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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

    May 9, 2000
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    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

    Jun 27, 2000
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    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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