October, November, and December Meeting Recap

Hi Everyone!

A little late to post, but here are some recaps of previous meetings and some additional information you might find helpful.

OCTOBER MEETING

If you missed October’s meeting we had a great panel of current Minnesota dental students answering questions about dental school and the journey to get there.

 

NOVEMBER MEETING

For November’s meeting we had Dr. Naty Lopez, the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, come to speak about how to be a competitive applicant for dental schools.  Meeting minutes and PowerPoint Presentation can be found here.

 

DECEMBER MEETING

Also, thank you to all who came to our meeting/workshop on Monday, December 1st.  We reviewed how to sign up for your DENTPIN and how to fill out a competitive application.

Here are some of the links from the meeting:

NEXT MEETING

The next Pre-Dental Club meeting will be held after break, we’ll keep you posted when we finalize a date.

Good luck on finals and Happy Holidays!

Best,

PDC

 
***Below are some messages and opportunities you may be interested in.
A MESSAGE FROM ASDA

Hello UMN Predental students!

If you are interested in joining ASDA predental or are already a member, please click on the doodle link below and RSVP. We can help you register for ASDA Predental at the event on Dec. 4th.

http://doodle.com/n2agd6fryhidbf7z

There are also some additional benefits of joining ASDA!

  1. There are weekly lunch and learns in Moos Tower for ASDA members on Wednesdays at 12:05. Please let us know if you are interested in attending these lunch and learn events! There are speakers on various topics in dentistry, such as, how to set up your own practice, how to market your practice, new technology in dentistry, etc.
  2. Also, there are videos on the MN ASDA website with helpful tips on things like, how to write a personal statement.
  3. Tentatively planned ASDA events: 
    1. Presentation by a faculty member from admissions
    2. Impression Session
    3. Sealant session
    4. Condense and Carve amalgam

Please let us know if you have questions!

Katie and Mitch

SAVE THE DATE

Give Kids A Smile at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Clinic will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

September 22nd Meeting Recap

Hi Everyone!

Thanks to all who could make it to Monday night’s meeting; if you missed it for whatever reason or want to revisit a topic the meeting minutes can be found here.

ASDA Info

Many of you have had questions about joining ASDA. Please see the message below from Katie and Mitch, the ASDA representatives who spoke at our meeting:

Hello UMN Predental students!

Thank you for letting us speak about ASDA Predental at your meeting! We had a great time chatting about what ASDA Predental has to offer.

We hope that many of you will consider joining ASDA Pre-dental. We would love to have you join the ASDA Minnesota chapter and attend ASDA Predental events at the dental school. As a reminder, ASDA Pre-dental membership has many great benefits, including:

  • hands-on events at the School of Dentistry (Wax and relax, Impression session, Sealant session, drill and fill)
  • access to a UMN dental student mentor
  • 10% off Crack the DAT and 25% off Chad’s Videos
  • ASDA’s “Guide to Getting Into Dental School”
  • ASDA’s publications/newsletters

To join ASDA, you can go to the following site: http://asdanet.org/joinnow.aspx .

Click on 2015 Predental Membership application. You can register for an ASDA account. The site will tell you to log in with your user and password, then select the “Join ASDA” button. Fill out the form and select the University of Minnesota as the ASDA Chapter that referred you. The fee for ASDA Pre-dental membership is $63. 

Once you have completed your ASDA application, send us the confirmation email. The first 10 students to register and email us will receive a Minnesota ASDA drinking glass. 

You can also join ASDA at the first ASDA Predental event. The first event will be the Wax and Relax at the University of Minnesota SOD. This event will be held at the end of October and we will have stations available for Pre-dental students to join ASDA. More information on this event will follow.

We hope to see you in October! Please let us know if you have any questions!

Best,

Katie and Mitch

NEXT MEETING

The next Pre-Dental Club meeting will be held on October 20 at 6 pm. Hope to see you there!

Best,

PDC

First Pre-Dental Club Meeting of Fall 2014 Term:

Hi Pre-Dental Club friends!

Welcome back! We are excited to start off the school year strong with our first Pre-Dental Club meeting coming up on Monday, September 22 at 6 pm in MCB 2-122. 

