Prerequisites to apply to dental school: Although there is slight variation amongst schools on what they require of their applicants this is the basis 8 credits General Biology (includes lab) 119:101, 119:102 8 Credits General Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry) 160:161, 160:162 o 8 credits Organic Chemistry 160:307, 160:308 o lab is Intro to Experimentation ( 1 credit) 160:171 Organic Chemistry lab ( 2 credits) 160:311 8 credits Physics 750:203, 750:204 (there is also Physics for Sciences and Extended General Physics) o Physics labs 1 and 2 750:205, 750:206 6 credits English (traditionally Expository Writing I and II (Research in the Disciplines-pick the topic that interests you) 355:101, 355:201 Math- at least one semester Calculus: traditionally Calculus I and Calculus II –or- Calculus I and Basic Stats for Research) 640:135, 640:136, 960:401 Some schools require Biochemistry Many of the prerequisites correspond with the Biological Sciences major, but it is not requires that you be a science major to be pre-dental. Dean Frasca: Handed out a packet about majors (also be available at upcoming meetings) Possible reasons you might not want to major in Bio: Could include that this is your opportunity before dental school to take classes outside of the sciences while in dental school most classes will be science intensive. Also, This could be a way to differentiate yourself from the applicant pool. If you excel in something other than the sciences, a non-science major can be a great way to keep you GPA up. This can also show that you are a well rounded person and will diversify your schedule. Explore your options in your first and second year: You don’t want to take an elective in your senior year and discover that this is something that you are interested in and could have been a possible choice as a major. Watch add/drop deadlines as that are your opportunities to explore an drop a class if it turns out to be the wrong choice. Declaring a major: You should do so during your second semester sophomore year. There could be a hold on your registration if you delay this. You must contact SAS or SEBS advising centers if this is the case. SAS: College Hall (D/C), BCC (Busch), Lucy Stone (Livingston), Milledoler (CAC) SEBS: College Hall -Some majors require that you fulfill requirements before you declare it as your major. This info is included in the handout. -credit intensive majors in SAS do no require a minor -SAS Major/Minor fair in coming up!- talk to major advisors who will be available. Contact info for some academic deans in SAS: http://sasundergrad.rutgers.edu/about/deans.html The Health Professions Office (HPO) recommends that you major in something you like, but minor in Biology if your major happens not to be a science. This show you interest in the sciences and give you the opportunity to take upper level science courses. Health Professions Office ( http://hpo.rutgers.edu/) -Located on both Busch (Nelson Labs A207) and Douglass (Chemistry Annex Building 217) -Open a file with them! They will keep all your letters of recommendations that are sent in and will write a committee letter as a letter of recommendation for dental schools based on an autobiography that you write for them and an interview that they will have with you once you are ready to apply. -HPO interview: There is a minimum GPA requirement to be able to interview with the HPO. If you have taken the DAT and got a 17, you overall GPA must be 3.25. If you did not take the DAT, your GPA must be 3.4. They interview between March 15 and May 31 -their website will have a timeline of the steps you should be taking each year as an undergrad -they also have information regarding the BA/DMD program offered through UMDNJ -BA/DMD program (http://hpo.rutgers.edu/BAMD.htm) : min GPA of 3.5 and must apply after sophomore year. There are about 12 seats available. Basically you do your undergraduate education at Rutgers for 3 years and during your senior year you finish up undergrad while starting Dental School. You do not need to take Physics or Organic Chemistry before applying. Extracurriculars: These are important additions to your dental school application besides your GPA and DAT. If you choose to do community service or volunteering, the important thing is to keep it consistent. Do no choose many place and do a couple of hours everywhere, rather choose one or two place and do all of your hours there. Consistency and frequency are key. Do not let school suffer because you are spending too much time in extracurriculars, remember your grade are the most important thing! Remember to keep your summer busy. You can be asked about this later on in an interview. This can be a great time to take classes or complete community service/ volunteer hours. Also, an opportunity to teach is always a plus. This is a leadership role and shows that you have good communication skills. Employment- any job will suffice, just show that your are consistent; you have worked in one place for years, not weeks. Research is not necessary but many who have done it, recommend it. ARESTY has some great research opportunities and can point in the right direction: (http://aresty.rutgers.edu/ ) Clinical Experience: Try to work/ volunteer/ shadow at a dental office. Shadowing: Every school requires a different amount of hours to be able to apply. This ranges from 20 at UMDNJ to 120 at BCU. The average is 20-60. Ideally, you should shadow general dentists, since this is your immediate goal. Try to be chair-side! Dentists generally welcome you since they like to see someone enthusiastic about their profession. Middlesex County Dental Society has the Middlesex Count Dental Shadowing Program where they pair you up with a dentist within your proximity in the Middlesex county area Recommendation Letters: These are vital to your application. This helps the dental school know more about you other than the numbers they see on your application. You need 5 letters: 3 faculty letters (2 of which are science) and 1 from your major. The 2 remaining letters should be from the dentist you shadowed and from one of your extracurricular activities- either from your employer, research professor. When you ask for a letter of recommendation you should provide the professor with an addressed envelope from the HPO and a copy of your resume. Professors tend to notice faces from the first 3 rows of class. You should take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the professor. Try to stand out! Go to office hours, talk about common interests etc. Sometimes people give the professors a heads up that they will be asking