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My Chances!?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by BBear008, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. BBear008

    BBear008 2+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2008
    Hi everyone. I know this type of thread has been posted over and over again, but I need some serious advice. Here is my situation:

    I applied to medical school ( i think because i grew up in a house full of physicians) and was rejected. I really want to apply to dental school because after shadowing, I feel that this is the work that I want to do. I enjoy the health field and working with my hands. My science gpa is around a 3.32 and my overall is a 3.43.

    I will be taking the DATs in July.

    My question is whether dental schools are going to frown upon my applying to medical school so much so that I have a very slim chance of getting into any dental program? Also, is my gpa far too low for most programs?

    Any advice would be extremely helpful!!

    Thank you!!:)
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  3. Dental156

    Dental156 2+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    I think your GPA is pretty good but, in my opinion, it really depends on the dental schools impression of your undergrad program and how competitive it is among other programs.

    I don't think it looks good that you applied to a med program got rejected so now you are applying to dental school. You are going to need very valid reasons on why being a dentist is right for you and why you were unable to see this a year ago. In your personal statement as well as interviews you are going to have to be very convincing. Don't get discouraged though. If this is what you really want they should be able to see it.
  4. Bruinlove

    Bruinlove 5+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2007
    I guess OP graduated from Berkeley this year. (BBear008)

    3.4/3.3 from Berkeley is good enough, but this is just a year after you got rejected from Med school.

    I'm not sure what adcom people at dental schools would think, but it seems to me that you recently found dentistry as your back up plan.
  5. jigabodo

    jigabodo Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Louisville, KY
    It will be frowned upon if they find out that you previously applied to med school.
  6. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    You sure you want to be a dentist? If you can't get into an MD program, DO programs are often easier than dental schools to get into. Also, your GPA looks OK considering average is just over 3.5 now, but then again... many MD programs on look as though they have your stats as well. That makes me wonder why you were rejected. It seems as though your GPA would be good enough for med or dent.
  7. yorkiepoo

    yorkiepoo Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I know someone who applied to medical school 2x and got rejected 2x... then decided that she'd like dentistry.. applied... got in... i guess adcoms didn't look down on her....

    I don't see why they would look down on you. I think your gpa is good enough, and if you do well on the DAT then I don't think that adcoms will look at you badly or differently than other applicants. you'll be fine! gl

    I'd also recommend shadowing/volunteering in a dental office in order the make sure that is the right fit for you, but very importantly, to show adcoms that you researched the field and decided that it is what you want.
  8. trixie2126

    trixie2126 2+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2008
  9. doc3232

    doc3232 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Well maybe you aren't, but many of us are. The truth is that if they think you will become a dentist if they accept you, then you are in.
    Just don't forget numbers are numbers, do good on the DAT and your set.
  10. trixie2126

    trixie2126 2+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2008
  11. IDoWhatIWant

    IDoWhatIWant 2+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2008
    you know.. i've seen some of my friends get in while other gets rejected. i feel like it's such a crap shoot. man i'm hungry for dental school.... good night folks.

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