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How helpful does having a paper published when applying?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by nhasifuture, May 8, 2008.

  1. nhasifuture

    nhasifuture 2+ Year Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    I have been working on a research project (on Alzheimer's) for more than a year and just got it submitted last week. I am one of the authors in this paper. My question is: if the paper gets accepted, does it increase my chance of getting in a lot? Or do dental schools even care about research or papers published? The reason i'm asking is b/c this is my first paper and i'm very excited about it. Also, since my GPA is not as comparative (3.34 currently). I'll take my DAT in July 15th. Does that consider late if I want to be on the first batch of interviews? Any thoughts and feedbacks will be greatly appreciated!
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  3. Fonz

    Fonz 7+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    it is still pretty early. just make sure everything else is submitted before then. DAT scores are quicker to go out than AADSAS stuff
  4. armorshell

    armorshell One Man Freak Show Dentist Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    I had just published my first paper before submitting my AADSAS and it never got brought up at any of my 5 interviews :laugh:
  5. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    The best you can hope for is that if your ps is read it will get you noted. It is not a good substitute for notable gpa and DAT scores.
  6. nhasifuture

    nhasifuture 2+ Year Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    thanks guys for ur comments! well, i guess the best i can do now is to get a 21+ on my DAT. back to study
  7. doc3232

    doc3232 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I agree. Don't think of it as anything that will get you in if your stats are lacking, but I am sure it helps.
  8. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    In my case, definitely helped as an out of stater applying to VCU. I have 3 publications in different journals and it was pointed out a LOT in my interviews. One of my professors still asks me how my research went, how to get involved with it in dental school etc. I think it meant a lot and I love that VCU took such an active interest. It just adds to my VCU love ;)
  9. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    What helped most was your M.S.. There is considerable difference between research done in undergrad and grad. In the former your name will be listed because you were the worker bee. In the latter, you are expected to initiate the idea for the research (within the limits of the field of interest of the prof), or at the least, have a more active role than just being a hired hand.
  10. denniss1

    denniss1 U of Minnesota Class 2012 2+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2007
    it doesn't matter as much as many people here wants to believe it does.

    It does help, but DAT/GPA is much more important. Sure, if you have PhD, that is a different matter.
  11. Chuda2008

    Chuda2008 2+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2008
    It was the same for me. I have two papers and they did not even mention them at my interviews. I think it would help if you were "tied" with another applicant who had not published.

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