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a list of decision variables...

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by syn_apse, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. syn_apse

    syn_apse Registered Loser
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    since some people are comparing schools i thought i'd start a list:

    4 year cost
    facilities
    technology
    faculty
    specialties
    research
    class size
    family geography
    climate (beach vs. skiing)

    what are some others?
     
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  3. I'mFillingFine

    I'mFillingFine Pulptastic
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    city culture
    city nightlife
    school's funding
    academic support
    clinical preparation
    clinical requirements to graduate
    alumni opinions
    class schedule (blocks, time of day, etc.)
    private practice v. general residency
    friendliness when you visit
    appearance of the building
    reputation
     
  4. howui3

    howui3 1K Member
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    board scores of current students - can reflect on teachers
     
  5. jpollei

    jpollei Senior Member
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    True, though board scores probably (in my experience interacting with other students at ortho interviews) reflect students more than the school they came from.

    Also, add "quality of basketball team" to the list. :) Go heels.
     
  6. beredsox2

    beredsox2 The Anti Anti-Dentite
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    How about quality of hockey team instead? :thumbup:
     
  7. howui3

    howui3 1K Member
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    You are right, ultimatley the students board scores are a reflection of themselves.

    But looking at the overall trend and board scores of the dental students at a particular school can tell you about how well the curriculum works and how well the faculty present the material. If the students are all doing very well and have a very high passing rate then they are learning the matial (both in and out of class).

    Since it's hard to learn the entire physiology class in a few weeks before the board exam the material you learn in class does matter. And if you have a great teacher that motivates and helps you learn it will be reflected on your exams.

    For that reason, the exam scores, for me, reflect the quality and effectiveness of the currculum and the teachers.
     
  8. mochafreak

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    That was my EXACT thought...too bad I'm going to Creighton or Louisville. (At least I witnessed the best college hockey tradition of all time for 4 years in undergrad...GO KNIGHTS).



    (Course I also got to see some of those Avs and Wings games live too) :smuggrin:
     

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