+ Delta Delta Sigma PURPOSE: By building a community of students with similar interests, we can work together and achieve our goals. OFFICE: HUB SB-41; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://students.washington.edu/dental
+ Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) https://portal.aadsasweb.org/aadsas2009/ Opens May 15, 2009 Recommended: http://www.adea.org/AADSAS/ for thorough instructions.http://www.adea.org/AADSAS/ Deadline depends on the school. Varies from Sept. 15-Feb. 1. UW deadline is Nov. 1. Information is also on http://www.adea.org/AADSAS/ http://www.adea.org/AADSAS/ OR you can also buy “ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools, for students entering fall 2009” $35.00. You can also check it out in Odegaard in the references section, second floor.
+ AADSAS Before you begin, think about what makes you a unique candidate, why you are interested and passionate about dentistry, what experiences and lessons you have learned that have helped you grow as an individual. Awards/ Honors/ Scholarship Dentistry Experience Name of Supervisor, Position Title, Brief Description, Total number of hours, Position Type, Start Date, End Date Extracurricular/Volunteer/Community Service Research Experience Work Experience *** Remember to estimate your hours honestly and make sure you are able to talk thoroughly about anything you have written on your application***
+ AADSAS- Applicant Information Biographic Information (DOB, address, etc.) Parent and Family Information (Parents’ education, address, etc.) Background Information (600 characters per question, including spaces, as well as some yes/ no questions). This is your opportunity to describe other aspects of yourself and your interests, as well as report any legal or academic discipline on your record.
+ Background Information There are a variety of questions but these are some: Describe any activities requiring manual dexterity (e.g. activities requiring hand-eye coordination such as cross-stitching, sewing, art, crafts, playing musical instruments, auto repair, etc.) at which you are proficient. List any supplemental academic enrichment programs and/or post- baccalaureate programs in which you have participated to enhance your preparation for dental school. You may list programs experienced in high school and/or college that may include (but are not limited to): summer academic enrichment programs targeted to disadvantaged students; DAT preparation courses offered by an academic institution or commercial entity, and post-baccalaureate programs. Provide the name of the program, a brief description, and total hours of participation, and dates of experience(s). Has your education ever been interrupted or affected adversely for reasons other than deficiencies in conduct or academic performance? Have you previously, or are you currently applying to a health profession school other than dental school?
+ AADSAS- Academic History Secondary (High) School Information DAT Scores Colleges Attended (Transcript Matching Form) Coursework (This one takes a bit of time!)
+ Entering Transcripts!… Very tedious and time consuming. Enter in every course you’ve taken or plan to take EXACTLY as they appear on your transcripts: Session: 2003 Fall Quarter Course title: GENERAL CHEMISTRY Course Prefix and Number: CHEM142 Course-level: UNDERGRADUATE Assigned grade: 3.5 Corresponding letter grade: A- * (Use UW conversion sheet) Number of credits: 5 Subject: CHEMISTRY Special classification: Honors AADSAS will verify your transcripts. You can send your transcript online or by yourself. Make sure you are check to see if AADSAS has received your transcripts.
+ Grade Conversion. At the UW… http://www.washington.edu/students/gencat/front/Grading_Sys.html
+ AADSAS- Additional Extracurricular Dentistry Experience Work Experience (Including Military Experience) Awards, Honors, Scholarships Research Experience Limited to 175 characters, including spaces, detailing your duties/ experiences. PI, supervisors names requires, and hours spent.
+ Personal Statement Very important part of the application. Your time to shine! Follow the prompt! 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. You are limited to approximately 1 page (4500 characters, including spaces). Write it in a word processor such as Word or Notepad and copy and paste the final version into the text box in AADSAS. Have your personal statement edited!!!
+ Letters of Recommendation Generally, any given school wants 3- CHECK! For you, that means, you’ll probably want to collect 4 (AADSAS currently says this is their max): Science Professor: Someone who can evaluate your academic and intellectual qualifications. Unless specified by the school, the type of science professor should not matter, as long as they can write you a STRONG letter. Dentist: Someone who can evaluate your knowledge and motivation toward the dental profession. Character: Someone who can indicate your contribution to humanity and community. **Check individual schools to be sure your LORs meet their requirements. If sending additional letters (i.e. 4 instead of 3) call to make sure additional letters are accepted.
+ How do I gather / submit these? Letters of Evaluation Online (LEO) http://depts.washington.edu/careers/leo/ Signup online UW’s Center for Career Services, MGH 134 $35 to open file, $7 PER school to send all to AADSAS at the same time. Print out a form for each evaluator. Good FAQ section. Can open today. Letters can also be sent electronically, but would require an electronic signature. It is not much faster!
+ How do I gather / submit these? Contact your evaluator and ask if they can write you a strong letter of recommendation. Start early! Ask as soon as possible, if you haven’t already. Generally give your evaluator ~3 months. If yes, make an appointment with them. Bring with you a folder with the following: Personal Statement (It’s okay if it’s a rough draft) Transcript A detail resume of your activities/awards (this is different from a job resume) A letter to the professor on what you want them to focus on. Specifically, skills/qualities that apply to dentistry. LEO form Stamped envelope addressed to the UW Career Center ** If you are asked to write your own, make sure that you are comfortable with it. Also, if you do write your own letter, make sure that you are honest. **Remember to send your evaluator a thank you note!
+ Sidenotes!!! Examine the AADSAS site for yourself thoroughly Do not underestimate how long AADSAS will take in processing your informations Once you have SUBMITTED, you can not change your application EXCEPT for the LOR and DAT section. Continually check back with your application to see if letters and transcripts have been received. You can submit your application before you take your DAT. Remember, you’ll have a lot of secondary applications to fill out once you’re done with AADSAS! Feel free to contact any of us at email@example.com