Presentation on theme: "VIP Workshop: Maximize Your Dental School Application Adrien Lewis, Houston ’16 Chair, Council on Membership Desseree Lysne, Midwestern-Arizona."— Presentation transcript:
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: 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: 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
ADEA AADSAS & TMDSAS applications
Before beginning the application Register for a DENTPINDENTPIN Obtain unofficial transcripts from college(s) attended Keep an on-going list of extracurriculars Application fee – TMDSAS - $ flat fee – AADSAS - $244 for 1st dental school + $90 for each additional
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 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 – 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 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 Put down everything! Unique activities Leadership roles Ongoing commitments to service Hobbies Be YOUnique!
Take the extra step! Predental ASDA membership Undergraduate research Dental school predental simulation course – Waxing – Drill Prep Predental summer intern Masters program/Post-bacc
Career Transitions Center of Chicago Exclusive ASDA Member Benefit Services they provide: – Resume Tip Sheet – Resume Creation – Resume & Personal Statement Review
Thank you and good luck! Adrien Lewis Desseree Lysne