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Which Specialty ?

Discussion in 'Dental Residents and Practicing Dentists' started by kingenamel, May 20, 2014.

  1. kingenamel

    kingenamel 2+ Year Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    For those of you who decided not to go the GP route and become a specialist, how did you choose your speciality? When did you decide that you wanted to pursue that specialty (before or during dental school)? As of now I am pretty open and I wanted to get an idea of how and when other dental students decided.

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  3. sgv

    sgv ...crumbling 2+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    what do i think i would most want to do for free, if i had to, while enjoy doing it...also what is the most interesting and challenging specialty ----> OMFS

    i honestly should've gone to the nice pricey schools that would have made it easier for me specialize in OMFS...i'd pay over a hundred grand just to give me the highest chance to do what I want to do...
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  4. Mackchops

    Mackchops Lover Man 10+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2003
    San Antonio
    ditto to above - I love pros so I chose to specialize in pros. No brainer.
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  5. Contach

    Contach 7+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2008
    I shadowed a lot in 2nd and 3rd year of dental school.. at the specialty clinics.. Meet one or two residents that you get along with and they are happy to have you around. From there you meet attendings. I shadowed some attendings' practices. Started with perio clinic, went to endo, and private endo office, then ortho and private ortho office, then oral medicine office, and finally omfs. I went to all the specialty club meetings (before I had narrowed it down), and read on SDN and dentaltown. I asked residents for their opinions, and talked to some faculty... I regret not having known more about prosth... I only started meeting prosthodontists in my 4th year...

    I found it hard to imagine what I could see myself doing. But there were surely procedures I was more interested in talking about with residents or my friends... Ultimately, interest in the procedures, patient relationships/patient demographics, and job prospects came into play --> OMFS. I decided late in my 3rd year. Made applications rather difficult, but worth it because I like feeling everything out before jumping in.
    Last edited: May 23, 2014
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