I recently had the opportunity to speak with the dean of Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry. She attentded North Carolina for her dental education. I wrote her a note a couple of days ago to tell her I have interviews at Columbia and Boston U, and she told me to set my sights high, because the best quality of education can be seen at San Antonio, Michigan, North Carolina or San Franciso, after OHSU. What do you think determines the best quality of education? Clinical hours is a must, but how can you tell which school has the best professors and best prepares you for a real practice? Wouldn't you think that public Universities might have less money to spend on hiring profs and improving facilities than private ones?? I mean, she obviously knows all of the other dental school deans and the other schools cirriculums, so I trust her opinion of which schools have the highest quality of education (although she may be a little biased towards OHSU).