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Shadowing and Volunteer work

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Benoir, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. Benoir

    Benoir 2+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2007
    How important are either, and how much of either do you have to do for it to matter?

    I have about 130ish volunteer hours and will have about 200~240 by the time I apply, but 240 hours over 3 years doesn't seem like much :scared: .

    I could shadow a dentist, but I'd only be able to shadow him for a week or so.
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  3. USCbiograd

    USCbiograd 7+ Year Member

    Shadowing is extremely important. In fact it is the reason that I was not accepted to Dental School this year. When I spoke with the admissions commitee they informed me that they like to see 100+ hours of shadowing, and also not inbetween large periods of time. My DAT was a 20 AA/ 21 TS/ 18 PAT with a 3.6 overall/ science GPA. They said that my DAT and GPA were fine, but they just wanted to see more shadowing.
  4. koochooloo

    koochooloo SugarNaCl's bestest bud! 2+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Northern VA/Richmond
    yea shadowing's the only real way to find out you're gonna like what you're getting in to..very important
  5. pre-dentalguy

    pre-dentalguy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2006
    As those guys above mentioned before... shadowing is most important. However, volunteer from time to time look good as well. Do not neglect either.

  6. 1992Corolla

    1992Corolla CheerioKing 7+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    The more the better. 240 should be enough.
  7. RICEman

    RICEman 5+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Would 7+ years of Navy (enlisted) experience suffice the volunteer requirement?
  8. Benoir

    Benoir 2+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2007
    Thanks for the responses.

    Any advice on who to shadow?

    I already have one dentist in mind, but I guess it would be better to shadow 3 or so.
  9. slashnroses19

    slashnroses19 10+ Year Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    i work at a dentist office. do i put the hours i work in the same amount as the hours i've worked there? or are they entirely separate things?
  10. t man

    t man Epoxi-Lips 2+ Year Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    I have very similar stats and was told the same thing. Sorry, I know how frustrating that situation is.

    I have 50 shadowing hours now (I shadowed for 2 weeks straight, 5 hour days), and I've seen about every procedure the general dentist I shadowed does more than once. 240 hours sounds like MORE than enough to me, but I know Corolla is developing that site, so he probably has a good idea. I think the UoP site recommends 40 hours.
    I'm going to volunteer full-time for a month this June in Peru, and I took a part-time community service job a few months ago, so I hope that's enough for me in the shadowing/volunteer portion of my app... I'm not sure what else I could do, or honestly should have to:confused:

    the schools I called said 50 hours is enough, but I'm considering doing some more shadowing next year or late this coming summer just to play it safe... the application process is too expensive and time consuming not to.
  11. schmick

    schmick Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005

    I'd say go and shadow only one guy. Instead of spreading your time over three offices, focus on one. Get to know the dentist and let him get to know you as a person. Go out to lunch with him, etc. The ask him to refer you to a few of the specialists with whom he works.
  12. xdianaax

    xdianaax In memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    I agree with the above post. It is difficult in the beginning to find a dentist, but once you find him/her just give it your all because they really will do wonders for you. Good luck!
  13. UOP_Dentist

    UOP_Dentist USAF Dentist Dentist SDN Advisor 7+ Year Member

    Sep 21, 2005
    Washington state
    Don't take your experience in a dental office for granted. Absorb as much information and training as much as you can. Most of my success in dental student is because i knew how things went in dentistry, from the simplest way to pour models to the complex intricacy of waxing esthetic cases. ONce you learn all this stuff ahead of you it is sooo much easier to learn in dental school. AND since you know so many tips and tricks, you can use it to your advantage and ace all the lab courses.

    The top clinical students in my class were previous dental assistants, lab techs or hygienists, so if you can do more than just shadow, try to get a job as a student-intern. You may even get college credit for it as well.
  14. drpoppapump

    drpoppapump 2+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2007
    Belleville, Illinois
    how much shadowing do i really need to actually be competitive in applying to dental school. I have no experience at shadowing at all yet and im soon to probably ask my dentist for some shadow experience.
  15. bennijai

    bennijai 5+ Year Member

    May 23, 2006
    New York
    i also have a question based on extracurricular activities...

    ive shadowed my dentist for around 42 hours...
    a bio ta for 1 year (~400 hours)
    pres. of dental club (~68 hours)
    did charity work with red cross, a nursing home, and aided foreign exchange students with campus life (~70 hours)

    will these really help?

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