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is volunteering at a hospital important for getting into dental school (or pharm/optom schools)?
if it's not that important, i'd rather do a few internships.
i was thinking of volunteering this summer for 2 months, but i'd like to find out if it is useful in preparation for applying to dental school?
i know that the competition to dental school is tough, so i want to try my best to make myself a good candidate.

btw i am going to be a 3rd year undergrad at uc davis.
i'm also a newbie here....so be nice =)
 

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stussyhk said:
is volunteering at a hospital important for getting into dental school (or pharm/optom schools)?
if it's not that important, i'd rather do a few internships.
i was thinking of volunteering this summer for 2 months, but i'd like to find out if it is useful in preparation for applying to dental school?
i know that the competition to dental school is tough, so i want to try my best to make myself a good candidate.

btw i am going to be a 3rd year undergrad at uc davis.
i'm also a newbie here....so be nice =)
Volunteering at a hospital would be good, but volunteering at a dental clinic would be even better. I am going to be a 3rd year undergrad transfer student at UCD, and I know that they have a very good internship center that can set you up shadowing/ doing stuff in public dental clinics, private dental offices, and dental labs. Go to the career center and ask around, or go to their website. Don't do it just because it will make you a better candidate, do it to see if you truly love this profession and is willing to do it for the rest of your life.
 
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thanks for the advice.
btw i'm also a transfer student (from ucsc)!

i also know that they have a career/internship center at ucd.
but i heard you're suppose to sign up for an internship online and they randomly pick people from a lottery draw or something?

and i never really wanted to volunteer at a hopsital, because i won't be able to observe what dentists or pharmacists do. i suppose if i plan to go to med school, then volunteering at a hopsital would be useful and a good preparation for my future. but anyway, i thought it would be a good idea at first so i asked. btw i volunteered at a dental clinic before back when i was in high school.
 

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stussyhk said:
thanks for the advice.
btw i'm also a transfer student (from ucsc)!

i also know that they have a career/internship center at ucd.
but i heard you're suppose to sign up for an internship online and they randomly pick people from a lottery draw or something?

and i never really wanted to volunteer at a hopsital, because i won't be able to observe what dentists or pharmacists do. i suppose if i plan to go to med school, then volunteering at a hopsital would be useful and a good preparation for my future. but anyway, i thought it would be a good idea at first so i asked. btw i volunteered at a dental clinic before back when i was in high school.
Hey I went to UCSC my freshmen year. Anyways, there are dental clinics around davis for low income patients. You can always call them up to see if you can go and observe or volunteer. The hours for that might be more flexible than signing up for an actual internship.
 

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If everyone does the same thing...what sets you apart? What would convince the dental school in accepting you and not someone just like you. Do something that is extra-ordinary, but meaningful. Volunteer in Sudan, or work in a clinic in argentina. Something that not many others can say in an interview or a personal statement.

(btw...i never volunteered in a hospital, or a clinic, or a third world country, but was still accepted into dental school)
 

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stussyhk said:
is volunteering at a hospital important for getting into dental school (or pharm/optom schools)?
if it's not that important, i'd rather do a few internships.
i was thinking of volunteering this summer for 2 months, but i'd like to find out if it is useful in preparation for applying to dental school?
i know that the competition to dental school is tough, so i want to try my best to make myself a good candidate.

btw i am going to be a 3rd year undergrad at uc davis.
i'm also a newbie here....so be nice =)
Hey fellow Aggie!

As soon as you get the chance to visit the internship and career center (South Hall), ask about the sign-ups for the fall. I am not sure if they have done them already because you usually do it the quarter prior to the one in which you are planning on doing your internship.The earlier you do it the better because they fill up fast. You sign-up online and they give you a pass time. When your pass time comes, you'll be able to access a list of all of the available internships. Some are with GP's while others are with specialists. You will be able to choose it right away as you will be given the times that are available, so make sure you have your schedule or an idea of what it will be. If I'm not mistaken, the lottery comes into play in that case that all of the slots are filled. The lottery will take place if someone doesn't show up for orientation, which makes there spot available again, but to be sure ask the internship and career center.

I HIGHLY recommend doing a Communicare internship. It is a two quarter commitment (which roughly equals out to 80 hrs). Communicare is a county clinic with locations in Davis, West Sac, Woodland, and Esparto and they provide medical and dental services to low-income patients. I did it and I loved it. It was a great way to learn about the clinical and administrative aspects of dentistry. I feel like it is a great introduction to the field because you don't just observe. The dentists I worked with were cool and I admired the way they interacted with patients. They were very encouraging.

Hope this helps clear somethings up for you :)
 

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coolslugs said:
Don't do it just because it will make you a better candidate, do it to see if you truly love this profession and is willing to do it for the rest of your life.
I agree. :thumbup: That's the approach that I took when starting my internship and I have definitely found what I want to do...
 
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I-Baby said:
Hey fellow Aggie!

As soon as you get the chance to visit the internship and career center (South Hall), ask about the sign-ups for the fall. I am not sure if they have done them already because you usually do it the quarter prior to the one in which you are planning on doing your internship.The earlier you do it the better because they fill up fast. You sign-up online and they give you a pass time. When your pass time comes, you'll be able to access a list of all of the available internships. Some are with GP's while others are with specialists. You will be able to choose it right away as you will be given the times that are available, so make sure you have your schedule or an idea of what it will be. If I'm not mistaken, the lottery comes into play in that case that all of the slots are filled. The lottery will take place if someone doesn't show up for orientation, which makes there spot available again, but to be sure ask the internship and career center.

I HIGHLY recommend doing a Communicare internship. It is a two quarter commitment (which roughly equals out to 80 hrs). Communicare is a county clinic with locations in Davis, West Sac, Woodland, and Esparto and they provide medical and dental services to low-income patients. I did it and I loved it. It was a great way to learn about the clinical and administrative aspects of dentistry. I feel like it is a great introduction to the field because you don't just observe. The dentists I worked with were cool and I admired the way they interacted with patients. They were very encouraging.

Hope this helps clear somethings up for you :)
wow thanks for the advice.
i'll definitely look into doing a communicare internship.
 

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You could try and find a hospital dentist and shadow him/her. That could be a really cool experience. I have no idea if there's one in your area. You might just have to call up the hospitals and see. That would definitely be unique.