San Diego State University
Preprofessional Health Advising Office
BIOLOGY 250B Schedule 20383
TOPICS IN DENTISTRY
Monday 4:00 to 4:50 p.m., Room LS-134 (except where noted*)
Prerequisites--An interest in dentistry as a career.
Course Purpose: This seminar course invites dental specialists to speak each spring to give you a realistic view of the dental profession. In addition, it provides students the opportunity to gain a head start on their dental school applications. If you have already taken this class for credit, you are welcome to visit and listen to the speakers on a space available basis. This class is run by students with the professor acting in the role of facilitator. There are specific requirements to pass the class, but your input and enthusiasm are vital to making it a strong learning experience for you and your classmates.
As a result of this class, students will:
- Gain exposure to the various specialties of dentistry
- Develop some knowlege about, and be able to discuss, the requirements for admission into dental school
- Gain role models in dentistry
- Have a realistic view of dentistry today and what it may be like in the future
- Network with working dentists
- Gain knowledge of support/club organizations as well as extra curricular and leadership opportunities
- Become familiar with the application process
- Complete a personal statement
- Explore current topics in dentistry including ethical issues
Course Required Text:
Huntington, Barbara and Masse, Linda, 2003. Writing About Me: A step by step guide to developing a powerful personal statement for your application to schools of medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, podiatry and veterinary medicine.
ADEA (American Dental Education Association), Official Guide to Dental Schools-This is published annually--Verify you have the latest edition.
Medley, A. Sweaty Palms. 1992. Ten Speed Press.
Course Evaluation: Credit/No Credit based on:
1) Attendance (based on signing attendance sheet)
Since it is not polite to invite a speaker and then have few people attend class because of studying for another class or other non emergency matter,, ONLY ONE UNEXCUSED ABSENCE IS ACCEPTED. An unexcused absence must be made up by submitting a one-page paper on the topic that was missed no later than one week after the absence. Excused absences (illness, death in family) must be submitted in writing to Barbara Huntington.
2) Speaker Evaluations
Speaker evaluations will be posted on blackboard. Speaker evaluations will be counted as part of your final grade and must be uniquely yours.
3) Personal Statement
Write a personal statement for you dental school application. Start reading a completing Writing about Me as directed in the class schedule. During Spring Break, start brainstorming and writing the personal statement. The 2-3 page personal statement should be double-spaced, edited and stapled.
4) Ethics Paper: Complete paper
The choice of topics for the paper will be made available by the class coordinators by the second week of classes. Provide all sources and citations in APA format. There are three important dates for Topic and Thesis, list of three peer reviewed references (APA format) and the completed ethics paper.
5) Final Portfolio
The final portfolio will include an AADSAS application, a paragraph evaluation of your favorite speaker, and a page discussion of a dental specialty that interests you.
Health care professionals are held to high ethical standards. Please be aware of the school's policy on academic dishonesty requiring professors to report all cases of academic dishonesty.
|January 28||Use Blackboard to email the class coordinators an e-mail stating your 1) name, 2) major 3) year you plan to enter dental school.|
Read and complete Chapters 1 and 2 in Writing About Me (Turn in the book with your name on it at the beginning of class)
Assignment due (Write 1/2 to 1 page) Title: Personal Statement Starter #1: What special attributes/skills/experiences/languages make you unique? (This will help you get started with the personal statement)
Read and complete Chapter 3 and 4 in Writing About Me
Assignment due (Write 1/2 to 1 page) Title: Personal Statement Starter #2: What pivotal experience(s) made you realize you wanted to pursue (or strengthened your desire to pursue) dentistry?
Read and complete Chapters 5 and 6 of Writing About Me
Assignment due (Write 1/2 to 1 page) Title: Personal Statement Starter #4: How did you test your desire to be a dentist? (Research? Volunteering? Clinical Work? Shadowing?...) Include any special intances where you felt inspired or enthusiastic about dentistry.
Submit Topic and Thesis for ethics paper
Bring rough draft of ethics paper to class
Submit 3 peer-reviewed sources/references for ethics paper
Ethics paper due
Work on your personal statement
Work on your personal statement
Personal Statement Due
Study for your finals
Mandatory Final (must sign in and pick up final portfolio) 4 pm in LS-134 followed by optional Dental Roundtable
Please retain copies of everything you turn in. Be sure your name is on each document.
Introduction to class by Class Coordinators
||Tyler Johnson, DDS--Dental anesthesia|
Mark A. Hunt, Sr. Vinmar Soluntions ( Predental laboratory instructor)
Norman (Skip) Sperber, DDS--Forensic Dentistry
|March 4*(Meet in Library)||Sue Hollander, Science Reference Librarian
Meet in the library, LA-78.
|March 11||Ian Vale Cruz, DMD, Seth Williams DDS, and a Navy Scholarship Recruiter--Navy Dentistry|
|April 1||SPRING BREAK|
Don Graham, DDS--Orthodontics
|April 29||LCDR Cynthia Chinh--Periodontics|
Jeff Gray, DDS--Sedation and Cosmetic Dentistry
|May 14||Mandatory Final (Turn in review of class and speakers) 4 pm in LS-134 followed by optional Dental Roundtable|
**Predental Club Meeting at 5 in Calpulli 4104. Return to PPHA Homepage