Kip Katseanes is a 2nd-year dental student (CDM Class of 2015) that has graciously provided candid answers to several key questions that many dental school applicants want to know.
Kip is a student representative on the Curriculum Committee and is well respected among the faculty and his peers.
1. Why was MUSC College of Dental Medicine the right place for you?
MUSC was the right place for me after I interviewed here. Based on the respectful faculty/staff and state-of-the-art facilities, all accommodations were met to provide for an outstanding education.
2. How is life as a dental student different from life as an undergraduate student?
The main difference is time. Much more is expected and required, so time management is critical for the transition and success.
3. What advice would you have to future applicants?
My advice would be to try and mimic the College of Dental Medicine's basic science curriculum during your undergraduate courses. This will help with the transition and better prepare you to be a successful professional student.
4. What has been your favorite part of the pre-clinical dental curriculum?
My favorite part is practicing dental procedures in the simulation lab to better prepare myself for clinical work. The course directors, along with the reputable facilities, are able to prepare each individual student to better our manual dexterity skills which in turn teaches us to be better clinicians.
5. How does MUSC help you get involved in the community?
MUSC offers many different ways for each student to become active in a community. Dental mission projects are performed outside of this country on a yearly basis, part of our curriculum requires us to volunteer at a special needs school to reach out in our community, and finally dental outreach programs such as the DAD project and the ECCO clinic help us provide dental work to those less fortunate in our community. Many more are offered and this variety of outreach programs tailor to all students background interest's to participate.