7 Basics for Applying Apply for DENTPIN 2. Take the DAT 3. Sign up for AADSAS 4. Fill out your application 5. Writing your Personal Statement 6. Submitting your LOEs 7. Submitting your Transcripts 1. Step 1 Register for a DENTPIN http://www.ada.org/1225.aspx Step 2 Take the DAT http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx Step 3 Sign up for AADSAS https://portal.aadsasweb.org/ Step 4 Fill out your application Step 4 Fill out your application 7 Parts: 1. Applicant Information 2. Education 3. Professional Experience 4. Personal Statement 5. Letters of Evaluation (LOEs) 6. Release Statement 7. Dental School Designations Fill out your application Part 1 Applicant Information Biographic Information Address, Ethnicity, Place of Birth, etc. Parent and Family Background Information Manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, dentist in family, violation of laws, languages, etc. Disadvantage Status Fill out your application Part 2 Education High School Information (no transcripts) Colleges Attended All undergraduate, graduate and professional schools you have attended or plan to attend (with transcripts) Coursework ALL coursework completed exactly as it appears on your transcript DAT Scores Fill out your application Part 3 Professional Experience Academic Enrichment Programs Awards, Honors and Scholarships (5 max) Dentistry/Shadowing Experience (10 max) Extracurricular, Volunteering, and Community Service (10 max) Research Experience (5 max) Work Experience (5 max) Fill out your application Part 3 Dentistry/Shadowing Experience Need to include: Name of supervisor Position Title Type of Dentistry Observed Brief description of activities Total Number of Hours Position type (Paid, volunteer, shadowing, other) Start Month/Year End Month/Year Fill out your application Part 3 Extracurricular/Volunteer/Service Need to include: Name of Organization Position Title Brief description of activities Average Weekly Hours Total Number of Hours Start Month/Year End Month/Year O, remember, remember not to misrepresent your mission. Only include hours you actually spent in community service. Fill out your application Part 3 Research Need to include: Principal Investigator Location of Research Project Position Title Brief Description of activities Total Number of Hours Position type (Volunteer, Academic Credit, Paid) Start Month/Year End Month/ Year Fill out your application Part 3 Work Experience Need to include: Name of Employer Position Title City State Brief Description Total Number of Hours Start Month/Year End Month/Year Fill out your application Part 3 Professional Experience This section will probably take the most amount of time aside from your Personal Statement. Make sure to start early so this section won’t hold you up. It is best to keep track as you go along. For help with this, see the Professional Experience Excel Spreadsheet on our website. Fill out your application Parts 4-7 Part 4- Personal Statement (coming up) Part 5- LOEs (coming up) Part 6- Release Statements Application Certification ○ You certify that all the information in your application is correct Advisor Release Statement ○ You can give or deny permission for your Pre-Health Advisor to see your DAT scores and Dental School acceptances. Part 7- Dental School Designations Select the Dental Schools you want your application sent to Step 5 Writing your Personal Statement Advice: Start early (6 months to a year ahead of time). Writing a Personal Statement takes a lot of time. Have as many people read it as you can. Use stories to tell about yourself (if a picture is worth a thousand words, a story can tell a thousand traits). Avoid listing things, especially things that are included in other parts of your application. Stick to the word limit (4,500 characters including spaces) Step 5 Writing your Personal Statement Resources: The Writing Center on campus The Career Prep Services at the main ADC The PowerPoints and examples on our website/I-Learn (coming soon) Brother Cameron’s presentation on I-Learn (coming soon) Step 6 Letters of Evaluation LOE Service BYU-Idaho offers a LOE service to help you with your letters. Sister Krumblis takes care of your letters and informs you when you have received one. She is also the one who uploads your letters to AADSAS. She will keep it on file for up to 5 years. It is your responsibility to tell her when and what letters to upload. Make sure not to wait until the last minute. Step 6 Letters of Evaluation LOE Service Instructions Visit the LOE Service page on the Health Professions Website Download and fill out the Evaluator Form Give the form to your evaluator and ask them to turn in the form with their letter In the AADSAS LOE section, enter in Haley Krumblis’ information and designate that a committee letter will be uploaded Email Sis Krumblis and tell her which letters you want uploaded Step 6 Letters of Evaluation LOE Service Form Your CAS ID is your AADSAS Application ID and it can be found in the top right corner of any section of your application ○ If you do not have your AADSAS ID when you give the form to your evaluator, leave it blank, but make sure to include it in your email to Sis Krumblis when she uploads them Do not worry about the “Letter CAS ID” When you fill out the form, make sure to sign the “Declaration of Confidentiality” ○ Note: Most schools will not accept letters if they know you have seen them Step 6 Letters of Evaluation LOE Advice: Give plenty of time for your evaluator to write your letter. About a month is recommended Provide your evaluator with a packet of information to aid them in their letter ○ Ex: Provide them with an unofficial transcript, a résumé, or your Personal Statement The most important quality in a letter is that it is personal Step 7 Transcripts Transcript Matching Form The Colleges Attended section allows you to print Transcript matching Forms. AADSAS requires that you print a Transcript Matching Form for each transcript being requested. Your official transcript must have a Transcript Matching Form attached to it when it is sent into AADSAS. Step 7 Transcripts Transcript Requests To request an official transcript from the school, visit http://www2.byui.edu/RegistrarsOffice/Trans criptRequest.htm and fill out the Transcript Request Form. Take that form and the Transcript Matching form from AADSAS to Kimball 190. BYU-I will send it out for free. Cost to Apply For the 2011-2012 Application Cycle, the base fee for using the AADSAS Application System was $235 (which included one school) and $75 for each additional school. We cannot know for sure if these costs have stayed the same or if they have increased until AADSAS opens again. Cost to Apply Where to go…? Choosing a dental school is not always easy. There are a number of different things to take into account when trying to choose where to apply. Things to look at are: Tuition Equipment costs Residency Length of program Scholarships offered. Where to go…? Not only should you take into consideration the cost of the program and the means by which you will pay for it, but also: Location The school's philosophy and teaching style Instructor to student ratio Focus of the program (clinical, research, etc) Where to go…? The search for a dental school can be a lengthy process, but the best way to get a feel for what you like in a dental school is to research each school. You can go to their website, talk with those dentists you have shadowed to see what they liked about the school they attended, contact the admissions committee or even tour their campus. Questions?