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Masters in Oral Biology

Discussion in 'Dental Residents and Practicing Dentists' started by uzair, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. uzair

    uzair 5+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    Is anybody doing masters in Oral Biology?If so I would like to know the job opportunities that a Oral Biologist has.What is the level of difficulty for a dentist doing Oral Biology?
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  3. Kung Foo

    Kung Foo Mad Scientist... 7+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2002
    the edge of decay
    MS in oral biology as a dentist or as a non-dentist? Basically, this will only benifit you, career-wise, if you want to stay in academia or are interested in being active in research after you finish your clinical residency program, if you're talking about combining the two. If you're talking about just getting an MS in oral bio by itself, to then do ??? with, it might help you get a job as a lab tech somewhere, or to teach at a community college. An MS in anything science-related isn't especially useful unless you have a specific plan for it advancing your career, etc. If you're already a dentist, then it can help you get a job in academia, and potentially to be competitive for some research funding. I know a lot of residency programs push this option pretty hard b/c they then get funding and/or credit from the graduate school at their insititution for having graduate students.

    oh - sorry- just re-read your post - as long as you're comfotable talking about some biology topics more in-depth, you should be able to handle the coursework and requirements without trouble. Most of the people you're taking courses with will be dentists or students straight out of undergrad, so you should have an advantage with the background info you have from your dental coursework. The only real difference from dental school is that you have just a few topics to focus on, and you have to learn them in depth and understand them, in contrast to the whirlwind of dental school that occassionally seems more like a memorization contest. Good luck!

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