Quoted: Dental app-mentioning troubled past

Discussion in 'Confidential Consult' started by Tildy, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. Tildy

    Tildy 12 yrs old, feels like 84 Moderator Emeritus SDN Advisor 7+ Year Member

    I can't help you related to dental application. To answer the question related to medical school applications (recognizing there may be some differences in how dental schools handle these issues), the answer is that it wouldn't be perceived as excuse making. However, what you write can be discussed. Often times, especially if you don't wish to really discuss what happened, it can be best to be vague. Nonetheless, I encourage you to think about whether you are willing to discuss this - because even if you word it vaguely, in the course of the conversation, an interviewer may probe close to details of what happened.

    Best of luck. Hopefully some dental applicants or moderators will see this and answer.
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  3. fleur531

    fleur531 7+ Year Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Hi there!

    I am so sorry to hear of the op's past domestic abuse situation. I am a dental applicant (no seasoned pro here so these are just my humble 2 cents!) and these are my thoughts:

    In response to this question, I would briefly mention the difficult situation you were in (especially if there is a sudden decline in your senior year grades) and then go onto focus how you overcame it. Focus on the positive - which is how strong you were to overcome this!!

    I don't think they will think of it as making excuses - but rather facing a challenge in life and overcoming it :) Wish you all the best!

  4. MrBoo

    MrBoo Scalpel 10+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    It would be helpful to have your counsellor write a short letter commenting on what happened in the past, how it may have affected you and how far you've progressed since that period in life.

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