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Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Year founded: 1867
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 35
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Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)
Dental School
Boston
  • SDN RANKING 4
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 2 44 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS N/A 0 Responses
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Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $55,850
  • Non - Resident Tuition $55,850
  • Application Fee $75
  • AVG DAT 23.0
  • AVG GPA 3.9

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • 188 Longwood Avenue
  • Boston 02115
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The first university-based dental school in the country, Harvard Dental School was founded in 1867. It was also the first to be established in close affiliation with a medical school (Harvard Medical School) and to make the full scholarly and scientific resources of a university available to dental education. In 1940, under President James B. Conant, the School was reorganized as Harvard School of Dental Medicine to place stronger emphasis on the biological basis of oral medicine and to institute multidisciplinary programs of dental research. A unique feature of the curriculum placed dental students in joint classes with medical students for two years of basic science and pathophysiology and for an introduction to clinical medicine on the wards of Harvard teaching hospitals and in community health centers. In 1957, the School of Dental Medicine was awarded National Institute of Dental Research training grant funding and began to expand and enhance its postdoctoral educational programs, combining advanced clinical and biomedical research training for dentists planning careers in academic dentistry. Several postdoctoral programs were developed under the leadership of former dean, Dr. Paul Goldhaber. These include a four-year Doctor of Medical Sciences in Oral Biology program; a five and six-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD/General Surgery program; and a group of three and four-year, joint-degree programs combining advanced clinical training and research in health-care systems, health policy or biomedical sciences.

Curriculum

The DMD Curriculum is presented in a problem-based approach in which concepts are mastered through group discussion and analysis of real-patient cases. Courses are interdisciplinary, and small group tutorial sessions augment material from lectures, laboratories and independent study. The educational process is designed to encourage students to become responsible for their own learning and to develop the skills to become a competent lifelong learner. In the first two years of the DMD program, students study the basic biomedical sciences with faculty at both the Dental School and the Harvard Medical School (HMS). The principles of this curriculum are based on the HSDM philosophy that dentistry is a field of medicine and that oral health is part of overall health. For this reason, the School is committed to the belief that dental students at HSDM should participate wholly in the curriculum at HMS. Curriculum content in the first two years includes parallel dental courses that help make the connections between oral health and general health.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 31
Negatively 6
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
4.14 43

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.04 23

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Nothing, everyone was responsive and made me feel welcome." More from this Member | Report Response

"Try not to schedule interview days when the clinics are closed." More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"They asked me about my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Harvard School of Dental Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me about everything in my file, specific questions about how I relate to their curriculum...and I had a hypothetical scenario to analyze to demonstrate skills needed by dentists" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose your undergraduate school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? what was your biggest failure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Dentistry and not Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would a friend describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me a little bit about your background?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have a life? Convince me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest disappointment so far?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Harvard?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you become interested in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any brothers or sisters? Also, I see that your father is a dentist...tell me about that." More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you learned from playing sports in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get a C in Calculus II?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your friends say is your best quality?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you could be doing anything oustide of science what would you be doing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your favorite leadership experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"can you go more in depth about the one program you were involved in at school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not stay in Cali and go to UCSF, UCLA, or USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were to ask your friends to describe you/your qualities, what would they say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do I get my drive?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see yourself doing once receiving your DDS?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are some of your strengths?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nice tie. Did you buy it esp? (crimson colors) Then he suggested I get a couple of other ones when i go to UNC and Columbia....(all in good humor, he knew the school i was interviewing at for Dental SChool" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Both interviewers asked in depth questions relating to my application. I was impressed with how thorough the entire interview was." More from this Member | Report Response

"All of the questions were pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being a lamb and 10 being a tyrant, how would you rate your leadership skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how would you rate the difficulty of your undergrad school? how would you rate how hard you worked?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the PBL curriculum here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Dentistry and not Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your leadership skills." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was you greatest failure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you can choose anyone, who would you want to sit next to in an airplane?" More from this Member | Report Response

"On a leadership scale of lamb to tyrant where would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you failed a class? I told them I wouldn't, that I'd work hard at it. For that reason, I thought they were going to kick me right out the door." More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about my interests in building furniture?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about this hypothetical situation where the patient had HIV infection and how I would tell him what's going on there." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer described several scenarios and asked how I would handle each of them." More from this Member | Report Response

"What specifically do you think you can bring to the problem-based learning style and tutorials at HSDM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you will fit in with the calibur of students here? (I thought this was arrogant!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were your impressions of the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you belong here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you could be doing anything oustide of science what would you be doing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who has been a positive influence on you in your lifetime besides your family members?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you handle dealing with cadavers in the gross anatomy section?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you come to HSDM, how would you contribute to the class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not stay in Cali and go to UCSF, UCLA, or USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really-most of the questions were based on application and personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"hard to say which was the most interesting. asked a lot of questions based on my personal statement and application (incl. secondary)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your method of learning." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest challenge facing dentistry today" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the top three most important things in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you learn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what previous perceptions of harvard did you have before you came to this school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were to ask your father what are you three best and worst qualities what would he say?" More from this Member | Report Response

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