Before you apply…



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  • Andrew Read-Fuller, DDS
  • ASDA Western Regional Meeting
  • November 5, 2011

Before you apply…

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Board Exam/Standardized Tests
  • Externships

NBDE: Pass/Fail

  • NBDE: Pass/Fail
  • GRE
  • NBME
  • “Specialty” Test

Typically 1-4 weeks

  • Typically 1-4 weeks
  • Direct patient care vs. Observation
  • OMS: essentially required, optional for other specialties
  • Consider geography

What are programs looking for?

  • What are programs looking for?
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Making your CV
  • Personal Potential Index (PPI)
  • Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
  • Choosing where to apply
  • Interviews
  • Source: ADEA FADEA Survey
  • Source: ADEA FADEA Survey
  • Source: ADEA FADEA Survey
  • Source: ADEA FADEA Survey
  • Source: ADEA FADEA Survey
  • Source: ADEA FADEA Survey
  • Source: ADEA FADEA Survey

WHO?

  • WHO?
  • Faculty who know you and have worked with you in a clinical setting
  • Academics in your specialty of
  • interest (especially OMS)
  • “Department” Letter
  • “Dean’s” Letter

Highlight accomplishments, not just leadership positions

  • Highlight accomplishments, not just leadership positions
  • Appropriate font/formatting
  • Beware appropriate length limits
  • Get help from someone with experience!

New this year on PASS

  • New this year on PASS
  • Existed previously for graduate school applications
  • Evaluation on six categories
  • Importance to program directors (?)

Intended to make life easier

  • Intended to make life easier
  • Restrictive limits in certain categories
  • Beware application “deadlines”
  • Search program websites to assure accurate application requirements

2 x 2 photo

  • 2 x 2 photo
  • Application fee
  • CV
  • Copy of board scores
  • Printed letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental application materials

MYTH #1:

  • MYTH #1:
  • Interviews are always one-on-one.
  • REALITY:
  • Group or “panel” style is common.

MYTH #2:

  • MYTH #2:
  • The interview stops once you leave the room.
  • REALITY:
  • You’re being interviewed until you match.

MYTH #3:

  • MYTH #3:
  • Only faculty will interview you.
  • REALITY:
  • Residents, staff, etc. are all important. (see myth #2)

MYTH #4:

  • MYTH #4:
  • This won’t be like dental school interviews. Questions will all be substantive.
  • REALITY:
  • Be ready for anything!

MYTH #5:

  • MYTH #5:
  • The interviewer asks all the questions.
  • REALITY:
  • You’d better have some questions ready too!

Common Questions:

  • Common Questions:
  • Why OMS/orthodontics/endodontics?
  • Where else are you applying?
  • Why our program?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

REMEMBER…

  • REMEMBER…
  • Your goal: be their #1 rank
  • “I really want to go to your program”

Thank-you notes: be flattering

  • Thank-you notes: be flattering
  • The MATCH
  • Wrapping-up dental school
    • Regional board exams (now is the time)
    • Finishing graduation requirements

OMS, GPR/AEGD, Ortho,

  • OMS, GPR/AEGD, Ortho,
  • pediatrics, anesthesia
  • ALWAYS favors the applicant
  • (rank ‘em how you like ‘em)
  • Rank every program (unless
  • you’d rather not get in at all)

Include all other specialties (endo, perio, etc.) as well as some ortho programs

  • Include all other specialties (endo, perio, etc.) as well as some ortho programs
  • Be prepared to make a quick decision!
  • andrew.readfuller@gmail.com


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