Hi guys, I am wondering what you guys think about these two schools. They were my top two schools and I have been accepted to both and am having a VERY hard time choosing one. I have been a surgical assistant for the past two summers now working for a group of oral surgeons, which has really lead to a pretty high interest in this. However, I don't think I've had enough exposure for me to say that I would like to go into oral surgery. I feel like if I go to Minn. I will get a better clinical experience with their new sim labs, and this is much closer to home for me. However, if I am considering oral surgery, would Columbia be the way to be because of their prestige and specialization rate? Do you guys think if I went to Columbia and decided oral surgery was not for me I would still have an awesome education to be a general dentist. And vice versa, would Minn. give me the opportunity to specialize (I think at Minn. I'd have to be in the top couple of the class to do this while at Columbia I wouldn't have to be quite at the top) Any thoughts appreciated so I can open up a seat at one of these schools!! Thanks in advance!'
I think the simple answer to this question is no - if there is one thing that Columbia's program gets knocked on, it's for the lack of clinical training you get. So if you were to come out of Columbia and want to go straight into practice, I think you'd be behind the ball.
Some would argue, however, that b/c you're required to do post-grad training to get NY licensure even if you're going into general dentistry, you'll "make up" the subpar clinical training in a GPR or AEGD...
Yeah, especially when the two students who were talking with my interview group said they have SOOO much free time 3rd and 4th years... kinda put me off a littleYeah, I've talked to a D4 at Columbia who honestly admitted that coming out he most likely won't have the clinical skills offered at other schools simply because it is expected that students will pursue other post grad programs. That being said, Columbia IS changing their curriculum for our entering year to help alleviate this issue.