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Dentistry Personal Statement 2

I became interested in dentistry because I have always wanted to be involved in a profession where I am helping people and I am very interested in the human biology. I want to study dentistry over the obvious choice of medicine because as a doctor you are constantly passing a patient along a chain of other doctors, whereas a dentist can treat a patient straight after diagnosing a problem. Also I like that a patient will be your patient for quite some time, building a good relationships with that person

When choosing my AS level subjects initially I wasn't certain of the course I would take at university, this is the reason I do not have chemistry already. However when it became apparent to me that dentistry was the course for me, I decided to drop PE and take chemistry as an AS level, while carrying on my other subjects at A2 level. I hope this demonstrates my dedication to get onto this course

The hard work I put into my AS levels paid off and I feel I can repeat the success for both my A2 levels and the chemistry AS level, as do my teachers who have predicted the same. I have always enjoyed the rewards of education, and I intend to carry on this through and beyond university, specialising in a field as orthodontics or dental implants. Aside from academic achievement I feel there are a number of other things I can bring to the course. I have always been a hands on person, and I find any thing with practical work rewarding. I got an A in GCSE art and I feel that creativity and hand eye co-ordination is essential in dentistry. I did hold a part-time job as a sales assistant, which meant that I had to put agitated customers at ease and had to work to deadlines set by the manager. The reason I am no longer in the job is because I feel my education takes priority over part-time work and so I left to concentrate on my AS levels. I now referee children's games at weekends, this has helped me develop the ability to calm children down whilst getting them to follow my instructions. I have always been 'good with children', and I think refereeing has helped me relate to them further, this is one reason I would like to specialise in orthodontics

My work experience took place at Cambray Dental Cheltenham, which I found helped me greatly in choosing my course. I found out that as a dentist you have to deal with patients from all walks of life, which I would find very interesting. I saw many treatments from a simple filling to implants which helped me see the work that I would be doing from day to day, and the responsibilities that would be placed upon me, which I feel suit me very well. From talking with the dentists I found out it is a very stressful profession and that some patients are very difficult to deal with. However I have always been very good at dealing with stress, and past experience shows I could help the most agitated patients

I am a keen sportsman, I have colours for the school football team, I play for a team outside school, I am a part of the school table tennis club, and play many other sports for leisure. Music is also a big part of my life, I listen to all types of music, from rock to soul music, which I find helps me to relax. My other hobbies include films (anything from comedy to thrillers), reading (crime and sports books) and socialising with friends

In short I feel that dentistry is a course suited very well to me, and that I can be an asset to the dental profession.

Comments

General Comments:

This PS needs a lot of work. The reasons for applying for dentistry are vague and experiences aren’t related to dentistry enough, to show their knowledge of it and what dentists need to be like, why the profession interests them, or how they are well suited to being one. The things mentioned need to be personal to the applicant and not applicable to the vast majority of the other applicants, as those things waste space unnecessarily. Avoid anything remotely negative in your PS – if there are things that you feel need to be explained, ask the referee to do that. This PS doesn’t imply that the applicant has got to grips either with what the PS is meant to do/contain or with what dentistry actually entails. They have not really explained at all why they want to study the subject, there is too little focus on work experience (which is absolutely essential) and they haven't discussed what they learnt from their experiences or how it relates to dentistry. All in all, a lot of work required here.

Comments on the statement:

I became interested in dentistry because I have always this is a common mistake in PSs – it can’t be true, as that would mean since being a baby! wanted to be involved in a profession where I am helping people and I am very interested in  human biology. Dental admission tutors will have read something along these lines numerous times and it isn’t specific enough about dentistry; it could apply to medicine too. The intro needs to be specific about dentistry, e.g. through answering questions such as: how did your interest in dentistry came about? It doesn’t really ‘grab’ the admissions tutor’s attention. I want to study dentistry over the obvious choice of medicine because as a doctor you are constantly passing a patient along a chain of other doctors, whereas a dentist can treat a patient straight after diagnosing a problem. "Obvious choice of medicine"??? This is likely to disappoint the dental admissions tutors if they read this, as it could look like admitting dentistry is second best. Also, the assumption about doctors isn’t always correct, as they can in some cases treat a patient themselves. Instead, it would be better to focus on what is unique about dentistry (without putting down/making assumptions about any other profession) and why that interests you. Also, the word ‘patient’ is repeated too much, so it stops it flowing so well. Also I like that a patient will be your patient for quite some time, building a good relationships with that person. It would be better to briefly say how a dentist does this, and why it appeals to the applicant.

