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Dental Schools with good clinical experience

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Son of Rooble, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Son of Rooble

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    Although I am going to be a freshman next year, I am wondering what dental schools are top notch when it comes to preparing you for the world outside of Dental school. What Dental Schools are "known" for graduating experienced and competent general practitioners. What schools have residency for those who choose to become general practitioners? I want to immerse myself with the variety of dental needs that the general practitioner handles, the business aspects will be a big bonus. I think I've already made up my mind. :laugh:
     
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    In terms of clinical experience, I've heard good things about UoP and Loma Linda.
     
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    Thank You! If only I lived in California, Loma Linda seems perfect! I did some research on that school. Penn is for the gifted and the rich. Lol.
     
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    Definitely UoP!
     
  6. Son of Rooble

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    Wow. How would I pay for it? I could work really hard, get 3.9, good score on my DAT, but I still can not afford it. I am from a family who aren't poor but still doing badly financially. Is there anything I can do? :(:(
     
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    Well I don't think there are many of us that can "afford" dental school... most of us are gonna take out a big loan... right?
     
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    Considering its 3-year curriculum, it's just as bad as others.
     
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    UoP = University of the Pacific, not Penn. I should've clarified earlier.
     
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    Move to Texas before you apply to dental school, and apply to all Texas schools. You could practically pay their tuition by flipping burgers and mowing lawns for a few months.
     
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    Son of Rooble - there are very few student who can pay their way through dental school. The majority of dental students take out loans through government programs ranging between 100K - 400K depending on their school of choice, scholarship availability, and parental contributions. Therefore, don't base your decision entirely on your own family's financial standing.

    In regards to UOP, it is an expensive school when compared to public dental schools outside California, but its tuition is pretty comparable to other private universities and most public schools (when considering out-of-state fees).

    You will find that many dental schools offer strong clinical experiences. Some good places to consider are:

    UOP
    Temple
    Maryland
    Arizona School of Oral Health
    Michigan
    Columbia
    Nova Southeastern
    Detroit Mercy

    Keep in mind that this list is just based on hear-say and opinions of other students that I have talked who do attend these universities.
     
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    generally... schools in the middle of the "ghetto" are notorious for having big patient pools ....like....detroit mercy, temple, buffalo, etc are famous for strong clinical years.... even some brag about most of their graduates to be private-practice ready without General practice residency (ofc thats not the case with buffalo, NY state requires all dentists to complete residency)
     
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    thats funny, I woulda rated michigan and nova at the very opposite of the "clinical exposure" spectrum
     
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    have to work for 1 full year
     
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    ASDOH is pretty legit clinical school. I have no idea what the requirements are for graduation and I've never heard them mentioned. Your 4th year is pretty much all clinic; half is in the school clinic and half is out on externships. I haven't bothered to look for numbers from other schools (but I'm interested) so I can't compare, but I've got some numbers for ASDOH and I'm impressed with theirs. Of course many of these numbers are averages…but even at the low end, you're still looking pretty good. I like numbers. Maybe some of you do too.

     
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    Temple, UoP, Maryland, Columbia/NYU.

    The real answer is: worry about getting in anywhere first. All the schools will prepare you for a career in dentistry.
     
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    #19 bye bye greasy, Jul 23, 2011
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    every school i interviewed at claimed to be "clinically strong". They all said they would "prepare you for the real world better than most other schools".
     
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    I'm really surprised by all the pro-UoP responses. I've heard horrible things about them, especially from actual students and graduates. Afterall, can you really gain the same education in 3 years as you can in 4? The hand skills required to make a good clinician take years and years to develop...I can't see how less clinic time would allow you to obtain better experience.

    Just to weigh in my opinion, I'd suggest USC (but I'm partial here) and Tufts. Just had a friend finish at Tufts and is doing really well in private practice and he felt they gave him all the skill and experience he needed to go off on his own his first year out. I'm sure there are many other great schools out there as well.
     
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    Hi,
    I got into the Uop predental program, and still deciding if I want to go or not.
    I was wondering what specifically the reputation of it is?
    Thanks so much! :)
     
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    I wish I did this so bad. A lot of my friends moved to Austin after college and I could have lived there for a year, worked, partied and go to dental school for half the cost. Hindsight's a B...
     
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    Most students get loans, this is the norm here!
     
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    if it was bad, it would have been closed by now or their tuition could have gone down because of bad reviews and bad results.

    Some of us actually want to finish in 3 years instead of 4 years.
     
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    Definitely University of the Pacific!
     
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    I have taken U of P students into the residency program I direct almost every year. Generally above average to excellent clinical skills.
    Also of note....Temple, Rutgers, Maryland. NYU and Columbia honorable mention, but extremely variable due to class size and inconsistent training.
     
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    how about Tufts?
     
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    Several of my Tufts residents were very good. But not all, and I generally admit from top 25%
     
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    I cannot go school by school, and do not have a big sample from every school. The truth is, I have had great residents from what some may consider second tier schools, and they were great due to personal motivation and clear academic motivation. Highly motivated, personally engaging, well rounded individuals will excel in any environment. They also find a way to make things work in any situation.
     
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    I hear UDM is clinically strong.... Can anyone confirm?
     

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