Author: carpedentumblog

Hello! My name is Colleen. I am a recent Colorado College ’16 alumna completing her first year of dental school. I studied biology and classics and found myself in Denver for dental school, merging my love for the sciences with the arts. I worked as an Admission Fellow in the Colorado College Office of Admission and now serve as the Colorado American Student Dental Association’s Pre-Dental Associate Chair – I love advising prospective students and pre-dentals! This blog will chronicle my adventures and journey from DS1 to DDS – it's all inclusive. I’m working on making a good first impression! 😷

Calendar Organization

Dental school is prime time to get organized and learn to manage time between class, lab, and personal relationships – I don’t think students survive without some resemblance of a schedule or understanding of what they’re supposed to be doing and when. Eventually, you’ll make the transition from didactic student to student clinician, but even then, lack of organization is grounds for a total mess in clinic!

At CU, we elect class secretaries that are responsible for creating a master class iCal, a link that is shared amongst the members of the class. As a new DS2, I’m quickly learning that my 8 am-5 pm days of lecture are arduous and draining, but having a good idea of what my day looks like in advance absolutely aids in planning in workouts, grocery shopping, etc.

I put everything in my calendar. I type out to-do lists and plan my days to a T – therefore, I know exactly where I’m supposed to be at all times, certainly a type A trait that I retain. I have found it to be lessen my stress significantly if I can simply type out what needs to be done and tier my priorities throughout the day. My calendar (see below) is color-coded for School, Exams, Home, Etc., and I’ve since trained myself to “scan” my calendar to get an idea of the day’s work and errands. You definitely don’t need to organize yourself in the same way I did, this is just what works for me.

Even before dental school, I always gravitated toward iCal as my main planner of choice. I personally like the interface and color coding options, but that’s not saying that other programs (i.e. Google Calendar or Outlook Calendar) cannot perform the same tasks. iCal works for me since I concurrently use my iPhone, Macbook Air, and iPad Pro and can sync everything across the three platforms without issue. I also love that iCal allows you to attach PDF, Word docs, etc. to particular events, so if I get a schedule of an event, I take a screenshot and attach it to the calendar event, saving me the time of having to type everything out separately.

However, I’ve since been recommended multiple times to begin transitioning to a paper planner for patient care and clinic experiences. Physically penciling in your patients in a hard-copy planner helps practitioners keep their many patients and respective procedures straight and in one piece. Additionally, a paper planner can follow you into clinic, where often times, your iPhone or iPad cannot.

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What my calendar looks like next week. Not too bad, actually!

I see my first perio patient on October 31st (Halloween! The holiday that keeps us dentists in business!) and the lead-up to that very first patient interaction is driving many of us DS2s to get our act together. T-Clinic with Drs. Delapp, Wilson, and Mediavilla is reigniting the spark for dentistry, something that might have waned in our time since getting our CU acceptance and completing the mostly-didactic DS1 year.

When you’re a DS1 (and I guess a DS2), all you can really think about whilst sitting through hours of lecture is the prospect of clinic and getting to know your patients. A few classmates and I have tried getting into clinic to assist our DS3 and DS4 friends, sometimes with the expense of lecture and the type of stress encountered as an upperclassman is totally different than that of a beginning dental student. Patient cancellations, grouchy patients, and failed lab projects are abound. Watching our older peers frantically call patients, leaving pleading voicemails to get bodies in chairs is certainly a novel experience, but one that we’ll all be forced into soon enough!

I first learned of Lilac Paper through an Instagram giveaway they did back when I first started dental school. Their characters and dental-focus drove several of my classmates (and myself!) to purchase adorable planners and badge reels for our shiny new student IDs. I’m all for supporting small businesses, and I’m even more thrilled to support Lilac Paper, which was started by two dental students, FOR us dental students. Rachel and Charlene have designed every piece and are both incredibly involved with their company, in spite of now being fully practicing dental graduates!

I have so much respect for Rachel and Charlene’s company and their work and am thrilled that they have agreed to sponsor my blog and Colorado ASDA predental – use coupon code COLORADOASDA (until October 12th, 2017) for 10% off your Lilac Paper purchase. Any purchases over $50 on their online shop will receive free shipping within the USA.

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Their planners are fully personalized with your name, degree, and cover design of choice. They’re all made-to-order and include 12 months available for all of your future DDS plans. Yet, my favorite part about Lilac Paper’s planners (and what’s finally convincing me to try my hand at paper planners) are the stickers and dental notes woven throughout the planner – it’s the little details that count!

