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which one to choose BUFFALO or NOVA or NYU ?????

Discussion in 'Dental' started by drnishpatel, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. drnishpatel

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    hey guys,

    i am excited and in a big confusing situation now :confused: ...... recently i got accepted at buffalo and NYU and i have a strong possibility with nova too....i would like to get inputs from my senior collegues in the matter of choosing between these schools ...... since all of them are a 3 year program( for international graduates) and barring NYU cost ateendance remains the same, which is not a great factor for me ......what i am unsure is about the kind of clinical training i will be able to get .....my main intention is to get best of clinical training irrespective of anything and a better scope to get into a speciality programs....

    i would request moderators , previous gradutes from respective colleges and every one else who has been through this decision making process to put in their valuable inputs here so it can be usefull to everyone else


    thank you and god bless you
     
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  3. Regmata

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    It is my understanding that UB offers one of the better clinical programs in the country...
     
  4. MrVagus

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    And one of the worst winter weather experiences on earth:cool: . If you care about warmth and sunshine head to Florida. Elsewhile go where you'll save a bundle...:D
     
  5. Regmata

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    The weather isn't altogether that bad in Buffalo. The snow certainly is not a big enough hassle to justify choosing a school with a less desireable clinical program than UB, just to skip a few Buffalo winters.
     
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    I agree. I came from the sunny state of Texas and was dread coming to Buffalo. However, the snow turned out to be ok. Not that bad. Everytime you hear the news (national news) about snowing in Buffalo, it actually south of buffalo that's snowing (30min south). Just stay close to the school and you'll be fine. You'll be so busy to have time to worry about the weather. Clinically, the school is very good. You have your own operatory (no sharing). Also, the class size is small 85 so you'll get more interaction with the teaching staffs. Cost of living here in Buffalo is pretty low too.

    As for NYU, the class size is in the 270 and you have to share a lot of things. Cost of tuition is almost double that of buffalo. Cost of living is very very high.

    As for NOVA, it's a very new school and I am not sure if they have establish their reputation as of yet. Florida weather is great, however, the state tends to be in the hurricane path couple times per year.
     
  7. Cymbidium

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    I shadowed at the Buffalo clinic for a year and it was always empty. Not sure if it was the schedule or the day and time I was there, but there were always very few patients in the clinic.
     
  8. Regmata

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    There are 3 floors of clinics...also some of the clinics have areas designated for the specialties and they only run on certain days. I would think that the area provides more than enough patients to support the clinic. Maybe you were just there on off days or at off times.
     
  9. MrVagus

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    The hurricane arguement I'll give to you. But get off the reputation bit. In the real world no one gives a hoot what dental school you attended. You could've gotten a dental degree in Timbuktu and it wouldnt matter so long as you are properly licensed to fill. In fact unless you're a specialist, most patients will judge you more by your feelings than your fillings anyways.

    As for the OP, go where you can envision yourself being most happy (if thats even possible for a dental student) and most successful over the next four years of your life and beyond... financial and personal considerations included
     
  10. gryffindor

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    Like regmata said, there is no shortage of chairs at Buffalo. Not all students are at the clinic at the same time to ensure that the clinic is not spilling over with people and the faculty have a balanced number of students on their lists to supervise. Every week there are some on rotations at the hospitals or other clinics doing things like pedo or oral surgery or radiology. You will get a lot of clinical training at Buffalo with a very manageable class size. You also get nice summer breaks when you can pursue research or clinical externships if you want to get extra clinical training in something or just do nothing and go on a long vacation. The weather sucks in the winter, but you'll be spending way too much time in Squire Hall during 2nd and 3rd years to really notice or care. The only advantage I give to NYU is that the location is sweet. Otherwise, I would recommend Buffalo for dental school.
     

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