University of Missouri Kansas City Dentistry Interview Questions

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University of Missouri Dentistry Key Information

UKMC looks for the following criteria when judging applicants at interview:

  • That they have demonstrated investigation of the profession of dentistry.
  • There must be evidence of active and on-going social conscience and compassion.
  • An indication of fundamental personal character.
  • Evidence of critical thinking/problem solving.
  • Established and effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A clear and demonstrated ability to balance full academic schedules with extracurricular involvement or employment.
Interviews are 1:1, and two take place during the assessment day, which is in-person. There is also a campus tour, and a ‘fun fact survey.’ The same format is also replicated for students interviewing virtually. 

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University of Missouri Dentistry Past Interview Questions

Motivation and Insight into Dentistry

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why dentistry?
  • If you had an opportunity to talk with the Dental Student Admission Committee, what would you want them to know about you?
  • What was the single most important experience that you have had that has led you to pursuing dentistry as your profession of choice?
  • Would you practice in a rural setting?
  • Why did you apply?
  • What has academically prepared you for dental school and how will you handle the curriculum?
  • If you didn’t get in, what would you do?
  • Why did you apply to this school? How did you hear about us?
  • What made you interested in Dentistry?
  • What do you dislike about dentistry?
  • What has been the most difficult/complex academic/personal task you have ever undertaken? Why was it so, how did you pursue it, and what was the outcome?
  • Tell me about your research experiences. What did you do exactly?
  • Tell me about your extracurricular activities in Mexico.
  • If you were not going into dentistry, what would you do?
  • Tell me about a particular service event that impacted you.
  • How do you perceive the academics of dental school will be different from your previous academic experiences?
  • Why dentistry? What draws you to this profession?
  • How do you feel you have displayed discipline and focus in the past?
  • How do you know dentistry is for you?
  • What qualities do you have that would make you a good dentist?
  • If someone had not met you before, how would you describe yourself?
  • Have you ever thought about teaching at a dental school (after you finish dental school)?
  • What was the spark that lit the fire of you wanting to be a dentist?
  • Are you thinking about specializing?
  • What do you plan to do over this next year to be better prepared academically to begin dental school?

Ethical Scenarios

  • What’s the most difficult decision you have had to make? What did you do to deal with it?
  • Please define “personal ethics” and “accountability.
  • Define personal ethics.
  • Define professional ethics.
  • Describe to me what you think is an unethical situation in dentistry.
  • What was a complex personal situation you dealt with?
  • A well-respected dentist in the community asks you to cover his work for a week. You find he is providing unnecessary dental treatment. What would you do?
  • Let’s say you found that your father (a practicing dentist) is cheating on some insurance claims. What would you do?

Data Analysis & Interpretation

  • Give me an example of a time you used critical thinking.

Teamwork Tasks

  • What does leadership mean to you?

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