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sorry to take up topic space but wasn't there a few dentist on here? need some words of wisdoms if you could, thanks
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it was regarding dental school hoss
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Can't help had my "wisdom" teeth pulled several years ago.
I myself am not a dentist, but my wife just went through dental school & residency a few years ago and is now on faculty at a dental school. What is it that you want to know?
didnt get into JMU because of one class(F in precal), everything else was in check. now my options are ECU/Liberty in august or retake Precal over the summer and go to JMU in the spring. i was wondering if taking a semester off was frowned upon? Which would be the wiser decision? Are schools like Liberty frowned upon (private, 97% acceptance, etc)? also, any other words of advice would help(i already know the basic info).
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I wouldn't worry too much about taking a semester off. Lots of people take time off before going to dental school for various reasons. My wife took a year off prior to starting, as did a number of her dental school classmates. I'd make your decision based on where you want to go. If you don't want to go to Liberty, then I'd take the time off to get your grades in order so you can go to the school you'd prefer.
As for schools like Liberty being "frowned upon," I guess that depends. I probably wouldn't concern myself as much with the acceptance rate as I would with the general reputation of the dental school. If they accept 97%, but have a reputation for turning out good dentists & are able to send a number of their students to specialty schools, then that's just fine. However, my suspicion is that if they're accepting 97% of applicants, they probably don't have a terribly great reputation....otherwise, everybody would be going there.
Go to the best school you can. Taking a semester off to go to JMU is worth it. Before enrolling into classes, call a couple of the dental schools you are interested in. Make sure you give them your name, to get it out there, and ask them (preferably an assistant dean of admissions or the dean of admissions) what the prerequisites of that school are. Also, ask if there are any additional classes they would recommend. Lastly, get the dental schools curriculum. Take as many of those classes as you can undergrad. Audit them if you must, but you'll be better prepared.
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thanks guys. i have decided on JMU. another reason is my girlfriend didnt get into VCU dental hygiene program with a 3.83gpa and a few volunteer and shadowing hours and you cant transfer into the program in spring, so she'll be doing nothing so im sticking around a bit longer for her. plus i just didnt want to go anywhere else but JMU. once again thanks guys
I've been in practice for 41 years and graduated from MCV in Richmond. Back when, UVa students actually had a better shot at being admitted and graduating from Dental School. In a class of 80 dental students, 8-10-12 would be from UVa. They used to say that you should only take the courses recommended for Admission and not to get into Dental School courses, that they would teach you those. I don't know about that advice?
The key in college has been to do well in your Major and do well in the Sciences required. Another important point used to be taking the Dental Practical test where you carved selected figures in chalk sticks. You had to practice beforehand, and I guessed the figure that was required to be cut into the chalk. Not sure if they still do it.
You might want to talk, after hours, to your family dentist about Dental School. Veteran dentists take a particular interest in patients pursuing the dental profession, and you will need favorable recommendations to apply to Dental School from at least 3 people, hopefully people that the School is aware of. You might want to make an appointment with an Admissions person for a chat at MCV in Richmond.
The most important thing that I did, though, after acceptance, was to get into the Naval Reserve as a Direct Appointment Dental Officer, and retiring from it after 33 years. You can do your dental work/patient care and serve your country at the same time. The Armed Forces has some $$$ for scholarships when the windows are open, and at those times when the Services need dentists. They also have some $$$ for General Dentists after they've been in practice and decide to enter the Reserve programs later. You would need to contact a Reserve Officer Recruiter or an Active Duty Officer Recruiter, depending on the way you would want to go. Most youthful dentists start out in the Reserve Component.
I used to work in DC at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and processed these applications for Commissioning on my Reserve Duty from 1996-2004, and there were times where it was impossible to get in and at other times where anybody could get in and/or get scholie $$$$: a real moving target. We had a few applicants that were in debt up to $200K with a family, and that made it hard to access them on LT's pay for full-time Active Duty. The message is to get a lot of contingency plans to activate if you are going to try to get into the dental profession. ><
I jsut got into MCV and am attending school there next year. Let me know if you want some more detailed/recent information.
Hey VB, my dad went the same route as you. Graduated from MCV in '79 or '80 and then went into the Navy dental corps and retired at a Lt. Commander. Y'all might have crossed paths. He did time on the Guam and Coral Sea and had his residency up in Great Lakes.
I knew there was a reason I liked your posts. I was involved with a lot of Active Duty dentists over the years, primarily in administration and training reservists and providing mutual support. I was in Norfolk for half my reserve years and in DC as a Medical Planner for the second half. Sounds as if your dad got out to build a civilian dental practice before it was too late. Great comraderie and surprisingly good retirement benefits. It's a bit like playing baseball in a UVa uniform. You get a very different feel for the school, and similarly, for your country when you've worn that Navy uniform.
anything would be useful, especially insider info. appreciate it
I've been a periodontist now for thirty years and don't know how much advice I could give you as it relates to current admission standards. I do know it is extremely competitive to gain admission now to a state supported dental school. There are schools for profit (South Florida, Las Vegas, etc) that are not as stringent, but I'm not sure about educational success (eg, passing a state board) from these schools.
Great profession though! Good luck on your journey!
what were your credentials? what is the average number of volunteer hours?
I make it a point to get my dad something related to the sea every year at Christmas. Model ships, Navy memoribilia, etc. He's still a proud seaman and I think he would've stayed in the Navy longer if not for all the time away from home. As I tell all the retired grunts I work with when they complain about deployment times, "Hey, the Navy was deploying for 4-12 months at a time all through the Cold War. It's your turn."
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