Dentistry Entry Discussion and Questions

Tomato

Regular Member
ah thank god i'm not going insane, i even redownloaded a new version to make sure I had the correct document. Switching it up last minute is a great way for the uni to make sure ppl end up confused by conflicting info :/ I still might call UoA tmr to triple check which one it is just incase
Now I know why the one you read was different to the one I read:) They have changed again!
 

breadman

Regular Member
Yh, even in my confirmation email about my interview, it mentions that my interview runs for only 1/2 an hour, as per the length of the Zoom call. So I would think that means they won't be doing 6 stations with 10 minutes each, but as is being speculated so far, looks like it will change to a normal panel type interview.
 

cocodreams

Regular Member
For a dentistry MMI, can we expect questions similar to a med MMI? And would it be good to do a thorough research about the school because I don't know how I could integrate that information in while responding to scenarios?
 

ucatboy

MD II
Valued Member
And would it be good to do a thorough research about the school
Yeah, definitely do this. It's very easy for one of the questions in a multiple question scenario to be a personal one about your motivations/reasoning. Tbh you should be doing thorough research for ANY uni, not because it's going to be asked in the interview, but because it's a pretty big decision to make. Don't you at least wanna know what a course offers before committing ~5 years to it?
 
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cocodreams

Regular Member
Yeah, definitely do this. It's very easy for one of the questions in a multiple question scenario to be a personal one about your motivations/reasoning. Tbh you should be doing thorough research for ANY uni, not
because it's going to be asked in the interview, but because it's a pretty big decision to make. Don't you at least wanna know what a course offers before committing ~5 years to it?
Oh yes I definitely have looked into the unis but not for the purposes of interviews. Also I didn't realise they could ask about the motivations in the multiple question scenario so I'll be weary of that!
 
So bit of a weird situation here: back when I did my UAC application I put CSU dentistry as last preference just seeing what will happen. I’ve had my heart set on med for the past year and a half, about to finish my Physiotherapy degree this year. Just yesterday I received an interview offer for CSU dentistry and was kinda shocked! I got a 2840 UCAT and have a 6.3 GPA (non rural). I’d never seriously considered dentistry previous to this moment, but I can see many things I’d like about it (fine motor skill, function and aesthetic based work etc). I’m thinking I’ll sit the interview anyway, cause either way it’s good practice for med, but I guess I’ll give it a serious consideration if I get an offer?
Thoughts?
 

cocodreams

Regular Member
So bit of a weird situation here: back when I did my UAC application I put CSU dentistry as last preference just seeing what will happen. I’ve had my heart set on med for the past year and a half, about to finish my Physiotherapy degree this year. Just yesterday I received an interview offer for CSU dentistry and was kinda shocked! I got a 2840 UCAT and have a 6.3 GPA (non rural). I’d never seriously considered dentistry previous to this moment, but I can see many things I’d like about it (fine motor skill, function and aesthetic based work etc). I’m thinking I’ll sit the interview anyway, cause either way it’s good practice for med, but I guess I’ll give it a serious consideration if I get an offer?
Thoughts?
I have also been in the same boat previously where I also started and still consider dentistry as it's a great profession IMO. If you're exploring the field, I would highly recommend shadowing or talking to a dentist and asking them about the profession because it provides a great insight into what they do everyday (it can be quite different to what we expect) and what the logistics of the field are. But without a doubt, give it your best at the interview because you never know!
 
So bit of a weird situation here: back when I did my UAC application I put CSU dentistry as last preference just seeing what will happen. I’ve had my heart set on med for the past year and a half, about to finish my Physiotherapy degree this year. Just yesterday I received an interview offer for CSU dentistry and was kinda shocked! I got a 2840 UCAT and have a 6.3 GPA (non rural). I’d never seriously considered dentistry previous to this moment, but I can see many things I’d like about it (fine motor skill, function and aesthetic based work etc). I’m thinking I’ll sit the interview anyway, cause either way it’s good practice for med, but I guess I’ll give it a serious consideration if I get an offer?
Thoughts?
That's interesting that you got an interview when it was your last preference - many are hypothesising that invites are based on preferences and that to get an invite for CSU dent when it's your last preference would require a very high UCAT score. There are many people with extremely high scores that haven't heard anything yet. I guess it must not be preference based then!

Anyway, I absolutely agree that it's best to sit it anyway even if it's just practice for potential med interviews. Plus, an interview doesn't commit you to doing the degree so there's really no risk; you can just consider your options further if you get an offer. However, if you're sure there's no way you would ever do dentistry then there wouldn't be much point in doing the interview, and rejecting it might give an interview spot to someone else who really wants it.
 

blazeric

Member
Does anyone know how the UQ dent admission is calculated?
Is there a UCAT cutoff?
Is the ATAR just a hurdle (if so, how high is the ATAR required) or does the ATAR combine with the UCAT for an offer?
Thanks :))
 

breadman

Regular Member
I believe if it's the same as previous years, then offers are made solely from UCAT (as there is no interview). The median ATAR was around 99.2, iirc, so definitely aim for a 99+ ATAR (but I'll let someone else input more information)
 

jyangy

Member
Does anyone here know how SATAC converts your GPA to a SR? I called them up but they couldn't give me an answer. Currently on a 6.5 not sure if that's competitive for UAdel Dent
 

cocodreams

Regular Member
Is it unique to dentistry that dentists generally tend to see immediate results post treatment? Or is that prevalent in other health professions as well?
 

Unluckydude

Regular Member
Is it unique to dentistry that dentists generally tend to see immediate results post treatment? Or is that prevalent in other health professions as well?
Not really, other oral health professions tend to do simpler procedures. Arguably, they see results faster because it takes less time to do simple procedures. What differentiates dentists (including specialists) and other dental professions is their ability to perform complex procedures such as pulp therapies, RCTs, biopsies, apexogensis, bone grafting, implants, flap surgery, tissue regeneration, orthodontics, gingivectomy, dental prosthetics, conscious sedation and etc.
 
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