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It is just so confusing !!!

Discussion in 'Dental' started by Shiko, Nov 11, 2001.

  1. Shiko

    Shiko Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    Hi Everybody,
    I have been trying to figure out the way to apply for a general practice residency program or an advanced eduacation in any of the dental schools that accept foreign graduates and I am just so messed up here, I need you to help me with the dates and the application process..
    Do I have a chance , being a foreign graduate....and an ARAB ? I heard it's so competetive . :) :)
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  3. Salman20001

    Salman20001 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2001
    as far as I know (someone please correct me if I am wrong), if you are a foreign medical graduate the present rule is that you have to apply to a dental school (not a residency program) as an international student....On a very competetive basis, once you get selected to a dental school you will have to do two full years of the later part of the dental school curriculum. And only once you have done that, can you start considering residencies...

    As for the Arab thing...well, since we are all human, there are definitely going to be some people who might be skeptics or suspicious etc...but for the most part, I highly doubt admission commitees would reject an applicant because of his ethnic origin, so don't worry about that and if you are still interested, just apply and find out.
  4. Shiko

    Shiko Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    Hello there,

    Thanks for your reply ,
    Well,I know for sure that I can apply for a residency program as soon as I complete the National Dental Board tests , The application process can be done thru the PASS and MATCH or directly to the dental school itself.
    What confuses me is how and when to apply to the PASS and MATCH ? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
  5. Dr. Pedo

    Dr. Pedo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2001

    Unfortunately you have been lied to. There is no way to become a US dentist without a US degree---- 99% of American states require US DDS (DMD) degree---just to sit for the boards. Not to mention the crdts. You have to pass not only the written but technical portion as well. It is truly a way for America to keep the dental society US trained. As well they should, due to the fact there are so many different qualities of educations outside our borders----some better, some worse. Well, I do have to admit if you are planning on living in California or Hawaii you don't need a US DDS, if you have a foreign DDS! All you have to do is pass their state licensing and of course National boards I and II. You heard it hear first-----EVEN the US, california- trained dental students find their examination extremely difficult. And that is after 4 years being trained specifically for US dentistry and thier boards and licensing. Talk about competition, that is the ULTIMATE understatment. These are your only chances without an US DDS!

    The only alternative is to apply to a Foreign Trained Dentist Program at a US dental school. They are normally 2 years long and the cheapest is Loma Linda at $60,000 a year. Then if you were a specialist you will be able to apply ONLY to that specialty. This is a little expensive and to many it seems unfair, infact there is a web site you should look at pertaining to this topic. Type in this URL <a href="" target="_blank"></a> You will find all the information you need to become a dentist in the US. The dentist who runs the site, Dr. Osamah, is a foreign trained dentist and he knows all the info. I wish I had better news but what is 2 years of extra work in the grand scheme of things.

    I wish you the best and good luck,

  6. Shiko

    Shiko Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    Dear Drs,
    Thank you for the replies, I appreciate it.
    Well, I know for sure that some dental schools admit foreign grads to their GPR or AEGD ( example : Chicago state, Louisiana, and others.
    I know this will not give me the license to practice dentistry in the States but all I need is the training offered in the GPR programs..
    Can you help ?
    thanks again
  7. Ineedanassociate

    Ineedanassociate Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2001
    Enosburg Falls Vermont
    I'm curious why do want the GPR training but not the US licence? If you plan to return to your native country it could work against you as one of the reasons for these programs is to offer additional training for dentists who plan to stay in the general area or at least the US!
  8. wasabi007

    wasabi007 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 16, 2001
    San Francisco, CA

    i have heard from my dentist that the cda is changing the rules for foreign dentists in the near future...look up "licensure by credential" and see what you find. good luck!


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