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Currently, they’re running a Kickstarter campaign to bring Princess Prophy (um, only my favorite Lilac Paper character) to life as a plush children’s toy. Point of detail appreciation: Princess Prophy even has a little money pocket on her back to prepare for that tooth fairy loot. They’re over halfway to reaching their goal of $7,000 with 20 days to go. If their Kickstarter goal is reached, you’ll receive your selected tiered gift by mid-November, perfect for the holidays. Princess Prophy is truly the cutest gift for any predental, dental hygienist, student, etc. – I really hope you’ll consider sponsoring them!

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*This post is sponsored by Lilac Paper, but all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own

~ Colleen

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Interview Day & Potential Questions

Congratulations! You’ve made it so far. All of the hard work is nearly behind you, the dental school interview is my favorite part of the entire application because I talk just like how I write and I write a lot. In the words of one of my dental school classmates, Dilan, “I knew if I got an interview I could talk my way into the school. Imma talker.”

It probably makes you laugh now, but in recent years I’ve found that so many pre-health students discount the interview, overemphasizing every aspect of the application except for it. In my time as a Colorado College Admission Office, I’ve had the opportunity to interview hundreds of prospective students, learning about their life experiences, talents, and passion for learning. The vast majority of students that I interviewed were certainly academically qualified for CC, but it was that extra shine, be it from their commitment to community, intense drive for their extracurricular, and ultimately, their ability to articulate it, that made me advocate for that student in my write up and during deliberation meetings.

Yes, I recognize that selective undergraduate admissions is a world of difference from dental school admissions, but the same key pillars hold very true. The interview is a chance to back up your talk and walk – in person.

Interview Day Etiquette

  • Arrive early to the interview – at least 30-60 minutes early prior to your call time in ideal; this will afford you time to collect your thoughts and gather your nerves to present your best self
  • Act professionally at all times – I wrote about this briefly in my other interview blog post; there are spies everywhere! Parking attendants, student tour guides, and desk assistants will have their eyes on your behavior and your treatment of them; it should really go without saying that you should lend respect to everyone regardless
  • Wear appropriate interview attire – interview attire is strictly business, not business casual and most certainly nothing you’d wear casually; you will likely be interviewing with many older, well-respected doctors and the last thing you want is someone judging your appearance; you will be judged enough
  • Be honest in every answer you give during the interview – embarrassing to be caught in a lie at this point
  • Be as confident and natural as possible – be the professional, polished version of yourself
  • Thank them for their time when the interview is completed
  • Follow up with a “thank you” note – grab their business card or contact information on their way out (nothing fancy, please don’t send a gift)

Common Interview Questions

  • Why did you choose dentistry?
  • Why do you want to attend our school?
  • What is one thing you want us to know about you?
  • Do you have any questions for us? – always have a question or two
  • What would you do if you saw your classmate cheating on an exam? (ethical question)
  • What are your thoughts on the Affordable Care Act versus the Better Care Reconciliation Act? (current issues in healthcare, tread lightly and don’t get political)
  • What is the most difficult thing you’ve done in life? (overcoming challenges)

Curveball Questions

  • What is the name of our Dean?
  • If you were a tooth, which tooth would you be and why?
  • Name all of the dental specialties.
  • Why would you use an amalgam restoration over a composite restoration? (confirms you’ve been actively shadowing)
  • What else should I ask you?

Student Doctor Network

Most of the time, I tell predentals to avoid Student Doctor Network at all costs! Anyone can put anything on the internet and it’s a near surefire way to convince yourself that you’ll never be a dentist. I do recommend SDN for one thing: interview feedback. For each individual dental school, applicants that have interviewed there will provide example questions, give you a heads up on odd questions, and give you a brief synopsis of what the interview day looks like (aww but it ruins the surprise). Knowing what you might be asked ahead of time can help you practice your responses, which is helpful, but applicants can also fall into the trap of sounding canned and fake.

Last word: Befriend your fellow applicants interviewing that day. These students may very well become your fellow classmates, should you be accepted to the school and matriculate. Above all, offer them the utmost courtesy and genuinely get to know them – after all, even if you aren’t classmates one day, you will be dental colleagues in some way.

~ Colleen

*This post is sponsored by Colorado ASDA

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Introduction to the Interview

I remember when I received my first interview invite – it was actually to CU. The then-Dental Admissions Committee Coordinator, Barbara called me while I was ankle deep cleaning up a Magic Bullet blender accident. Suddenly my green smoothie misfortune didn’t seem so bad.

