So I did a search on this and found some good info, but I didn't find a direct answer. When interviewing at dental schools I found two major schools of thought with regard to the presence of residency programs at the schools. The schools without residencies claimed that their dental students get a more extensive clinical experience since the hard cases aren't referred to the residents. When I asked the schools with specialty programs about this, they told me that it is a benefit to have residents because you have that many more people to learn from. They said I shouldn't buy too much into it and that I would get the same clinical experience at their schools. I asked a dentist about this and he told me that at schools without residency programs the harder cases will simply be referred outside of the school. When I asked a school without residencies about this, they said that they weren't aware of this needing to happen. I realize that at no dental school will a student recieve a case that he/she is uncapable of handling. But what do you guys think? Is there an advantage to having or not having specialty programs at your respective dental schools?