What experiences will help me prepare for dental school?

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What experiences will help me prepare for dental school?

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Dental schools are looking for applicants who have the academic background to thrive in their programs, who demonstrate desired qualities, and whose career goals are a good match for their programs. Participating in activities that foster those qualities is a good way to prepare for dental school.

For example, Harvard's School of Dental Medicine looks for candidates who demonstrate familiarity with dentistry and show leadership potential, and two options for extracurricular activities that help develop those qualities are dental shadowing and volunteer work. Dental shadowing gives you experience in dentistry and the ability learn about dentistry from dentists. Volunteer work, especially if it is related to dentistry, helps show a commitment to serving your community. The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) has a section (Perceptual Ability) that tests your manual dexterity, so activities that improve your manual dexterity or hand-eye coordination are good for preparing for dental school. Some activities that will help develop manual dexterity include knitting, sculpting, jewelry making, and drawing.

For more information on becoming a dentist, check out this article:Dentist: What Education Do I Need to Become a Dentist?

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