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Hello all! Looking back on sixth form, I found AMA threads really helpful so I would love to help any of you who have any questions on Dentistry applications/interviews/A-levels/UCAT/BMAT

I'm a first year dental student at Leeds Uni with A-levels in Biology, Maths, Chemistry and AS Economics
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how did u prepare for interviews? There are a lot of
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sorry I meant there are a lot of "expected questions" for potential medical students but for dentistry are they similar questions? where is it different?
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also do u mind telling where u applied, whether u got offers for all 4 unis and your stats (sorry I'm just really worried and want to see where I am)
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What were your A-Level results? Did you take a gap year? Where else did you apply and how many interviews and offers did you receive?
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sorry I meant there are a lot of "expected questions" for potential medical students but for dentistry are they similar questions? where is it different?
I used a lot of the medicine MMIs questions to prepare, especially for ethical scenarios but ethics didn't come up as much as I expected in the interviews. I found questions on the medic portal very useful, but basically just memorise answers to the most likely questions to come up, e.g. why dentistry, why this uni, why not medicine etc
I bought the blue MMI dentistry book by Marian Coll which I found super useful- it was a first year dental student who recommended I buy it actually! It contains pretty much all the dental questions likely to come up so I would definitely recommend it... I wish I bought it earlier!
I would say the majority of medical and dental questions are similar but dental interviews definitely focus more on manual dexterity so get ready for questions on how you have developed manual dexterity/stations demonstrating manual dexterity
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also do u mind telling where u applied, whether u got offers for all 4 unis and your stats (sorry I'm just really worried and want to see where I am)
4 offers for Leeds, Sheffield, Cardiff, Bham
GCSEs- 9,9,8, 7A*, 2A
A Levels - 3A* + 1A in AS econ
UCAT - 720, Band 1
BMAT - 4.2, 5.2, 3.5A

No need to worry! I spent so long comparing my stats to others on TSR last year but it really doesn't matter too much
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What were your A-Level results? Did you take a gap year? Where else did you apply and how many interviews and offers did you receive?
A Levels - 3A* + 1A in AS econ
I didn't take a gap year
Also Sheffield, Cardiff, Bham, got 4 interviews and offers
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What metals have you used in dentistry work? How did you secure work experience, and what did you do? Was it a placement you could find online or did you have to ring lots of places and eventually one organised it for you?
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What metals have you used in dentistry work? How did you secure work experience, and what did you do? Was it a placement you could find online or did you have to ring lots of places and eventually one organised it for you?
No metals so far! I imagine it will be amalgam plus other metals for denture work in second year
I found it really difficult to get work experience as I have no family contacts etc and my own dentist didn't take work experience students due to insurance restrictions
I must have emailed at least 20 practices, although eventually I was lucky to secure a week at a private specialist clinic (implants and endodontics) in October half-term but halfway through the week I realised it wasn't a GDP practice which many unis require you to have work experience in! Nevertheless if you have time and the opportunity to undertake work experience in a specialist clinic, I would definitely recommend it

Anyway I promptly got to work again trying to secure work experience in an private GDP and managed to get a placement of 10 days spread over 2 months after school and on weekends which was great

Got 2 weeks at an NHS GDP after weeks of pestering hahaha

Also got 3 days work experience in my local hospital (I requested the Oral surgery and Maxfax department but they ignored this and put me in trauma and orthopaedics, ophthalmology and theatre haha), still useful though as I could reflect on the experience in interview questions on 'why not medicine?'

My school didn't help with organising as I was the first person to apply for dentistry for the last 10 years so they had no contacts

Basically just email and call everywhere until someone says yes, I felt so hopeless for a few months when no where accepted work experience but just keep trying!
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No metals so far! I imagine it will be amalgam plus other metals for denture work in second year
I found it really difficult to get work experience as I have no family contacts etc and my own dentist didn't take work experience students due to insurance restrictions
I must have emailed at least 20 practices, although eventually I was lucky to secure a week at a private specialist clinic (implants and endodontics) in October half-term but halfway through the week I realised it wasn't a GDP practice which many unis require you to have work experience in! Nevertheless if you have time and the opportunity to undertake work experience in a specialist clinic, I would definitely recommend it

Anyway I promptly got to work again trying to secure work experience in an private GDP and managed to get a placement of 10 days spread over 2 months after school and on weekends which was great

Got 2 weeks at an NHS GDP after weeks of pestering hahaha

Also got 3 days work experience in my local hospital (I requested the Oral surgery and Maxfax department but they ignored this and put me in trauma and orthopaedics, ophthalmology and theatre haha), still useful though as I could reflect on the experience in interview questions on 'why not medicine?'

