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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Thebeyonder, May 4, 2001.

  1. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    I am applying to dental schools this year.
    Would anyone like to keep a running tab,
    you know keep one another posted on how
    we are doing on the admissions process?
    Right now I have a BA in psychology.
    My overall GPA is a 2.9 and my science
    gpa is ~2.6. However my science and overall
    gpa's have been a 3.98 for the last ~90
    credits, so I have definitely improved.
    I have yet to take the DAT, thinking to take
    it in the end of June. I am shooting for
    Uconn. I would also like to go to Upenn
    or UWashington. I am probably going to apply
    to ~15 schools I can give a list of
    schools and let anyone know if I get an
    interview, how the interview goes, how the
    DAT goes, or any info and would like to hear
    info from anyone in the same boat.
    There are not too many predents at my
    university, so I do not get the chance to
    get psyched up. But I am psyched! Right
    now I am going to university full time
    to try to boost my gpa. Peace, and keep in
    touch if you want!
    Tim. :eek: :cool:
     
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  3. Gianuzzi

    Gianuzzi Member 7+ Year Member

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    It is a definite plus that your gpa is on a up swing.
    You will hear this often but apply early!!! Most schools take applications starting June 1. Since you plan to take DAT at the end of June, you should gather other parts of AADSAS application (do the application via-web, save lot of hassle with white outs, but get paper packet for your reference) be ready when you are done taking DAT. (There is also a thread here about application advices and post on stats of those who got into school this year)
    If you apply early and do respectively well on DAT (19 or above) you should get some interviews.

    Best regards.
     
  4. Michelle-In-Montreal

    Michelle-In-Montreal Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Hi Tim,

    It's great to hear that you're so excited about dental school :) How long has it been since you graduated with your Bachelor's? You mentioned an additional 90 credits... do you mean that you did it all post-bacc? I'm wondering because I'm thinking of taking some extra courses next year. Are you actually in a second degree program, or are they simply additional courses? Good luck with applications!

    Mich
     
  5. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    Originally I had thought of being accepted
    into a postbacc program at the university
    I am at. But due to my extremely low
    undergrad science gpa, the dean of the local
    dental school advised me to take upper level
    undergrad classes. I graduated in the fall
    of 1998. I began taking more classes the
    fall of 2000. I have been working in a group
    home for the past two years. I really enjoy
    working in the field, but it is not a
    suitable career for me. It is not as
    intellectually stimulating as I would like,
    it is emotionally rewarding however. I just
    felt out of place. I felt like I had
    scientific knowledge that would go to waste.
    I had thought about medical school, but I
    do not think I would like working 100+ hours.
    I am an older student with a newborn and
    would like to be able to enjoy homelife. And the dentists I have meet have been really cool people. I am scheduled to shadow my dentist next Friday.
    Tim.
    :cool:
     
  6. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    I shadowed my dentist recently. The experience was OK, not all that great. It seemed to me like he wanted to go to medical school. He kept trying to prove his intelligence to me. Overall he seemed pretty happy with his decision, I guess.
    Oh a happier note I have finished my courses for the semester and I earned 3 A's and a B.
    Now I am preparing for the DAT. I take that on June 28th. I am going to try to shadow another dentist. Hopefully the next experience will be better.
    Tim.
     
  7. Makenzeey

    Makenzeey Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I'm now a sophomore in college. I've already startEd preparing for DAT. As well as chosing the Dental Schools that I wish to apply to. However I was wondering if it was okay to take the DAT early but not have the scores sent to other schools. Just So I can get the feel of the test. Would that be considered okay. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Dr. Pedo

    Dr. Pedo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Makenze,

    That would be a grave-mistake!!!!! Take the DAT when you are good and ready. Nearly all schools will know how many times you have taken the DAT. Taking it just to take it and not doing well could be detrimental. No---correction---WOULD be detrimental. If you take it and do o.k but then take it again and do worse------detrimental. If you take it---do o.k.----take it again and do better. It shows you initially weren't prepared and it may concern some school. Especially the top-tier schools. After all, they want the students who will pass the dental boards (sophomore,senior year of dental school) on their first try not 2nd or 3rd.

    There are plenty of study-aids that will prepare you adequately. In fact there are cd-roms that give you an actual test----just like the real thing.

    The least amount of times you take the DAT----the better. It will show you were prepared and like to do things well the first time.

    R.R.B
     
  9. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    I took the DAT and here are my scores,
    Academic average 22
    PAT 19
    Bio 18
    Chem 25
    O Chem 21
    QR 20
    VR 24
    Total science 20
    Needless to say I am very happy with my
    scores!
    Tim.
     
  10. Wasabi

    Wasabi Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Congratulations! :D
     
  11. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    I just sent in my AADSAS application!
    Now to get my committee letter finalized!
    Can't wait for responses from schools!
    Tim!
     
  12. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    Anyone else send in their application yet?
     
  13. anamod

    anamod Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Sending mine in tonight. How did you prepare fo the DAT, Topscore CD? And if so did you think the real deal was a tad bit easier? Also what schools are applying to?
     
