Pre-Dental Guide 2011 - Cornell Pre

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MISSION/PURPOSE
• Provide you with information and guidance as
you explore your interest in dentistry.
• Act as a home-base for all Cornell Pre-Dental
students.
• Impart our knowledge about the dental schools and
the application process.
• Work to promote campus awareness of both oral
health issues and the dental profession.
E-BOARD
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Misun Chun, President
• Email: [email protected]
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Jeffrey Yeung, VP of Services
• Email: [email protected]
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Madiha Khanani, VP of
Communications
• Email: [email protected]
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Collin Suh, Treasurer
• Email: [email protected]
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Richard Salvagno, VP of Outreach
• Email: [email protected]
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Stony Brook
Robert Sonn: Cornell ’09, Stony ’13,
[email protected]
Jason Cho: Cornell ’08,
Rosie Katz: Cornell ’09, Stony ‘13
Phil Glassberg: Cornell ’09, Stony ‘13
Lindsey Scheer: Cornell ’05, Stony ’09,
[email protected]
Harvard
Natalie Claire Rogers: Cornell ’04,
Alison Seliger: Cornell ’09, Harvard ’13,
[email protected]
UMDNJ
Nadia Rodriguez: Cornell ’08,
[email protected]
Misato Fukuda: UMDNJ '14
Eric EunTaek Oh: UMDNJ '13
Columbia
Lidia Movahedian: Cornell ’10, Columbia ’14,
[email protected]
University of Colorado School of Dentistry
Penn
Bethany Wong: Cornell ’10, Columbia ’14,
Kate Goldberg: Cornell ’08, UC ’13,
[email protected]
Monjir Bakshi: Cornell ’09, Penn ’13,
[email protected]
[email protected]
Thomas Chae: Cornell ’08,
[email protected]
Sungmin Alyssa Kim: Cornell ’10, Penn ’14,
UCSF
[email protected]
Bansari Modi: Cornell ’05,
Richard Salas: Cornell ’07, UCSF ’11,
[email protected]
Seth Greenberg: Cornell ’10,
[email protected]
[email protected]
Lisa Van Eindhoven: Cornell ’04,
[email protected]
Nicholas Mueller: Cornell ’10, Penn ’14,
UNLV
[email protected]
Charley Levy: Cornell, [email protected]
Erin Brosy: Cornell ’10, UNLV ’14,
Katherine Ma: Penn '13
Angie Chin: Cornell ’04, Columbia ’08,
[email protected]
[email protected]
Nikhil Shyam: Cornell ’08, Penn ’12,
[email protected]
NYU
Danielle Scheir: Cornell ’06, Penn ’11,
Tufts
Henry Huang: Cornell ’07, NYU ’11,
[email protected]
Rita Estefan: Cornell ’09, [email protected]
[email protected]
Eli Kahn: Cornell ’04, Penn ’09,
Marshall Montgomery: Cornell ’04, Penn,
UConn
BU
[email protected]
Stefanie Aquilina: Cornell ’10, UConn ’14,
Alexis Fraser: Cornell ’06, BU ’10,
Jennifer Tran: Cornell ’05, Penn ’09,
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Chirag Patel, Cornell ’03, Uconn ’07, UCSF
Christine Ambrose: Cornell ’04, BU ’08
Amit Rajani: Cornell ’05, Penn ’09,
’11 (MD-OMFS), [email protected]
[email protected]
PRE-DENTAL SOCIETY’S EVENTS
Operation Smile Fundraiser Event
Smile Train
Dental School Visits
Informational Sessions with Dental School Admission Officers
Big Red Brush Fundraiser
THE PRE-DENTAL STUDENTS GUIDE TO
CORNELL!
ADVANCE PLACEMENT CREDIT
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If you have AP Credits, use them.
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It’s a well-known fact that introductory science classes at Cornell are often a
lot harder than upper level courses. Save you’re GPA from being ravaged,
avoid the introductory classes if you can. This should be fine if you take
plenty of higher level biology/chemistry courses such as Histology,
Immunology, and Medical Parasitology.
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However, be warned that certain schools now require that you must take the
INTRODUCTORY science courses. (i.e. University of California Dental
School System) Look at your prospective school’s requirement before
deciding to make this move.
COURSES
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Plan in advance; use websites such as schedulerize.com to plan your schedule.
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Talk to your fellow peers, especially students that are older for course
recommendations. Use websites such as ratemyprofessor.com to see what other
people have said about this professors.
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LOOK FOR lab classes, small seminar classes. For example, the Lab course for
Microbiology, or Animal Physiology Experimentation, is limited to ~40 students per
year. You learn great hands on science techniques that will be useful in grad
school, and you’ll get to know the professor easily as well.
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TakeNote is a valuable resource for many classes. This provides a good guideline
to study especially during cumulative finals. Some classes, like Organic Chemistry,
can have crazy lecturers who can bang out mechanisms on a chalk board faster
than you can humanely possibly copy down. Many times, copies of the TakeNote
are available in the library. However, closer to prelims and finals time, they’re often
already checked out.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
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These look great on applications, leadership skills are important. But it is
important to not overload on extracurriculars, especially if they detract from
your GPA.
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Its better to get involved in a couple of organizations that you can get
REALLY involved with rather than being in 100 organizations.
TEACHERS & RECCOMENDATIONS
 DO NOT get to know a teacher with “this is a possible recommendation letter”
mentality. The list of profs you’ll ask to write letters will continue to change
dynamically each year at Cornell, and will ultimately be completely different
your senior year than what you imagined your sophomore or even junior year.
 DO GET INVOLVED in research- even if you don’t like it, try it out at Cornell,
and shop at least a couple of labs your frosh and sophomore year. Professors
will get to know you outside the classroom and can be a huge boon to you as
an academic support, and yes, ultimately, a letter of recommendation.
 DO VOLUNTEER to be a TA. Not only will this look good on your resume, but
provide another reason for a professor to get to know you well.

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