February 23rd Meeting Recap & Summer Dental School Experience Opportunity

Hi Predents!

Thanks to all who made it to the meeting on Monday. Hope you enjoyed learning about dental specialties from the prosthodontist, endodontist, and oral surgeons who spoke to our group.

If you have any questions about the AmeriCorps VISTA position at CDC, please email Nassim Sarkarati at nassimsarkarati@gmail.com. The application is due April 3rd. A flyer with more information is available on the meeting minutes page.


Dear University of MN Pre-dental Club Members, Hello!  We are offering a two-week Summer Dental School Experience program at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry for rising juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in dentistry.  This program contains the following features (plus more):

  1. It’s FREE!
  2. DAT preparation through mini review sessions in biology and chemistry (general and organic chemistry)
  3. Hands-on experiences to develop psychomotor skills
  4. Writing sessions for personal statements and essays
  5. Individual advising session with the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity
  6. Oral health disparities discussions and potential research topics

Interested students should email MaiSee Moua-McDaniel at hcop@umn.edu or call 612-625-7477 to learn more about the program or to ask questions.

Applications are due April 1, 2015.

For more information on the Summer Dental School Experience, student qualifications, and application materials, please visit:  http://www.dentistry.umn.edu/programs-admissions/building-bridges/summer-program/index.htm and check out the attached brochure.

Have a wonderful day!


Naty Lopez,

Ph.D. Program Director, Building Bridges to a Career in Dentistry Assistant Dean, Office of Admissions and Diversity

DAT study groups are held every Monday in MCB 2-120 from 6-8 pm (except for meeting Mondays). There are plenty of prep books available for checkout in the Health Careers Center on the 2nd floor of Moos.

The next Pre-Dental Club meeting will be held on Monday, March 30th.. hope to see you all there!

Best, PDC

January 26th Meeting Recap / Upcoming Events

Hi all,

It was great seeing you at our meeting on Monday. We hope you learned a lot about shadowing and volunteerism from our speaker, Dr. Kyle Smith.  If you have questions about UMN Give Kids A Smile, please email umngkas@gmail.com.

Also at our meeting, we presented a plethora of volunteer opportunities. The info and contacts for these can be found in the attached meeting slides, or in the meeting minutes here.

Just a reminder that DAT study groups started this week and will continue every Monday (except when we have meetings) from 6-8 pm in MCB 2-120.  You are welcome to stay the whole time or stop by for as long as you like!  We will have some prep books available to borrow from the health careers office, but you are welcome to bring your own study materials/textbooks/etc.We distributed t-shirts at the last meeting. We will also have the tshirts available for pickup at the next meeting on 2/23. An alternative pickup time will be arranged for those who cannot make it to the Monday meetings; we will let you know shortly.


Hello ASDA Pre-dental Students!
Our next event will be at noon on Sunday, February 8th in the 3M Pre-clinic (4th floor Moos Tower). At this event, pre-dents will be taking alginate impressions and pouring up casts with help from dental students. You will also get to take home the cast that you made! Food will be provided.
If you have not already registered for ASDA Pre-dental, you can do so at this event!
Please let us know if you have questions!
Katie and Mitch


The next Pre-Dental Club meeting will be held on Monday, February 23.. hope to see you all there!


GKAS Day is coming up this weekend, February 7th!



Upcoming Meeting on January 26th

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your holiday break thus far!

Our next meeting will be held on January 26th at 6pm in MCB Room 2-120 (Note: This is next door to where we were meeting for the fall 2014 semester).  This meeting will be focused on an overview of the dental field, shadowing, and volunteering.  Dr. Marshall, a practicing dentist, will be present to share his experiences, information on shadowing, and will be available to answer questions.  Also present will be the Give Kids A Smile team from the U of M.  They will explain their mission, the volunteering opportunity, and provide a chance to sign up for the event taking place on February 7th.

We also have received the t-shirts and will be distributing to those who ordered them at the meeting!



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.


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.



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.



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:


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!



***Below are some messages and opportunities you may be interested in.

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.


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


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.


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!


Katie and Mitch


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



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.
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!


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.

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

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!





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:


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.