20 Questions: William Jacobson, DMD, MPH
Student Doctor Network » Dental
by Kyle Magatelli
2w ago
Dr. William Jacobson, dentist, dental school faculty, and author of the Clinical Dentistry Daily Reference Guide, spoke with the Student Doctor Network about his experiences working in community clinics and as a faculty member. Tell us about yourself. William Jacobson, DMD, MPH: My name is William Jacobson. I go by Dr. Jacobson or Dr. J. I’m a general dentist, educator, and author. I completed my Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) in 2015 at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. After dental school, I completed a one-year General Practice Res ..read more
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Q&A: Avi Patel, DDS, CEO of Clear Aligner Advisor
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by Emil Chuck
5M ago
Avi Patel, DDS, or Dr. Avi, is a dentist who leverages his dental education to educate people about clear aligners. He grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and attended dental school at NYU College of Dentistry. Upon graduation, he entered private practice and then founded his own company to advise dentists on integrating clear aligners into their practices. Dr. Avi spoke with the Student Doctor Network about his experiences becoming a dentist and building a practice and a consulting business. Below are excerpts from our discussion; the full interview is available on YouTube. The text has been li ..read more
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Dental School Decision Day: Your Guide
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by Emil Chuck
5M ago
Unlike applicants to other health professions programs, aspiring dentists applying through AADSAS must wait until December to get the first notification of an offer of admission. Beginning at midnight (Eastern time) on December 15, admissions offices can communicate with their interviewed applicants – dental school decision day. The process leading up to Dental School Admissions Decision Day varies by school. Some may select applicants early, while others continue to offer interview slots even after December 15, depending on their class-filling strategy and response to initial offers.  Wh ..read more
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Q&A with Dr. Steven Chang, Director of Admissions, UDM Dental
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by Emil Chuck
1y ago
Dr. Steven Chang (he/him/his) is the Director of Admissions at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry. Tell us about your institution. Dr. Chang: The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is a private Catholic institution in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions. Its religious identity means we are committed to engaging and providing care to the people of Detroit. We are known for our excellence in clinical education. Because of our location in the city of Detroit, we have an unusually busy student-run clinic.  This means that our students do not have to go out and ..read more
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20 Questions: Robert Nadeau, DDS, MD
Student Doctor Network » Dental
by Student Doctor Network
1y ago
Robert Nadeau DDS, MD is in his seventh year at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and his tenth year as an educator. Tell us about your professional journey. Dr. Robert Nadeau: My journey started in 2001 with my acceptance to dental school at the University of Minnesota. I had applied prior but was waitlisted. I got a call that a spot opened about three weeks prior to the semester. Surprise! During the first semester of dental school, I really enjoyed anatomy and physiology. Then we had a lecture on what Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is about along with the scope of practice for ..read more
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Second Year Dental Student: A Day in the Life
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by Kelsey Gwin
2y ago
Have you ever wondered what life is like for a second year dental student? Every school, and every student, will have a slightly different experience. I wanted to share what my life was like as a D2 at UAB School of Dentistry. At UAB, the first two years of dental school are spent hitting the books, listening to hours of lecture and drilling on plastic teeth in the pre-clinical laboratory. While the first year is more heavily focused on learning all the biomedical sciences, year two is all about getting prepared for clinic. As someone who recently completed their second year of dental school ..read more
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DAT Overview From a 99th Percentile Score Recipient
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by Samya Faiq
2y ago
The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is a 4 hour and 15 minute exam that tests both right and left brain dominant individuals and requires heavy preparation. It is broken down into six sections – biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, perceptual ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning – and tests each subject individually with nearly no overlap in content between sections. After three months of DAT prep scattered with an Evolution 101 summer course, I took my exam and scored an Academic Average of 25, PAT of 24. In this article, I will explain the ins and outs of the test, the r ..read more
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When Times Get Tough: Focusing On The Positive In Dental School
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by Kelsey Gwin
2y ago
Updated July 22, 2021. The article was updated to correct minor grammatical errors. I’m tired. I feel like I’ve been saying this since the first day of dental school. Long days of class and lab work followed by long nights of studying begin to catch up with a person after a while. As a good friend of mine once put it “I’m so tired of being tired”. But then I remind myself, I’m here. I made it. There was a time I never would have dreamed of even being accepted to dental school, let alone getting to attend the school I fell in love with during interviews. Ok, better keep that thought in my brain ..read more
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How To Prepare For The DAT: A DAT Study Guide
Student Doctor Network » Dental
by Kelsey Gwin
2y ago
Attention Pre-dents! This is your go-to guide for everything you need to know about the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and how to study for it. While taking this monstrous test is a daunting task, I believe anyone can do well on it if you study with the right resources and mindset. Test Breakdown The test consists of 4 sections: Survey of the Natural Sciences (100 questions total, 90 minutes) Biology (40 questions) General chemistry (30 questions) Organic chemistry (30 questions) Perceptual ability (90 questions, 60 minutes) Reading comprehension (50 questions, 60 minutes) Quantitative re ..read more
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Ready for Residency: Year-by-Year Preparation for Dental Residency Applications
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by Abbey Tadros
2y ago
You spend most days in dental school trying to survive. Tests pummel you; dentures demand that you grind away acrylic for hours; three, four, five millimeter pockets haunt you as you perio chart in your nightmares. You have spent 17 years in the formal education system before ever matriculating in dental school, and yet you may choose to extend your training beyond 21st grade by applying for residency. The application process for residency is wildly overwhelming, and–if you’re anything like most Type A dental students–you might be itching for a way to start preparing now. Details about applica ..read more
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