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MD Dental Hygienist Applying to Medical School

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by MD=mydream, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. MD=mydream

    MD=mydream 2+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Hi! I have a question regarding extracurricular/volunteer work. Here's my background:

    I got my bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. I recently was planning on applying to dental school however due to our dental schools philosophy regarding the oral-systemic link and after doing clinical rotations in the oral maxillofacial department I decided that medicine was the best route for me. After I graduated I applied to medical school in the Philippines to try and save money, finished a semester at the University of Santo Tomas and decided that the education I received wasn't good. So now I'm in the process of applying to medical school here in the US.

    I still have to finish prerequisites (they weren't required for medical school acceptance in the Philippines) so I am enrolling in a post-bacc program at Mill's College while studying for the MCAT.

    As a non-tradtional major, I want to see if my extracurricular/volunteer activities would benefit my application for medical school.

    While in dental hygiene school I volunteered at a special needs home, a volunteer dental clinic for the the uninsured, and I provided dental hygiene care (sealants, cleanings, and preventive dental care education) for children at Give Kids a Smile, and Remote Area Medical. Most of this experience was entirely dental and I'm not sure if it would count (I'm hoping it will because it's healthcare)...After receiving my license as an RDH,BS I continued my volunteering as a dental hygienist at the clinic for the uninsured after returning from the Philippines.

    I appreciate any help regarding this. I apologize for such a long post.
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  3. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
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    The dental hygiene care experience will certainly count as an excellent Community Service/Volunteer activity and your clients were patients, so the experience was medically-related, but the experience should not stand alone for med school applications. I suggest you seek out an opportunity where you can interact with sick and injured folks to supplement it, though my guess would be that some of the Oral-Maxillofacial Service time might "count" toward that expectation, depending on your role there. You'll also want to get in some physician shadowing.
  4. MD=mydream

    MD=mydream 2+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Thank you Catalystik.

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