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getting into oral surgery after practicing dentistry for 5 years

Discussion in 'Dental Residents and Practicing Dentists' started by ADMD, May 9, 2008.

  1. ADMD

    ADMD Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 9, 2005
    What are chances of getting into an OS program after dental school after completing a GPR residency program and practicing as a general dentist for 5 years?

    My Board scores were in the early 80s and my GPA was around 3.4.

    Any advice would be great....
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  3. Tooth

    Tooth Orthodontist Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Mar 11, 2005
    If you join the military, mayber the Army or Navy, I think you'd be a good candidate. You have to be in the military to apply to their programs though. So, a pretty big gamble. :confused:
  4. servitup

    servitup 5+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    Almost zero chance without retaking boards.
  5. Dukie

    Dukie Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    Can't hurt to apply and find out. I know it isn't cheap, but in the long run a couple thousand dollars is worth the risk...

    I'm not sure how it works in OMFS in regards to experience. In some fields, it is seen as a big plus and your years in practice may help you out.
  6. AGAPE4U

    AGAPE4U 2+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2007
    I would suggest that you do a few externships. In fact, I would say it is a must to really get a feel for surgery, and you will build connections with programs.
  7. lionelhutz

    lionelhutz Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2004
    I agree with servitup. Your board scores need to be in the high 80s or 90s to have a chance. If you're interested do a few externships to see how you like it and really consider retaking the boards. Good luck.
  8. servitup

    servitup 5+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    With a board score in the low 80s, even an internship won't help.

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