There are 3 emotional stages to the interview invite:

Stage 1: Pure elation – You can’t believe it! It’s finally happening! They like you, they really do!

Stage 2: Sudden stress – Oh sh*t. They like you on paper, you’re praying they do in real life.

Stage 3: Collection – After you’ve had some time to cool off and gather your nerves, realize that the interview is important, but theoretically, should be one of the easiest aspects of the admission process. If you’re who you say you are on paper, you should have no issues confirming that in person.

Interview Timeline

Upon submitting your AADSAS application (early, I hope), you can typically wait at least a month for your designated dental schools to receive and review your application. Admission committees extend interviews to select applications after reviewing primary and/or secondary applications (yes, secondary applications must be submitted in a timely manner, if applicable). Interview invitations are sent out between August-March of your particular cycle. You pay for your own travel and hotel for each location. (This means if you applied broadly, you might be forking over lotsa ca$h to pay for your food, Airbnb, rental car, etc.)

Purpose of the Interview

The interview allows admission committees perform all of the following:

  • Determine how well the applicant communicates verbally – in dentistry, communication is the pillar on which we build all patient-doctor relationships
  • See if the applicant is a good “fit” for the school – many schools have certain values and characteristics they are seeking in students, this is a part of your school research
  • Learn more about the character of the applicant – the applicant might mask your psychopathic qualities, but you cannot hide behind the interview!
  • Look for long-term motivation for the career
  • Assess the applicant’s ability to listen and relate
  • See how the applicant “thinks on their feet” – you make fast decisions all the time in healthcare, inevitably you’ll get an interview question that throws you off course, navigate your response accordingly

But it goes two ways, the interview allows the applicant to evaluate the following:

  • See if the school is a good fit for the applicant – you must play an active role in the dental school match process, select a school that fits best with your goals and values of your career
  • Learn more about the program – when is NBDE part I taken? How many students apply and match into residency? What do dental students at this school do for fun? What organizations are available?
  • Learn more about the campus and surrounding area – scope out a potential place to live for the next four years
  • Get questions answered – self explanatory
  • Talk to current students –  IMPORTANT! I’ll discuss more on this below, but on interview day, EVERYONE IS A SPY. I don’t mean this in any negative way, but from the moment you step onto a campus, you are being watched. Many students serve as moles and will report back on your behavior and demeanor to the admission committees.

The Interview

Interviews come in a few different flavors. An open-file interview is a situation in which the interviewer, often a faculty member, professor, or other admission committee member will read your entire application prior to meeting you. Pro: if you have good stats, you have already fell in this interviewer’s favor. Con: if you have bad stats, you may have some explaining to do with their specific questions regarding your performance history.

A closed-file interview is a situation in which the interviewers only review your personal statement and secondary application, or perhaps nothing at all. Pro: you can sell yourself regardless of your good/bad statistics. Con: you cannot rely on your good stats to open the interview and carry conversation.

The majority of the interviews that I partook in were open-file, in fact, the interviewers had very much read my application and highlighted certain aspects of it, even parts that I didn’t find to be compelling. My only closed-file interview was a brief interview with a student.

After establishing whether an interview is open- or closed-file, interviews can be held in one of four ways. The most classic interview is a one-on-one or two-on-one interview in which you are asked a multitude or series of questions about yourself and your application. Often, these sorts of interviews are the most conversational and laid back.

Some schools hold panel-format interviews, in which three of more interviewers will ask you questions, either down a line or at random. Often, you are seated across the table from the interviewers, making for a potentially intimidating conversation.

Other schools hold group interviews, which consist of one or two interviewers asking a group of applicants (often at least 3 or 4 applicants) the same question, allowing them to take turns answering. Group interviews can be difficult, as it can be hard to relate your experiences to those of the applicants with you – group interviews require applicants to strike a delicate balance between assertiveness and compassion for their fellow applicants.

Finally, a few schools have made the transition to the multiple mini interview, the MMI. MMIs are common in the medical school admission realm. During an MMI, the applicant will be given or read a prompt, often times a question. The applicant will then be asked to enter a room or begin a conversation with an interviewer, answering the question or addressing the situation presented within a set amount of time.

