Rlow04

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I'm applying this cycle and I'm just curious if writing papers plays a part in dental school. I don't mind heavy science classes, but writing stresses me out and takes much more time for me than studying for exams. I'm not bad at it, but it's usually a painful experience for me. I want to have reasonable expectations for dental school.

If you do write papers, how often do you have to do it and how long are they usually? Do PBL schools like USC and IU have to write more?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Although I have yet to start dental school, to the best of my knowledge, there is barely any writing in dental school, I think unless you join a PhD program. I've asked a few dentists and dental students, and most agreed that aside from a 1-page paper or two throughout their entire education, and essay type questions in some tests, there isn't any writing.

I hope some dentists or dental students would confirm or correct what I've posted.
 

DrReo

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Very little. In first year, we have had two writing projects that were easy tasks.
 

Jake8

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Every now and then we have to write out a response to a question but hardly is it ever more than a page long. Most of my physical writing will occur in the form of treatment planning, and notes about the patient visit.
 

samirmerch

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almost through my first year at Ohio State, and we haven't had to write anything. All tests/quizzes are scantron. I'm sure each school differs.
 

Andre3k

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You never have to write anything. Unless you need to write to study. All our exams, books, and notes are on our computers.
No writing, a lot of reading.
 

REH

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If you can circle one of these, then you'll be fine:

A)
B)
C)
D)
E)
 
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Andrew324

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6 Page paper due next week for a class. Other than that not to much so far though
 

1992Corolla

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Sometimes it looks like this
A)
B)
C)
D)
E)
F) A and C
G) none of the above
H) three of the above
I) A, B, D, and E
J) B and E
K) all of the above
L) I feel abused
M) The statement is true and the reasoning is related
N) The reasoning is true but the statement is false
O) necrotic
 
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Flipper405

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Sometimes it looks like this
A)
B)
C)
D)
E)
F) A and C
G) none of the above
H) three of the above
I) A, B, D, and E
J) B and E
K) all of the above
L) I feel abused
M) The statement is true and the reasoning is related
N) The reasoning is true but the statement is false
O) necrotic
hahah.... so true
 

Andre3k

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Sometimes it looks like this
A)
B)
C)
D)
E)
F) A and C
G) none of the above
H) three of the above
I) A, B, D, and E
J) B and E
K) all of the above
L) I feel abused
M) The statement is true and the reasoning is related
N) The reasoning is true but the statement is false
O) necrotic
Exactly
 

reapply2007

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I like these-

Periodontics is the most important thing in all of dentistry. Without good soft tissue management all restorative dentistry will fail.

A) True
B) False
 

paul510psu

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Sometimes it looks like this
A)
B)
C)
D)
E)
F) A and C
G) none of the above
H) three of the above
I) A, B, D, and E
J) B and E
K) all of the above
L) I feel abused
M) The statement is true and the reasoning is related
N) The reasoning is true but the statement is false
O) necrotic

It's good to hear that other dental students are getting abused by this type of question too. Dental anatomy is hard enough without having 9 multiple multiple (not a typo, this is what our instructor called them) choice options.