On your first part, no office is going to accept a new patient for a prophy only. An FMX and new patient exam is standard. Around here a new patient exam, FMX, and prophy run $250-$300 and takes 90 min to 2 hours. Though it is time consuming, the patient is getting a good deal. Also, all schools split up new patient exams into multiple visits. But I hear ya about trying to find quality patients. Great source: restaurant employees. They work at night and generally don't have insurance.I think Maygyver was being sarcastic.
To answer your question, there are many reasons why Tufts has so many patients and BU has so few. The two most important are:
1. It takes a rediculously long time to accomplish any treatment at BU. So your patient just wants a cleaning...First appointment take a FMX of 19 films regardless of caries risk or restorative needs. Second appointment, data collection, impressions, facebow, and caries risk assessment. Third appointment, diagnostic clinic and treatment plan. On the fourth appointment your patient can finally get his cleaning. You can't skip or omit any steps. So, that's 10 hours in the chair, 4 separate visits, miss work on 4 days, 19 x-rays to your head, so you can pay $100 to open a chart and $60 for the cleaning, all just to get a basic cleaning that normally takes 1 visit of 40 minutes duration, zero x-rays, at a fraction of the cost.
2. Location, Location, Location. Tufts is located in downtown, in the middle of busy chinatown, where tons of patients live within walking distance of the school. There is lots to do in the surrounding area, and it gets a lot of foot traffic. Plus, that area of Boston is the most accessible and easiest to travel to, because it literally is the hub for public transportation, where all the subway lines and silver line converge. Compared to BU, which is in a very dangerous neighborhood, limited public transportation, the nearest train station is a mile away, and very little but expensive parking.
3. Price. Take into consideration how stupidly high our fee schedule is, and that a student is providing the treatment, people have little reason to go to BU for treatment.
Not much of the general public actually comes to BU. Most of the new patients that I saw were students from the greater BU campus (the school offers a Student Dental Plan), and MassHealth patients.
On your first part, no office is going to accept a new patient for a prophy only.
Hmmm... This is making me think, *if* I get interview invites from both schools I'll only take Tufts. Unless the interviews are the same week. Flights from Seattle to Boston are not cheap.
Hey! My friend is taking the DAT this Friday too! Long dark hair, glasses, eastern European accent. Tell her SeattleRDH says hi.I hear you there... I'm an hour north of Seattle, and most of the schools i am applying to are in the east coast
If I get an interview at BU, I will still take it though... I dont want to risk getting into no school at all. Of course this is contingent on how well I do on my DAT this Friday
Hey! My friend is taking the DAT this Friday too! Long dark hair, glasses, eastern European accent. Tell her SeattleRDH says hi.