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Anyone know which school is the best dental school in texas?

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My opinion is:
1. UT San Antonio
2. Baylor
3. UT Houston
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coolhanluc said:
My opinion is:
1. UT San Antonio
2. Baylor
3. UT Houston
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exactly how i'd rank them as well.
 
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I wouldn't rank San Antonio first, but I would definitely rank Houston last.

I can see the whole San Antonio laptop in class = my study hours and class listening skills wasted. This is based on visiting and watching this very thing happen; example: students playing mike Tyson punch-out during entire biochem lecture.

Baylor: Much more hands on with the lab work, developing hand skills. Also, student senior tour guides compared requirements with other Texas schools and Baylor did significantly more procedures.
 
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Baylor: Much more hands on with the lab work, developing hand skills. Also, student senior tour guides compared requirements with other Texas schools and Baylor did significantly more procedures.

i heard this also.. but i've never been to SA
 

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1FutureDDS said:
I wouldn't rank San Antonio first, but I would definitely rank Houston last.

I can see the whole San Antonio laptop in class = my study hours and class listening skills wasted. This is based on visiting and watching this very thing happen; example: students playing mike Tyson punch-out during entire biochem lecture.

Baylor: Much more hands on with the lab work, developing hand skills. Also, student senior tour guides compared requirements with other Texas schools and Baylor did significantly more procedures.


Yes, Baylor does all their own labwork, except porcelain. I hope you asked those seniors what they thought about that time-consuming labwork for the entire 4 years. You'll find just as many hate it as those who simply have learned to tolerate it. Nobody really likes it. It's overkill.
 

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Yes, Baylor does all their own labwork, except porcelain. I hope you asked those seniors what they thought about that time-consuming labwork for the entire 4 years. You'll find just as many hate it as they tolerate it. Nobody really likes it. It's overkill.

yeah...when i interviewed at baylor, i asked many students about this..and in general, they all said that it SOUNDS nice as a predent...like "ohh..you get more experience...blahblah." but when you're actually DOING the actual labwork itself, you begin to think "if i were at another school, i wouldn't have to be doing this. and i could be using THIS time to study for my crap." so basically, it stinks. i'd choose UTSA over Baylor anyday. When I was interviewing at columbia & penn, i asked about the labwork and my interviewers responded as if i was being ridiculous...they were like "why on earth would we waste time making you do your own labwork when you can just send it off like dentists do in the real world?...4 years is barely enough time to teach dentistry, and if we had to make you do your own labwork, that would just further cut the time short."

as for the person who complained about the UTSA laptop requirements in class cuz people game and do all kinds of distracting activities...that's a pretty stupid reason to not rate UTSA as #1 isn't it? the purpose of the laptop is NOT to serve as a distraction. that choice is simply a choice the individual student chooses to make...
 

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yeah...when i interviewed at baylor, i asked many students about this..and in general, they all said that it SOUNDS nice as a predent...like "ohh..you get more experience...blahblah." but when you're actually DOING the actual labwork itself, you begin to think "if i were at another school, i wouldn't have to be doing this. and i could be using THIS time to study for my crap." so basically, it stinks. i'd choose UTSA over Baylor anyday. When I was interviewing at columbia & penn, i asked about the labwork and my interviewers responded as if i was being ridiculous...they were like "why on earth would we waste time making you do your own labwork when you can just send it off like dentists do in the real world?...4 years is barely enough time to teach dentistry, and if we had to make you do your own labwork, that would just further cut the time short."

as for the person who complained about the UTSA laptop requirements in class cuz people game and do all kinds of distracting activities...that's a pretty stupid reason to not rate UTSA as #1 isn't it? the purpose of the laptop is NOT to serve as a distraction. that choice is simply a choice the individual student chooses to make...

No, it's not a stupid reason. Any distraction is a bad distraction. Looks like in 4 years you barely have enough time to learn dentistry, much less be tempted with a wi-fi laptop sitting in front of you to search anything in the world....remember??
 

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No, it's not a stupid reason. Any distraction is a bad distraction. Looks like in 4 years you barely have enough time to learn dentistry, much less be tempted with a wi-fi laptop sitting in front of you to search anything in the world....remember??


If you can't exercise enough self-restraint to not play video games during biochem lectures just because you have a laptop in front of you, then you don't belong in dental school. There are distractions everywhere, ie. the hot blonde sitting three rows up and five seats to the left. Confucius say: focus young grasshoppa.
 

