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How many Shadowing/Volunteering hours?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by mjg713, Apr 20, 2012.

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  1. mjg713

    mjg713 2+ Year Member

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    As far as EC' go, I have 90 hours volunteering/shadowing at a very busy dental clinic and thousands of hours of work experience (not dental related). I am not taking any classes this summer and would like to boost my EC's do I don't have to worry about it. I plan on shadowing an Oral Surgeon and a few more dentists. What does everyone recommend in terms of enough hours? thanks.
     
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  3. customx

    customx 7+ Year Member

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    100 hours shadowing seems to be the golden #.
     
  4. Dgeorg6

    Dgeorg6 2+ Year Member

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    I'm shooting for around 100 hours shadowing, 100+ hours volunteering, and being a part of a couple clubs at my university.. Hopefully that with a 3.7+ GPA and good DAT will be enough lol
     
  5. mjg713

    mjg713 2+ Year Member

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    So do I count my hours at the clinic as volunteering or shadowing hours?
     
  6. Dgeorg6

    Dgeorg6 2+ Year Member

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    Are you helping them or shadowing a dentist?
     
  7. mjg713

    mjg713 2+ Year Member

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    I assisted, cleaned utensils, and took x-rays.
     
  8. Dgeorg6

    Dgeorg6 2+ Year Member

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    Then it's volunteering. They will see that you were volunteering at a dental clinic and it will look better and they will realize it is kind of shadowing as well, but I think it should be put under volunteering
     
  9. MedDevil

    MedDevil Cool Cat Rollin' In. 5+ Year Member

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    Does anyone know how dental schools view clinical volunteering v. nonclinical volunteering. Is the former an absolute necessity?
     
  10. LaLaLove92

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    What exactly does shadowing consist of ?
     
  11. y3nd0

    y3nd0 Kitteh likes to stare 5+ Year Member

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    Following dentists, watching them perform procedures, occasionally asking questions about what they're doing, or their job... You're pretty much their shadow that talks. xP
     
  12. GoBlue24

    GoBlue24 5+ Year Member

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    It depends what you mean by "clinical volunteering". Do you mean shadowing or assisting a dentist? Or do you mean other clinical volunteering (hospital, etc.).

    If you mean the former, then yes. Most dental schools require a 100 hours of dental shadowing (observing and watching the dentist treat patients while asking questions, seeing how a dental office is run, respectfully interacting with the patients and staff, etc.) and this is as "clinical" as you need to get.

    If you mean the latter, then no. You don't necessarily need to add other clinical volunteering on top of shadowing. Clinical volunteering is not a necessity nor is it necessarily favored over non-clinical volunteering by admission committees.

    Dental schools want to see that you're diverse. Clinical volunteering is great but if you do non-clinical volunteering such as packaging food at a homeless shelter, helping the poor, marshaling a fundraising marathon, etc. because you have a passion for giving back to the community and whatnot, that is equally great.
     

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