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1 Andrew Read-Fuller, DDS ASDA Western Regional Meeting November 5, 2011

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3  Before you apply…  The application process  After interviews are over

4  Extracurricular activities  Board Exam/Standardized Tests  Externships

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6  NBDE: Pass/Fail  GRE  NBME  “Specialty” Test

7  Typically 1-4 weeks  Direct patient care vs. Observation  OMS: essentially required, optional for other specialties  Consider geography

8  What are programs looking for?  Letters of recommendation  Personal statement  Making your CV  Personal Potential Index (PPI)  Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)  Choosing where to apply  Interviews

9 Source: ADEA FADEA Survey

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17 WHO?  Faculty who know you and have worked with you in a clinical setting  Academics in your specialty of interest (especially OMS)  “Department” Letter  “Dean’s” Letter

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20  Highlight accomplishments, not just leadership positions  Appropriate font/formatting  Beware appropriate length limits  Get help from someone with experience!

21  New this year on PASS  Existed previously for graduate school applications  Evaluation on six categories  Importance to program directors (?)

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26  Intended to make life easier  Restrictive limits in certain categories  Beware application “deadlines”  Search program websites to assure accurate application requirements

27  2 x 2 photo  Application fee  CV  Copy of board scores  Printed letters of recommendation  Supplemental application materials

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29 MYTH #1: Interviews are always one-on-one. REALITY: Group or “panel” style is common.

30 MYTH #2: The interview stops once you leave the room. REALITY: You’re being interviewed until you match.

31 MYTH #3: Only faculty will interview you. REALITY: Residents, staff, etc. are all important. (see myth #2)

32 MYTH #4: This won’t be like dental school interviews. Questions will all be substantive. REALITY: Be ready for anything!

33 MYTH #5: The interviewer asks all the questions. REALITY: You’d better have some questions ready too!

34 Common Questions: Why OMS/orthodontics/endodontics? Where else are you applying? Why our program? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What is your greatest weakness? What is your greatest strength? Do you have any questions for me?

35 REMEMBER… Your goal: be their #1 rank “I really want to go to your program”

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37  Thank-you notes: be flattering  The MATCH  Wrapping-up dental school  Regional board exams (now is the time)  Finishing graduation requirements

38  OMS, GPR/AEGD, Ortho, pediatrics, anesthesia  ALWAYS favors the applicant (rank ‘em how you like ‘em)  Rank every program (unless you’d rather not get in at all)

39  Include all other specialties (endo, perio, etc.) as well as some ortho programs  Be prepared to make a quick decision!

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