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Dental School Preparation
Manual dexterity is the ability to perform fine motor skills using ones hands and eyes in an orderly fashion. These skills might come naturally for some people such as the legendary pianist Mozart , or Michelangelo’s lifelong painting found at Sistine Chapel, but unfortunately, these abilities do not develop over night for most people. Luckily though manual dexterity is something we can practice and truly polish over time.
I have provided a list of activities that I have found useful in practicing fine motor skills. Please note that there are far more things that can be done to enhance one’s manual dexterity, this is merely a list.
- Learn a musical instrument that require extensive hand-eye coordination such as the piano
- Draw and paint
- Woodcarving, sculpting and linoleum printmaking
- Sewing, cross-stitching, crocheting, knitting
- Jewelry making
I want to volunteer as a Dental Assistant for the less fortunate and help make an impact in their lives since I do believe that everybody deserves health care. Do you know of any exceptional non-profitable programs that I could engage in?
- Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County
- CDA Cares Free Dental Clinics
- HealthCare Volunteer
- Flying Samaritans (UC Irvine)
- Dental Volunteer
- Dental Jobs (Volunteer page)
- UCLA General Clinic Volunteer Program for Pre-Dental Students
- Dental Program Field Clinics
I would also like to remind you that dental schools want to see your involvement outside of dentistry as well. Other volunteer opportunities
Do you have any recommendations on curriculum that will improve my application and ease my load during dental school?
It is highly recommended that more than 1 science class is taken per quarter. Some important classes to take with their respective labs are:
- Human anatomy
- Bio chemistry
Many of these classes will be taken again in your first two years of dental school, during which you will be taking 5+ intense and dense classes at once. Early exposure to these subjects should simplify the transition to dental school by making the workload less exhausting.