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Bunch of really basic pre-dent questions

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by DrMagic, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. DrMagic

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    Hi, I am really not familiar with pre-dent, as I am mainly thinking pre-med, but would like to know a bit about the field, as my neighbor who earned both degrees separately, and is an OMS has inspired me to check it out.

    1) Are GPAs calculated through retaking classes? I noticed on the UMKC website that they allow course retakes.

    2) Are the minimum GPAs typically posted on websites strict cutoffs?

    3) Why is NYU considered EASY to get into? IMO the school is prestigious and I heard the facilities are nice. Can COST really be the only reason?

    4) Do any dental schools take MCAT exams like some podiatry schools will take DAT or GRE?

    5) Does anyone have a list of schools that require more courses than the typical pre-med pre-reqs? Like I noticed some schools require zoology and all these EXTRA courses for pre-dent.

    6) Any chance for being admitted with these stats below and what schools would be a few good ones to apply to given my profile? Can I apply to well known schools like NYU, Yale or Case even though my GPA is low?

    Bachelors: BS engineering (honors)

    SCI GPA: 2.6

    SCI GPA (including engineering): greater than 3.0

    CUM GPA: little over 3.0

    Graduate: MS bioengineering

    CUM GPA: 4.0

    Post-Bacc: No degree / Informal

    SCI GPA: 3.7 (about 20 credits)

    DAT: Yet to take

    Certificate: Top Medical School

    Research: 3 years orthopaedic, 1 year craniomaxillofacial surgery device design

    Publication: 3 publications, all first author in orthopaedics, with 1 manuscript in the works in CMF device

    Shadowing: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, and other medical doctors
     
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  3. amalgamgrillz

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    Hope this helps a fellow pre-medical dropout hoping to steal a pre-dent spot.
     
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  4. DrMagic

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    I have talked to at least 1 school that takes recalculated GPA grades, I know that sounds weird, but I think instaters make up the vast majority if not all of the school.

    Thanks for all the information, I think I'll stick with pre-med but dentistry is really an interesting profession. I was suprised when 2 people I know who already had MDs had obtained dental degrees AFTER medical school.
     
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    Yes, follow amallagriz advice to a T and you are sure to get in:thumbup:.



    Before you do though, please call Yale and see what they think of aforementioned advice.
     
  6. UCLAzy

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    What is a brain i dont even use it
     

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