How to Prepare 

  • Know all parts of your application – be able to explain bad grades/scores and anything on the application that might mar your qualifications for school
  • Practice – undergraduate institutions will often have career services that offer mock interviews, ask your pre-health advisor at your school’s career center for help
  • Be able to verbally articulate your motivation for choosing dentistry – this need not be a condensed version of your personal statement, use this as an opportunity to produce an innovative, impactful reason for why you want to be a dentist, or even just a dental student at their school
  • Be able to discuss the shadowing experiences you had and what you learned – there’s a difference between actively learning and passively sitting in an operatory corner whilst shadowing
  • Know current events in dentistry and be able to discuss them – I hear the ADA just approved a new board exam to be administered in year 2020, but what’s that?
  • Be able to update them on what you have been doing since you submitted your application – even after you’ve eSubmitted your AADSAS, the work doesn’t end, continue shadowing and gaining valuable experience
  • Plan diligently – plan your travel and book accommodations accordingly (this costs $$$$), Google to learn about the area; recognize that most interviews are an all-day event

A post detailing interview day etiquette and potential questions will be coming shortly. Thank you for reading!

~ Colleen

*This post is sponsored by Colorado ASDA

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DS1 Highlight Reel

Kissing the ground rn as I celebrate the completion of my first year of dental school – DS1 gave me plenty of things to be ecstatic about: for one, I passed Part I of the NBDE, but equally as many breakdowns and nights of mental anguish over anatomy.

Update: One of my classmates that is clearly more numbers focused than me just posted that over the course of three semesters, we have taken 64 exams and 93 quizzes!

Also – do you know what planet (Tatooine?) is in the featured image is?! It’s our campuses beloved meatball/peach pit/clay bowling ball, which sits outside of one of the dental school’s entrances. On the other side of the campus, near the research buildings, sits a wire version of the meatball, supposedly to represent the lives of the caged albino lab rats that are lost in the name of science. In all, supposedly the meatball symbolizes the young student when they first arrive, and through careful molding, trials, and challenges, one becomes shiny and polished like the wire cage ball on the other side. But idk it could work backwards as well – shiny and new to dull and hardened but that’s a lesson in optimism vs. pessimism for you.

Below are some of my favorite moments from 2016-17:
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Buying Loupes

ASDA held our loupes fair in September, which was frankly a little later than a lot of my fellow classmates and I wanted – weird, I know, since we wouldn’t even be using them until spring semester 2017. (I know for the incoming DS class of 2021, the loupes fair will be held during orientation week, which I think is a lot better.)

Truth is, a lot of us went with one particular company (I won’t say on here since the company went well out of their way to right their wrongs, to me, at least) that ended up being extremely backordered. The vast majority of us placed orders at the beginning of October and were promised our loupes by Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it. went. down. First, the company sent me a pair of loupes without the extra ($$$) upgraded prisms I had requested. Second, the subsequent pair of loupes with the upgraded microscopes were cracked around the edges. I didn’t have my real loupes until the end of December and I was one of the earlier recipients of my new overpriced microscope glasses from this particular company. To boot, many of my classmates received faulty loupes come January, when we were actually starting work in SIM clinic, so they were SOL and used loaners. I post do a loupes review or some sort of blog about purchasing them (aka dropping dat ca$h money) in the next week or so. Above all, I’m super happy with mine – they’re pink, which is always the perfect choice for trying to be taken seriously in professional school. But seriously, mine have a fantastic angle of declination and I see very clearly. After wearing loupes for three hours straight in SIM lab my ears start to hurt since they cannot support the weight of the loupes plus the constant pull of the mask loops, but I’m getting used to it.
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*I ended up exchanging this frame for another pair later on after I decided it didn’t work for my (nonexistent) nose bridge. I whited out the name of the company so keep guessing where I ended up buying them from.

Wax Lab/Dental Anatomy

Wowow I though wax lab/dental anatomy was so fun! I don’t know how your school teaches dental anatomy (I hear some schools are moving toward 2D tooth sketches, which I would be horrendous at), but at least at CU, you get your first dentoform plus a ton of tooth pegs (uniform preps) during Dental Anatomy lab, a first semester DS1 class. I  found wax lab to be the highlight of my week every Thursday; donning my brand new navy blue scrubs, I’d walk in and grip that PKT in my tiny fist and attempt to use the additive technique to make my own interpretation of a second maxillary molar (I LOVE oblique ridges). See some examples below – by no means was I the best waxer in my class, but I had such a good time experimenting and playing around. Perhaps I’ll post separately about waxing specifically, but at least in my experience, so many upperclassmen will offer you their advice and notes on what might work best for them. I’m not discounting anything that these well-meaning students are trying to offer, but waxing (like drilling), is a skill unique to each person and their hands. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. E.g. an upperclassman tried to teach me the “dipping” technique to build up a mound of wax on my plastic tooth preparation and I never got the hang of it. Every time, the technique would yield me greater frustration and at one point, a nasty wax burn. I ended up modifying the advice awarded to me by making up my own, individual methods. You will too.
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A rather mediocre mandibular second premolar wax up. I got a lot better after this one.

