Programs

Joint Acceptance Programs at Tufts Dental School
As pre-dental undergraduates at Tufts, there are two great joint acceptance programs with the Tufts Dental School, which should certainly be taken into consideration. Details about the two programs are outlined in the table below:

Joint BS/DMD Early Assurance
Program Length 7 years 8 years
When to Apply Spring of Freshman Year Spring of Sophomore Year
Who is Eligible? A&S Students A&S and E Students
Application Deadline April 15 April 15
Required Letters of Evaluation 2 required:
1 Science Faculty
1 Additional Faculty 2 required:
1 Science Faculty
1 Additional Faculty
Additional Application Requirements $60 Application Fee
3 Essays
Resumé
Official Transcript
On-Site Interview $60 Application Fee
3 Essays
Resumé
Official Transcript
On-Site Interview
Notification of Decision Following receipt of final spring term grades Following receipt of final spring term grades
Program GPA Requirements 3.2 cumulative
Science & Overall 3.0 cumulative
Science & Overall
Program DAT Requirements 16 Academic Average
16 Perceptual Ability
16 Reading Comprehension
16 Total Science 16 Academic Average
16 Perceptual Ability
16 Reading Comprehension
16 Total Science
Deadline to Submit DAT Scores June 15th of Sophomore Year January 1st of Senior Year
Start Dental School Classes Fall of Junior Year Fall following Senior Year

You can download this table here in PDF format [17.11 MB].

Programs Through Pre-Dental Society
Clinical Shadowing Program
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Alumni Shadowing Directory to get clinical experience with dentistry techniques and patient interactions through assisting a Tufts Dental Alumni with his/her patients for a day. The directory contains a list of Tufts Dental Alumni who are practicing near Tufts and are easily accessible via public transportation. To obtain a copy of the directory, students must complete and submit a consent form and an immunization form to Carol Baffi-Dugan.

Impressions Program
The purpose of this program held every Spring is to expose underrepresented minority students to the wide array of careers in dentistry as well as provide an in-depth look for students who have already expressed an interest in the field. During the day, students learn about requirements and prerequisites to enter dental school, are exposed to PAT instruction, engage in a student panel and students participate in mock interviews. There is also time allotted in the program for hands on activities that will allow students to take alginate impressions on typodonts.
Outside Summer Programs
Many of our current and past pre-dental members have participated in the following programs, and they come highly recommended.

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshmen and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.

Gateway to Dentistry is a 2-week interactive program that afford each participant a birds-eye exposure to the various aspects of the practice of dentistry at the New Jersey Dental School in Newark, New Jersey.

Summer Internship Program (SIP) at the NIH provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. (Requirements: Age 16+, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, enrolled in high school or U.S. college/university or U.S. medical or dental school.)

Other Program Resources
The following sites are also worth checking out for other pre-dental summer opporunities:

ADEA’s ExploreHEALTHCareers.org
American Student Dental Association
Tufts Pre-Health Professions Advising

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