Orthodontics Board Exam

As many of my readers know, I was accepted into my dental school's Orthodontics Program in July 2014 and since it's a 2 year program, that leaves me with just about three (3) more months until I get the official title of Orthodontist. I'm very excited for this accomplishment and embracing the impending next steps of my life, ahem real world.
But before I graduate from my program and move on to bigger, brighter and better things, there are a couple hurdles to jump over - one of the biggest right now being the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) written examination, yes another national board exam.

With just about 2 more weeks remaining until I sit this exam, there's a lot of burning the midnight oil and exam anxiety at this time. You would think taking these standardized exams would be a breeze by now, but no. I still have to call up on all the things that I've done in the past to get through my studies and remain focused. There is a world of material to cover with only so much time left - so staying organized is key. I've been struggling this time around with the staying focused bit. I have a lot of things going on: employment contract negotiations, research and grand case preparations (finalizing my research and presentations for 3 research symposiums coming up within the next 3 weeks), chief resident duties, family...stuff, blogging over at The NEXT DDS, to name a few.
This is however, nothing new to me and I will be plummeting through like I always do!

Wish me luck!

A Guide to Success on NBDE Part II

You've come a long way in dental school and now on the home stretch! I have outlined just how to be successful on the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part II. See below for an excerpt:

You can find the entire article by visiting The NEXT DDS
It is free to enroll!

A Guide to Success on NBDE Part 1

I have written a guide on how to pass the NBDE Part 1. This is an important time for you and I do hope that this guide is beneficial. Ihave attached a snippet below, please follow to think for the entire article on The NEXT DDS

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.
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