The other Dental student : Friend or Foe?

Are fellow d-students competitive?

  • Yeah, dschool is filled with backstabbers

    Votes: 7 17.1%
  • Yeah, but it's just friendly competition

    Votes: 23 56.1%
  • No, everyone is happy to be in

    Votes: 9 22.0%
  • No, why would i want to go to school longer

    Votes: 2 4.9%

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Feb 12, 2004
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    i still have 3 years till I apply, but i want to know. Once you are in dental school, are the fellow students nice and willing to help? or are they cut throat, step on your face to get ahead (ie sabotage the competition so they have a better chance at specializing)? i'm just curious and have no idea myself. let me know what youall think.
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    Mar 25, 2003
      Depends on where you go...or so I've seen from my interviews.

      In my opinion, UOP has a really tight network of students (maybe since many come from UOP undergrad, where I go now) that are willing to help each other.

      This maybe totally wrong, but I felt that UCSF and UCLA had less of a comradery (sp?) amongst it's student population, and that people were a little more competitive.

      UCLA and UCSF are known for their competition for placement into a specialty program whereas UOP's dental school is strong clinically but lacks on the academic/research side. This probably has a role in the competitiveness of the school, since students at UOP are probably more willing to help each other, since most are planning for just a GP or AEGD/GPR, while those at UCLA/UCSF are trying to get into post-grad programs such as Ortho, Endo, OS, Perio...

      Just my 2 cents.
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