hersheyslove

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I recently got interview invite Columbia and Midwestern. Hypothetically, if i got accepted to both, should i attending Columbia since i know i will have to compete with many gladiators there. My goal is to specialize endo.
Do you guys think that ok dental school can help me to specialize as long as i am in 10% of the class? Or should i go to school that have high specialize rate?
I am really naive in this subject so please share your thoughts.
 

rewJW

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Be prepared to get flamed for expressing your interest in a specialty.

You can specialize no matter what school you go to. Just keep up good grades and do well on the boards.
 

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I think your POSITION in your class, as well as your NBDE I scores, are the primary determing factors regardless of the program you attend. Btw, endo is a really interesting specialty.
 
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Andrew324

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This is a great question, I am wondering the same thing. You might think about posting it on the dental boards as well, I dont know if the mods will take kindly to the double post but the current dental students might have more information.
 

DROCKINDAHOUSE

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Andrew, which school are you going to? Jw.

I was told by the chair of orthodontics at one of the Texas schools that the board scores were primarily what he looked at when deciding which candidates to invite for an interview.
 

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go to the school where you will be the happiest/ most comfortable. how you perform at dschool is way more important than where you go. so go where you will do your best.
 

NyCzPeter

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No. Only people from Harvard and Penn are allowed to specialize. So any specialist you see is either from Harvard or Penn. If you go to a state school, you're automatically banned from applying for any specialty programs in the nation.

Dude you're going to dental school to become a dentist. You're not going to endo school. Worry about that stuff later because chances are that you might not want to do endo anymore four long years down the road.
 

drm85

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I recently got interview invite Columbia and Midwestern. Hypothetically, if i got accepted to both, should i attending Columbia since i know i will have to compete with many gladiators there. My goal is to specialize endo.
Do you guys think that ok dental school can help me to specialize as long as i am in 10% of the class? Or should i go to school that have high specialize rate?
I am really naive in this subject so please share your thoughts.
How do you know that you want to do endo? How many root canals have you performed?
 

tetondent

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Maybe he's shadowed an endodontist.. Cut the op some slack. I love how so many predents think they're so bad!
 

Plopper

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Maybe he's shadowed an endodontist.. Cut the op some slack. I love how so many predents think they're so bad!
thank you, i agree it's great to have high aspirations...it's the reason we're going to dental school
 

dentisttobe42

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dude, nyczpeter is an ass****... what was the purpose of that post.. answer the question, whats the point of bein a jerk about it... i've been readin a lot of your posts and you stay pretty consistent with it.. ur gonna be a great classmate at dschool (sarcasm)... thank god im not goin to stony brook
 

NyCzPeter

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dude, nyczpeter is an ass****... what was the purpose of that post.. answer the question, whats the point of bein a jerk about it... i've been readin a lot of your posts and you stay pretty consistent with it.. ur gonna be a great classmate at dschool (sarcasm)... thank god im not goin to stony brook
lol relax man talk about pointless posts. Atleast my post has remotely something to do with the OP's question. What is the point of your post?

My answer is obviously sarcastic in nature. Who would be naive enough to actually believe that every specialist comes from penn or harvard? Thus my sarcasm alludes to the fact that anyone from any dental school has a shot of specializing.

I just tell the truth like it is, and if that means I end up sounding like a jerk then so be it. If you don't like it that's fine but no need to start calling people names.
 
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