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The best dental school is the one you go to :)
 

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The best dental school is the one you go to :)

Sounds like you been listening to Dr. johnson :laugh:
 
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hockeydentist said:
Sounds like you been listening to Dr. johnson :laugh:

haha i guess he uses that analogy for schools too:

Dr. J: "so, what do you think the best car is?"
student: "umm.. a ferrari?"
Dr. J: "the correct answer is the one you own that is paid off"

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MC Wiggles said:
If you can't exercise enough self-restraint to not play video games during biochem lectures just because you have a laptop in front of you, then you don't belong in dental school. There are distractions everywhere, ie. the hot blonde sitting three rows up and five seats to the left. Confucius say: focus young grasshoppa.

thank you. was going to say exactly that.
 
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MC Wiggles said:
If you can't exercise enough self-restraint to not play video games during biochem lectures just because you have a laptop in front of you, then you don't belong in dental school. There are distractions everywhere, ie. the hot blonde sitting three rows up and five seats to the left. Confucius say: focus young grasshoppa.

Um, I don't play games. Oh, and I wouldn't play games in class. I am the one actually listening. I know not everyone can be as dedicated and focused as I am. So, in an event to help the "weaker" ones, I help point out potential roadblocks in their learning.

I previously said that it would = a bad study habit to point out what could happen, not that it would with me.

I point out the obvious! Thanks for your assumptions though, wiggler.

I don't believe either of you guys are going to San Antonio, so why so much hate? I guess you didn't make your first choice :( sowwy :(
 

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Um, I don't play games. Oh, and I wouldn't play games in class. I am the one actually listening. I know not everyone can be as dedicated and focused as I am. So, in an event to help the "weaker" ones, I help point out potential roadblocks in their learning.

I previously said that it would = a bad study habit to point out what could happen, not that it would with me.

I point out the obvious! Thanks for your assumptions though, wiggler.

I don't believe either of you guys are going to San Antonio, so why so much hate? I guess you didn't make your first choice :( sowwy :(

Lame response. Shows your immaturity.
 

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MC Wiggles said:
Lame response. Shows your immaturity.

You kidding me? See ya in August.
 

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You kidding me? See ya in August.

Yes, I'm looking forward to feeding on chum like you.
 

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i'm not a moderator, but can you guys settle this over private messaging, email, a telephone call, or in person?
 

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Yes, I'm looking forward to feeding on chum like you.

OK :) Don't take it personal, we're going to be classmates for the next 4 years. I'll be the man and step up to say sorry for coming off the wrong way, but come on you attacked my innocent post :) We're supposed to be on the same team here and slam everyone else!!
 

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OK :) Don't take it personal, we're going to be classmates for the next 4 years. I'll be the man and step up to say sorry for coming off the wrong way, but come on you attacked my innocent post :) We're supposed to be on the same team here and slam everyone else!!

Yes, I apologize as well....I came across like a big doofus. Hope to meet you and enjoy the next four years. And the shark feeding on chum reference, eh, I'm more like a big nasty carp feeding on the bottom anyways. :laugh:
 

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Yes, I apologize as well....I came across like a big doofus. Hope to meet you and enjoy the next four years. And the shark feeding on chum reference, eh, I'm more like a big nasty carp feeding on the bottom anyways. :laugh:

lol no problem man. What fun is the internet without being a little evil on anonymous message boards :p
 

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I wouldn't rank San Antonio first, but I would definitely rank Houston last.

I can see the whole San Antonio laptop in class = my study hours and class listening skills wasted. This is based on visiting and watching this very thing happen; example: students playing mike Tyson punch-out during entire biochem lecture.

Baylor: Much more hands on with the lab work, developing hand skills. Also, student senior tour guides compared requirements with other Texas schools and Baylor did significantly more procedures.
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I know this is an old post, but for those reading it I just want to let pre-dentals know that UTHSCSA just also built a new building focused on better care in OMS and research, also they have incorporated new curriculum that will be effective the next few years as they hope to be more hands-on and draw back to topics and engage with other classmates in a dynamic circle seatings. Also I have had the honor to sit in a on a couple lectures and labs I personally enjoyed the option to have laptops at hand. They require you to buy a new one these will contain your materials and textbooks for lecture and lab. In lecture every screen was open to the slides and the students lefts notes under each slide and then when in lab they had their laptops at hand to recall the diagrams. I would consider the school very balanced in their use of technology and better understand your lab work from square one as when youre a dentist you may not be the ones making it but can judge quality.
 