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What a nice looking second maxillary molar! I started getting pretty quick at wax ups toward the end of the class – this one took me 45 minutes with secondary anatomy included. I even got that elusive tripod upon testing occlusion in my articulator!

ADA 2016 in the Mile High City

Exciting! The American Dental Association held their annual meeting in our home city of Denver! For some, more established dentists, means an opportunity for fulfilling continuing education (CE) credits, but for the DS1 like me, means FREE STUFF. I wish I had saved a photo of all my loot from the three days I went to the meeting (and even snuck my brother in one of the days) but I seriously collected well over 50 toothbrushes, 20-something (full size!) tubes of toothpaste, and lanyards, tote bags, GALORE. No one uses that much dental stuff all by their lonesome and I suspected we’d amass far more free samples later on in our dental student and practicing doctor careers, so I ended up donating the vast majority of it to a women’s shelter near my apartment. What I didn’t donate was given to my friends, making David, Katie, and Jake rather happy to receive new oral hygiene swagswagswag. I also purchased several (the picture below doesn’t even show all of them) Sonicare toothbrushes at an insane discount and resold them at my cost to buddies – everyone gets one!

The free swag wasn’t even the best part about the ADA meeting – MALALA YOUSAFZAI was the keynote speaker. What her relative context is in the field of dental medicine may be unknown, but being in her presence was exhilarating. It’s women like her that remind me that there are far greater, bigger events in this world that matter more than dental school. Her keynote address, in spite of it having nothing to do with dentistry (besides an ADA donation to establish an oral health clinic in her home village), was inspiring and reimagined the way I looked at my anatomy stress (which was the block class I was in at the time of the meeting).
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My classmate Dillon and I were actually rather close to the front. We snuck into the VIP seating section. #doitformalala

Anatomy

Anatomy is featured in black on our color-coded student calendars and everyone always joked that it meant that it alluded to anatomy being the black hole in our lives from October-December of DS1. Definitely the hardest I’ve ever had to work in a class, in dental school or undergrad. 
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LICENSE TO DRILL

Operative lab! Yasss! What we signed up for! In the summer semester, we also started Indirect Single Tooth Restoration, ISTR, so crown preps. More on that later.
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NBDE Part I

I took my NBDE part I on July 1st. Exiting the test, I felt AWFUL. It’s an indescribable feeling – knowing only one out of every third question presented on the screen and walking out feeling sick to your stomach, thinking failure is imminent. It seems like my experience is pretty reflective of most other students’ NBDE part I experience – it’s a tough test that not even another two years of didactic class can teach to, but magically, the pass rate is very, very high for CU. Higher than the national average’s, actually.

In the weeks or so after the exam, I was constantly on edge, worried my result would come out and I’d see FAIL in block letters in my profile, but around 12 days after the exam (not even business days, I’m talking regular days!), I logged into my account to find a pretty PASS written next to my name. It was easily the high of DS1 and the perfect cherry on top of finishing finals. I’ll be writing more later on my actually studying for the NBDE and experience. FullSizeRender-6.jpg

~ Colleen

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Featured image courtesy of the CU Denver and Anschutz Health Sciences Library’s Art Walk collection.

 

 

DS1 Study Habits

First of all, I apologize in advance to blog followers (my predentals!) that I’ve been so MIA. I took NBDE Part I on July 1st and since then, have been chugging away at my operative amalgam restorations and ISTR gold crown preps. It’s been a tough few weeks without time for blogging. Not only that, the Colorado ASDA Predental* Academy started a couple weeks ago! Getting to meet some of you in person makes me smile 🙂

*I’ve been asked to begin stylizing “pre-dental” as “predental.” Consistency is key and from here on out, will be dropping the dash. Weird, but it was a request.

Recently, I’ve partnered up with Dr. Rabe, a CU microbiologist and immunologist that just happens to teach both of those subjects in the CU DS1 curriculum AND is a CC grad. In the wise words of Dr. Rabe, “NEATO!” I met Dr. Rabe about midway through my first semester at CU, though I wish I’d met her even earlier. She has a PhD in education and a knack for helping students determine the best way of note-taking and studying for them. Thankfully, she will be delivering her magical presentation to the first years in the class of 2021 in only a few short weeks when orientation begins.

