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how much do medical schools know about you?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by wifi08, May 25, 2008.

  1. wifi08

    wifi08 2+ Year Member

    May 13, 2008
    Hi everyone.
    I was originally going for dentistry and have already taken my DAT's however i now feel that a career in medicine would fit me better. upon application to med school will they know if i have taken the DAT, and will this not be seen in a good way?
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  3. moe_4eva

    moe_4eva doprepd on my haed 2+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    They won't see your DAT, and whether or not you let them know, that is up to you. If you do, be prepared to have a good reason why you are giving up dentistry, as it could be seen as a lack of committment.
  4. bcat85

    bcat85 10+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2007
  5. WDeagle

    WDeagle 5+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    They wont know about the DAT unless you tell them. I did the same thing. It wont hurt if you explain your decision in the right way. It takes alot of maturity to decide to be a physician, i dont see how 18 and 19 year olds know enough about themselves to make the right decision. Make sure you let medical schools know that you are committed to medicine. If anything medical schools were impressed that i turned down a dental school acceptance and took the MCAT and appled to medical schools. In my PS and during my interviews i made it known that i was turning down a relatively easy job (compared to most medical fields), good money, and a great lifestyle in dentistry because i felt that there was something more to medicine that i couldnt get of dentistry. If anything i think this helped me. I received interviews and got acceptances to medical schools with lower than average stats.

    *P.S make sure you really really want to go into medicine. Being a dentist is the closest thing to the perfect JOB. However, i wanted something more than just a good JOB.
  6. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I seem to remember being asked what other standardized tests I had taken in the applications. If that's the case, then yes, you will have to report it. You will have to explain why you took both in a way that doesn't sound like you just want to be called a professional and don't really care about the profession.

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