Participate in ASDA DAT Week, April 17-21

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) invites you to join predental students nationwide in celebrating DAT Week this April.

During the week, national ASDA will host three webinars:

Vital Information and Tips for Taking the DAT (2017)
April 17, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Free for ASDA members and non-members – Register now

Description: The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is an integral part of applying to dental school and can be a source of tremendous stress for predental students. This session is intended to provide valuable information so that students can feel as comfortable and prepared as possible before they sit for the test. The webinar covers general DAT information, tips for studying, common problems encountered by test takers, and the most frequently asked questions about the DAT.

Presenter:  Nicholas B. Hussong, BA, manager, test administration, American Dental Association

Study Methods for the Natural Sciences (DAT)
April 19, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Free for ASDA members and non-members
Register now

Description: As dental students know, you can’t fake your way through the Natural Sciences section of the DAT: either you have the knowledge on test day, or you don’t. This session will go over methods of not only learning that information, but retaining it as well. You’ll learn how to harness technology to study in the most effective and efficient ways, and will have the opportunity to ask high-scoring dental students for their advice.

Dissecting the DAT
April 20, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Free for ASDA members and advisors/faculty*; $10 for non-member predentals
Register now

Description: Don’t let the DAT get you down! With a few simple strategies, several sections of the DAT can easily be broken down. This webinar will specifically look at two sections that are less familiar: the PAT and reading comprehension. Join our panelists as they dissect practice questions using common and lesser-known strategies. Panelists will also share general test taking tips so that you’ll be prepared to dominate the DAT.

*Advisors and faculty should contact Brian Jones to register.

For more information about DAT Week, go to You can also contact Brian Jones, membership development manager, at or 312-440-2841.

SUNY Optometry Information Session

Christian Alberto, MSEd, Associate Director of Admissions of the SUNY State College of Optometry will host an info session at UB NEXT Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. in 118 Baldy Hall.  He will speak about the profession and future direction of optometry, answer your questions about the admission process, and address how you can assemble a competitive application.

 Learn more at


Spirituality in Health Care Dinner and Presentation

You’re invited to a potluck dinnerand presentation on
“Spirituality in Health Care”
Friday April 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Here are some questions that this talk and discussion will be addressing:
What does medical research say about the link between spirituality and health?
Why should we ask patients about their faith? Isn’t that unethical?
When is it ok to pray with patients and how do we do it?
How can we assist patients in improving their health and well-being by addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs?
Whatever other questions you may have regarding this topic

David Holmes, MD, Clinical Assoc. Professor, UB Dept. of Family Medicine

Dr. Holmes is a family physician who sees patients at ECMC Family Health Center and the UB|MD Addiction Medicine Clinic. He teaches at UB and directs a course titled “Faith, Medicine and End of Life Care”. He also directs the global health education program where UB medical students and residents provide medical care in developing countries. His research activities focus on spirituality and addictions. He is the volunteer Medical Director for Good Neighbors Health Care and the Cornerstone Manor clinic. His UB faculty profile is at:

Good Neighbors Health Care 175 Jefferson Ave. Buffalo, NY 14210
(there’s plenty of off-street parking) Tel: 716-856-2400

Those who are interested, can get a tour of Good Neighbors and the Harvest House Ministry Center and learn more about the great things that take place in this building. Good Neighbors provides free healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured. The free services include primary care, psychiatry, dental care, optometry (with free glasses), chiropractic care, mental health counseling, social work and spiritual care. All services are free and are provided by volunteers. Good Neighbors is open Monday evenings, Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons. For more info about these services check out:

Please contact Chris Sullivan, Director of CMDA of WNY


Come and enjoy! All are welcome regardless of beliefs, field of study or occupation.
Your family and friends are also invited.

Please note that students are not required to bring any food for the potluck, but please be sure to RSVP.

Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine Open House

Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine Open House

10:00AM- 4:00PM


The students, faculty, and staff of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine invite you, your family and friends to our 51st annual Open House.

Open House is our opportunity to share the joys of our profession with the community. Veterinary students and members of the faculty and staff host this annual event that provides a chance for those interested to get a closer look at veterinary medicine. We invite you to tour our college and learn more about our facilities, our equipment, and what we do everyday.

Students, faculty members, and staff will be on hand to answer your questions about a career as a veterinarian, a veterinary technician, or an animal care specialist. Careers in veterinary medicine have traditionally involved working with dogs, cats, cows, horses, sheep, and pigs. However, this rapidly growing field also provides opportunities to work in the animal health industry, government, armed forces and with many other species in zoos, wildlife refuges, and developing countries.



Further information:

Schedule of activities



2017 Manot Cave Dig summer opportunity

Predental students —

Are you interested in a different type of international trip?  Join a team of researchers, faculty, and students to Israel to be part of a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to better understand how knowledge in craniofacial development can inform us about archaeology and anthropology.  The research team has published preliminary findings in Nature (28 January 2015) that has garnered interest around the world.  Additional information can be gleaned from the project Facebook page (manotcaveproject).

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is a partner in this dig and is organizing two volunteer student groups to assist in the research in the month of July.  The costs for participation are $1,000 plus travel costs if the student wants to stay for 2 weeks or $1,500 plus travel for 3 weeks.  Meals and lodging are included.  DEADLINE: April 1, 2017.

For specific details and information, please contact Yvonne McDermott ( , subjection “Manot 2017”).  Note that spaces filled up quickly last year for this opportunity.


Important Update: The Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS®)

The Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS®) will transition to the 3.X application platform for the 2018 application cycle. The ADEA AADSAS application opens on June 1 and complete instructions will be available on ADEA GoDental in late March.

The new application features an enhanced user experience and interface, improved application flow, updated coursework entry functionality, interactive messaging, and dental school customization options. ADEA AADSAS applicants will benefit from this new, streamlined process, and will have access to each school’s listings and requirements, individually customized through the platform.

Important Changes for the 2018 ADEA AADSAS Application Cycle:

  • Applicants can match their courses to fulfill prerequisite course requirements for a particular school before submitting their application to a dental school.
  • Applicants can request transcripts from World Education Services (WES) and Educational Credential Evaluation (ECE) directly within the application, eliminating sending documents by mail.
  • Applicants reapplying to 2018 ADEA AADSAS will not be able to carry over their information from the previous cycle. However, moving forward, re-applicants will be able to carry their information from the previous cycle.

Important ADEA AADSAS Dates for 2017 (all times listed are in Eastern Time)

  • May 21: ADEA AADSAS Prep Day Virtual Fair*, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (ADEA AADSAS staff available to speak with students.)
  • June 1: 2018 ADEA AADSAS application opens for applicants, by noon.
  • June 15: ADEA GoDental Virtual Fair*, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Dental school admissions officers available to speak with students.)

*Registration is now open at

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