people weren't kidding when they said dental school was going to hit you like ton of bricks. first week of acclimation was rough and i even questioned if i could survive but the fact that i knew other people had gone through this beating before me gave me the boost in confidence to suck it up. i got used to the pace real quick and soon i forgot how terrible my life is and how easy college was in comparison. dental school's difficulty became my norm. i never studied everyday in college, always crammin'. i couldn't cram at the last minute for dental school and still get A's. i didn't have to learn this the hard way because i knew i had to keep up based on the advice from upperclassmen. don't cram, at least for gross and other hard classes. you could probably cram from some of the easier classes.I just got accepted for next year Fall. I would like to know if anybody on here could share how they get through the changes, the course load and so on successfully in their first year. Thanks
I do totally agree with you on that. A test grade does give a good look on an individual's understanding of the topic but does not fully show the true potential of a great dentist 100%.A test is merely a tool, and a blunt, rusty one at that. We learn so that we can solve interesting problems and make a difference.
The focus of dental education should be (and often isn't) solving problems for our fellow human beings, not test scores or clinical requirements.
These are probably the 4 best prep classes for dental school you could have. I also wish I would have had more exposure to cell bio, microbio and embryology. There will definitely be carry over and if you have a solid education in these classes you will probably pick up on the dental school material a bit easier during 1st year. I only had biochem out of that group, and I am always jealous when most of my classmates know a bunch of stuff before lectures even start.Thank you so much to everyone for the responses. I have learned that cramming does not work for me well for me personally since my third semester of undergrad. From then, I haven't crammed at all.
Are some or most of the materials from Biochem, Anatomy, Histology and Physiology from undergrad ( 300s and 400s level courses) carry over to the materials in dental school in any way?
Definitely take it, some of the materials surely will appear again in dental school. And more importantly, a lot of materials will be on the DAT if you have not taken it already. The class it self is helpful and fun as well. A must-take for pre-dentals.Do you recommend taking human physiology? thanks.
same here. 1st year is a bruise. 2nd year is death.I just finished my first semester and it wasn't nearly as hard as I expected. Anatomy was a beast but not anything that I couldn't handle. I spend about 4-5 hours studying during the weekend and took a large majority of my weekends off. Second year is when "things get real" at my school so I am just taking advantage of this "easy time" while I can!
School is all about balance. There were people in my class that were constantly freaking about about every little quiz and I could see how they would get overwhelmed. Just know that unless you royally screw up, you'll be a dentist. Enjoy the dental school experience while you're in it.