Originally Posted by KittySquared
Pitt is a lot cheaper than Tufts to the point where it's almost 1/2 the cost.
But Dantemac said:
- Students didn't seem as happy. Not as confident in abilities
- Heard negative things about the patient pool
Which is pretty true. I had issues getting patients for boards and it was a nerve wrecking time. Got my board patient less than 2 weeks before the actual clinical board. I chewed up my cheeks big time during that time. I doubt that kind of nervousness is very much warranted due to the repercussions of failing boards by default of a no show. And every year, some unlucky student has a pt that does a no show day of boards. Ugh
I don't think dantemac said that Pitt students are unhappy (bolded statement)? Either way, I don't think it's true that Pitt students aren't happy. I don't think it's fair to gauge how "happy" students are from your 1 experience there during the interview. I've met and talked with tons of Pitt dental students, and yes they're stressed (as are most students at most other schools), but all of them said they're extremely happy with their choice. Last week a club I'm in went to the dental school for a drill and fill lab, and all the dental students that were there (1st and 2nd years) were extremely laid back, nice and happy. They were even telling us how they find time to go out and have fun despite all the classes that are crammed into 1st year.