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I know this is an old post, but for those reading it I just want to let pre-dentals know that UTHSCSA just also built a new building focused on better care in OMS and research, also they have incorporated new curriculum that will be effective the next few years as they hope to be more hands-on and draw back to topics and engage with other classmates in a dynamic circle seatings.

This sounds awful.
 
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I'm not choosing SA because of a very controlling vibe I got there
I felt the same way. It felt...conservative? Dental students aren't allowed to perform their first injections on their classmates because it's dangerous?
I was a little confused by this.
 

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I felt the same way. It felt...conservative? Dental students aren't allowed to perform their first injections on their classmates because it's dangerous?
I was a little confused by this.

Sounds good to me. I've heard horror stories: getting stabbed right in a major facial nerve by another student who slacked off in anatomy lab or has terrible aim; breaking the needle and needing to go to the OS dept to get it removed, etc. Not that a regular patient should deal with that either. Did they say who does get the first injection?
 

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Sounds good to me. I've heard horror stories: getting stabbed right in a major facial nerve by another student who slacked off in anatomy lab or has terrible aim; breaking the needle and needing to go to the OS dept to get it removed, etc. Not that a regular patient should deal with that either. Did they say who does get the first injection?
I think they said they do it in the OMS clinic on a patient. Either way it's dangerous.
 

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What? I thought SA gets to do it on a cadaver first? Hope Houston does this too.
 

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I would say Baylor seemed like a polite form of conservative while SA seemed like a militaristic form of conservative. The whole laptop programs they install and tuition mandated to Gold's Gym seemed weird and unnecessary to me. I like freedom lol
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I would say Baylor seemed like a polite form of conservative while SA seemed like a militaristic form of conservative. The whole laptop programs they install and tuition mandated to Gold's Gym seemed weird and unnecessary to me. I like freedom lol


Lol you're bitching about $40/month for a gym? That's a good price for a huge gym.
I do agree that the laptop is really expensive.


Baylor clinic looks like an dinosaur compared to SA new clinic.
 
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Lol you're bitching about $40/month for a gym? That's a good price for a huge gym.
I do agree that the laptop is really expensive.


Baylor clinic looks like an dinosaur compared to SA new clinic.
I don't exercise soo... it would be a waste of money for me.
 
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Sounds good to me. I've heard horror stories: getting stabbed right in a major facial nerve by another student who slacked off in anatomy lab or has terrible aim; breaking the needle and needing to go to the OS dept to get it removed, etc. Not that a regular patient should deal with that either. Did they say who does get the first injection?
Most schools have "stick day" with no problems, including mine... how else are you supposed to learn? LA injections in dentistry are very safe.
 

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Personally I'm glad that the laptop decision at SA is limited to "Mac or PC." One less thing I have to research and wring my hands over.
 

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This sounds awful.
A lot of schools are actually moving towards this type of learning instead of constant exams week after week. I am a first year at UTHSCSA and they are changing many things for the better. I can honestly say I like it here and a the faculty are very receptive to the students as far as what we like and what we don't like.
 
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I felt the same way. It felt...conservative? Dental students aren't allowed to perform their first injections on their classmates because it's dangerous?
I was a little confused by this.
As a first year student at UTHSCSA dental this is FALSE information. please don't go off what you "hear or heard" unless you ask someone that actually goes there. we practice on cadavers first just like Houston because it saves money AND you also have many new modules the school has put in place to practice as close to the real thing as possible before you enter clinical 3rd year.

Also the gym membership for the Gold's on campus is $250 so about ~$20/month. (which is a DEAL) the school ENCOURAGES us to have a balanced lifestyle and to de-stress and exercise while we are in dental school. Many DS1 and other students of classes participate in intramural teams Gold's puts together just for our school. As far as the Laptops go we have all our books, exams, and software installed on them that the school gives us.

LASTLY, UTHSCSA is NOT controlling. I know for our class we have a strict gunner-free zone. Meaning everyone shares everything and wants each other to do well because we are all in this together!

if you have any questions about San Antonio please feel free to ask, I only give the honest truth.
 

