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applying to dental and pharmacy

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by dtmbmw, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. dtmbmw

    dtmbmw 7+ Year Member

    May 19, 2008
    My question for everyone here is: Would i be frowned upon by the evaluator or committee if i apply to both pharmacy and dental school? Thank you!!
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  3. raiden117

    raiden117 5+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2007
    short answer, yes
  4. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    Why in the world would you even apply to both? I would NEVER use pharmacy (or any other field for that matter) as a backup if that was your intent just because the GPA stats are a .1 or .2 lower on average. You may ruin your shot for both. They are both great fields but choose one... they are so different.
  5. Hybridtavo

    Hybridtavo Dr Ortegon 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Why would you apply to 2 totally different health care fields???
  6. scuzfly

    scuzfly 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    because you want to help people and realize you could do it in more than one way.
    Why do you think pharm school is so negative on a dental school application or vice versa?
  7. Hybridtavo

    Hybridtavo Dr Ortegon 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    When you pick a career path usually u will follow that road, not try to spread and c where u can get in based on how well u did in ur academic career. IMO Careers like these differ a lot from each other in practice
  8. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Applying to both may show a genuine interest in neither.
  9. Hybridtavo

    Hybridtavo Dr Ortegon 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Just what I wanted to say :D :laugh:
  10. lemoncurry

    lemoncurry tequila mockingbird Administrator Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    will it hurt your chances? absolutely.
  11. boxdesker

    boxdesker 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2008
    I don't think it would be frowned upon by the school you're applying to. If you think about it, they don't have a way of knowing that you're applying to both schools (unless you tell them or unless you apply to both programs at the same school, e.g. UCSF pharmacy and UCSF dentistry). If you tell them that you're applying to both, they would probably have concerns about your interest in and dedication to the field.
    More importantly, it's important to figure out which of these you want to do. You can help people both ways, but the ways in which you do so are significantly different--and it's worth spending an extra 40 hours to shadow each profession to make sure it's the right one for you before you spend 40 years in the profession. Also, applying to schools in both professions is a very expensive way to keep your options open.
  12. gkhan

    gkhan 2+ Year Member

    May 27, 2008
    there are often questions that will ask which other schools you applied to,
    they will find out someway or another and then all your chances would be shot
  13. jimmy1fernan

    jimmy1fernan 2+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2007

    if that would be the case then you might have to lie. cmone you are not going to tell them that you are applying to two different programs at two different schools. I dont think they have enough time to be calling other schools or people just to make sure you are applying only to one program.
  14. TempleDMDKrazd

    TempleDMDKrazd 7+ Year Member

    Mar 10, 2008
    The ADCOM might asked you if you have shadowed both professions and taken deep thoughts about it.....
  15. ucla2134

    ucla2134 7+ Year Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    Im confused? Which one is your back up one?
  16. trixie2126

    trixie2126 2+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Maybe instead of rushing into this cycle, take a year off and decide what you really want to do. Then when you have picked one, you won't ruin your chances of getting into that profession. If you rush into it now, you are wasting lots of money on the application esp since either school won't like that you are not committed.
  17. lemoncurry

    lemoncurry tequila mockingbird Administrator Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    waiting a year to figure it out sounds like a good suggestion, but by all means, do not start being dishonest on any of your applications. Lies have a way of catching up to you and you don't want to lay your professional career foundation on a bed of lies.
  18. jigabodo

    jigabodo Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Louisville, KY
    Not to mention, schools can take away your acceptance/degree/license anytime - even post graduation if they find out something unethical about you.
  19. rose786

    rose786 2+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2006
    Please don't. This is a sure-fire way to waste time and money, while getting rejected from 2 fields. Make up your mind.
  20. Artful Dodger

    Artful Dodger Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Frowned upon? Well, if either school finds out, then you won't be sitting well with adcoms - that's for sure. I say find something and stick to it. Dentistry & Pharmacy are equally as difficult with gaining admission...I know plenty of people who have gotten rejected from pharmacy school but accepted into dental school (edit), vice versa. However, that doesn't mean you should be like them. Do the right them by focusing on 1 thing, either as a pharmacy or dentistry bound student, and you'll have an easier convincing yourself of choosing a particular career to pursue...seriously! avoid this confusion. take time to think about it by shadowing (dentists & pharmacists) or working (as a pharm tech or dental assistant) in both fields
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2008
  21. toothiemonster

    toothiemonster 2+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    First of all, you should figure out what you want. What if you get into dental/pharm school and halfway through you decide, I don't like this. Now you've just wasted your time, the school's time, and taken a spot away from someone who really wanted to be a dentist/pharmacist.
  22. dtmbmw

    dtmbmw 7+ Year Member

    May 19, 2008
    thanks for all the responses!! i will definitely take some time to figure things out first..

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