I'm applying to dental schools this cycle, and I'm the process of writing my personal statement. My reasons for wanting to be a dentist are very simple: I like the type of work, I like the pay, and I like the 9-5 schedule. I feel like it's a career that I can live with and be good at. However, my reasons are not good enough in the eyes of the admission committees. Are there any dental students here? If yes, what were your reasons for wanting dentistry? Why dentistry over medicine?
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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- Thread Starter
- 09-01-2015 11:13
- 09-01-2015 12:02
You can talk about wanting to work with your hands. Dentistry's pretty fiddly.
Longer-term relationships with patients
specialising to mouth from the outset
opportunity to start own business/be self-employed
Dentistry v. medicine: http://dentallyinclined.blogspot.co....fferences.html
(I still haven't got round to writing a page on personal statements, sorry ^_^;;
- Thread Starter
- 10-01-2015 01:44
Yes, those are definitely among the reasons I have in mind. The thing is that I started my volunteering/academic career as a pre-med student. I wanted to go to med school. So I started volunteering in hospitals and nursing centers. But then I decided to switch to dentistry because it was more convenient for me for the reasons I mentioned above (work hours, school years, etc.). I'm having trouble expressing that in my personal statement. I don't have a good reason for the transition from medicine to dentistry. I can say that I found dentistry to be more appealing/interesting to me, but I need a strong reason, ya know?
Thanks for the reply
- 15-01-2015 07:49
Hi, in fact what other reason would you need other then you desire to do it. If your passionate about dentistry tell her thats your primary reason.
But you can try these
Help others. Dentists assist patients in maintaining their oral health.
Multiple Career Paths
While the American Dental Association indicates that about 80 percent of dentists in the United States were general practitioners as of 2012, dentistry offers nine different specialties from which to choose.
Dentistry is a challenging career that requires extensive training and preparation.
- 15-01-2015 21:01