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
•
Misun Chun, President
• Email: mc798@cornell.edu
•
Jeffrey Yeung, VP of Services
• Email: jy394@cornell.edu
•
Madiha Khanani, VP of
Communications
• Email: mak367@cornell.edu
•
Collin Suh, Treasurer
• Email: suh.collin@gmail.com
•
Richard Salvagno, VP of Outreach
• Email: rrs66@cornell.edu
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Stony Brook
Robert Sonn: Cornell ’09, Stony ’13,
stillmaticbeat@gmail.com
Jason Cho: Cornell ’08,
Rosie Katz: Cornell ’09, Stony ‘13
Phil Glassberg: Cornell ’09, Stony ‘13
Lindsey Scheer: Cornell ’05, Stony ’09,
lds24@cornell.edu
Harvard
Natalie Claire Rogers: Cornell ’04,
Alison Seliger: Cornell ’09, Harvard ’13,
ars64@cornell.edu
UMDNJ
Nadia Rodriguez: Cornell ’08,
nr58@cornell.edu
Misato Fukuda: UMDNJ '14
Eric EunTaek Oh: UMDNJ '13
Columbia
Lidia Movahedian: Cornell ’10, Columbia ’14,
lm278@cornell.edu
University of Colorado School of Dentistry
Penn
Bethany Wong: Cornell ’10, Columbia ’14,
Kate Goldberg: Cornell ’08, UC ’13,
bkw4@cornell.edu
Monjir Bakshi: Cornell ’09, Penn ’13,
ksg25@cornell.edu
mb427@cornell.edu
Thomas Chae: Cornell ’08,
tdc22@cornell.edu
Sungmin Alyssa Kim: Cornell ’10, Penn ’14,
UCSF
sk534@cornell.edu
Bansari Modi: Cornell ’05,
Richard Salas: Cornell ’07, UCSF ’11,
bkm7@cornell.edu
Seth Greenberg: Cornell ’10,
rps29@cornell.edu
sbg36@cornell.edu
Lisa Van Eindhoven: Cornell ’04,
lv35@cornell.edu
Nicholas Mueller: Cornell ’10, Penn ’14,
UNLV
nsm29@cornell.edu
Charley Levy: Cornell, ctl26@cornell.edu
Erin Brosy: Cornell ’10, UNLV ’14,
Katherine Ma: Penn '13
Angie Chin: Cornell ’04, Columbia ’08,
eab72@cornell.edu
ac355@cornell.edu
Nikhil Shyam: Cornell ’08, Penn ’12,
ns288@cornell.edu
NYU
Danielle Scheir: Cornell ’06, Penn ’11,
Tufts
Henry Huang: Cornell ’07, NYU ’11,
dbs27@cornell.edu
Rita Estefan: Cornell ’09, re37@cornell.edu
hh99@cornell.edu
Eli Kahn: Cornell ’04, Penn ’09,
Marshall Montgomery: Cornell ’04, Penn,
UConn
BU
mbm28@cornell.edu
Stefanie Aquilina: Cornell ’10, UConn ’14,
Alexis Fraser: Cornell ’06, BU ’10,
Jennifer Tran: Cornell ’05, Penn ’09,
stefaq@gmail.com
amf44@cornell.edu
jt242@cornell.edu
Chirag Patel, Cornell ’03, Uconn ’07, UCSF
Christine Ambrose: Cornell ’04, BU ’08
Amit Rajani: Cornell ’05, Penn ’09,
’11 (MD-OMFS), cmp42@cornell.edu
asr28@cornell.edu
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
•
If you have AP Credits, use them.
•
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.
•
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
•
Plan in advance; use websites such as schedulerize.com to plan your schedule.
•
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.
•
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.
•
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
•
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.
•
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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