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Hi I am currently a second year dental student so I have no idea in which direction I am heading yet. However, I have began thinking about what I would like to do after graduation. My main concern is that my grades are kind of subpar. Could someone please clarify what the major criteria is to be admitted to the various programs? Do they look mostly at class rank? board scores? other ECs? I have also heard that it is easier to get accepted into programs after working for a couple years...is that true? What are your people's advice for me?
 

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Just to make sure you haven't forgotten, you're actually allowed to practice as a dentist after you graduate without specializing. ;) Don't get so hung up on trying to specialize that you never stop to consider whether you actually want to.
 

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Oh yea I'm definitely keeping all options open, but it's not only specialty programs I am interested in. I wouldn't mind just doing a general residency for a year somewhere to get my feet wet.
 

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If you're interested in general practice programs, a lot of them aren't nearly as hung up on grades & board scores as most of the specialty programs. Good luck deciding.
 

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I have also heard that it is easier to get accepted into programs after working for a couple years...is that true?


Endo definitely prefers (or even requires) experienced candidates.

It seems to help with pedo too (but not quiet as necessary).

Good luck.
 
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