Are you considering dental school in your future? Do you know the difference between endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics? Have you considered a research opportunity at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health (NIDCR)? The American Dental Education Association launched a new website this fall — GoDental — that provides a nice overview of the profession as well as links to helpful resources, a timeline for applying to dental school, and informational videos (yes, DentTube).
The website is a nice starting point and emphasizes the importance of finding organizations and mentors to help you launch your career. Pre-dents may not be the largest pre-professional group on Penn’s campus, but they need not feel alone. Alumni, professional organizations, and current dental students are often willing to provide insight and help to those eager to learn more about their profession. Try PACNet to find Penn alums in the field or consider joining the American Student Dental Association as a predental member and/or the Penn Pre-dental Society. Penn predental students who are interested in connecting with alumni of Penn Dental Medicine can express their interest in obtaining a mentor here. As always, your pre-health advisors are happy to speak with you about your interest in a dental career and hope you will come see us!