I don't know where to begin, I got a letter of rejection from Rochester yesterday. I am in complete disbelief. I have now been rejected from U Penn, U Colorado, NYU,Columbia,Indiana Perio,Chicargo and now Rochester. I know my stats are less then par, but overall, I am well equipped to do any program. I have an 81 on part 1. I am taking part 2 in may. I have been dental assisting for THREE YEARS, I am an American who went to a Spanish dental university and without speaking the language I did dentistry all in Spanish. I have a 2.7 GPA (not bad for doing it in a language I never spoke) and ECE destroyed it to a 2.4, WES=2.7. I know what your saying, take part 1 over, and I am sorry, against better Judgment NO WAY JOSE, I have a learning disability that I fight everyday and want no pity, but taking that test again, after it took me two times to get the 81 and go from a 64 to an 81 I am sorry but no thank you. I am not a good standardize test taker. So I push forward to part 2. I still am waiting for SUNY Buffalo, Nova and most important to me, aside from Rochester, is the three year Prosth program at BU.
Now if you were in my shoes what to do? Well, here it is take part two. If you don't find yourself in a program the year that you want, go to NYU and pay the 72,000 (which you must prove you can pay first before you can get in) and do a year of whatever specialty you want. I would suggest General Dental or Prosthodontics. The reason, well when I have part 1 and part 2 providing they are over 80s and a year of a dental practice program, who is going to say no. I feel this is why Rochester denied me because the one thing I remembered from the interview that left a bad taste in my mouth was when they asked me what have you been doing for the last two years. I told them the truth that I am taking all the boards and dental Assisting. They were not impressed with this, I feel they want Doctors who have practiced dentistry. So the hole myth about dental Assisting is secondary to doing a program like NYU dental certificate program for Foreign Dentist. So I feel that part 1 and part2 with over and 80 and at least one year of a working program where you take care of patients and do treatment plans is the only way in aside from having a part 1 score of 90 or better. I would hate to think my own country is age discriminating because I am 35. but this is the crazy way you think after two years have past and you are still fighting to get in to any type of program.
This is all to much for me to handle, but I remain vigilant and determined. I will die trying I tell you, this is my country and this is the only place I have or want to practice.I LOVE DENTISTRY AND WOULD WANT TO DO NOTHING ELSE! I will not give up because I have what it takes, no one is going to tell me that for a person like me to go to another country and study Dentistry in another language, a person who went up 17 points on his boards does not have what it takes. I remain faithful that my God will provide and that everything happens for a reason and the greatness that am going to accomplish in the future is being laid in the rough foundation of this path I am on today. I tell all of you who are in my position DON'T GIVE UP keep moving forward, roll with the punches, Don't pay any mind to the American system of Dental education because you cant even begin to understand the way they do what they do. I am living proof of this. Do everything you can to get in pass all the exams, explore or do all the alternatives and work hard just like me. VIVA LE REVOLUCION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL . I HAVE COMPLETELY LOST IT. JUST KIDDING STAY STRONG EVERYONE ESPECIALLY THOSE IN MY POSITION.