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  • Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Newark, NJ
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"The usual question about why dentistry." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What impressed you positively?

"New facilities--admin & professors are reasonably nice. Interview was extremely relaxed--a nice conversation with a professor of prosthodontics about my record." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"First, the school was suprised that so many applicants showed up to their interview (17), so they had to double up on the interviewers. I was among the last to be interviewed, so my interview time was limited to 15 min to sell myself. Next, negative, whining, bitchy, lecturing dental students (2nd, 3rd & 4th years) during lunch. Became apparent that they didn't quite know what they were getting themselves before they got into the program regarding the dental business. I thought it might have been just one or two students, but when the whole group was either griping or being useless gossiping in a corner while blowing up balloons to prep for the dental prom, it really turned me off. I know that dental school can be an intense & stressful experience at some points, but I don't want to associate with a group of people cannot be positive nor handle stress professionally. Also, when asked direct questions regarding # of patients seen per year in the clinics & the active number of patient files, Dr.Weschler & Dr. Conte were not forthwright with the numbers, which leads me to believe that they had something to hide." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Several buildings are being built on campus (ie. a dorm with a parking garage below it) so plan your time accordingly to navigate the campus. Parking is difficult due to the lack of spaces, but a new garage is currently being built" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"6:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Was emphasized that students take 40 credits/semester--so do not work during school. Tiered group practice of 30 students in your 3rd & 4th year. Patients are sorted so the more difficult/ medically-compromised patients are seen by the residents. Average 12 patients per student. Top 5 dental school in NERB, top 25% National boards. Mock boards & Kaplan prep available. 80% apply to residencies--100% get in, 90% get first choice--noted students said that they did not get enough experience during clinicals, so needed to beef up during the residency. Residency programs at UMDNJ are competitive--avg. 4/125 applicants--UMDNJ dental students do not have any priority nor advantage in entering the residency programs--must compete with top 10 students from other schools. Tutoring is only available for free if ID'd as having difficulty & need remediation. No shared classes with med students. No dentsims." Report Response

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