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A photo of drkbcs drkbcs
There isn't direct entry into dentistry I don't think.
It's a 3rd year program.
If you decide to apply in your third year, you can include it in your letter of intent.
Volunteering at a dentist would look really good on your letter, especially if you're applying for dental school, but I've never heard of anyone volunteering at a dentist's office, so I don't know if that would be possible.
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There isn't direct entry into dentistry I don't think.
It's a 3rd year program.
If you decide to apply in your third year, you can include it in your letter of intent.
Volunteering at a dentist would look really good on your letter, especially if you're applying for dental school, but I've never heard of anyone volunteering at a dentist's office, so I don't know if that would be possible.
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@drkbcs wrote
i know volunteer hours always look really good on an application... but i was wondering where i could volunteer to make it look good if i was applying to a dentistry program?
can you volunteer at a dentist? :S




If you're in high school, it is very unlikely you could volunteer at a dentistry.

Your volunteer hours during your undergraduate studies are more important. However, I'd suggest volunteering at a hospital to have a chance to surround yourself with patients and gain interpersonal skills. Volunteer at a children's nursery or a retirement home.

Look for a job shadowing opportunity in your area. Those are very helpful.
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@drkbcs wrote
no i know, i think i have to get a bachelors degree in life sciences and then from there apply to their dentistry program
anyways, yeah i haven't heard of it either, i just wanted to know if it was possible..

thanks for your reply though :)




Oh hi,

Dentistry is extremely competitive, as all medical programs are. UWO has a great dentist school. Obtaining a bachelors in life sciences would be a good idea. Try to aim for a high GPA. Also, keep volunteering so you can develop interpersonal skills and show them off at interviews.

It's good to be well rounded. Universities will be more impressed if you can keep a high GPA while doing many EC's.

By the way, the university you obtain your Bachelor's plays no role in whether or not you make a professional development school. So if you go to the school that's close to home but isn't high ranked, that's fine as well as you obtain a high GPA.
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You could volunteer with VIDA travel volunteer and join a dentistry team to volunteer & assist a dentist (and do a bunch of other stuff too). But you'd have to go to some place in central american and it costs over 1000. You could get scholarships and I think that'll be a pretty good experience.
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You might be able to get a receptionist position at a dentist's office to get your foot in the door. If the dentist likes you, eventually you could ask them questions about the equipment/practice when they're not busy.
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A photo of kyleigh711 kyleigh711
Someone I know is doing co-op in a dentist's office (in high school), so I think it would be possible to volunteer as well. Try asking around at dentists' offices. You might be asked to do jobs that don't completely relate instead of actually working with the dentist, but it's the same thing at the hospital, a lot of people don't actually work with the doctors because there is too much competition for those volunteer jobs.

Working at the hospital or a retirement home is a good option too, especially if you're at all considering med school, but if you're sure about going into dentistry, working with a dentist would show that you have taken steps to be sure this is the right path for you.
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