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Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Structured Interview

Interview Preparation for Dental School

Applying to dental school and interviewing to become a Doctor of Dental Medicine has become increasingly challenging in Canada. The format of the Dental School Interview can take on many forms, including, the CDA structure interview, Dental Multiple Mini Interview (Dental MMI), or a traditional panel style Dental interview. The interview’s mandate is to screen candidates for their eligibility and suitability to be a successful dental student and eventual dentist.

For many interviewers, assessing critical thinking, cognitive skills and communication skills are most important. For other dental school interviewers, ethics, community, leadership and scholarly accomplishments are essential. Regardless of what they are looking for, MedApplications™ can help you expertly prepare for any Dental School Interview in any format. We specialize in the CDA structured interview and Multiple Mini Interview, assisting students gain successful entry in Dentistry within Canada and the United States.

Dental School Interview Preparation Experts


At MedApplications™ our diverse team of Dentists, Dental Students, Dental Admissions Officers and MD/DDS consultants are here to support your Dental School interview preparation and build your confidence. As the leading interview preparation firm in Medicine, we have incorporated our many years of expertise into the field of Dentistry with a greater than 90% admission rate in Canada and the United States.

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CDA Structured Interview Questions

There are a variety of core competencies that are assessed by interviewers at Dental schools that administer the CDA Structured Interview.

1. Critical Thinking: A significant component of excelling in the Dental School Interview is the ability to think quickly on your feet. At MedApplications™ we teach you how to effectively think about, solve and articulate a successful CDA answer or MMI scenario response.

2. Communication: As a Dentist, communicating with your patients and articulating your treatment plan and Dental assessment will be critical to a successful dental practice. Our MedApplications™ Dental Interview Preparation program will expertly prepare you to interact with examiners, interviewers, actors and real patients through our reproducible interview algorithms.

3. Ethics: Integrating an advanced knowledge of ethics in healthcare is essential in demonstrating an effective grasp of the core principles of Dental Medicine. For many applicants, they are unsure how best to approach these challenging scenarios. Our Dental School Interview experts help students prepare for the CDA interview and MMI interview scenarios with confidence.

How to Prepare for your CDA Interview

Preparing for your Dental School Interview can be challenging. Many excellent candidates fail to transfer their outstanding academic performance, achievements and extra-curricular endeavours to the Dental School Interview. It is important to train yourself to effectively navigate interview questions, while showcasing your best personal attributes. As the leading Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) preparation company in North America, our medical consultants specialize in preparing pre-Dental students for the CDA structured interview, traditional panel interview for Dentistry and the Multiple Mini Interview for Dental School. We combined our evidence-based approach to the CDA interview with real life practice and mock interviews.

To expertly prepare for the CDA interview, our MedApplications™ interview preparation program for Dental School optimizes your interview practice through comprehensive strategy sessions and mock interviews. As part of our MMI Interview Preparation Bundle 2 and MMI Interview Preparation Bundle 3, gain access to an Unlimited MMI Preparation Webinar.


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Success Stories

Roxana M

McGill Medicine (MD)

"MedApplications helped me with both my essay preparation which brought me to the big interview and with interview preparation. MedApplication's services provided me with not only an insight of how to tailor an application to bring out the best of my ability but it also gave me the confidence I needed to survive the MMIs.

Jess B

Accepted to UWO Medicine (MD/PhD)

"I enrolled with Med Applications one month before my first interview. I had been preparing for interviews by reading books and discussing questions with friends and family, but I was still nervous and didn’t really know what to expect. I felt so much more comfortable after my session with MedApplications. My instructor was very knowledgeable and catered the session to what I needed work on (as I had both panel and MMI interviews, this was particularly beneficial). It was very useful to cover topics with someone who knew what to expect from an interview and could comment on the quality of my answers. All together the experience was extremely helpful and very reassuring; it significantly calmed my nerves during my interviews. There weren’t any questions I was surprised by in my interviews. I would definitely recommend a session for future students."

K. Y.

O uf T, UBC, McMaster

"I used MedApplications mock interview service because I wanted to practice and receive feedback from a current medical student. I found the mock interview helpful in identifying weaknesses in my answers and improving on them to make them stand out. I would recommend MedApplications to anyone who wants extra preparation to gain confidence for medical school interviews."


U of A

"I went into my first MedApplications session without a clue about what MMI's were or how to prepare for them. After meeting and practising with Eric and Kent, however, I learned all of the tips and skills I needed to ace the interview. They were incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging and their help gave me that extra boost of confidence on interview day. Thanks MedApplications!"

Hana W

University of Ottawa Medicine

“I was accepted at Ottawa which was my ideal school and my only interview. Josh was absolutely wonderful and definitely part of my success! He was very helpful throughout the entire process 🙂


Mother of a High School student for a Pre-Med program

"Hi MedApplications, just to let you know that Isabelle got an offer from University of London St. George’s College. The competition this year was quite challenging. We would like to thank you and Sarah for your contribution to this achievement. Your services are excellent. Please count us among satisfied clients.”

Matthew L.

McMaster University Medicine

"I used the MedApplications seminar and mock interview services before I had my interviews at Queen's and McMaster medical schools, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. Their seminars were incredibly helpful in providing information about the interview process and ways to truly emphasize your best qualities in an interview. Their mock interview session was great as well as it gave me an opportunity to practice my interviewing style with a current medical student! If you are looking for a way to prepare for an interview as important as the ones for medical school, I would definitely recommend MedApplications."


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