Four Ways Predental Students Can Boost Clinical Hours and Skills During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Four Ways Predental Students Can Boost Clinical Hours and Skills During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Get Started Today 888-839-9997 info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation   Advice from a Practicing Dentist By Dr. Katie D. COVID-19 has shut down dental offices, canceled volunteering events, and hindered previous paths of shadowing and service hours. What’s a pre-dent to do? A silver lining to the pandemic is the innovation and re-interpretation of what this experience is and how to obtain it. Here are four ways you can earn these hours and boost your skills from the comfort and safety of your own home. Virtual Shadowing: There are several players in the virtual shadowing world one year into the pandemic. Here are a few to check out: Instagram @dentalshadowers & @smileshadowers – these accounts are putting together weekly series of dental professionals sharing their stories. They are coordinating with general dentists, specialists, and dental staff members. There are also helpful posts with tips and insight into dentistry. Prehealthshadowing.com is a non-profit organization comprised of a diverse structure of young adults. They have Zoom meetings arranged with dental professionals who will discuss their dental experiences from application to current work environment. These sessions are also recorded and available on YouTube. They offer a Certificate of Verification following completion of a session. The live meetings allow for Q&A and interaction with other interested viewers, networking, and social support. Within their program, they invite interested viewers to contact them for other volunteer opportunities some as research and grant writing. This is a fantastic opportunity to log some volunteer hours as well as shadowing time. Volunteering: With the closure and limited entry available to many dental clinics, your ability to directly volunteer...
Getting Dental Experience as a Predental Student

Getting Dental Experience as a Predental Student

Get Started Today 888-839-9997 info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation   Tips from a Recent Dental School Graduate By Dr. Natalie P As with any career, if you are interested in dentistry, it is most likely a good idea to shadow or observe what the profession entails before you apply.  Below are several ways that you can gain experience in the dental field as well as questions that you may want to ask during your experience. Volunteer at a dental office If you have a dentist that you have been seeing for several years, one of the easiest ways to get an idea of what goes on in a dental practice is to ask them if it is ok to shadow them for a few days. There is value in shadowing a dentist to inquire about both the business aspect of dentistry as well as the procedural aspect. How many people comprise the business, are there associates, how many hygienists, assistants, front desk staff make up the team? What are the various procedures that are conducted on a daily basis and what procedures do they refer to specialists? Is there a good collaboration with the lab for esthetic cases and what lab work is done by the dentist or assistant? Depending on the state, what are the job duties of the assistants? Depending on the state and the rapport that you have with the person you are shadowing, they may allow you to assist on several procedures which would further allow you to get an idea of what is entailed in the field of dentistry. Attend a dental mission In...
What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Dental School

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Dental School

Get Started Today   20 Minutes Free Consultation   Perspectives of a Recent Dental School Graduate By Dr. Natalie P When I got my acceptance to my top choice dental school, I remember just screaming with excitement. The next several months, I looked into housing, explored things to do in the City of Brotherly Love, and connected with future classmates. I was looking forward to a whole new adventure. The four years of dental school consisted of hard work, some play, and trying to make it through practicals, board exams, and competencies to graduate. There was a lot of information to learn in the first two years, each class instructor conveying large quantities of information that I wasn’t sure I was going to remember. The subsequent two years focused on applying the knowledge we had learned, while fine-tuning our hand skills and perceptual abilities. Looking back on my dental school adventures, here’s some advice I wish I had received before I started: Stay organized and don’t worry about what your classmates are doing:  Dental school is competitive and most of the people who got accepted are driven with a high sense of ambition. So, focus on yourself and what works best for you. How do you best study – by yourself or in a group setting? Do you take copious notes during class? Do you require more “practice” when it comes to the hands-on learning? It is best to not compare yourself with others, be honest with yourself, and take on an approach that works for you. Dentistry requires a lot of hand skills and certainly with practice comes...
How I Aced my DAT with 2 Months Prep – A Student’s Guide

How I Aced my DAT with 2 Months Prep – A Student’s Guide

Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation       How to Ace the DAT – Advice from a Student By Sarah D. The time has come to begin thinking about your DAT. In this post I will share my approach to studying for the DAT and review what I would do differently if I had to take the test again. Most importantly, I am here to tell you that achieving a good score is very much doable if you put in the time and study strategically. Thanks to the tips I will share below, I finished the test with a score of 22 in the sciences, 25 in the perceptual ability test, 22 in reading comprehension, and a 23 in quantitative reasoning. If you are like me, one of the first obstacles you might encounter is coming up with a plan to effectively cover all the material you need to know. When I first started planning my DAT preparation, I took advice from several people who had used CrackDAT as a resource and found it very helpful. I began the CrackDAT study program 8 weeks before my planned test date (note: you should register 90 days before you intend to take the DAT). In hindsight, I am glad I chose an 8-week plan because my scores dramatically improved in the last two weeks of studying. One of the first steps in the 8-week program was to take a few diagnostic tests to assess my baseline performance. These diagnostic tests were not full-length tests but comprised a group of 8-13 questions in each subject. On...
Shadowing and Healthcare Experience Requirements for Various PA Schools

Shadowing and Healthcare Experience Requirements for Various PA Schools

Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation PA School Shadowing and Direct Patient Care Experience Requirements Patient care experience and PA shadowing are two important components of a PA school application. Many PA schools require and others highly recommend  that applicants gain direct patient care experience and shadow a PA before applying or matriculating into PA school. By working in the healthcare setting in a capacity that involves interacting with patients,  applicants can gain a better understanding of what being a PA involves and make a more informed decision about entering this profession.  PA shadowing is also a great opportunity to learn more about the PA profession and confirm that you are interested in the PA field. The requirements for patient care experience and shadowing can vary greatly from school to school. It is a good idea for applicants to research the programs they are interested in and ensure they fulfill each school’s patient care and shadowing requirements. Some programs may not require any direct patient care experience while others require more than a thousand hours. Similarly, some programs would not consider an application complete if the applicant has not shadowed a PA while others would. When it comes to clinical experiences working with patients, CASPA categorizes these into two broad areas: patient care experience and healthcare experience. According to CASPA, patient care experience is a type of activity where the individual is directly involved in providing care for patients while healthcare experience is an activity in which you are interacting with patients but not responsible for their care. When completing the CASPA application, you...
Minimum GPA Requirements for PA Schools

Minimum GPA Requirements for PA Schools

Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation Getting into PA school with a low GPA There are many PA schools across the country and each one has its own requirements. One of the areas where many PA schools have a minimum standard is the GPA. This is a cause for concern among applicants who want to get into PA school with a low GPA. Of course, one of the best ways to overcome a low GPA is to take additional courses and to get good grades in these courses. But if this is not possible, an applicant with a low GPA should not be totally disheartened. There are PA programs with lower or less stringent minimum GPA requirements. Applicants to PA school should take the time to carefully research PA schools and find out each school’s minimum GPA requirements before applying. This way, individuals with low GPAs can ensure that they do not waste their time applying to a program that has strict minimum GPA requirements higher than their GPA. If you plan to apply to PA school but your GPA is low, try to find programs which have minimum GPA requirements lower than your GPA. If you find programs that have higher requirements than your GPA to which you are interested in applying, it may be worthwhile finding out whether these programs are lenient on their minimum GPA requirement. For example, some programs may not have an absolute minimum but a preferred minimum GPA. Other programs may take into account improvements, paying attention to the GPA in more recent academic courses (for example the...