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Mandatory Course Requirements ? Help me plz

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by slave4MD, Oct 23, 2002.

  1. slave4MD

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    Hello, my friends. I've been hearing things about some dental applicants getting waived for certain course requirements.

    How is this done? For what courses? For which dental schools?

    Right now, I'm desperately scrambling to complete my bio/chem/phy labs because I haven't taken them in my undergrad years. Otherwise, I had taken all the requirements and am in good shape.

    Is there any way that I can get all the labs waived away? Would this work for all the dental schools that I applied to? And how would I do this, if this is possible?

    I would gladly appreciate some help. Thanks much. God bless.
     
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  3. Beagle

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    I think that Biology, Chemistry, and Physics labs are a requirement at every dental school.
    Unless you were referring to Biochem? Biochem lab is not required..
     
  4. DesiDentist

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    I'm sorry Slave4MD,

    Like Beagle said: lab requirements are mandatory prior to matriculation. Dental schools are strict about them, but not as strict as Medical schools. Some medical schools want you to take full year labs from what my friends have told me. I would be safe, not sorry.

    DesiDentist
     
  5. slave4MD

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    one more question then. Can I "afford to slack off" on the labs?

    I did well in all the lecture portions and I don't really feel like studying for these measly lab courses.

    I figured that even if I get a 0.3 gpa on all the labs ( each of which is around 1 or 2 credits ), I would be getting credit for the labs and my average gpa will still appear almost unchanged.

    Also, this is for dental schools. I already got rejected by early decision to a medical school.

    So is this alright?
     
  6. adam11

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    You should do everyone including yourself a favor, don't bother applying to dental school because you are wasting a potential seat for a dental applicant who has a sincere intrest in dentistry. If you have always aspired to be a doctor then you will not be satisfied being a dentist. There are always medical schools in the Caribbean if you want to be a doctor
     
  7. vixen

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    this guy's a troll...i dont know why you guys even bother to reply to him :rolleyes:
     
  8. DesiDentist

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    NO, stop asking questions you already should know the answer to. Labs are classes where you apply what you learn in lecture. If you can't apply then you can't learn regardless of your gpa in lecture courses.

    A dentist needs to apply what he/she learns in class into clinic.

    DesiDentist
     
  9. DesiDentist

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    Slave4MD,

    from your posts it seems as if you think that dentistry is below medicine as a profession. I hope understand these are two different fields and the requirements are almost equal. If you were to only apply to medical schools do you think they would appreciate seeing a 0.3 gpa in your lab classes? As so, dental schools will frown upon that as well.

    I'll give it two - three years when dentistry will meet or beat the criteria for medical school. My school UW has almost the same entering GPA as the medical school and our medical school is #1 in primary care in the nation. A couple of years ago, I believe the dental school beat the medical school entering gpa. These trends are evident across the nation. More and more schools are hitting the 3.5 mark so please don't think that the dental profession is "easier" to get into or won't care if you "slack off."


    DesiDentist
     
  10. slave4MD

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    Adam11 and vixen, shut up. I am not trolling and I really am in the process of applying to dental schools. I can prove it by your preferred means. Many people have different reasons for applying to certain places and if you cannot accept such a simple fact, you will be in self-denial, forever.

    As for my question, I have to ask it literally. If I get a 0.3 gpa on the labs, will it affect my chances of acceptance or, if I do get accepted, will my acceptances be revoked? Do the admissions care?

    I'm not saying that I'm intentionally aiming for a 0.3 but it's just that I'm seeing if I can "cruise' through my labs, since I already completed and aced the lectures and the labs are merely 1-2 credit supplements to them.
     
  11. slave4MD

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    One more thing.

    DesiDentist, I agree that UW ranks high in dentistry ( and this is where you want to go, I presume ). No matter what field you enter, the best places will always be relatively harder to get into.

    Your school, UW, may or may not have dentistry being more competitive than its medical school in the future. That is a compliment to your school. But I doubt any comparable thoughts would arise for other schools.

    You didn't ask for my feedback but I'm doing it anyway because you sound so defensive for a post with questions.

    I only wanted my questions above answered. I am not telling anyone they were not good or anything. I was just asking, and I think a forum like this would do very well for such. There is no reason to argue or protect any issues.
     
