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Harvard ASDA 9th Annual Pre-Dental Mini-Conference

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) invites all pre-dental students to attend our 9th Annual Pre-Dental Mini-Conference on Friday, November 17th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

The mission of our annual event is to connect pre-dental students with valuable resources and opportunities as they prepare for applying to dental schools, and provide them with unique perspectives on dental school and the dental profession. Pre-dental students will have the opportunity to meet and chat with the Director of Admissions, faculty members, current dental students, and fellow pre-dental students from different schools. A tour of HSDM will be offered at the end of the session to those who are interested.

SPOTS ARE LIMITED, so we kindly ask that you register at least a week in advance for this event! (Our auditorium only seats about 70 people.) We also ask that you use your FIRST and LAST name so that you can be identified upon check-in.

Attire for the event: Business Casual

Cost: Free!

Food will be provided!

Please RSVP at the link below if you would like to attend this fun conference!


ADEA: Interview Tips From Seven Dental Schools

Experience the exclusive ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS®) webinar recording for applicants planning to interview for dental school this semester. Take advantage of key interview tips, suggestions and guidance from representatives of Harvard School of Dental Medicine; University of Louisville School of Dentistry; Indiana University School of Dentistry; New York University College of Dentistry; A.T. Still University—Arizona and Missouri; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine; and University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Watch Here.

If you are interested in Dental School, we also suggest that you subscribe to the ADEA GoDental Newsletter for access to lots of videos and articles that will help you through the application process.

Junior/Senior/Alumni Health Professions Fall Information Meeting

Miss the meeting? Do not worry!! The PowerPoint deck and handouts are below. If you have questions, please schedule an appointment with one of the Advisors.

The mysteries of applying to professional schools through Middlebury will be deciphered. Join Mary Lothrop, the Director of Health Professions & STEM Advising, for this important meeting to learn about the internal Health Professions Committee review process and how professional schools will evaluate your application.

Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-7:30 pm, Coltrane Lounge

Introducing the NEW ADEA Dental School Explorer!

ADEA is pleased to announce the availability of its new online product, the ADEA Dental School Explorer! Based on the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools, this tool contains the profiles of the 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools featured in the printed edition—all searchable by key word and filterable by institution type, targeted entering-class size, DAT Total Science score (mean), Science GPA (mean), and location (state, territory or province).

View information on required and recommended courses; dental shadowing requirements/recommendations; admission cycle timetables; fees, deposits and cost of attendance; and 2016 applicant and entering-class statistics

CCI has purchased both a hard copy and online access to this resource. If you are interested, please contact Nicole for access.

Interested in purchasing your own online subscription? A one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School Explorer is available for $25. Purchase it here.

First-Year and Sophomore Health Professions Information Meeting

All students new to health professions are welcome to attend this information session. If you haven’t done so already, it is a great opportunity to meet with Hannah Benz, Assistant Director of Health Professions & STEM Advising. If you are thinking about pursuing a career in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Physician Assistant or other health profession, come learn how a successful application takes more than just good science grades.

Tuesday, September 26, 7:00-8:00 pm in Coltrane Lounge

Can’t make it to the meeting but interested in joining our mailing list for future events? Email us at hprofess@middlebury.edu and we will be happy to include you in our weekly newsletters.

Also interested in the Winter-Term EMT Course? Arrive to Coltrane early at 6:00 PM to stay for the EMT Course Info Session.

Following the Info Meeting, the Pre-Medical Society will be gathering a panel of Middlebury students who will be available to answer questions about their Middlebury Pre-Med experience. That will be from 8:00-8:30 pm in Coltrane Lounge.

CASPer® for Medical School Admissions: What to Expect and How to Prepare

The article below is taken directly from The Student Doctor Network here and takecasper.com.

Many medical schools choose to pre-evaluate applicants by asking them to take an online situational judgement test and UVM College of Medicine is the latest school to require CASPer evaluation. The CASPer® (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test is a 90-minute online situational judgment test (SJT) created by McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. The test was originally established as a screening tool to assess prospective medical school candidates’ non-cognitive skills prior to the interview. Applicants are not tested on any explicit subject knowledge and spelling/grammar mistakes are not factored into their results.

Some medical schools find the evaluation of non-cognitive skills (personal and professional qualities) is a crucial component of any medical school admissions process. What has traditionally been assessed through the submission of personal essays, autobiographical submissions, and interviews, can now be evaluated through this online test.

Structure & Format

The CASPer® test consists of 12 sections (8 videos, 4 non-video) lasting a total of 90 minutes. Each section contains either a short 1-2 minute video (video-based) or a short prompt (word-based), followed by three open-ended probing questions. The examinee is allowed a total of five minutes to answer all three questions for each section. Given the short 5 minute time constraint for each section, spelling mistakes and grammar are not explicitly factored into an applicant’s score. There is an optional 15-minute break halfway.

How to Prepare

As an applicant you won’t receive your actual CASPer® test score because unlike other standardized tests with established pass/fail cutoffs, CASPer® is not a pass/fail test but rather a standardized tool for ranking a large number of applicants based on their personal characteristics. The CASPer® test is administered without providing applicants with explicit learning objectives to prepare for the test in the hopes that examinees will take the test “blindly” without any prior preparation.

However, the current research shows that applicants benefit from advance preparation for the test. To prepare for the test, we recommend applicants complete the following tasks prior to taking their CASPer® test:

  1. Ensure they can type a minimum of 40 words per minute, free of major errors and distractions.
  2. Self-reflect on their own personal experiences around conflict, personal weaknesses, and personal failures, and be comfortable sharing lessons learned from these experiences concisely.
  3. Complete at least one full-length timed practice CASPer® test to ensure they are familiar with the time constraints and expectations of the test. Click here for sample CASPer® content.

Where do I go to take the test?

You complete the CASPer test on a computer and location of your choice at takecasper.com. Check the technical requirements page and the run through the sample test here to ensure the computer and internet connection is suitable for smooth test operation.