** Note the location has changed, we will be meeting next door to last year’s room.

The Pre-Dental Club typically meets once a month on Mondays at 6 pm. The date/ time/ location of the meetings for Fall semester as as follows:
September 22
October 20
November 17
December 1
If you ever need to check back on dates or locations you can find them here.
ALSO:
Don’t forget to turn in your membership form and $30 membership dues (info here).  You can give this to one of the officers at our meeting or drop it off at Moos 15-163.
If you are interested in submitting a design or idea for tshirts, we encourage you to do so at our first meeting!  Once we’ve narrowed it down to a few options, you will be asked to vote on a tshirt design for this year.
If you have any questions, or if anything is unclear, don’t hesitate to email any of the officers individually or you can send directly to the club email predent@umn.edu.
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @predentumn.
Hope to see you all (new and returning!) at the first meeting!

~PDC

Last Post of Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Dear Pre-Dental student friends!

Thank you for a wonderful year and coming to the Pre-Dental Club meeting with all of your curious and inquisitive questions! I wish you the best luck in your future dental careers and good luck studying for finals!

Below are the results from tonight’s Elections for the New Executive Board:

Executive Board Members for Fall 2014-Spring 2015:

Congratulations to all of the new officers!
President – Petra Bachour
Vice President – Kimberly Hart
Public Relations – Becky Willfahrt
Secretary – Mary Youssef
Treasurer – Nicholas Stokfisz
WebMaster – Eric Bender 

Notes from Krista: Keep an eye our for emails from your new officers regarding next years meetings, opportunities, etc.
If you have any questions for our tour guide Kyle Smith feel free to email him at smit3998@umn.edu.
Finally, on behalf of myself and the other officers from this year, it was a true pleasure serving you and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Best,
Krista
~PDC

New Information for Last Pre-Dental Club Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Here is new information (tentative schedule) for the last Pre-Dental Club meeting.

We will be having a dental tour that begins at 5:00 p.m. for those that want to attend the early session please come early at meet ing MCB 2-120 to attend this dental school tour-due to the tour, there will be no practicing dentist boards present.
**For those that cannot attend the 5 p.m. dental tour, the second dental tour is scheduled approximately around 6 p.m.
5 p.m. :  Students will leave for Dental School Tour (Round 1) 
6 p.m.-6:20 p.m. :  Officer Elections will take place in MCB 2-120
~6:20-6:25 p.m. : Students will leave for Dental School Tour (Round 2) 
7 p.m. : New Officer Announcements 
**This last Pre-Dental Club meeting will be catered by insomnia cookies
~PDC

Last Meeting+Collaborative Healthcare Event

Hi Pre-Dental student friends!

This is a reminder that we have our last Pre-Dental Club meeting scheduled for Monday, April 21st at 6-7 p.m. in MCB 2-120, which will consist of Elections for next year’s executive board+more!!

**If you have not already please e-mail the Pre-Dental Club if you are interested in running for this upcoming year’s executive board.**

Be prepared to give a little speech highlighting why you would be a strong candidate for a specific position

–>President, Vice President, Secretary, Public Relations, Treasurer, or Webmaster

 

Collaborative Healthcare Event: Hosted by UMN Pre-Pharmacy Club

This Thursday, April 17th at 6-8 p.m. in STSS 412: undergraduate students from multiple health professions will have the opportunity to discuss a case involving multiple health disciplines. Listen to words from real professionals (medical doctor, dentist, pharmacist, registered nurse, physician assistant and dietitian).

One profession cannot make the decision alone, work with other pre-health students to determine how to treat this patient and gain insight on how to understand your future patients. Join us for an evening of learning and preparing for your future career.

Register here: http://z.umn.edu/chcevent

Good luck studying for the rest of your exams!

~PDC

 

 

SAVE THE DATE-Events!

Hi Pre-Dental student friends!

Here is more information about the two events from the meeting tonight and another Dental Preparation course! The rest of the information are in the tabs titled ‘Meeting Minutes’-I have posted up the Meeting Minutes from tonight’s meeting.

Dental school preparation course:

Friday-Sunday: April 25th – 27th (8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.)

Register here: http://www.dentistry.umn.edu/programs-admissions/prep-course/dates/index.htm

Events coming up in APRIL:

Collaborative Healthcare Event- on Thursday April 17th at 6-8 p.m. in STSS 412. 

