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Preparing for the application process

General advice for competitive applicants on the DMD admissions process at CWRU SODM. Click on the arrows (left or right) to go through the presentation.
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Emil Chuck

on 5 September 2016

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Transcript of Preparing for the application process

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Preparing
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REAL Curriculum
Health and well-being
Disease processes
Maintenance of health
Restoration of health
Additional opportunities
Start with ADEA GoDental
Also on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and RSS
Desirable applicants
Solid academic foundation
Rigorous biomedical science coursework
Sufficient social science and humanities
Exposure to management/economics
Exposure to small-group engaged learning
Complete ADEA AADSAS
Send transcripts to AADSAS.

Letters of evaluation to AADSAS.
Committee evaluation letter, if available.

Otherwise, 2 professor letters from science faculty (Ph.D.'s) required.
See ADEA AADSAS instructions for Science Course Subjects.

Dentist letter desirable.

Personal essay and activities

Official DAT (2014 or later).
Canadian DAT score reports should be sent directly to Office of Admissions.
We seek these predental competencies.
Contact information
Normal office hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time
Advice for competitive DMD applicants
Admissions trends
www.godental.org
ADEA Dental School Virtual Fair
Connect with us before you apply!
Email: dentadmit@case.edu
Received
2678
applications for
75
seats (DMD 2016)
436
invitations were extended.
Entering Class of 2015 (DMD 2019)
Overall GPA midrange 3.43 - (3.66) - 3.87
Science GPA midrange 3.37 - (3.60) - 3.83

DAT Academic Average midrange 19 - (20) - 22
DAT Perceptual Ability midrange 18 - (20) - 22
Activities listed on AADSAS application
Personal essay
Letters of evaluation
On-site interview evaluation
Knowledge of dentistry/health care
Clinic procedures and operations
Dentist-patient relationship
Effective teamwork
Insight into the profession of dentistry
SMDEP/other enrichment programs
Potential for leadership
Impact on campus
Impact with local community
Creative or entrepreneurial pursuits
Art or music
Business or employment
Research or scholarship
Online webcamera chats
Facebook
Admissions CWRU School of Dental Medicine

Twitter
@CaseDentAdmit

Student Doctor Network Forums
Official CWRU Acceptance Thread

On-campus predental club presentations
Webcamera-based predental club presentations
Recruitment Fair at ADEA Annual Meeting
Regional recruitment fairs
Website
dental.case.edu/dmd

Prior to applying
Secure letters of evaluation, and respect their timing to send your letters to AADSAS.
Select the dental schools you want to apply to,
using the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools.
Understand why you want to attend these schools.
Ensure that you are fully prepared to post a competitive score on the DAT (US or Canadian).
Most competitive applicants have scores before they submit their applications in June.
Determine your budget for the application cycle.
Apply for fee waivers if applicable.
Practice interviewing.
Have your personal essays reviewed by your evaluators and mentors.
Understand the AADSAS Code of Conduct for applicants.
Meet with your prehealth advisors if available.
Beginning the application process
Submit your application early.
Target deadline: July 1-4
Followup by email
Submit your supplemental fee online.
Include your AADSAS ID.
Save your transaction receipt record; we will ask for it in your interview invitation.
Check the AADSAS portal frequently. Check your spam emailbox regularly.
Grades from summer coursework.
New/Updated DAT scores.
Significant awards/honors.
Scholarship publications accepted for publication.
Employment or enrollment changes.
Significant modifications to AADSAS.
Allow your prehealth advisor (if available) to access to your application.
Interview invitations
Office of admissions begins to email invitations in mid-July to begin scheduling Round 1 interviews in mid-August through mid-November.
Applicants have 3 days to schedule their interviews or the invitation is revoked.
Invitations will be extended until all interview spots are filled (usually in mid-March).
File decisions post-interview
Offer of acceptance
Emailed unofficial notification.
Mailed packet to contact address.
Non-refundable deposit required to commit.
Respond to offers or they will be revoked:
within 30+ days (Dec-Jan)
within 15+ days (Feb-May)
within 5+ days (mid-May and after)
Continued review
Admissions committee considers your file eligible for an offer of admission, and will reconsider your file in a subsequent offer round until all seats are committed.
When all seats are committed, all candidates on continued review are invited to be included on the alternate list.
Application on hold
Admissions committee has concerns about your fit with our program and places your file on hold. While you have not been rejected, your file may be considered for an offer once all alternates have been extended an offer for admission and seats in the class remain available.
Rejected application
Admissions committee rejects your application as the application shows the candidate has not met expectations or qualifications for admission.
File decisions are usually sent in batches by email.
Social media (Facebook, SDN, Twitter) will announce when decisions will be sent.
After you are accepted
Join the closed class Facebook page.
You'll get a Case student number and email account for our class listserv.
Participate in a class webchat.
If you decline your seat, notify the Office of Admissions punctually so we can fill the seat for a fellow applicant.
Transition to Case DMD
Have final official transcripts sent to Office of Admissions.
Review results of your Certiphi Criminal Background Check.
Consider your housing options and other moving costs.
Enjoy your summer!
Plan to attend all first-week activities, including your family.
Orientation week is mandatory.
Culture of leadership, professionalism, and ethics
Culture of inquiry, critical thinking, and clinical decision-making
DMD/Masters in Public Health
DMD/Ph.D. opportunities
Summer research (beginning D1 summer)
Office of Admissions
Emil Chuck, Ph.D., Director
Brian Sherman, M.A., Assistant Director
Antonise Harris, Secretary
Dianne Wagner, Secretary
Web: http://dental.case.edu/dmd/
Also on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Good luck on your applications!
Preclinical "Hybrid" curriculum includes Problem-Based, Lectures, and Practical Laboratory learning.
Comprehensive care mini-practice model in the predoctoral clinics (established about 50 years ago).
Cornerstone Experiences
Academic readiness
Succeeds in active learning environments
Demonstrates communications skills (written and oral)
Demonstrates analytical problem-solving and critical thinking skills
Demonstrates curiosity, creativity, and initiative
Develops fine manual dexterity
Clinical exposure
Emulates the values, limits, opportunities, and challenges of the profession
Emulates leadership potential
Demonstrates service toward others
Personal wellness
Demonstrates and assesses management skills
Demonstrates and assesses Interpersonal skills
Resiliency and adaptability to overcome challenges
Fit with CWRU SODM
Demonstrates fit with SODM
But strong metrics are not enough.
We have published evidence!
Victoroff, K., Boyatzis, R. E. (2013).
An examination of the relationship between emotional intelligence and dental student clinical performance (vol. 77, issue 4, pp. 416-426). Journal of Dental Education.
Practice Management courses and mock business plan
Assisting/Shadowing in the clinics or local dentist offices
A digital photograph is required before you arrive.
Last updated 5/31/2016
Schematic (not based on data) of verified applications received over time
The first 1,000 applications are received by mid-July.
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