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As a first year student at UTHSCSA dental this is FALSE information. please don't go off what you "hear or heard" unless you ask someone that actually goes there. we practice on cadavers first just like Houston because it saves money AND you also have many new modules the school has put in place to practice as close to the real thing as possible before you enter clinical 3rd year.

Also the gym membership for the Gold's on campus is $250 so about ~$20/month. (which is a DEAL) the school ENCOURAGES us to have a balanced lifestyle and to de-stress and exercise while we are in dental school. Many DS1 and other students of classes participate in intramural teams Gold's puts together just for our school. As far as the Laptops go we have all our books, exams, and software installed on them that the school gives us.

LASTLY, UTHSCSA is NOT controlling. I know for our class we have a strict gunner-free zone. Meaning everyone shares everything and wants each other to do well because we are all in this together!

if you have any questions about San Antonio please feel free to ask, I only give the honest truth.
Put the guns away buddy. A faculty member told me that during my interview session.
 

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I don't exercise soo... it would be a waste of money for me.


That was the whole point of that part of the presentation. They want you to be in shape. So you aren't a slug complaining about your back hurting all the time.
 

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A lot of schools are actually moving towards this type of learning instead of constant exams week after week. I am a first year at UTHSCSA and they are changing many things for the better. I can honestly say I like it here and a the faculty are very receptive to the students as far as what we like and what we don't like.
I wasn't hating on the new curriculum, I just don't like the circular desks trend in education.
 

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That was the whole point of that part of the presentation. They want you to be in shape. So you aren't a slug complaining about your back hurting all the time.
I understand that.
Recommending regular exercise is one thing. Forcing you to buy a gym membership is another.
I don't want to make it seem like i'm bashing UTHSCSA. It ranked pretty high on my list of schools.
 
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What? I thought SA gets to do it on a cadaver first? Hope Houston does this too.
You do your first injections on each other. Think about it. A cadaver is dead. Once preserved. The tissue feels different. So, you wouldn't get the same feel. Plus, you won't know that you numbed the patient up on cadavers. You pick your partner at Houston. So, you will know if they slacked off or not.
 

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A lot of schools are actually moving towards this type of learning instead of constant exams week after week. I am a first year at UTHSCSA and they are changing many things for the better. I can honestly say I like it here and a the faculty are very receptive to the students as far as what we like and what we don't like.

Can you describe some of the things that are being changed?
 

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You do your first injections on each other. Think about it. A cadaver is dead. Once preserved. The tissue feels different. So, you wouldn't get the same feel. Plus, you won't know that you numbed the patient up on cadavers. You pick your partner at Houston. So, you will know if they slacked off or not.

Think @peacelove&TX just said they do cadavers first before classmates though? And Houston is moving to plastinated cadavers next year. I wonder how that is gonna feel.
 

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Also a student at San Antonio. Would just like to say that the school is NOT controlling even if some might have felt that vibe interviewing. The school just expects a lot from its students. Anyways, we do have a couple of oral injection lectures/activities first year. Pretty much faculty and upper class men demonstrate the different injection sites related to our anatomy lectures. We get the chance to "practice" although it's more of an introduction for what's to come 2nd year.

And for changes to come on the didactics side, I'm not really sure what's going to happen. It will be implemented 2017 or something like that. Details are still being worked out and finalized. All I can say is that so far I've enjoyed uthscsa.
 
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I have a great macbook pro that cost like 1k 3 years ago and still works perfect. Why must I buy a new one? And the gym thing isn't about the money so much as like... why force us? Why not let us choose? I don't like being coerced

Just because SA contracted out to Gold's doesn't mean it's the only school that is forcing you to pay gym fees. Most schools with their own rec centers (like UT Houston) are also taking out mandatory fees for use of the gym, whether you use it or not. Maybe they just don't make it so transparent that they are doing so. UT Houston lumps their $240/yr gym membership fee into the Student Service Fee.
 
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What does that mean? Were cadavers fake before?

Nope basically they had to go to the Med school for anatomy lab for the "regular" models. I think because the dental school doesn't have the facility to keep their own onsite. I guess next year they are using models that are preserved using plastics, like the Body Worlds exhibit at the museum of natural sciences. This is so students dont have to go to the med school lab since plastinated ones are easier to keep/doesn't have the smell. At least that's what I remember being said at a tour.
 
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