I wanted to write this as a little add-on post, to compliment my post regarding dental school interviews.

Basically I want to offer the service of my assistance with dental school applications to anyone interested.

A number of people in the past year have approached me directly or through social media who know I am a dental student, and have been asking about certain aspects of the application process for dental schools in the UK – mostly regarding the interview process.

Of course I am very busy but would like to try my best to help anyone who is applying to dental school – specifically UK dental schools.

It doesn’t matter what stage of the application process you are at, I would be happy to try and help with any or all of the following:

  • Someone to talk to about dentistry
    -What is dental school like
    -Why should I consider dentistry
  • Advice on securing work experience; tips on how to approach:
    -General dental practices
    -Dental specialists- orthodontics
    -Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    -Dental Lab Technicians
  • Personal Statement help
    -Writing advice
    -Draft review with feedback & constructive criticism
  • Interview preparation
    -MMI
    -Panel interviews

You might read this and think: “Yo Ali, why are you doing all this? What’s in it for you?”

The truth is, I feel very fortunate now to have found dentistry. Every day that goes by when I spend more time exposed to dentistry at university and the more I learn, the more I become passionate about it all.

I realise I am only just at the beginning of my second year at dental school, so I am getting way ahead of myself! But when I describe dentistry as a passion I mean to say that I am enjoying dental school, and am super excited for all that the future holds! 😀

At this stage, I haven’t put much thought into how I can help exactly, so get in touch via the email address on my “Contact Me” page and we can figure it out together based on what I can do for you!

To begin with I will offer my help and service for free but perhaps if this gets some good attention and interest I could maybe charge a little for my time…? Especially if anyone I help finds it useful and is successful with any of their applications.

I’m London-based, so if any potential young applicants live in London or around the city who would want to come meet me for a coffee to talk about this in person –that could work too when it’s convenient!

The benefit this offer has is that I will make it personally tailored to you! Lots of advice you read online (including through this blog) is very general and non-personal. So I would endeavour to make any assistance I give specifically helpful for whoever comes to me, so we can address your own personal situation. Together we can identify the strengths and weaknesses in your application and then work to improve any areas you aren’t as confident in so you’re well prepared and confident in your application.

My plan for the near future is to set up a few different workshops each year, where any UK dental school applicants can apply to come along and we can work together to improve your chances of getting offers. The plan would be to have workshops at key time points to be relevant for the specific stage of application it is intended to help with.

Depending on the number of people interested, I could get some of my dental student friends to help out so you get help from others. Perhaps it will be a good idea for me to ask a female dental student to help me out so there’s a guy and girl involved.

Ideas I have for interactive workshops are:

  • An Introduction to Dentistry – Half Day
    • Basic dental terms and procedures will be discussed
    • Brief intro to dental ethics
    • What is dental school like
    • Why consider dentistry – is it right for you?
  • Interview Skills – Half Day/Full Day
    • MMI and Traditional Style interviews covered
    • Mock interviews
    • Practicing possible MMI stations
  • Aptitude Test Preparation Workshop – Half Day
  • Personal Statement Clinic – By Appointment

So if you’re reading this and might know of anyone who is thinking about applying to dental school, why not get them to have a look at this blog and maybe get in touch.

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