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I have been reading about 2nd year being very stressful for dental students. From what I understand, most schools have students taking the first part of the boards after the second year of school. so here are a couple questions:

- i know nova takes the first part after first year. what other schools do this?

- for those who have taken boards after first year - does it make 2nd year less stressful? also, did you feel prepared to take boards after one year? did your school give you sufficient time off to study?

thanks:thumbup:

(i couldnt find anything in the NBDE discussion threads)
 

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I have been reading about 2nd year being very stressful for dental students. From what I understand, most schools have students taking the first part of the boards after the second year of school. so here are a couple questions:

- i know nova takes the first part after first year. what other schools do this?

- for those who have taken boards after first year - does it make 2nd year less stressful? also, did you feel prepared to take boards after one year? did your school give you sufficient time off to study?

thanks:thumbup:

(i couldnt find anything in the NBDE discussion threads)
We take boards after first year at Maryland and almost all upperclassman agree that 1st year was definitely the most rigorous and it tapers off 2nd year.

To be completely honest, first year really hasn't been all that bad. Granted, I don't want to specialize so I rarely stress. Anyhow, I was pleased to hear that it only gets easier.

I'm very glad I chose to go to a school that takes boards after 1st year. A huge plus in my opinion.

jb!:)
 

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I have been reading about 2nd year being very stressful for dental students. From what I understand, most schools have students taking the first part of the boards after the second year of school. so here are a couple questions:

- i know nova takes the first part after first year. what other schools do this?

- for those who have taken boards after first year - does it make 2nd year less stressful? also, did you feel prepared to take boards after one year? did your school give you sufficient time off to study?

thanks:thumbup:

(i couldnt find anything in the NBDE discussion threads)

Meharry SOD took it after first year forever, but changed it for the current sophmore class to take it this summer. As I understand it, Meharry will be going back to taking it after freshman year again. I don't have a point of reference other than taking it after year 1, but I will say that I loved it that way. Everything else seems so much more bearable when you knock out NBDE I quickly.
 

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I haven't started school yet, but I do know that Colorado takes Part 1 after the 1st year.