Prehealth

DaVinci's Man

Dentistry

DESCRIPTION

Dentists diagnose and treat diseases of the hard and soft tissue of the mouth. They are also trained to recognize a number of systemic diseases that manifest symptoms within the oral cavity to be referred to the appropriate physician. Eight specialties include orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, periodontics, pedodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, and dental public health.
A Day in the Life of a Dental Student
ADEA GoDental
ADEA Guidelines for Predental Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad
ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools
American Association of Public Health Dentistry
American Dental Association (ADA)
American Student Dental Association (ASDA); Annual Session, February 18-21, 2015
Application Prep
ASDA News Monthly Newsletter
Baylor College of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program
Baylor College of Dentistry Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program (SPEP) for College Students
Canadian Dental Association; National Conference, August 26-29, 2015
Choosing a Dental School
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Premedical/Predental Enrichment Program (PREP)
UCLA School of Dentistry Pre-Dental Volunteer Opportunities
U. of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Tours (first and third Fridays monthly)
U. of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine Medical/Dental Preparatory Program
U. of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine Passport to Dentistry Program
Creighton University Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Dental Program
DAT Newsletter (click on DAT Newsletters and Resources)
Dental Blogs
Dental Forums on Student Doctor Network (SDN)
Dental School Interview Feedback on Student Doctor Network (SDN)
Dentist Career Guide
Dentist Career Overview
Dental Career Paths
Dentist Career Profile
Dentist Career Profile Two
Dentist Career Profile Three
Dentist Interview
Dentist Occupational Outlook
Dentistry 101
Dentistry Overview
East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Preparing Tomorrow's Dentists Summer Program (for residents of North Carolina)
Financing Options
Financing Your Dental School Education
U. of Florida College of Dentistry Summer Learning Program (for Florida residents)
Hispanic Dental Association; Annual Meeting, August 14-16, 2015
Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Program
Interview Tips
Letters of Recommendation
Life After Dental School
Massachusetts Dental Society; Yankee Dental Congress, January 28 - February 1, 2015
Mouth Magazine of Current Topics in Dentistry
National Dental Association; Annual Convention, July 24-28, 2015
National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF) Scholarships; NDAF Colgate-Palmolive Scholarship
National Museum of Dentistry
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Medical Education Development Program
Ohio State U. College of Dentistry DENTPATH Program
U. of Oklahoma College of Dentistry Predental Clinical Simulation Course
Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Applicant Information Sessions (last Friday of each month)
Paying for Dental School
U. of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Introduction to Dentistry Summer Course
Predental Timeline
Preparing for the DAT
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Gateway to Dentistry Program
Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships
Society of American Indian Dentists Annual Conference, June 17-20, 2015
Southern Illinois U. School of Medicine Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)
Western University of Health Sciences Preview Day, November 22, 2014
Worcester District Dental Society
(Additional dentistry links are located on the "Health Professions Links" page.)

DEGREE

D.D.S., D.M.D.

PROGRAM LENGTH

4-7 years, depending on specialization.

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS' ORGANIZATION

ADEA (American Dental Education Association)
Dental Schools

APPLICATION SERVICE

ADEA AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service)
FAP (Fee Assistance Program)

ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum three years undergraduate; B.A. or B.S. preferred; one year each: General & Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, English, Calculus & Upper-level Biology recommended.
Links to prerequisites for each U.S. dental school are found at the bottom of the Choosing Your Courses page.

ADMISSION EXAM

DAT (Dental Admission Test)

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES & EXPERIENCES

Evidence of inquiring independent thought, interest in continued education, motivation toward dental career, good interpersonal skills, leadership qualities and interest in the community; appropriate psychomotor skills, concern for people, social awareness; evidence of understanding of the profession through experiences in clinical settings; psychomotor skills to perform technical tasks in dentistry, service and desire to help others.

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS

Health Professions Committee letter (usually confidential) sent with additional individual letters of support.