  14. waiting

    waiting Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    DAT advice....KAPLAN is the way to go guys. very $ but well worth it if you take full advantage. by that i mean go to class and do the diagnostics, yes, but also go over all the videos, all the practice questions & explanations, and know their review book cold...basically do EVerything Kaplan has in its training library. They've got great computer exams that simulate the DAT perfectly. It's not an easy regimen, you'll have to blow off the rest of your life for a 1-2 mos., but well worth it (I hope!)...I stuck to it and got a 25 acad., 20pat, so it works. Good luck! :)

    btw, if you just want the kaplan review book i can hook you up ;)
     
  15. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    Hi,
    I used Barron's book for the DAT, Top Score Pro, Kaplan's DAT book that can be purchased at barnesandnoble.com, and 2 other books that I can't remember the names of (sorry, they weren't that good anyway).
    I am applying to Temple, Uconn, Harvard, BU, Tufts, Upenn, Marquette, MCV/VCU, Ukentucky, and ULouisville.
    You can buy my old DAT materials on ebay.com
    Good luck,
    Tim.
     
  16. waiting

    waiting Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Hey, i like this idea of keeping each other posted and giving feedback on interviews, etc. I'm still filing secondaries...i'm going way overboard and applying to 15 (I'm a North Carolina resident):
    UNC, Louisville, UMD, Michigan, UConn, Tufts, BU, Harvard, UPenn, Columbia, UCSF, UCLA, Pacific, Washington, UMissouri
     
  17. Doggie

    Doggie Professional Jackass 10+ Year Member

    Hey Waiting,

    Secondaries are a BIIIIIAAATCH....especially UCSF. They make you write a fat paragraph for each of the questions that they ask! I remembered that it took me almost a week to finish them! :eek:
     
  18. waiting

    waiting Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    hey doggie,

    thanks for the scoop on UCSF...but NOT what i wanted to hear!!! I just got hold of the ucla secondary yesterday and it's also a killer....at least i know what i'll be doing this weekend...... :rolleyes: :oops:
     
  19. vixen

    vixen I like members 10+ Year Member

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    Hey

    I applied to dental schools last year for this fall...I messed up my first two years at undergrad (boston U and Suny Bing), so I didn't get in...but now I just got into the postbacc program at Hunter College...hopefully I can pull up my grades and get in the next time. I got an 18 on the DAT, so maybe I'll take it again towards the end of my postbacc...but any inspiring/motivational advice so I don't screw up again? I plan on working my [email protected]@ off during the postbacc and getting more experience. Good luck to all of you!!
    ;)
     
  20. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    Hi everyone,
    I shadowed an endodontist. He was a cool guy. He even bought me lunch! I don't know if I would like endodonty but he seemed to be really pleased with his decision.
    Tim.
     
  21. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    I have now interviewed at Uconn and UIndiana.
    Still waiting on BU, Temple, Upenn, UMinnesota, VCU.
    Rejected by Harvard, Marquette
    On the waiting list at Uconn and UIndiana.
     
  22. tinker bell

    tinker bell 1K Member 7+ Year Member

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    Thebeyonder!
    Good luck! I'll pray for you. hope it works
    Are there any schools that just care more about DAT scores but not GPA?
     
  23. smile_doctor

    smile_doctor Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Thebeyonder:

    Very best of luck to you! I can imagine the excitement and anxiety that you may be experiencing, but keep your chin up. You're halfway there. You've been granted interviews and wait-listed by 2 schools. This doesn't mean that you aren't good enough, but instead it is the way for the dental schools to say that they ARE interested. We all know that numbers are often the bottom line, but you are being wait-listed early in the game. You must realize that some of the prospects interviewed after you will look better on paper, but will have little social skills (a potential indication of poor chairside manner). Remain hopeful my friend, I wouldn't be surprised if you were offered a spot within the next month!

    Also, my stats are very similar to yours (3.0/2.5). My first 2 years suffered as a result of working and going to school at the same time, but I finished strong. I've taken a few years off, and now, at 27, I am doing a post-bacc to improve my chances for admission. Can you share your interview experiences? When were you notified of the opportunity to interview? When did you interview? Was your GPA called into question during the interview?

    Keep me posted!

    Smile_doc
     
  24. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    The interview I had at UofIndiana was very comfortable. There were three interviewers, one was a student. They were all very nice. After the interview a student gave me a tour of the dental school.
    I think UofI contacted me in October and I interviewed Nov1st I think?
    Uconn contacted me in late October and I interviewed in November.
    The Uconn interview was intensive. The interviewers weren't as easy going as my first interview. There were two interviewers, and for that interview I expected it to be laid back, yet it definitely was not.
    Any other questions? I will be happy to respond.
     
  25. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    At the end of my Indiana interview my reversal in grades was questioned briefly. At the Uconn interview my record was called into question a few times.
     
  26. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Earth, for now
    Hi,
    I have now been rejected by Harvard, Temple, Tufts, and Marquette.
    Waiting list at: Uconn and UofI.
     
  27. StarGirl

    StarGirl ..... 10+ Year Member

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    the Beyonder,
    did u get an interview at Harvard? did u interview at the other schools as well? Just wondering but why do you think you didn't get into them?
    I am sure you will be fine, where have you gotten into so far?!
    Good luck!

    Star
     

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