My school didn't help with organising as I was the first person to apply for dentistry for the last 10 years so they had no contacts

Basically just email and call everywhere until someone says yes, I felt so hopeless for a few months when no where accepted work experience but just keep trying!
Very insightful, thank you for your time and your comment. Funny I asked that as my grandfather has two iridium teeth. 😁
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Hi,If possible could you please tell me how you prepared for your interview? and what were the questions like?
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Hello all! Looking back on sixth form, I found AMA threads really helpful so I would love to help any of you who have any questions on Dentistry applications/interviews/A-levels/UCAT/BMAT

I'm a first year dental student at Leeds Uni with A-levels in Biology, Maths, Chemistry and AS Economics
Hey, what topics did you cover in first year ?
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Hey, what topics did you cover in first year ?
Heya, first 2 modules are IOE (intro to oral environment) and HHP (health and health promotion) - these include topics like biochemistry, anatomy, microbiology, cardiovascular system, saliva, muscles and genetics. This takes you up to Xmas

Then after Xmas we start APM (anxiety and pain management) and ODDR (oral diseases, defence and repair) - these include immunology, perio, radiology, neuroanatomy and pharmacology

All through the year we also do PPD (personal and professional development) - basically communication, empathy etc. Also ICSP (introduction to clinical skills and practice) - learning about clinical skills, anaesthetics and infection control

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions
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Hi! Just wanted to ask about student accommodation. When do you suggest I should start applying? Is there any places you would recommend? I've seen the Charles Morris accommodation on open day which I thought was really nice and close to the dental school, but didn't have a chance to see any others. What're your thoughts?
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Hi! Just wanted to ask about student accommodation. When do you suggest I should start applying? Is there any places you would recommend? I've seen the Charles Morris accommodation on open day which I thought was really nice and close to the dental school, but didn't have a chance to see any others. What're your thoughts?
Hiya! As long as you apply before the deadline it doesn't matter too much, but make sure you have fully researched all the options before you apply and make sure you can imagine yourself living there!
I'm at the Tannery this year and have thoroughly enjoyed it! I am so so glad I chose this accommodation as it's a hotspot of dental and medical students which is amazing for socialising and organising events together. In the Tannery this year, there's close to 20 dental students which is a lot considering the small cohort! The rooms are very clean and well organised with plenty of underbed and wardrobe storage space, and it's a highly social accommodation with friendly reception staff.
However, I know one dental student moved out of the Tannery and into Central Village/Cityside after a few months to live closer to the dental school. So, for the Tannery, make sure you are aware of these points:
- Not the closest accommodation to the dental school (about 13min normal walk for me - or 11min speed walk when I'm late) - in comparison, Cityside/CV are literally 5mins away but more expensive and less social, though the close distance is advantageous if you want to pop back for lunch etc
- Very social accom but also this means some nights you might hear loud bass music at midnight and parties (not sure if this is the case in other accoms too)

I was also shown the Charles Morris accom on open day! In my opinion the room was a bit too small but the general facilities looked great and it's also quite close to the dental school (proximity to the dental school is a huge factor for many students who swapped accoms halfway through the year if they were at Liberty Dock/Leodis/Montague Burton and wanted to live closer). In my year there are just 2 dental students at Charles Morris but not sure about previous years. However, they like this as they get to meet more people outside of their course. Many people who I've spoken to wouldn't recommend Oxley/Lupton based on the distance from uni

These are the main accoms that dental students in my year seem to live in, in descending number of people: Tannery, CV, Cityside, Charles Morris, Leodis, Henry Price, Montague Burton

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions
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Hiya! As long as you apply before the deadline it doesn't matter too much, but make sure you have fully researched all the options before you apply and make sure you can imagine yourself living there!
I'm at the Tannery this year and have thoroughly enjoyed it! I am so so glad I chose this accommodation as it's a hotspot of dental and medical students which is amazing for socialising and organising events together. In the Tannery this year, there's close to 20 dental students which is a lot considering the small cohort! The rooms are very clean and well organised with plenty of underbed and wardrobe storage space, and it's a highly social accommodation with friendly reception staff.
However, I know one dental student moved out of the Tannery and into Central Village/Cityside after a few months to live closer to the dental school. So, for the Tannery, make sure you are aware of these points:
- Not the closest accommodation to the dental school (about 13min normal walk for me - or 11min speed walk when I'm late) - in comparison, Cityside/CV are literally 5mins away but more expensive and less social, though the close distance is advantageous if you want to pop back for lunch etc
- Very social accom but also this means some nights you might hear loud bass music at midnight and parties (not sure if this is the case in other accoms too)

I was also shown the Charles Morris accom on open day! In my opinion the room was a bit too small but the general facilities looked great and it's also quite close to the dental school (proximity to the dental school is a huge factor for many students who swapped accoms halfway through the year if they were at Liberty Dock/Leodis/Montague Burton and wanted to live closer). In my year there are just 2 dental students at Charles Morris but not sure about previous years. However, they like this as they get to meet more people outside of their course. Many people who I've spoken to wouldn't recommend Oxley/Lupton based on the distance from uni

These are the main accoms that dental students in my year seem to live in, in descending number of people: Tannery, CV, Cityside, Charles Morris, Leodis, Henry Price, Montague Burton

