Dental Specialty after working as General Dentist

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by 8261995, 09.21.14.

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  1. 8261995

    8261995

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    If a dental student doesn't get into the specialty he/she applies for, would it be possible to work as a general dentist for a few years and then reapply to the dental specialty? Would having work experience as a practicing dentist be favored for specialty programs or would it be a disadvantage?
     
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  3. teethlover93

    teethlover93 2+ Year Member

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    I've never heard of dentists re-applying to specialties after a few years of work. Some re-apply (or just apply) in their GPR year. I don't think working as a general dentist would be beneficial to one's application. E.g. OMFS 6 year programs require going back to med school for two years, it's best to do this fresh out of dental school rather than a few years out when you've forgotten some of that D1 and D2 knowledge
     
  4. drkack

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    It's very possible. Lots of people on military scholarships go to dental school, serve their contract, then go back to a specialty program.
     
  5. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

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    And, of course, since you "never heard of dentists re-applying to specialties after a few years of work", it must be true.
     
  6. teethlover93

    teethlover93 2+ Year Member

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    I'm sorry that I didn't word my post correctly. Let me rephrase: Three of my relatives are general dentists, I work for three oral surgeons, and I've spoken with 50+ general dentists and specialists at continuing education courses. A few months ago, I was actually curious about going back to specialize after working as a general dentist, and I inquired with most of the dentists I know. The overall response? "Why would you do that?"

    I apologize that my original post was so negative. Of course, I only asked a small fraction of the population, but I like to think that I'm fairly well informed.
     
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  7. Screwtape

    Screwtape 7+ Year Member

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    A fair amount of the dental residents (ortho, perio, endo) at my school were general dentists for a few years before deciding to specialize. Doesn't seem to be the same for OMS, but that residency is a beast...
     

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