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Offer from Non-Match Dental School: Do I have to withdraw from Match?

Discussion in 'Dental Residents and Practicing Dentists' started by Bone_Thugs420, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Bone_Thugs420


    Sep 19, 2014
    Hi Guys,

    My question relates specifically to the 2014-2015 ortho programs cycle, and I haven't seen this addressed here yet.

    *IF* I received an offer for an orthodontics residency spot at a non-match school very early in the cycle, but I still have somewhere like ten other schools lined up to interview with, does accepting the offer from that early school mean I would have to withdraw from match an not go check out those other programs?

    I have heard both sides, but I'm not sure what you are/are not, forced to do in that situation.

    Obviously I would like to accept that early offer, and still be able to go and interview at any subsequent programs that I am interested in. Then drop the deposit or whatever if one of those subsequent schools seemed way better.

    I know, I know, I'm a selfish jerk. et cetera, et cetera. We can skip that part.

    But for reals guys, what's the 411?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
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  3. Bone_Thugs420


    Sep 19, 2014
    Bumping my thread a bit ladies and Gents.

    I really need to know the answer to this question, because..... let's just say a "friend" of mine is in this very position.

    At this point I would even accept pure speculation or conjecture. You don't actually have to know the answer to reply.
  4. cbizzle7994

    cbizzle7994 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Speculation only here, but I'm betting you have to either commit to this one and forget about the other MATCH programs, or roll the dice and say no to this offer to see if you match somewhere you like better. I know if it was me I would take the offer and run. Ortho is competitive and I think you'd regret more not matching at all than going somewhere that may not be your top choice.
  5. OutRun

    OutRun 2+ Year Member

    May 15, 2013
    Usually the pre-match offer comes with a stipulation to withdraw from the Match per the program. The PD will usually ask for confirmation of this either via printout of the Match withdrawal, email confirmation, etc.

    It sounds like you want to keep your options open. I would pass on the pre-match offer if you feel strong enough.
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  6. kfzofa


    Sep 4, 2014
    Take the non-match offer. It's guaranteed, the others aren't. Why gamble?
  7. kidsaremypassion

    kidsaremypassion Dentist 2+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2014
    Personally, if its a good program that teaches the full scope of what is required to be a competent orthodontist, I'd take it. Match seems like such an elusive process that we have to trust in, for the sake of achieving our dreams, but if a program likes you that much, why risk it?
  8. Bone_Thugs420


    Sep 19, 2014
    Thanks for the musings guys. You've certainly given me a lot to think about.

    Don't worry, it's nothing that 6...or possibly 7 beers won't fix!

    (on a sunday evening)

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