Writing in Dentistry

Graduate Student Resource Center

Workshop Video

Writing the Personal Statement for Residency in Dentistry
Marilyn Gray, GWC Director
This workshop covers strategies for writing the personal statement for residency applications in dentistry. Click here for the workshop. (Approx. 18 mins.) This workshop was recorded in 2019.


Chambers, D. W., & Abrams, R. G. (1992). Dental communication. Sonoma, CA: Ohana Group.

Garrard, J. (2007). Health sciences literature review made easy: The matrix method. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Goodman, N. W, & Edwards, M. B. (2006). Medical writing: A prescription for clarity (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lang, T. (2009). How to write, publish, and present in the health sciences: A guide for clinicians and laboratory researchers. Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians.

Stuart, M. (Ed.) (2007). The complete guide to medical writing. London: Pharmaceutical Press.

Taylor, R. B. (2005). A clinician’s guide to medical writing. New York: Springer.

Witte, F. (2003). Basic grammar and usage for medical communicators. Rockville, MD: American Medical Writers Association.


Dentistry Samples and Resources: Examples of associateship resumes and cover letters, residency CVs and personal statements, and thank-you notes, from dental students at the University of California, San Francisco.

Resources for International Students

McCullagh, M., & Wright, R. (2008). Good practice student’s book: Communication in English for the medical practitioner. Cambridge: CUP. (for advanced English learners)

Ribes, R., & Ros, P. R. (2006). Medical English. Springer: New York.

Quann, S., & Satin, D. (2007). Project care: Health care case studies, multimedia, and projects for practicing English. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. (for intermediate English learners)

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