Limited space-so sign up right now! http://z.umn.edu/chcevent

***

Volunteer Event: Sign up opens on Monday, April 28th register at this website:

http://www.mndental.org/mnmom

Did you enjoy Give Kids a Smile Day (GKASD)? This is another event similar to GKASD. This event is a day where dentists provide free dental care to patients that “without medically compromising conditions receive dental treatment for whatever reason that they cannot obtain (MN Mom website).

When: Friday and/or Saturday July 25-26 (clinic days)

How: Register here http://www.mndental.org/mnmom on April 28th when the registration opens!

Where: Verizon Wireless Center: 1 Civic Center Plaza Mankato, MN 56001

You sign up for however many shifts and what times you are able to serve. 

What is it about? A chance for many dentists, dental staff, and pre-dental student volunteers to give back to the community. You will be assigned a role such as being a patient escort and will be provided guidelines to serve the patients-enjoy this wonderful experience. A testimony about what I did two years ago is below:

My testimony: I participated in the first Mission of Mercy held in MN in 2012. I was assigned to be a patient escort. There are many different areas where you have the opportunity to escort patients from one station to the next and help them be on their way.

It was a fun and exciting experience to be given a strong leadership role. After the lines died down, I assisted with transporting used dental instruments to the dental sterilization instruments table. Patients will also need to know certain areas such as restroom or the waiting room to find their other family members that are also waiting for them.

There are different shift times that you can sign up for. I signed up for 5 a.m.-12 p.m. for a one-day shift and was able to network with other dentists too. If you want to volunteer for both shifts you are able to stay at a hotel nearby. Depending on your shift: breakfast, lunch and a free T-shirt will be provided!

This was an experience that I knew I was giving back to the community! I had such a great experience that I wanted to share this event with you all.

For those that are looking for more leadership experience, building confidence in the ability to guide patients and watch other passionate dentists work on these patients, this is an event that you don’t want to miss!

If you have any further questions, please contact me- Jessica Nguyen: nguy1716@umn.edu

Good luck with the rest of your exams and see you at the last meeting (Practicing Dentist Board and Elections) Monday, April 21st at 6-7 p.m. in MCB  2-120.

It’s been a pleasure to serve you all this year.
~PDC

 

Next Pre-Dental Club Meeting-March 31st

Hi Pre-Dental student friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing Spring Break!

Just a reminder that we have our penultimate Pre-Dental Club meeting scheduled for next Monday, March 31st in MCB 2-120 at 6-7 p.m.

We will be discussing about research and volunteering opportunities.

Can’t wait to see you there!

~PDC

Save the Date: Collaborative Healthcare Event

Hi Pre-Dental student friends!

There is a great opportunity that I wanted to share with you all. Pre-Pharmacy is hosting a Collaborative Healthcare event where other pre-health students and guest speakers from different health professions will be attending. This is a beneficial event because every health profession must work as a team in order to provide the best quality care for a patient.

Join us in discussing a case study that needs the collaboration of every health profession to determine how to treat a certain patient case. This is your start to see what it’s like to be part of a interprofessional-related case study and to meet with other pre-health professions.

There will also be an in-depth section specific to each profession, so I hope to see you, Pre-Dent students represent and wear your Pre-Dent T-Shirts!

Space is limited, so please sign up early! 

The date of the event will be on Thursday, April 17th from 6-8 p.m. in STSS 412.

Please RSVP for the event at http://z.umn.edu/chcevent, there will be limited spots. More information on the event can be found at this link, http://prepharm.wordpress.com/benefits-of-membership/collaborative-health-care-event/.

Have a great Spring Break and see you at the Collaborative Healthcare event!

~PDC

Spring 2014: 2nd Pre-Dental Club Meeting

Good morning, Pre-Dental student friends!

We hope you had a great weekend-hopefully you all got to participate in the annual Give Kids a Smile Day in any participating dental clinic!

Ever thought about specializing or want to know what it’s like?

This upcoming meeting next Monday, February 17th at 6-7 p.m. in MCB 2-120 will be our Dental Specialty Student Board

See you there and have a great week while you’re studying for your first exam of the semester!

~PDC