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    This is my first post but I have been reading the other posts when time permits.
    I just want to say to all you frequent posters "Get off slave4md's back" We all know that with his stats he is going to be a D1 somewhere next year and he could possibly be your new classmate. There are jerks everywhere. I have definitely been called worse.
    As for waiving some lab classes slave4md, yes you can! Especially if you have killer stats that show the adcoms you have already handled the heavier portion of the class. Of course it all depends on the school and a simple phone call will settle it. If you do not believe me, ask the beloved ItsGavinC. He posted on the same topic not to long ago about how he is waiving several of his labs next semester and he actually planned for it by not taking the labs while enrolled in the lecture portion of the class. I think there are alot of people on this forum that discourage others from applying or not telling them the secrets of the trade. Lets encourage not discourage!
    Bytheway, DesiDentist-you bug me! You post so damn much on this forum you have got to be that "annoying punk who sits in the front of the class asking to many questions and kissing the professors ass"
    C-ya
     
  13. Beagle

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    Slave4md--
    If your lab grade does not do anything to hurt your overall score, than I suppose it is fine to slack off. Honestly, that is what I would do~!
    I guess your school does not have a seperate score for lab and lecture than?
     
  14. slave4MD

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    There are separate scores alright.

    It's just that if I received a 0.3 on them ( lowest grades required for getting credit ), it wouldn't make noticeable difference on my total gpa. I already graduated and that gpa would have the weight of 4 years, in which I overloaded each semester with around 23 credits because I was dual-majoring.

    So I was just wondering as to whether it would make a difference in my chances of admission? Or, better yet, if there's a way for me to not take them at all.
     
  15. metsn02

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    What a great physician/dentist/PhD your going to be. I love the notion of measly lab courses as if they are somehow below your intellectually level. Memo to slave4md no one here cares or actually believes that you scored high on your mcat/dat/gre/lsat/act/sat/Iowa standardized testing from 1st through 8th grade (why is it that you claim to have scored mid 30s on the mcat, yet you have over 50 posts on this message board, and not one has been in pre-allopathic...yet all of your other posts have been in pre-optometry/pre-osteopathy/pre-dental...hmmmmm). Do us all a favor and go back to that job you were fired at and leave the health professions to individuals who truly care about promoting health and wellness in their patients. PEACE
     
  16. slave4MD

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    I didn't post anything in the allopathic section because I got rejected from medical school by ED before I found SDN.

    I also started posting a lot here because I'm a little anxious about not having gotten accepted anywhere yet. Medical school is over for me but dental schools and PhDs are somewhat of a possibility for me.

    I haven't heard of an acceptance to a single program that I applied to, so please bear with me.

    As a matter of courtesy, please respond to the original question first before doing your bashing.
     
  17. slave4MD

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    Also, if you can get my programming job back for me, I wouldn't be doing this.

    But what power do you have?

    You don't know how it feels to have been unemployed for one year and no other video game companies are hiring programmers, particularly for my recent position and area of expertise.

    But would you understand? No, you wouldn't because you are in the nest of your parents, who are paying for everything and you don't have to worry about the economy or about making a living.
    Like most twenty year olds, you have to go through it to understand because you are incapable of the reasoning and logic to such an analysis, which doesn't have to be that hard.

    Your lack of sympathy and understanding shows that you yourself don't belong in medicine/dentistry. I don't see how you deserve it more than I do.
     
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    Slave4MD,
    Regarding your suposition, I would say knocking out a 0.3 on the labs would be high risk even if you produced a 4.0 in the associated lectures along with glowing lettters of recommendation from the profs.

    Your scenario reminds me of something we were told by our drill sergeant in basic training. We had to put our barracks in tip top shape each night before going to bed. The next day, our living quarters would be inspected while we were out training in the field. A bad inspection report brought down the hammer on the whole platoon and we would be assigned punishment details such as extra KP, guard duty, cleaning grease traps etc. Anyway, the drill sergeant told us that whatever we did as far a shaping up the barracks was concerned the most important factor was keeping our efforts uniform. So, for example, polishing the latrine to the point of looking like the "white knight" hit it while leaving the floors merely acceptable would likely get us dinged. In other words, the normallly acceptable floors would look shabby to the inspectors because the latrine would be so immaculate. I think the same reasoning applies to your case. Your great lecture grades would make your mediocre lab grades stick out like a sore thumb. I would not do it.
     

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