The book is out!

The book is finally released!  You can find it HERE on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

Check out the book cover:

ebook cover

Some fun numbers about the book and its production:

  • Number of fields represented by members of the selection team: General dentistry, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics
  • Number of personal statements published: 30
  • Number of colleges represented by the authors of personal statements: 25


  • Number of “FINAL” drafts I saved on my computer thinking it was final: 21.
  • Number of pages printed out to mark up: 465
  • Number of times I uploaded to Amazon, ordered a proof, and then made more changes: 2
  • Number of times I asked my designer to make edits to the cover: 9 She was a patient person.
  • Number of total manhours spent on this project: 200++



Deadline extended!

The deadline to submit has been extended to end of day July 3rd.

An update on progress: There have been nearly three dozen submissions from six schools so far (shout out to U Michigan for having the most representation). We decided to continue seeking submissions in order to create a more diverse pool to select from to publish. If you haven’t gotten around to it yet, there’s still time to dig up your old essay and share it with us! (Remember, your essay will be judged without your name attached to it, and it will not be published with your written permission.)