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Georgia School is Orthodontics new online fellowship program

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For those who may be interested:
“GSO is now offering an Online Fellowship program as an optional precursor to its Orthodontic Residency Program. Due to the combined effects of the pandemic, the desire to study remotely, and overwhelming demand for its residency spots, GSO will roll-out its online non-accredited Fellowship Program on October 1, 2020 through March 1, 2021.

The Fellowship Program will be delivered through the School’s state-of-the-art online portal. Over the past several years, GSO has committed and successfully accomplished building an online resident portal that delivers an interactive experience through filmed course lectures, video conferencing with live demonstrations, online testing, faculty and resident discussion boards, and much more. Participants will also be required to complete wire-bending exercises that will be mailed back for evaluation.

The Fellowship Program permits students to complete an intense orthodontic curriculum with a guaranteed pathway to residency. Successful completion of all Fellowship coursework, passage of the GSO Fellowship Exam, and exhibiting proper professionalism and merit throughout the course of the Program will lead to priority review and acceptance into the School’s Orthodontic Residency Program for the Fall of 2021.

Tuition for the non-accredited online fellowship
is $25,000”
 
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Seriously. May as well just take some CE as a GP at that point.
Some will pay premiums for the title of a specialist. After all, a GP who has taken a lot of ortho CE is still that: a GP. For some, it's not about the costs. It's about establishing credibility. They will do whatever it takes to get the residency spot whether that's through an online fellowship.

Disclaimer: I have no interest in becoming an orthodontist.
 
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Some people will pay premiums for the title of a specialist. After all, a GP who has taken a lot of ortho CE is still that: a GP. For some, it's not about the costs. It's about establishing credibility. They will do whatever it takes to get the residency spot whether that's through an online fellowship.

Disclaimer: I have no interest in becoming an orthodontist.

Oh, I read it wrong. I saw "non accredited on-line fellowship". I thought that's where it ended. Which seemed pointless since it's non-accredited and only a fellowship. I didn't see that it's a pathway to their (also ridiculously expensive) real residency program.
 

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Wow. I mean I think it's a good business move on their behalf, and they are a business. I think other schools will eventually follow suit.

I wonder if the end game is something like get residents to do the first half of the program online, effectively freeing up the clinic and allowing the university to then admit double the amount of students.

Dentists are desperate to do ortho. Theyll still do it even if the program doesnt teach as much. They want the title.
 
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Out of curiosity, why this program has so many negative reviews? Is it just the tuition? Tuition wise its just as high as USC. Would be great of anyone who is familiar with this program can put their input. And No, I am not applying for ortho ;)
 

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Out of curiosity, why this program has so many negative reviews? Is it just the tuition? Tuition wise its just as high as USC. Would be great of anyone who is familiar with this program can put their input. And No, I am not applying for ortho ;)

It is a for-profit operation with venture capital investment. An institution that educates residents and treats patients while making profit for investors sounds like a conflict of interest.

This is the guy who founded the program: Dental donor’s past fills in
His MO is building a bunch of uber-expensive ortho programs (with financial commitments from the affiliated universities) around the country, offer scholarships to residents who return the favor by working for his ortho chain.
 
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It is a for-profit operation with venture capital investment. An institution that educates residents and treats patients while making profit for investors sounds like a conflict of interest.

This is the guy who founded the program: Dental donor’s past fills in
His MO is building a bunch of uber-expensive ortho programs (with financial commitments from the affiliated universities) around the country, offer scholarships to residents who return the favor by working for his ortho chain.
O wow , Thanks for the explanation
 

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I wonder how other accredited ortho residency programs would view this online fellowship if it's on someone's application.
There are other orthodontic fellowship programs (Jacksonville) but those fellowships are in-person and are either research-based or clinically based
 
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