University of Illinois at Chicago Dentistry Interview Questions

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University of Illinois Dentistry Key Information

​All applicants must sit the DAT. There is no current minimum DAT score to apply. There is likewise no minimum GPA. However, the university warns that it is a competitive environment and high scores are expected. You must submit three letters of recommendation, or one committee letter of recommendation. You must then show a passion for the field, through at least 100 hours of shadowing. You should likewise show a range of community service and volunteering work, which need not be dentistry related. You should also show some experience of, and interest in, research.

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Motivation and Insight into Dentistry

  • Why did you choose dentistry?
  • If you don’t ever get into a dental school, what will you do?
  • If you find yourself having trouble with a course here in your first year, what would you do?
  • What qualities should a dentist have?
  • Being a dentist is a big responsibility, different than that of working as an assistant. How do you feel about that, and do you think you can handle it? Does it scare you?
  • What do you know about our curriculum?
  • If you are not from the US, how is dentistry different here to your own country?
  • Why have you chosen to apply to UIC?
  • What is your definition of dental profession?
  • Where will you be in ten years?
  • What makes a good dentist?
  • Tell us about your volunteering experiences.
  • Tell us about your leadership experiences, make it relevant to dentistry.
  • What were your DAT scores?
  • Have you performed any research?
  • What does success mean to you?
  • What would you do after completing this program?
  • What was your position when performing research?
  • What volunteering experiences have you got and how did you secure them?
  • I have chosen to interview you blind, meaning I haven’t seen your application. Why you and why dentistry?
  • Imagine there are no more cavities in the world. Do you still want to be a dentist?
  • Why not medicine?
  • How did you first become interested in dentistry?
  • What do you know about our program?
  • What has been your most meaningful volunteering experience?
  • What is your impression of healthcare in our society?
  • What steps have you taken to acquaint yourself with what a dentist does?
  • What makes you different?
  • What do you think of the change in curriculum that the dental school is implementing (moving from lectures to small group learning)?
  • Tell me about your clinical experience.
  • What will you do at dental school if you can’t handle a certain class?
  • What challenges will you face as a dentist?
  • Tell me about your leadership roles and positions.
  • List some things that would make you happy as a dentist.
  • List some things that you would find stressful or challenging as a dentist.
  • What originally stimulated your interest in dental medicine?
  • What would you do if you are struggling in a class? What would you do if you saw another student cheating?
  • Does the thought of dental school scare you?
  • Tell us about your experiences that relate to dentistry.
  • You seem very interested in research. Are you interested in clinical research?
  • Critique this typodont.
  • What qualities do you have that would make you a good dentist?
  • What would you do if dental disease was eliminated?
  • Identify the errors in this clinical model showing a crown preparation.
  • Are you involved in research currently?
  • Outside of healthcare, what aspects do you see as important to a dental practice?

Manual Dexterity

  • Assemble these antique dental instruments according to their numbering.
  • What manual dexterity skills do you have?

​Ethical Scenarios

  • If you were in a dental practice that was billing for procedures that were not actually
  • performed, what would you do about it and why?
  • What was an ethical situation that you were put in previously, and what happened?
  • What would you do if you find someone in your class cheated in a midterm or exam?
  • If there were no need for dentists, what would you be doing?
  • Tell us about your shadowing experiences.
  • What have you learned from your shadowing experiences?
  • Would you prefer to provide an adequate service to a large population or an excellent service to a small population?
  • If someone cheated, would you report that individual?
  • One of your group members doesn’t want to help with a project, which is due soon. What do you do?

Communication Stations​

  • Read this passage from Sturdevant aloud, and then explain it to us.

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