for a letter from them later on the semester. This gives the professor the chance to monitor you and your performance in class. You can also ask 2-3 weeks before the end of the semester. Remember to choose a class you performed relatively well in (B and above) and a professor with whom you have built up a good relationship through the semester. Also, you must follow up with the professor to make sure everything has been sent in on time. Try to give the prof. the resume/ envelope in person! They are doing this as a favor to you. Write a thank you letter when the letter is complete. Recommendation: “ What every college student should know: How to find the best teachers and learn from them” written by a Rutgers Prof and undergraduate The HPO has a website where you can monitor your progress. This allows you to track the letter or recommendations the HPO has in your file (https://hpodrome.rutgers.edu/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDefault.aspx ) DAT Kaplan offers 10% off their courses to RUPS members and 50% off for officers! DAT format: Survey of Natural Sciences – 90 Minutes Biology – 40 Questions General Chemistry – 30 questions Organic Chemistry – 30 Questions Perceptual Ability – 60 Minutes Angle Discrimination – 15 Questions Hole Punching – 15 Questions Cubes – 15 Questions Paper Folding – 15 Questions Aperture Matching – 15 Questions Orthographic Projections – 15 Questions Break – 15 Minutes Reading Comprehension – 50 Minutes Three Passages – 50 Questions Quantitative Reasoning – 45 Minutes Applied Mathematics Problems: Algebra, Trigonometry, Math Reasoning (word problems) – 40 Questions The DAT is out of 30 possible points, and help your application if your GPS is not that high. To be accepted, you need a 20 on your DAT but the average is 17-18. Orgoman (who writes the DAT Destroyer) (http://www.orgoman.com/) also offers prep classes for the DAT- classes are in Staten Island and are about $75/ sessions. Each session is 3 hours long. In the summer the class is twice a weeks. You should take the DAT after you finish Organic Chemistry and ideally by August of your applying year. You should be applying at the end of your junior year. It should not be taken more than once although there is a limit of 3 times. AADSAS (https://portal.aadsasweb.org/) Stands for Associated American Dental Schools Application This is the “General Application”: for dental schools Here is a slideshow outlining the process: http://www.adea.org/DENTAL_EDUCATION_PATHWAYS/AADSAS/Pages/default.aspx 550 US schools and 1 Canadian School participates There is one standard form for all dental schools. Once you create an account, you are free to start you application. There are several sections to the application: Background Information: This is where they ask about whether you are involved in any activities which require manual dexterity, whether you have any relatives who are dentists, and other details such as disciplinary action, if you have applied to any other health profession, and your fluency in languages. Transcript/GPA: Must print out a transcript request form to be completed and sent directly from the registrar’s office DAT: They will ask about date you have taken or will take the exam and the scores on each. This must also be backed by having you scores sent directly from the ADA Professional Experience: -Scholarhsips, awards, honors, dental experience, research, extracurriculars, community service, volunteering, work Personal Statement: Basically “why do you want to be a dentist?” 4500 characters max (about 1 page) Evaluations: Max of 4 individual letters or 1 committee letters (HPO) and one additional. These can be submitted electronically or by mail. You can monitor the status of everything they have received through their website and the progress in completing the application Supplemental Information: Individual schools might want extra information, fees, forms/documents, etc. This information must be sent directly to each individual school (not AADSAS) You application is considered complete once all information has been verified by AADSAS and they have received your payment, official transcript, and you have submitted the application. For the 2010 cycle the application fee was $217 for the first school and $68 for each additional school. The number of schools you can apply to is unlimited There is also a Fee Reduction Program through AADSAS which has its own application Dental School Interviews: This is your chance to make an impression with the admissions council. They will be looking at everything including, your enthusiasm, composure, and professionalism. You should dress professionally. You must go in feeling confident that you are a good candidate for their school. Also, check out (http://forums.studentdoctor.net/) There is forum for each health profession, including dentistry. You will find that some people will share some questions they might have been asked during an actual interview at a particular school. Traditionally it is expected that you be asked: “Why dentistry?” Offer a unique answer. Let them know that you know what the field is about as well as you commitment and interest in becoming a dentist in the near future. Tip: research the school before you go into the interview because you might be asked “Why OUR school?” versus any other dental school. You should visit the school before hand and you might want to talk to some students. “Why DMD versus MD?” is another commonly asked question. They want to know that dental school is not just a back-up plan to medical school you are dedicated to this goal. “Tell me about yourself” Know your application and make yourself seem interesting to the interviewer. They have seen other applicants so make yourself stand out. Other possible questions could include questions of ethics that you might come across. or where you see the field going in 10 years. “Do you have any questions?” You should have some questions planned t asked the interviewer about the school and the program that you are applying to. Make this a conversation and make it clear that you are genuine. Lastly, Career Services (www.careerservices.rutgers.edu) has many resources that may be helpful. They offer a mock interview where they will have a interview format set-up and will videotape the session so that you may look back and see what there is that you make be able to improve on. They also offer workshops on writing your CV/resume and writing your personal statement. Take advantage of these resources! Greg Sobol will also be coming to a future meeting to discuss other things the Career Services Office has to offer.