University of Tennessee Health Science Dentistry Interview Questions

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University of Tennessee Dentistry Key Information

Applicants to the University of Tennessee’s program  must possess the following general qualities: critical thinking, sound judgment, emotional stability and maturity, empathy, physical and mental stamina. Likewise, they should possess the ability to acquire knowledge, surgical skills and technical functions and use such knowledge, skills, and functions in a wide variety of didactic, laboratory, and clinical settings.

Applicants granted an interview (based on GPA, PGPA, and DAT) are notified in writing, and will be interviewed only once.

Interviews take place at the school, and according to previous students there is some variety over whether they are closed-file or open-file. Expect group interviews rather than one-on-one interviews, typically.  

Interviews begin as soon as applications are received. 

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University of Tennessee Dentistry Past Interview Questions

Motivation and Insight into Dentistry

  • Tell us about yourself.
  • Why dentistry and what have you done to explore it?
  • Why UT?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses? How do they apply to dentistry?
  • Have you ever considered medical school?
  • How do you approach adversities?
  • Describe yourself.
  • What did you encounter in the field of dentistry that you did not expect during your exposure to the career of dentistry?
  • Tell us about your shadowing experience.
  • Why dental school instead of med?
  • What do you not like about dentistry?
  • Will you practice in your home state?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • Tell us about your volunteering experience.
  • Tell us about a book you read recently.
  • What do you do for fun?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • Did you observe dentists in multiple specialties or just the one dentist?
  • Tell me about your volunteering experiences.
  • How will you stay motivated to work hard and keep up your grades here?
  • What was your most challenging subject?
  • What are some of your strengths?
  • What do you bring to the table?
  • Why do you want to be a dentist?
  • What have you done to explore the field of dentistry?
  • What are your goals outside of dentistry?
  • Name a book you’ve recently read and what you’ve gained from it.

Manual Dexterity

  • What have you done to improve your manual dexterity?
  • What do you like to do with your hands?

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