interview questions

How many specialties are there in dentistry?
Dental public health – The study of dental epidemiology and social health policies.

Endodontics – Root canal therapy and study of diseases of the dental pulp.

Oral and maxillofacial pathology – The study, diagnosis, and sometimes the treatment of oral and maxillofacial related diseases.

Oral and maxillofacial radiology – The study and radiologic interpretation of oral and maxillofacial diseases.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery – Extractions, implants, and facial surgery.

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics – The straightening of teeth and modification of midface and mandibular growth.

Periodontics (also periodontology) – Study and treatment of diseases of the periodontium (non-surgical and surgical) as well as placement and maintenance of dental implants

Pediatric dentistry (formerly pedodontics) – Dentistry for children

Prosthodontics – Dentures, bridges and the restoration of implants.

did you ever consider being an MD?
i believe that everyone has considered becoming a medical doctor some time in their lives. personally, i considered becoming an MD, more specifically a plastic surgery. the entire idea of being able to transform say a disfigured face or breast into a piece of art was just mesmerizing. once i delved into the world of dentistry though, i knew that becoming a medical doctor wouldn’t be what made me happy. so i continued to inform myself and become more exposed to dentistry, and once i become more knowledgeable about it, i fell in love with it.
whats your greatest weakness?
in the past if struggled with beleiving in myself, which led to me doubting my abilities. thankfully, i have improoved this by showing myself, by demonstrating myself that i am capable of achieving anything i commit to
volunteering hours
Dr hicham noureddine 30 hrs 8-2 pm 5 days, during ramadan
Dr khadija alami kabbaj 30 hours, 8-2 5 days too.
Dr kevin fan 8-1 2 days

global brigades 6 am to 6 pm. 144 hours total
jou tai 20 hours

leader and took unpopular decision ?
in my orgo lab, my partners and i had spend around 2 hours working on the synthesis of aspirin. the professor came by and said she had expected more from me, so i decided to simply throw away what we had done and start all over. obviously my partners were not happy with the decision but if i am going to do something, i am going to do it well
Challanges in D school? a
adjusting to being without any family members.
having a patients dental health in my hands
paying loans
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why me vs 3000 applicants?
having a south american mom, from venezuela, and north african father, morocco, i have lived and experienced what not many people are able to that is, living in different cultures and communities. understanding and learning their beliefs and ideals, and being able to interact with them in ways they find appropriate. this has given me he ability to adapt to any given situation. as well as being able to speak 3 languages, and having more desire to succeed than others due to having lived in a country where your effort is not appreciated.
most important skills of a dentist
highly knowledgeable in dentistry and well as in general
listen, comprehend, and understand his patients
acknowledge when he has made a mistake and address it appropriately
ability to adapt to any situation or task
tell me about yourelf
i was born in Venezuela, but moved 4 years ago to Chicago to pursue a better future than what was available in Venezuela. i attended wright college, where i was faced with an entirely different educational system, where i felt alone, always being the youngest student in all of my classes. i then applied to UIC and since then i have been working hard to get into dental school. and more specifically about the things that make me me, well, i am a multicultural person that loves working with and alongside people, i enjoy solving problems
tell me about yourself #2
i was born in Venezuela where i attended high school. i achieved highest honors there, and as soon as i graduated i came to Chicago to pursue a better education. i attended wright college for about 3 years. there i faced one of the harder times of my life. i consider it to be hard because i knew nobody and i felt rather alone, it was also hard to make friends since everyone was much older than me.
after i finished in wright college, i had the opportunity to go to morocco and shadow 2 dentists there, an opportunity which allowed me to see how other parts of the world treat dentists. an eye opening event was how because i had gone in Ramadan, many of the adult patients did not want to have any work done on them. so, it was rather hard on the dentists because without being able to use water, they couldn’t perform any procedures on them. after i came back i transferred to UIC. i then started shadowing the dentist that has guided me until today. i then went to Honduras and volunteered there, which was another amazing experience where i was able to not only become a leader, and translator, but i was also able to help people that live in extreme poverty, it was just fantastic. since then i studied for the DAT, took it, and here we are.
what do you like about Milwaukee?
first of all its a city near a body of water, which is a plus for me, its also a city considered to be one of the most laid back cities in the nation. from what i have read its rather safe, and honestly Chicago isn’t safe at all. im also near
why did you choose this undergraduate degree
biology? well, i have always loved animals and nature, so biology just seemed like the right path. and as time passed by i also found out that dentistry required many classes that were offered in the biological sciences degree
are you a worrier?
well, i believe that unless a person doesnt care about something, they wont worrie about it. so in the case of dentistry, for example, you can tell i am extremely worried.
is stress good or bad for you?
both, obviously stress is not healthy, but personaly i believe that when im under stress i focus on things better, so it allows me to zone out and simply get work done.
how did you choose dentistry?
i believe that dentistry chose me.i dont think it was fate or anything of that sort, but events in my life have guided me and showed me what dentistry is and what being a dentist represents. a paternal figure i had when i was younger was my dentist, whom encouraged me to persue dentistry. once i started shadowing and volunteering i knew it was the right choice, the only choice.
How much time did you spend investigating this field?
the more appropriate question would be how much time i havent spent investigating dentistry. being an immigrant i believed that dentistry had a path very different to what it is. first of all i had no idea how i needed to take the DAT or had to attend interviews. little by little i have had to learn what schools were the best, what schools offered the best curriculums, and well because of what i have learned i am here
what does a dentist do?
a dentist provides not only oral healthcare, but also provides preventive care, teaching his or her patients about what must be done to maintain a healthy mouth, which leads to a better health overall. a dentist is able of taking a mouth in disarray and making a beautiful piece of art out of it.
something you hate about dentistry?
how expensive and troublesome it is to provide oral care to everyone. its all about money money money
something you love about dentistry?
the ability of taking away the pain a rotten tooth or periodontal disease, as well as being able to with time transform teeth in disarray into a beautiful smile.
how many specialties are in dentistry?
oral and maxillofacial pathology
oral and maxillofacial radiology
pediatric dentistry
dental public health
oral and maxillofacial surgury ,
Do you plan to specialize? If yes, tell me what field?
though it is too early to know with cerntainty, i would like to specialize in orthodontics. my first dental care provider was an orthodontist, and the way he was able to transform my hidious smile into something beautiful was simply amazing. i would like to be able to provide patients with such.
living in venezuela. food is hard to come by, walking in the streets is extremely dangerous
no being able to say no to people who ask for help

not believing in myself.

criticizer, honest.

problems faced by dentistry today
Overpopulation of Dentists and Hygienists

high dental school tuition

Access to care especially in rural or poor areas

What do you think are the best qualities of UIC? What will i get at UIC that no other school can give me ?
If you could describe uic in a sentence , what would it be