Monday, March 26, 2012

More online resources you should know (and some offline)

In addition to the three online dental resources I talked about, here are some more  helpful websites to get you familiar with the application process.
Short for "Associated American Dental Schools Application Service", you will start calling it "add-sass" and know it a little too well by the end of your process. This is the Common Application for dental schools. AADSAS greatly simplifies the application process so you can submit everything to one place. AADSAS sends out your transcripts, reference letters and basic applications (some schools require supplements).
Website of American Dental Association. This is where you will sign up for the Dental Admission Test, or DAT, by first getting a DentPin. There is a great variety of resources that will be helpful in a few years when you are a dentist, but for now, I like to read through the ADA news.
Website of American Student Dental Association. There is quite a bit of information about the organization itself than resources for dentist-hopeful's, but the basic Getting into Dental School should be helpful in getting you started.

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Get out there!
And of course, don't forget to use your offline resources. Your school may have a pre-health advising office or a pre-dent club (if not, look at nearby schools or consider starting one). Call up your dentist and ask if you can ask her a few questions. Or is your neighbor a dentist? Or your volleyball teammates' mom?

One helpful resource may be your school's career resources center. They may keep a list of alumni or community members you can contact for informational interviews.