When choosing my AS level subjects initially I was not don’t use contractions in a formal document like this certain of the course I would take at university, this is the reason I do not have chemistry already. This sounds too negative - you don't want to explicitly say that you didn't know what you wanted to study as it comes across as flippant. Who's to know they won't have changed their mind again in 6 months time?However when it became apparent to me that dentistry was the course for me, I decided to drop PE and take chemistry as an AS level, while carrying on my other subjects at A2 level. I hope this demonstrates my dedication to get onto this course. This wastes characters, as it’ll be on their education section of the UCAS form. The essential point has been brushed over here. When and why did they decide on dentistry? The details of when they dropped or picked up subjects really isn't important and doesn't in itself demonstrate dedication to the course. Instead discuss what they have got out of the chemistry that will help them, why is it important?

The hard work I put into my AS levels paid off and I feel I can repeat the success for both my A2 levels and the chemistry AS level, as do my teachers who have predicted the same. It is a waste – predicted grades will be elsewhere on the form. I have always enjoyed the rewards of education, and I intend to carry on this through and beyond university, specialising in a field as orthodontics or dental implants. What rewards? Can you elaborate? Why do you want to specialise in either "orthodontics or dental implants"? Also, at present their career aspirations are only vaguely relevant and could come towards the end of the statement. Aside from academic achievement I feel there are a number of other things I can bring to the course. You don’t ‘bring’ anything to the course – this needs rewording I have always been a hands on this phrase is too informalperson, and I find anything with practical work rewarding. I got an A in GCSE Art grades will be elsewhere, so it’s not worth mentioning and I feel that creativity and hand eye co-ordination is essential in dentistry. Ok this has potential, but it needs expanding on to say why these things are useful and why practical work is interesting, relating it back to dentistry.

I did hold a part-time job as a sales assistant, which meant that I had to put agitated customers at ease and had to work to deadlines set by the manager. Ideal opportunity to relate your experiences with dentistry! So what? The phrase "did" is a little concerning. Did they get fired?? The reason I am no longer in the job is because I feel my education takes priority over part-time work and so I left to concentrate on my AS levels. This could bring into question whether the applicant could cope with a degree, if that much effort is necessary for A Levels.

I now referee children's games at weekends, which has helped me develop the ability to calm children down whilst getting them to follow my instructions.Another ideal opportunity to link dentistry... These links need to be made explicitly I have always been 'good with children', why are there quote marks? Also, evidence is needed to back this sort of thing and I think refereeing has helped me relate to them further, which is one reason I would like to specialise in orthodontics. How does one treat children differently? Also, being interesting/being to relate to children doesn’t seem to be a good enough reason to go into orthodontics.

My work experience took place at Cambray Dental Cheltenham, the name isn’t necessary which I found helped me greatly in choosing my course. This whole section on work experience should be much further up the statement, as it’s one of the most important aspects. [merged paragraphs] I found out that as a dentist you have to deal with patients from all walks of life, which I would find very interesting. Why? What about the actual dentistry bit? I saw many treatments from a simple filling to implants which helped me see the work that I would be doing from day to day, and the responsibilities that would be placed upon me, which I feel suit me very well. The work experience needs to be discussed in far more detail. What was their role during this WE? What interested them about the role of dentistry? There needs to be some sort of indication that they know what they're letting themselves in for. What learnings did they take away? [merged paragraphs] From talking with the dentists I found out that it is a very stressful profession and that some patients are very difficult to deal with. How? Why are you still attracted to it, despite the negative sides? However I have always been very good at dealing with stress, and past experience shows I could help the most agitated patients. What past experience? It seems a very naive and bold assertion to say with confidence that they will be able to deal with it.

