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Possibility of Ortho specializing with a B?

Discussion in 'Dental Residents and Practicing Dentists' started by whatisit350, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. whatisit350

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    D1 here, and it looks like I'm going to get a B in a 3 hr credit course. How badly will this affect my chances of specialing in Ortho? I know there are other factors like, letters of recommendations, ADAT score, possibly rank(??), and the interview. Thanks for any advice.
     
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  3. AVB2104

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    Bro calm down
     
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    Sir, you are putting the cart wayyyy before the horse; embrace that B and move on with your life.
     
  5. whatisit350

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    hahaha ok man. I hear both you and @LookOut18. I was just a little worried since I was talking with a pediatric resident here, and he said "you should really be aiming for A's, not B's". Didnt know how badly one of those B's would hurt my chances. But yea, I hear yall. Guess I'll just keep doing what I can, and see how things play out.
     
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    Also, I'd say the actual letter grade doesn't matter as much as your class ranking (due to grade inflation/deflation at some schools). If you get a B but are still ranked in the top 10, then it really doesn't matter that you got a B.
     
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    So every ortho out there has a 4.0 huh?
     
  8. studentdent00

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    ortho ain't what it used to be both income potential wise and subsequently applicant stats wise...you still need to be in top half and have a min of 3.0 GPA but as long as you have strong research experience you should get in somewhere. heck i've even seen someone in the middle of class get into a top ortho residency just recently, but the person had a significant research experience and even publications. I'd even go further and say that specializing in general (at least right after DS and no GPRs/AEGDs don't count lol) has lost its glow these days due to a heavy student loan burden such that you don't need a traditionally high class rank to be a specialist anymore.

    Also class rank doesn't really mean anything during D1 year. Post D2 class rank is what really matters since D3 is mostly clinical courses in which most people do well anyway.
     
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    Can I PM you?
     
  10. Warren E. Namel

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    No way man. A B?? You're toast.
     
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    don't worry, aim for A's, try to always keep it around there. If you end up with a 3.5 and in the top quarter of your class rank, you're fine. It's subjective, and each case is different. Just don't let one B get in the way of your sanity, bro, just chill lol.
     

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