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Bumping this up to see if anyone else has heard. Really strange that if 40 calls were made, only 5 are on SDN! My friend who's also pre-dental said new dean might mean they're doing things a little differently this year....
I am a 4 time applicant and I finally got in!!! Dont lose hope!
If you dont mind me asking...what are your stats and how many times have you applied and are you instate or out of state? My application had not changed much over the four years to be honest...it did change but not much. My gpa stayed the same as did my gpa but I slowly added shadowing hours and volunteer work, though there is only so much you can do of that. I feel 100% sure in telling you that I feel the number one reason I got in is bc of networking. I am blessed to work right beside the dental school (heart disease research) so, with that said, it became very hard for them to ignore my presence after a while. Oh I forgot about my research papers. I have had a few publications with first authorships so that helped. Back to networking...I met with the dean of admissions on a number of occasions and each time he would tell me that I am a strong applicant and that my interviews went well. I usually didnt not get much out of him, but the main thing that came from those meetings was him seeing my face and my passion. Eventually i got so tired of this i met with him and really grilled him hard and I think it helped him realize my want for dentistry. Also, most people may not be so lucky but I emailed one of my interviewers and made contact with him a month or so after my interview..and i kept contact with him and would even swing by his office from time to time so he could better get to know me. It is this that I think got me in. I really believe that he got to know me and really liked who i was and didnt just see me as an applicant on paper but as a person. I told him that I needed someone on my side to fight for me and if he felt that I was deserving I needed him to be that person. I am not sure of your situation but I am positive this is what helped me get in. Im not saying nag the **** out of these guys but you have to find some way to make yourself stand out if you are a "normal" applicant....hope this helps!!