Hi friends , I know it is probably too early at this stage considering the fact that I haven't yet got into dental school but then, there were a few questions regarding the post-graduate studies after completing the advanced standing program that I had on my mind.... and what other place than SDN to get straight answers! I was wondering if anyone could share their thoughts and info regarding: 1)what are the requirements for getting into an Ortho program (I absolutely love ortho!!! ).I understand our NBDE scores (part-I and part-II) are important for this. but then, if we get admission to a dental school with a set of scores in part-I can we retake the exam during the course of our program to improve our scores to complete the requirement for the particular specialization we want to get into?(or do they consider the scores that we have in our file at the time of getting admitted). 2) Do we compete with the regular DDS students for the available spaces in PG programs or are we treated any different? i.e. What are our chances of getting into speciality programs considering the fact that we get a good GPA at dental school? 3) Does doing a research/ helping out during our DDS curriculum help getting into such programs? ... At NYU when I went for the interview, our tour guide said that we could choose to work in a particular department for a longer time when we get into the third year of the program so that we could even credit those hours when we want to pursue the subject of our choice. 4) Do the professors/ faculty have a say in whom they want to admit to their department? 5)There are quite a few schools that don't pay a stipend for specialities like ortho, surgery, prostho and endo but there are quite afew offering the same for pedo (because of the relative availability of space in that speciality) but, are foreign graduates with an advanced standing eligible for these(if in case they pay a stipend for the aforementioned specialities) ? .....I understand these a quite a few questions but any info/ thoughts on this are greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot for your time guys.