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would doing "biomedical research" hurt my dental application?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Smooth Operater, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. Smooth Operater

    Smooth Operater don't bug "operatEr"! 5+ Year Member

    May 22, 2004
    I got a offer to do a biomedical research for one of universities in southern California during the summer break for 3 months. I will be working with the medicine faculty. The pay is really good and the school is very close to LA. Those are the two main reasons that I going. However, my ultimate goal is to get into dental school next year. Do you think dental schools would frown on my application if I say that I have done researchs with medicine faculty and worked on biomedical related research instead of dentistry? Thanks!
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  3. Yeah as a general rule Adcoms hate seeing meaningful research experience on your application. You might as well have a felony conviction for selling black tar heroin to school children.
  4. Fuji

    Fuji 2+ Year Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    My guess is no. That type of research experience will probably make you more competitive.
  5. t man

    t man Epoxi-Lips 2+ Year Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    do you mean will it hurt because you're doing medical research instead of dental research? because that doesn't matter. if its entry-level, you're responsibilities probably wouldn't be much different even if it were dental research, and anything you learn in the biomedical realm will be a plus. after all, dental medicine is a biomedical science.

    also, consider the way many predents choose to spend the summers: by the beach or in front of the TV.
  6. bmrboy19

    bmrboy19 New Member 5+ Year Member

    May 24, 2006
    NO! All it will do is help you...why would something like working in biomedcial research ever hurt you? the more relavent work experience in the science area the better...i worked in Biotech/Cancer research for the past 2 years and was a really impressive stat on my application...however, make sure u have some dental experience as well...the more you have on ur application the better it will look...take the job...

  7. HeMan

    HeMan 2+ Year Member

    In order to answer this I have one major question. When you say, "doing medical research, good pay, etc." do you really mean "taking part in a medically supervised study of an investigational medication, where you will be compensated for your time and travel."
  8. Smooth Operater

    Smooth Operater don't bug "operatEr"! 5+ Year Member

    May 22, 2004
    I am hired to carry out a 10 weeks basic science research project related to medicine. Housing is provided. I will be earning $3200 US dollar in 10 weeks, which is a pretty good pay for a Canadian researcher. Canadian undergrad get paid $8 CDN/hour to do research. It's good money for me. But I don't know about Americans. Is $3200 good paid? Thanks!
  9. Dauber

    Dauber Big Baby Jesus 2+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2007
    No. Anyone who tells you that it'll hurt your chances is an idiot.
  10. PennPB

    PennPB 2+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2006
  11. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    You can't be for real. I have done prostate cancer research for over 2 years now full time at a hospital here in Buffalo. This was the main point they looked at when I was interviewed. They LOVED to see an interest in research and especially first author on an immunology publication. They also were happy when I said I wanted to continue research in the dental field. Remember, dentistry IS medicine! Without one, you can't have the other. Oral health is just as important as overall health... you saw what just happened to that 11 yr old boy who died from what the newspaper claimed was a "toothache" (abscess).
  12. mahme

    mahme Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2005
    yes it would hurt. no dental school wants to see someone researching for med schools. you should stick w/ dental research or none at all!!

    and only 3200? you're getting ripped, dude.
  13. Smooth Operater

    Smooth Operater don't bug "operatEr"! 5+ Year Member

    May 22, 2004
    is mahme being sacarstic? is $3200 for a 10 weeks work a pretty good paid for a research position?
  14. bruinpredent

    bruinpredent UCLA School of Dentistry 7+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2006

    yes he's being sarcastic. 3200 sounds about right...UCI gives $3000 for its 10 week research program, caltech gives $5000
  15. pmantz

    pmantz Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    This has been the most informative and useful thread I have ever read.
  16. gatormichigan

    gatormichigan 7+ Year Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    If you are able to get dental research I would do that instead but remember that your biom. research is better than having no research at all.

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