Understanding The Match Process

If you decide to continue your education after dental school, chances are you may go through "The Match" process. It can be a little confusing. So, to help you understand it a little better I have shared my experience with it and have also prepared a timeline to keep you organized.

The full article can be found over by The NEXT DDS blog, here's an excerpt:


I hope this is helpful when applying to post-doc programs. You can also conveniently download the timeline from The NEXT DDS

Accurate Impression Taking

Taking impressions seems very simple and straightforward, and it can be, but there are a some little things that people struggle with. There are some intricacies and techniques to grasp to ensure accuracy of an impression at all times.
I recently wrote an article for The NEXT DDS which touches on the intricacies involved and goes over some tips and techniques for accurate impression taking.

You may find an excerpt of the article below:


Find the entire article on The NEXT DDS blog here.

Consultations for Pre-Dental Students


Having gone through the entire pre-dental and dental school process and having advised and mentored many pre-dental students, I know the pre-dental school process well and I know how very confusing and overwhelming it can be. I have decided to offer Consultations for Pre-Dental Students that will make the entire process a lot easier and smoother.
These consultations will include but not limited to application building, personal statement editing, DAT study tips and gems (and possibly access to materials and resources), interview coaching, etc.

More information on this to come very soon so stay tuned. In the meantime, feel free to inbox me with any questions you many have or to simply send me a note of interest in this new service: Patrice@stu-dentdiaries.com

Crack the Dental Admissions Test! (DAT)

There are a myriad of materials/resources out there geared towards you doing really well on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), and as we all know getting into your desired dental school sometimes hinges on the kind of scores you receive on this test (among other things). Needless to say, it is imperative that you not only do well on the DATs but that you ACE it!
Having gone through the entire dental school process (from application to graduation...and beyond) and have advised and mentored many pre-dental and dental students, I am familiar with a lot of the materials/resources that seem to always come through. One such product is CrackDAT.

I used a combination of different resources when I studied for my DAT back in the day and I distinctly remember CrackDAT being tremendously helpful, especially for the PAT section. Now fast forward a couple years later and their products and services have drastically improved and is even better than before.
I got the opportunity to use the newest version of CrackDAT software recently, specifically the bundle package and was amazed at how very similar it was to the actual DAT. The software is seamless and closely resembles the real test. In addition, they have tons of practice tests and an updated database of questions that cover all the pertinent questions that are often times asked on the DAT - and they constantly free updates!


CrackDAT provides the largest arsenal of practice tests for the DAT. They provide video tutorials covering tips, tricks and strategies, soap carving tutorials for Canadian students, video explanations for many of the questions, and a new feature called "Compare your Scores" which enables you to see how you performed and scored against other pre-dentals across the country.

Unlike other preparation tools which have expiration periods, CrackDAT does not expire. Therefore, you get unlimited access to all the material, thus you can get a head start as early as freshman year!
Further, there are free updates so you're never left with an outdated version.

You can also rest assured that all you questions will be answered and your problems (if any) troubleshooted as they have an outstanding support that responds right away.

Lastly (drumroll) they provide an annual SCHOLARSHIP!!  This year they will be awarding $2000 to deserving pre-dental students. You must atleast be a junior in college with an interest in pursuing a career in dentistry. See here for more of their requirements

To learn more about CrackDAT visit their website, and also feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about any part(s) of the dental school application process. I will be happy to answer or direct your questions accordingly.

Digital Radiographs

In addition to running my own blog, I often can be found at other sites and blogs around web like The American Student Dental Association's (ASDA) Mouthing Off blog or at THE NEXTDDS blog site.
Recently I wrote a piece about Digital Radiography and laid out some tips for taking them.

You can see an excerpt below:


Find the rest of the article on THE NEXTDDS blog here.

Mouthing Off about Tattoos

This post was Originally posted in 2011. It is still relevant today. 

I'm now a blogger on the American Student Dental Association's (ASDA) blog "Mouthing Off." As if I'm not busy enough! but I absolutely love blogging and having my voice heard so...here's an excerpt from my first post:

Tattoos and the Dental Professional: 
 Tattoos have gone viral! It’s as though everyone has them, and in obvious places where the whole world is able to see. But, is it okay for the dental professional who is constantly interfacing with patients?
As the culture changes with this new generation we see an increase in the things that were once considered “taboo.”  According to a report on Millennials by the Pew Research Center, “Nearly four-in-ten have a tattoo (and for most who do, one is not enough: about half of those with tattoos have two to five and 18% have six or more.)” Our generation is more adventurous but do standards still apply?... See more

 Click on the link above to see entire article.

Pre-Dental and Dental School Materials Update

Having gone through the entire dental school journey/process, I have updated the Pre-Dental Materials tab with helpful DAT study materials and the Dental School Materials tab with those materials I found helpful esp. for the National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II.
Take a moment to browse the materials and get a head start on studying. It's never too early!



Just take a look above, where it says DAT Study Materials, or click here.
and for Dental Students, hit the Dental School Materials tab, or click here.

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