Jul 17, 2009
Hey guys,

I am new to this whole thing. Please bare with me. I have a few questions about specializing.

Could you give me a break down of what kind of scores TYPICALLY will get you into what kind of specialty (ortho, endo, etc.)

Is it just NBDE 1 scores that are looked at or is part 2 considered as well?

Also, is specializing dependent on just NBDE? I know grades matter, but if you have a B average could you specialize in anything? How much importance is placed on grades is what I'm asking.

Please respond to this seriously. I just want some basic information. I know some people will try to be sarcastic, but please refrain from doing that.


Toothy grin
15+ Year Member
Dec 9, 2003
San Antonio
Typically you need high board scores - the very general rule is 90+ for the competitive programs, less so if you want to go into public health.

I believe part 1 is the only one they care about, but I'm not positive on that.

You can specialize with a B average -- but you'll need to make it up in other ways. This might even mean doing something else after you graduate to develop experience/demonstrate your dedication. That said, I've heard of people with 3.0's getting into OS. Grades and board scores are huge.

Do a search. There are some great discussions on here with hundreds of posts that will answer questions you didn't even know you had. Good luck!