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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by IzzyMarieDMD, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. IzzyMarieDMD

    IzzyMarieDMD Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Since good DAT scores and GPAs have become the norm, and since it seems like everyone has a zillion hours of shadowing/volunteering, what have you guys done to make your application unique?
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  3. KOM

    KOM Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    1) 2 foreign languages.

    2) Study abroad.

    3) 2 years in a global pharmacutical company. I think this one helped me a lot for some of the research inclined dental schools, but I also think a few of the schools might like to see that you've tested the waters outside dentistry.
  4. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    Research. I was told by a couple of schools I interviewed at that research was the main reason they were going to rec. me. They said that many students (esp right out of undergrad) don't take a huge interest in all the research opportunities available to them because many have limited experiences with it. They felt the research aspect was something that I could contribute to their program if accepted. What I thought was cool specifically about my VCU interview...which DEFINITELY SOLD ME...and caused me to pull my other apps... is that they phrased it as an interest in me and what I could bring to their program rather than just what they could offer me. The mutual benefit thing REALLY interested me over the feeling like they were doing me a huge favor and I would owe them forever!
  5. mymouthsmells

    mymouthsmells Old Member 2+ Year Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Job experience can also help. Having a job that involves a lot of manual dexterity can indirectly show you have one the of the key components of being a competent dentist. Combined that with a science degree and decent grades will further your application.
  6. PennPB

    PennPB 2+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2006
    Travelling, sleeping on benches, sleeping suspended 400 ft in the air on a portaledge, and in hostels in countries far away from home. Doing the things you love, and finding something inherently inspiring in a profession along the way... you know, life experience. That's the one incalculable factor that makes an interview stand out.
  7. KOM

    KOM Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    What he or she said :thumbup:
  8. Leokazumahyon

    Leokazumahyon 2+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    1) Demonstrated excellence in something other than academics: Performance pianist

    2) Leadership: Gave seminars to colleagues to teach new teaching methods

    3) Community service: Volunteered to teach weekly high school health classes in low-income areas

    4) Well-roundedness: Training to run the marathon
  9. seansk

    seansk USC Dentistry Class 2010 7+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2004
    every school has different criteria besides GPA and DATs. For example a research school would like to see research. While a school that emphasizes public health would like to see you do some volunteer work!!
  10. pmantz

    pmantz Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    Raising three kids while my wife works and I go to school full time.
  11. toothfairy85

    toothfairy85 Guest

    Aug 22, 2006
    College athlete, VP of honor society, and University Ambassadors.
  12. pacbum

    pacbum 7+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    couldn't have said it better any other way...

    it's up to you to find ways to let your personality shine through your application. that's what makes you unique. travel abroad definitely helped me.
  13. ice4804

    ice4804 Let the fun begin... 2+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    Study abroad, undergraduate teaching, community service, undergraduate research in Pitt dental school.

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