personalized advice from admissions at WesternU Total Cost of MSMS Program $23,145  Tuition $51,500  Estimated Total Cost Admissions B.S w/ courses in Biology, 3.0 GPA, 3 LOR, GRE minimum 300 on verbal/quantitative, General & Organic Chemistry, & Physics

27 UCSF Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Program
Special interest in individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds Advantages 11 months, Mentoring & Academic Advising, Upper division science course work through UC Berkeley’s Extension, DAT review course, Faculty mentoring, Research Cost of the Post-Bac Program $13, 900  Tuition 42,700  Estimated Total Cost Eligibility Preference to CA residents, B.S, Complete prerequisites for dental school

28 LLU Post-Baccalaureate Program
Special interest in individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds Advantages 11 months, Summer Program held at USC, UCLA & LLUSD (dental workshops, programs, & lectures), DAT tutoring, Simulated interviews, Faculty mentoring Cost of Post-Bac Program Eligibility B.S, Academically/Economically disadvantaged, Minimum 2.7 GPA, DAT average 17 or higher


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