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Took this beast of an exam.

The exam is broken up into four parts. You get breaks in between each: Biomedical sciences, Critical thinking/ epidemiology, Dental Sciences, and Ethics+Miscellaneous. There are 200 questions in total, with the majority of the questions falling in the first and third sections. You get 1-1.5 minutes per question (depending on the section). I didn't find time to be an issue. Just don't get caught on up one question and spend 5 minutes staring at the screen (like I did, on one particularly twisty 'all of the following EXCEPT' question).

The clinical cases were decent-- the intraoral and pan radiographs and clinical photos were clear (although one photo was obviously mirrored incorrectly).

I kept a track of questions I was unsure of, and questions I had no clue for. Out of 200, I was unsure of 98, out of which I flat out guessed on 52.

How did I prepare? I didn't. I took the practice test last month, intending to hit the books. As with every exam I study for, I make a list of topics I predict will be on the exam and focus on what I predict to be high yield topics. Maybe it's cuz I just graduated and care less, maybe it's cuz I started working full-time, but I ended up not studying at all until last night, when I started browsing random wikipedia pages.

Am I glad I didn't prepare? Absolutely. Most of the questions that I flatly guessed on were nowhere on my list of topics to review. And the other quarter of questions I guessed on were on topics I vaguely remember learning once, some distant time ago. Or they asked about treatment priorities that I found subjective.

Basically, unless you're eager to re-memorize details way back from gross anatomy (not just head and neck!), biochemistry, and dental anatomy, just to answer an extra question or two, it's not worth your time. There was literally a question on the mechanism of a drug I've only heard of from seeing its television commercial. And no, I didn't pay enough attention back then to remember its mechanism. Another question tested a concept that I distinctly remember having learned in Chemistry AP, and not since then. Another question asked about a clinical recommendation that my perio prof told me recently is getting changed, so... I didn't know how to answer that question.

This being the pilot year, two residency directors told me they plan on looking at your ADAT scores after they send out acceptances, just to see how they chose. So, don't worry and everyone enjoy your summer!
 
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The ethics and practice management questions were stuff you can reason through. Not much to prepare for there.
 

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funniest breakdown ever lol thanks for the information though!
 
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I'm taking the ADAT tomorrow morning!! AHHHHHHH!

Thanks for the input. I haven't been looking forward to this as I graduated from dental school in 2010, so some of the biomedical stuff I've been revisiting was ~9 years old.
 

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I don't understand your question? What do you mean, be better?

He's trying to find a creative way to get you to be more specific on telling him about the actual questions on the exam, which is illegal lol
 
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He's trying to find a creative way to get you to be more specific on telling him about the actual questions on the exam, which is illegal lol

You are 100% wrong. Interested if the questions seemed relevant. If the material spoke to what is taught. I have my own reasons for asking and they have nothing to do with anything covert.
 

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I don't remember really learning anything substantive in dental school regarding ethics and practice management, so I would say not taught in school, but still information you should know slash can reason your way through.
 

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July ADAT scores just got released... I have mixed emotions.

The description doc says N = <200, but they reference July a few times in the doc. Not sure if they put they forgot to change only the month or the number of test takers as well.


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July ADAT scores just got released... I have mixed emotions.

The description doc says N = <200, but they reference July a few times in the doc. Not sure if they put they forgot to change only the month or the number of test takers as well.


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Just out of curiosity, why did you take the ADAT? MF?
 

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Just out of curiosity, why did you take the ADAT for? MF?
I'm applying to ortho for the dual specialty. I heard you get a bundle discount at 3 specialties so I'm almost there!! :p

I know of a couple pros residents applying for OMFS this year. They took the CBSE instead of the ADAT.
 
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I'm applying to ortho for the dual specialty. I heard you get a bundle discount at 3 specialties so I'm almost there!! :p

I know of a couple pros residents applying for OMFS this year. They took the CBSE instead of the ADAT.
I've heard of people specializing in pediatrics and orthodontics, but never prosthodontics and ortho. In what ways do these two specialties overlap? Or how will you benefit from the two business-wise?
 

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Perio ortho is another fairly common one (UPenn), as is Perio/Pros.

Ortho and pros don't tend to overlap too heavily in pediatric ortho aside from the obvious cleft lip/palate cases (nasoalveolar modeling, obturstors, etc). Additionally, specialist pediatric ortho has been on an accelerated decline for a while as digital workflows have developed. According to the AAO, 2015 was the first year that saw more pediatric ortho starts in general vs specialist practices.

The cases I'd be after are the 'unwanted' adult cases requiring full ortho + pros. Almost all of the full mouth cases in my residency would have benefited from some orthodontic repositioning ahead of their implants & fixed pros. A few went for it, but the rest were turned off by the multi-disciplinary relationship between pros and ortho. Interdisciplinary collaboration is still rare in ortho/perio/pros outside of places like the Seattle study club.

Simpler cases would involve extrusion for bone preservation ahead of implant placement, space recovery, etc.

As for the business side, the business plan we have been working on focuses on an interdisciplinary clinic of specialists for reconstructive and esthetic care. Similar to how most craniofacial or head and neck collaborations work.

So, in short... I was convinced to do it by a combination of Frank Spear and Craig Misch.


As for the OMFS/Pros - that's a whole prosthetically driven implant surgery discussion for another time.

Edit - I thought I should add this from a public health review to clarify:
Multidisciplinarity draws on knowledge from different disciplines but stays within their boundaries. Interdisciplinarity analyzes, synthesizes and harmonizes links between disciplines into a coordinated and coherent whole.
 
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I received this gift card from the ADA this morning. I thought it was a scam, but after looking into it I found it was legit.

So... One more bonus of the ADAT beyond being able to apply for a residency is you get a Starbucks gift card!

Makes it all worth it :p

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I received this gift card from the ADA this morning. I thought it was a scam, but after looking into it I found it was legit.

So... One more bonus of the ADAT beyond being able to apply for a residency is you get a Starbucks gift card!

Makes it all worth it :p

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How much to take the test though? haha
 
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