Hello all, I would like to get opinions from the crowd here. I am a D2, having done very little clinical work yet, just getting my feet wet. I came into dental school thinking I would just do 4 years and then out, then get to work, as I was 28 years old when I started D-school and I have a family. I have done well in school (better than I expected), and find myself in the top 5-10% of my class with a 91 on Part I. I have begun thinking that I might want to specialize, but I don't really have a solid opinion in what area; I really want to see what interests me the most as I spend more time in patient care. My primary interests at this point seem to be Pedo and Ortho. Everything I read on SDN makes me think that I should have a good shot getting into a pedo program somewhere, but ortho is very questionable. The question I have is, what opinions do you have about my chances at getting into ortho on the first try, if I decided to go that route? Just curious, as trying to get into a specialty 2 or 3 times doesn't appeal to me that much, given that I am older and need to start bringing in a paycheck. Also, I am involved in research, I am in student government, I have a masters degree, and I have 6 years of experience in direct patient care in another health care field prior to D-school if that matters. Thanks!!!!!