Nice try BU faculty memberI still have no idea why SDN dumps on BU so much. Almost none of the rumors are true. Here is what I liked about BU: they give you 20 patients and schedule them for you...if you want more patients they will give them to you, you are certified in Invisalign when you graduate, the students and professors were all really nice and awesome, they teach through a private practice setting. They have a point system to fulfill requirements like a root canal is 50 points a cavity is 20 points( I just made those points up) I don't know if this system is that great but the students certainly got a lot of clinical experience. I don't know much about tufts besides I don't like some of the faculty there but it is a good school. But BU is a good school don't listen to all these idiot losers on this site.
What? Nobody HAS to pay for any of their patients treatment. I don't know anybody who does this (Only in my 3rd year though, yes BU). I suppose if you need some specific treatment to graduate and the patient is declining due to lack of funds it might be tempting to help them out, but I guess that is the case in any school. Faculty here openly says never to do that.There's been a lot of horror stories through the years about BU. Just search and read about them. I interviewed there last cycle, and a lot of the students confirmed the rumors as actually being true. Such as, having to pay for your patient's treatment when they can't foot the bill.
Subway is maybe a 10 minute walk from BU medical, plenty of buses stop right at it.It also doesn't help that BU is no where near public transportation.
This makes most patients go to the Tufts/Harvard clinics (the orange line is basically at the front door of Tufts). If you ever visit BU, you'll probably notice that there aren't many patients around.
As far as I know, no you cannot graduate without a single endo case. Some of my colleagues (3rd year) have already done a few.As a result, students have trouble getting requirements done. In some cases, you can graduate there without having done a single endo case, because the grad program snatches every one of them up because they're in such high demand.
Can't argue the money, it is expensive. Haven't notices any craziness though.So yeah, try to go somewhere cheaper and that has better clinics. Tufts isn't cheaper, but I think you're spared some of the craziness that goes on at BU. Either way, just know that both schools sell you an awfully pricey piece of paper.
What do you expect? It's just a bunch of uptight predents...rumors are bound to congregate at these places.Thank you macpredent for being the only rational sane person here and debunking all these stupid rumors. People look for sdn to learn truths and there are too many lies on here.
Every school you interview with will say that they have plenty of patients and it is never a problem. In reality it often isn't the quantity of patients that is the problem, but rather getting patients that need the procedures you are short on. I know students at many schools who are having issues getting the patients they need to graduate. This can be due to many factors such as the student not being vigilant enough about fighting for patients, faculty members not fighting for students in their assigned practice, and a small patient pool at the school. Patient population can vary quite a bit between schools, but most adjust their clinical requirements so that students can graduate. If you can figure out how many crowns, root canals, etc you need to graduate that is a good indicator of how much clinical experience you will get while in school.if you want more patients they will give them to you
...along with the students and professors at every other school I interviewed at. Since starting school at Tufts there are people I have been even more impressed with and a few I really don't care for. Unless you got a really bad vibe at the interviews I'm not sure this should be a huge decision point.the students and professors were all really nice and awesome
If by private practice you mean students are organized into group practices with a faculty overseeing them and efforts are made to keep the patients within the same practice I think every school does it this way.they teach through a private practice setting
...along with almost every other dental school in the country. It is now trendy to say that your school is considering moving away from a point system to a patient centered system where each student just has to treat their assigned patients to graduate. I have mixed feelings about this.They have a point system to fulfill requirements like a root canal is 50 points a cavity is 20 points....