Thursday, March 22, 2012

Useful online dental resources you should know

Let's start with resources every dental student should know. There are a ton of resources online to help you in your dental admissions process. Here are some that I've found useful.

This website is seriously the PreDents is a data-driven site which collects statistics on applicants who submit their relevant info (DAT, GPA, extracurriculars, school, personal information) and where they applied, interviewed, and got in. You can click through specific schools or applicant profiles. (Note to applicants: Post your stats for the next round of applicants. Extra points to whoever finds me on PreDents!)

Consider this the College Confidential of dental school.The Dental Forums are useful if you have specific questions you want to ask to the general pre-dent audience. There are some admission gurus on this forum but you might want to take some advice with a grain of salt (and maybe a chill pill). On the main website are also useful articles to flip through. I especially like the Dentist Profiles. There is also an Interview Feedback page for each dental school with comments from applicants (similar to Predents).

American Dental Education Association publishes an Official Guide to Dental Schools- a must-have. If your pre-health advising office does not have a copy, you can order the 2012 guide for only $35. Put this on your birthday list. This book is the bible of dental schools: your one source for looking up deadlines, requirements, average GPA/DAT scores, tuition and incoming student profiles.

What online resources have you found useful? Did anyone else harbor an unhealthy Student Doctor addiction during the application process?