Karishma’s Success Story After 2 Years of Applying

I had the pleasure to interview Karishma who’s been accepted to University of Buffalo and University of Southern California. These acceptances of hers didn’t come easy, and she has learned a great deal through the process.

During this interview we talk about

  • Karishma’s story – an endodontist from her country, receives 4 interview calls the first year but no acceptances, despite her friends telling her that she’ll be fine
  • Her thoughts on when the best time is to take a bench test preparatory course, and why
  • Her message to those who are putting off practicing for the bench test because they might not get an interview call this year
  • Her experience practicing for the bench test watching YouTube videos as reference
  • Her thoughts on interview preparation, and why “I am a hard working individual” is a bad answer
  • How she wasn’t surprised during an interview with any question asked by the interviewer and was confident entering the interview room
  • Her advice for those just starting out, or those who don’t know what to do
  • Her experience practicing through the online course feedback system after the in-person course.
  • 3 things she wished she knew when she was just starting out

About Karishma

Karishma graduated from a Government dental school in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, and continued her education and became an endodontist. She practiced for a year in private practice before coming to the US in 2008.

During her first application cycle she received 4 interview calls, practiced for the bench test at a dental office she worked in, but didn’t receive an acceptance. The second year-round she came to IDC and worked extremely hard to succeed, and got what she deserves. Since recording the interview with Dr. Alyssa, she also got accepted at USC which is where she decided to join.

Note: This conversation was recorded and released under Karishma’s permission.


  1. Kanwal August 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Hi! I also want to know if the guide book can be bought on the Nook: the Barnes and Nobles E reader and tablet? I have a Nook but not a Kindle.


  2. Kanwal August 20, 2014 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    I would like to know if taking the prep course after I take NDB 2 will be better, as then I am going to be applying through CAAPID, in year 2015. I haven’t got a clue as I haven’t practiced in 24 years and I still want to get into a Advance Program next year.


  3. Sam July 17, 2014 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Hi Dr. Marshall,
    I am interested in joining your program. Is there a phone number on which I could call?

  4. Honey May 28, 2014 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Hi Dr
    I am looking for the bench test preparatory course. Could you please email me the details.


  5. Rajashree Prasad May 3, 2014 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Hi Alyssa ,
    Greetings to you!!Very nice testimonials there.
    I would be interested in knowing about the earliest days available for the course in May.
    Please email me with the details of the course. Thanks

  6. Reena April 27, 2014 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Hi Dr.Alyssa
    Good Morning!!
    Could you please let me know the course details like the cost, the duration and and which places in the U.S do you have your courses?
    Have a good day.
    Thanks & Regards

  7. keerthana April 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Dr.Alyssa,
    This video was really inspiring and helpful.I have been searching for bench test preparation course for many days and after watching this i am glad i have found the right one.Can u please email me the details of the course,duration,cost and which places in U.S do u offer this course.Thanks alot.

  8. MENDU HARIKA RAO March 21, 2014 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Hi Alyssa !!! I would want to know the course details, the cost, the duration and what are the materials we need and which places in the U.S do u have your courses ??? Thnxx soo much !!

    • Dr. Alyssa March 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      We’ll contact you 🙂

  9. Val March 13, 2014 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Call me
    7076558824 I would like to start with the program

  10. Juveria February 24, 2014 at 4:06 am - Reply

    This is very motivating I would love you join your course,kindly please update about the details.i have already emailed regarding the info.thank u so much

  11. PRASANNATA February 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Dr.Alysa,

    That was a great video.. I have my bench exam next month. I would like to attend your program. Please let me know the earliest availabe dates.

    • Dr. Alyssa February 19, 2014 at 12:02 am - Reply

      I’ll email you

  12. Sudha February 18, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    This was very helpful. I had received one interview call And didn’t get through last year. I am preparing for part 2 exam now and would love to join your course sometime in July after my summer semester. Can you please keep updating me with the dates.?

    • Dr. Alyssa February 18, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Sure Sudha, sounds good.

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