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions
Hi I am not applying for medicine/dentistry but initially really liked the look of the Tannery as its just in my price budget and have en suites. Would you recommend me looking somewhere else (like Henry Price) as I will feel out of place in a place like the Tannery? I know of the Leeds website it says Sentinel Towers is ideal for medics so that isn't an option for me, but it didn't mention anything like that on the page about the Tannery.I am just worried that I pick somewhere with a load of medic students and I feel left out.Thank you x
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Hi I am not applying for medicine/dentistry but initially really liked the look of the Tannery as its just in my price budget and have en suites. Would you recommend me looking somewhere else (like Henry Price) as I will feel out of place in a place like the Tannery? I know of the Leeds website it says Sentinel Towers is ideal for medics so that isn't an option for me, but it didn't mention anything like that on the page about the Tannery.I am just worried that I pick somewhere with a load of medic students and I feel left out.Thank you x
Hiya thanks for getting in touch! There's a whole variety of students on different courses at the Tannery like Law, Maths, Engineering, Humanities, Languages and English and all the flats have a mix of different courses so it's definitely not dominated by med/dent students For example, my flatmates study accounting, psychology and media which is great! The reason why there might be so many med/dent students this year at the Tannery is because it was advertised as being 'ideal for dental/medical students' on the accom website last year but they must have changed it so possibly expect less med/dent students living there next year

The only main downsides I can suggest to living at Tannery for non med/dental students is the distance from your lecture buildings and the uphill walk. If you're planning on walking the Victoria Terrace way to buildings near the Union, be aware it involves quite a few steps and a steep uphill section which I've heard a lot of students complain about regularly. (See google maps). Perhaps the reason why they recommended it for dent/med students is that our lecture buildings are on the other side of campus so our route doesn't involve that uphill section and is pretty flat with no stairs. However, some students enjoy the daily uphill walk as it is great exercise so it depends which way you look at it

Henry price is much closer to campus and doesn't involve the uphill walk, though I've never been inside so I wouldn't be able to offer more insight on this accom

Sentinel Towers is just opposite the Tannery and seems quite nice too, though I've never been inside either. I've heard it isn't that social though, which some people prefer, but also involves the uphill walk if your lectures are near the union side of campus. I think they've also just added the 'ideal for medics' on that page for this year as I don't remember seeing it when I was applying last year so don't let it put you off

Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any further questions
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Hiya thanks for getting in touch! There's a whole variety of students on different courses at the Tannery like Law, Maths, Engineering, Humanities, Languages and English and all the flats have a mix of different courses so it's definitely not dominated by med/dent students For example, my flatmates study accounting, psychology and media which is great! The reason why there might be so many med/dent students this year at the Tannery is because it was advertised as being 'ideal for dental/medical students' on the accom website last year but they must have changed it so possibly expect less med/dent students living there next year

The only main downsides I can suggest to living at Tannery for non med/dental students is the distance from your lecture buildings and the uphill walk. If you're planning on walking the Victoria Terrace way to buildings near the Union, be aware it involves quite a few steps and a steep uphill section which I've heard a lot of students complain about regularly. (See google maps). Perhaps the reason why they recommended it for dent/med students is that our lecture buildings are on the other side of campus so our route doesn't involve that uphill section and is pretty flat with no stairs. However, some students enjoy the daily uphill walk as it is great exercise so it depends which way you look at it

Henry price is much closer to campus and doesn't involve the uphill walk, though I've never been inside so I wouldn't be able to offer more insight on this accom

Sentinel Towers is just opposite the Tannery and seems quite nice too, though I've never been inside either. I've heard it isn't that social though, which some people prefer, but also involves the uphill walk if your lectures are near the union side of campus. I think they've also just added the 'ideal for medics' on that page for this year as I don't remember seeing it when I was applying last year so don't let it put you off

Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any further questions
Okay that has really helped me out and reassured me thank you so much! This year Tannery hasn't been advised as 'ideal for medics' like Sentinel Towers has which means there wont be as many there, and there will be more of a mix as I would prefer that I walk every where normally any way so a 20+min walk is never a bad thing for me. I really want the social aspect and I heard the Tannery was good for this is that true? Also is there any you would recommend not applying to because of location/reputation? thank you so much !! x (I am looking for somewhere with self catered options, social aspect, close ish to uni, en suite or jack jill bathroom but preferably en suite)
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Heya, first 2 modules are IOE (intro to oral environment) and HHP (health and health promotion) - these include topics like biochemistry, anatomy, microbiology, cardiovascular system, saliva, muscles and genetics. This takes you up to Xmas

Then after Xmas we start APM (anxiety and pain management) and ODDR (oral diseases, defence and repair) - these include immunology, perio, radiology, neuroanatomy and pharmacology

All through the year we also do PPD (personal and professional development) - basically communication, empathy etc. Also ICSP (introduction to clinical skills and practice) - learning about clinical skills, anaesthetics and infection control

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions
Thank you very much
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