I am a keen sportsman; I have colours for the school football team, I play for a team outside school, I am a part of the school table tennis club, and play many other sports for leisure. This list doesn’t flow well at all. Instead relate it to dentistry. For instance, how does playing for a team make you more suitable for dentistry? E.g. communication, leadership etc. Music is also a big part of my life, bit clichéd I listen to all types of music, from rock to soul music, which I find helps me to relax. My other hobbies include films (anything from comedy to thrillers), reading (crime and sports books) and socialising with friends The film and music discussion isn’t necessary, as everyone does these things, so it doesn’t set apart the applicant at all.

In short don’t start a conclusion like this I feel that dentistry is a course suited very well to me, and that I can be an asset to the dental profession. This needs expanding on, to summarise their reasons for applying: Why is it well suited to them? Why do they want to study it?


Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

Personal Statement

  • A selection of Dentistry Personal Statements can be found in the TSR Wiki Click here.
  • If you would like your personal statement reviewed in confidence by the TSR team of advisers, post in Ask A PS Helper Only our team of advisers, yourself and the TSR moderators will be able to view it.
  • The most important factor (other than grades) in getting an offer is your personal statement. Your personal statement must be no more than 47 lines long (47 lines in Word does not mean 47 lines on the form!) and no more than 4000 characters. In these 47 lines you must sell yourself to university admissions tutors as much as possible, they will decide if you're called for interview so you must impress them. Remember they will be reading hundreds and hundreds of Dentistry personal statements, make yours stand out from the crowd if you can! Make sure your PS is focused entirely on an application, even if you're applying for 2 other non-dentistry courses.
What should I include in my Personal Statement?
  • Reasons for choosing Dentistry

This is an extrememly important part o the personal statement. Why do you want to be a dentist? Each person has their own response to this question but you must explain clearly to the admissions tutor your reasons for undertaking a career in dentistry

The admissions tutors are interested in caring experience which may or may not be dentistry related. This could be anything from shadowing a dentist to working weekends in a care home. Include how you got involved in such work, how long you have been doing it, how much time you spent doing it and most importantly, what skills you have gained from it. This section can include anything you have done which contributes to your investigation of a career in dentistry.

Remember the admissions tutors want to see you have interests outwith your academic pursuits. Exceptional academic students don't necessarily make the best Dentists, you must be able to communicate and empathise with patients. Tell the tutors what you do in your spare time, why you do it, if you've achieved any outside recognition and why your hobbies and interests might be relevant to a career in dentistry.

  • Areas of responsibility including paid employment

Being a dentist requires a great deal of responsibility, paid employment is a good way of showing you are responsible. It may also help your communication skills.

  • Conclusion about why you should be picked

Finish on a positive note, if a tutor hasn't already made a decision, the final sentence is your last chance to sway them either way so make it perfect.

My personal statement is too long, help!
  • Cut out the waffle.
  • Cut out things which are not relevant such as names of dental surgeries/hospitals.
  • Remember its a Personal statement
  • Ask your referee to mention things which won't fit in your PS
  • Use shorter phrases where possible (eg 'school's prize' instead of 'prize from my school')
  • If you're unsure Ask A TSR PS Helper
My personal statement is too long, help!
  • Read, re-read and read again your personal statement! However many drafts it takes, make it perfect.
  • Get someone else to check your personal statement for any spelling or grammar mistakes which would instantly make a bad impression.
  • Make the start of your Personal statement interesting - this is the first thing the admissions tutor will read so grab their attention.
  • Ensure your application is ready in time for the UCAS deadline.
  • Don't worry if you don't hear anything for a while, even if your friends are hearing things, it doesn't mean anything.
  • Don't use lists on your personal statement, continuous prose is much better.
  • Use paragraphs and maintain structure to your personal statement.
  • Don't lie on your personal statement, be prepared to be questioned on everything which you put in it.
  • Read the prospectuses (in paper form and online- they update this fairly regularly)– some universities publish documents that say what they want to see in your personal statement – if they ask for specific things, you must include them – otherwise there is no point in applying there.
  • If you do an unusual extra curricular activity, put it in - It will get you talking at interview!

Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

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