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What can I partake in hs that will help in dental school?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by MBSTX, May 9, 2000.

  1. MBSTX

    MBSTX kingly 10+ Year Member

    May 9, 2000
    Hello, I am currently in high school and want to persue a career in dentistry. And my grades are OK......A's,B's, and C's. I need to get rid of the C's. But I wanted to know if I could do more, like volunteer to make up for my usleless grades? What orginazations are there concerning dentistry? Does volunteering/ extra-curricular count for anything when you apply to a dental school after you've already done pre-reqs at college? Thanks.
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  3. avalanche

    avalanche Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2000
    New York
    Hold on there. It's good that you are
    already primed about getting into the profession, but you are overlooking the
    college aspect of things.
    Getting into a Dental school will depend
    on your COLLEGE gpa and DAT scores. But getting into a good college depends on your
    high school gpa amongst other things ( so definitely get rid of the C's )
    but regarding extracurriculars, volunteering in general and 'shadowing' a local practitioner will be quite an eye-opening experience as far as getting a better idea about what goes on in a dental office.
    also building a relationship with a dentist can get you a job as an assistant or at the very least a nice recommendation when the time comes. Don't overlook the dental labs in your area as well, as the technicians there are doing what you'll likely be doing in your first 2 years of school.

    When you get to the dental school application . . . extra curriculars will count as far as your ability to be a team player, a leader and a community oriented person.( those are great qualities to have ) In addition, any activity which improves your manual dexterity ( especially playing a musical instrument, artwork ( painting etc ) ) and communication skills.

    Since you have such an early start i don't see any reason why you can get a comprehensive view on what dentistry encompasses.

    Good Luck.


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