This year, I will be Dr. Rabe’s tutor and a teaching assistant of some sort for her immunology and microbiology classes, credit-hour heavy courses in the DS1 curriculum – they’re worth 1.9 and 3.1 credits, respectively. This year, immunology will be taught during the fall semester, instead of the spring, though.

I have been asked to write a blog detailing my personal study habits and tips from my DS1 year – that being said, it’s pretty key to note that what works best for me may not (read *probably*) won’t be best for you. Study habits are so unique to each individual, and Dr. Rabe has collected anecdotes of several of my classmates as well to account for such differences. They’ll be delivered during orientation week, which I sadly (lol no I’m going to COSTA RICA!) cannot attend.

The vast majority of lectures given at CU involve a Powerpoint presentation. Most of the time, professors and guest lecturers upload files to the class Canvas page and students have access to the Powerpoint ahead of time. This is key. I always download my Powerpoint lectures in advance and save them to pre-made folders on my laptop. It saves quite a bit of time and prevents any sort of last minute scrambling before the lecture actually begins.

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I take all of my lecture notes on my computer, annotating directly on the Powerpoint slides with red text. This helps me to highlight key concepts and statements. Rarely will I type, word-for-word what the lecturer is saying, I find it to be too dense to parse through at the end. I know some of my classmates type directly into the Powerpoint “Click for notes” box at the bottom of every slide. However, I personally dislike the relative inaccessibility to those notes compared to having them placed where they are relevant on the slide itself.

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Often times, the lecturer will include a list of learning objectives in either the syllabus or preceding the Powerpoint. Most of the time, I will complete these learning objectives right after the lecture is delivered, or that night. If not, I complete them before I begin studying for the exams. I’ve found that learning objectives underscore the most crucial parts of the lecture and explicitly enumerate what I actually need to know vs. the fluff included in the lecture that may not be relevant. Ideally, in a world where dental students have unlimited time, it’d be nice to read the learning objectives ahead of time to better hone your ears for important points during lecture, but time is simply of the essence in dental school.

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When I begin studying for an exam, I’ll print off my extensive pages of learning objectives (you’ll quickly learn that dental school exams span weeks of material and borderline insane amounts of content) and annotate by hand. It’s a well-known fact that the muscle memory gained from hand-writing notes is immensely helpful for brain memory and information retention. I’ll go back to Powerpoint lectures and parse through my notes, underlining and rewriting on my learning objective pages where I see fit. Many times, professors will hold reviews before exams to refresh your memory and often, feed you the most important information to know for exams. Always go.

Last word: Many students in my class love Panopto, a recording software we use in class to record all of our lectures, if the professor deems it appropriate. Personally, I rarely use Panopto and try to save it for instances that I completely zone out and fail to hear something important (which unfortunately tends to happen during pre-test reviews). Why? It takes a lot of time. Yes, you can watch the lecture at 2x speed and sometimes it’s funny listening to Alvin the Chipmunk give you a lecture on the kidney, but I’ve found that re-watching a lecture does not aid in information retention for me.

Still looking for additional study tips? One of my classmates, Seth, put together a YouTube playlist of videos that he swears by. Upon watching a few of them, they offer a pretty good study primer for DS1 and beyond. Check the playlist here.

*Also, don’t you just love the featured image? It’s one week in from the CU fall 2016 schedule. Ok yes it is the comprehensive schedule for all students here (DS1-4, ISP1-2), but it does look rather intimidating, no?

~ Colleen

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2017 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fair – Thursday, June 15th 2-8 pm EST

Comin’ up hot we have the 2017 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fair – an opportunity to participate in a virtual conference, “visiting” the booths of dental schools across the country. The Fair will take place wherever you can log in on June 15th, 2017 from 2-8 pm EST. You can log in and out and back in again whenever you please.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Chat live with admissions representatives from 50 U.S. dental schools;
  • Ask questions about the ADEA AADSAS application;
  • Watch presentations about financing a dental education, the psychology of the dental school interview, letters of recommendation, and more;
  • Join a Social Hour with current dental students;
  • Learn more about paying for dental school;
  • Network with others interested in dentistry in a live chat forum.
    *Information from the ADEA AADSAS staff

You’ll even get to chat with Jamie, Gabe, and I – representatives from Colorado ASDA so we can share all of our love for dental medicine and Colorado!

The best part? It’s FREE!

Register here

~ Colleen

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