Filling Out your ADEA CAAPID Application—How you represent yourself MATTERS!

  • Filling Out your ADEA CAAPID Application- How you represent yourself MATTERS!

The ADEA CAAPID is a common portal for international dentists to submit their applications to various US dental schools. ADEA CAAPID stands for American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Centralised Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID). Through ADEA CAAPID, you would be able to apply to advanced standing programs: these programs are open to international dentists and are typically shorter in length (mostly 2-3 years) compared to traditional D.D.S. /D.M.D. degrees (4 years).

Did you know that properly filling out your ADEA CAAPID Application form is one of the most crucial and important parts of the whole application process? It plays a big role on how you represent yourself.

filling out your ADEA CAAPID application

filling out your ADEA CAAPID application

What is the benefit of a centralized application?

ADEA CAAPID simplifies the daunting task of the application process by allowing you to submit one standardized application, rather than individual applications to each dental school program. Advanced placement programs benefit by receiving uniform information on all applicants.

The ADEA CAAPID cycle usually opens in the first week of March each year and closes in the month of February of the next year. However, not all schools have the same closing dates. In 2019, University of California San Francisco had their deadline on 31st May whereas Henry M. Goldman School at Boston have their deadline on 31st December. Colorado University at Aurora participates later in the cycle with their application opening in late September and closing in February. The ADEA CAAPID Directory is a reliable source to keep track of the deadlines!

Tips on filling out your ADEA CAAPID Application in the best way

1. Submit your adea caapid application early

Submit your application as early as possible. Don’t wait till the deadline!

Most of the dental schools have a rolling admission process which means applications are reviewed on a first-come first-served basis. This is why it is highly recommended that you prepare your application before the cycle opens. Being an early applicant keeps your game up in the competition. I recommend to have your application materials ready by the first week of March so that when the ADEA CAAPID opens, you could fill out the CAAPID application carefully and have ample time to revise or make any changes. Also please take note that once you submit your application to one school, you cannot delete anything as the application gets locked. You can only add new experiences.

2. Portray your real YOU

Your Application is a big deal. It represents your candidacy

You have had your education evaluated by ECE/WES, passed the dental boards, got a good score on TOEFL and have had a good dental experience in your home country and in the United States; all of this would mean nothing if you don’t represent it properly!

It is a chance for you to tell the schools you are applying to that you are worthy and you have what it takes to be a member of their program. The schools are going to send you an invitation based on what you portray in your application. Think of it as your only ticket to being a licensed dentist in the U.S. Most of the candidates take this step lightly and wonder later what could have been the cause of not receiving any interview call. I tell you, a little mistake here and there on your application could be one of the causes of not getting invited!

3. Sound like one Person

Your application should sound like one person

The CAAPID has a column of ‘Brief Description’ as a part of the Supporting Information on your application which is intended for explaining the experience you’ve had while doing a particular activity, for e.g. shadowing a dentist or volunteering. The description of your experiences in the right format can help you strengthen your application. Maintain a single format while writing the description: you can either stick to paragraphs or formats. Avoid using too many ‘I’s, instead use ‘my’ or ‘this’ experience while beginning a description. To maintain the reader’s interest, it should be written in a consistent format throughout and it needs to sound like the same person.

filling out ADEA CAAPID application form

filling out ADEA CAAPID application form

4. Improve your writing skills

Develop good writing skills. You have to engage the reader

The selection committee usually looks for three things: interesting perspective, genuine experiences and engrossing writing. Your writing should target these points.

Since the main point of the ADEA CAAPID application is to give schools a sense of who you are, you have to be genuine and open up enough to let them see through your personality. Be honest about your feelings and experiences even if they aren’t entirely positive but make sure to explain yourself and what have you learnt from that particular experience.

5. Remember the details

While it’s still fresh on your mind, keep jotting down your experience of a particular activity. For example, you could write about how you motivated a patient to get a treatment done. Writing it as soon as you can will help you with the application process in future.

6. No grammatical mistakes or typos

Grammatical mistakes and typos indicate carelessness and a lack of interest.

Revise multiple times as needed before submitting your application.

7. Ask for help

If you don’t understand something or you are in doubt, don’t hesitate to seek out professional help from someone who has gone through the process. Right contacts are very important. 

Every dental school receives about 800 applications each year and it expected to increase every year. Your application is your first introduction as a candidate to a dental school. As they say “First impression is the last impression”, make sure you make an engaging one. The application process can be nerve-wracking but I hope you stick it through and receive that interview invitation!

Have a question about filling out your ADEA CAAPID Application ? Let us know in the comment section!

Read also: The Most Common Dental School Interview Questions
Read also: Dental Residency Programs for Foreign-Trained Dentists


  1. karim December 6, 2019 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    My name is karim dentist from Morrocco i struggle with my ADEA CAAPID application , i need help thanks

    • Sherry Astorga December 10, 2019 at 4:58 am - Reply

      Hi Karim! We do provide services to help anyone who/s preparing for the CAAPID application. Please send us an email here:

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