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Will covid reduce specialty applicant pool?

Will there be more or less residency applicants this year due to Covid-19 (not including GPR/AEGD)?

  • Way More

    Votes: 41 30.1%
  • More

    Votes: 51 37.5%
  • Same

    Votes: 31 22.8%
  • Less

    Votes: 10 7.4%
  • Way Less

    Votes: 3 2.2%

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I'm not even suprised, I wonder how D4s not graduating on time will affect things too

Most schools have already let their class of 2020 graduate (except for a small number of people who still need to finish a requirement here and there). It is still too soon to tell for sure what will happen to class of 2021, but they are likely to graduate on time too.
 
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I would have thought that there would be about the same number of applicants...
1. There may be a lot of good opportunities for dental practices for purchases in the coming months
2. The Covid impact didn't realize until April, and the PASS application system opened 6 weeks later. That's a short timeline to get an application together. I think that specialty residencies are getting more and more applications every year. Last year a few programs told me they had a record number of applicants. I could see that residencies with later deadlines than endo may have more applicants.
3. Covid has caused some uncertainty for people and may steer them away from investing more time and money into dentistry.
 

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I think OMFS would not really draw new interest due to covid. That specialty would require the most preparation for the application cycle (externships, lors, cbse). Usually it is something you decided well before the application cycle. With the current issues on testing for the NBME this fall and ability to extern, it may even affect current applicants.
 
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I think OMFS would not really draw new interest due to covid. That specialty would require the most preparation for the application cycle (externships, lors, cbse). Usually it is something you decided well before the application cycle. With the current issues on testing for the NBME this fall and ability to extern, it may even affect current applicants.

Mmm, I was thinking more for future application cycles (class of 2022 and beyond). For them, I could see OMFS having increased interest.
 

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I think OMFS would not really draw new interest due to covid. That specialty would require the most preparation for the application cycle (externships, lors, cbse). Usually it is something you decided well before the application cycle. With the current issues on testing for the NBME this fall and ability to extern, it may even affect current applicants.

My guess is that endo and perio will see the biggest surge as a percentage of applicants followed by pedo. I think you’re right in that OMFS takes more long term prep to apply to than the other specialities given the additional examination requirements so their influx should not be affected by COVID as much as the other specialties.
 

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Mmm, I was thinking more for future application cycles (class of 2022 and beyond). For them, I could see OMFS having increased interest.
Four words - Comprehensive Basic Science Examination.

I don't know many working dentists that would want to slave away studying for that thing years removed from school. Tack on a mandatory internship, I don't see COVID causing more OMFS applicants.
 

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I spoke with someone at one institution, they have received 140 applicants this cycle. They normally receive around 35-40.
now I've never been strong in math, but that's a 350% increase. wow. I have to imagine this is an outlier although I do think application numbers will be up across the board for Ortho/Pedo/Endo/Perio/AEGD/GPR/Dental Anesthesia, Implant fellowships and others.

I agree with others that any increase in OMFS application numbers was an increase that was going to happen with or w/o coronavirus.
 

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Sorry, I can't give that info. I spoke to a resident at another today, and was told they have received almost 200 applications.
It’s all public information. It will be published at the end of the cycle.

Table 7 under advanced dental education. Every year the school reports how many applicants they get. It’s no secret. Y’all can probably deduce which schools based on previous app #’s.
 
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It’s all public information. It will be published at the end of the cycle.

Table 7 under advanced dental education. Every year the school reports how many applicants they get. It’s no secret. Y’all can probably deduce which schools based on previous app #’s.

Wasn't trying to be secretive, just was asked by the faculty to not mention the program. The point was it appears there are more applicants this year, at least at this particular program.
 

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It’s all public information. It will be published at the end of the cycle.

Table 7 under advanced dental education. Every year the school reports how many applicants they get. It’s no secret. Y’all can probably deduce which schools based on previous app #’s.
Dandy tables. A GPR program that I'm interested in has 8 applicants for 8 spots in 2019-2020. Well, who knows how this year will be.
 
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