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Motivation and Insight into Dentistry

  • I see you have a lot of experience in another field. Why not stay there?
  • You applied to medical school as well. Why dentistry?
  • Tell me about your research.
  • Why not medical school or phd?
  • What do you want to do as a dentist with an honors in ____?
  • Why dentistry?
  • What was your most academically challenging course?
  • Why do you volunteer?
  • Tell us about your community service.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • You don’t have many bio courses listed in your transcript, do you intend to take additional courses in biology?
  • How will you manage your debt?
  • Where do you see yourself in ten years?
  • Why dentistry rather than medicine?
  • Why dentistry rather than law?
  • How do you think your work experience will prepare you for dentistry?
  • What would you do if you didn’t get into dental school?
  • What was your favourite subject in high school?
  • What class do you like the most?
  • What do you see in the future of dentistry?
  • Explain your research to me.
  • Why study here?
  • What is your take on oral bisphosphonate drugs and the development of osteonecrosis of the jaws?
  • Why do you want to be a dentist?
  • What motivated you to pursue a career in dentistry?
  • Tell us about your favourite class.
  • What other schools have you applied to?
  • How will you deal with a tough schedule and coursework in dental school, and how will you manage the stress that is sure to be a part of studying dentistry?
  • What do you want to do with your career in dentistry?
  • Why the health field?
  • Tell us about your research?
  • How does art relate to dentistry?
  • Dentistry is stressful. How will you deal with that stress?
  • Would you do dentistry if it were not profitable?
  • What does dentistry offer you?
  • What is sleep dentistry?
  • What other careers have you considered besides dentistry?
  • How and why did you choose your undergrad course and college?
  • Why is research important & necessary?
  • What do you like about dentistry?
  • What was your epiphany that led to you wanting to study dentistry?
  • What did you learn shadowing Dr ____?
  • Tell me about your experience in dentistry.
  • Why did you research the topic that you did?
  • Do you have any family members in dentistry?
  • Would you like to specialize?
  • What is the least appealing part of dentistry?
  • What role will music play in your dental career?
  • Rank your readiness to join this program on a scale of 1-10 and tell us why.
  • What is the difference between medicine and dentistry?
  • If you had a class II amalgam patient how well are you prepared for that?
  • How will you continue the research that you have been conducting?
  • Why do you think that suicide rates for dentists are so high?
  • What are your favourite and least favourite specialties in dentistry?
  • What do you look for in a dental school? And what do you not like about some dental schools?


Manual Dexterity

  • Tell us about the musical instrument that you play.
  • So, you play guitar?
  • What do you do with your hands?
  • What hobbies have you got that show your manual dexterity?


Ethical Scenarios

  • If there was someone in your practice that was causing problems with patients and other staff members, how would you react?
  • Describe an ethical situation that you have encountered.
  • Say you own a private practice and you have an employee who has a bad attitude and isn’t working hard – what would you do with this employee?

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