Maryland Dental School
Q: Hello, I am a college senior that has finished applying to dental school
and have received offers from B.U. and Temple, is waiting on U of Penn.
and has been waitlisted from my state school of U. of Md. I have
obviously done some research into all of these schools and I have come to
some conclusions which I was wondering if someone could validate.
Temple appears to be a very good school with a large patient supply
(being in north Philadelphia) with very nice and new facilities. Overall
a good school clinically.
U of Boston also seems to be excellent clinically with their APEX program
(a program where you do internships with practicing dentists) however I
have heard that being in Boston with a total of 3 dental schools in the
area, it can be difficult sometimes for students to see enough
patients)and the school is very expensive.
If I do get into Md, (I am waitlisted right now) it would be really cheap
and they seem to have, like Boston and Temple, a strong clincal program,
U of Penn seems to be one of the top schools in terms of dentists who
ultimately specialize, but is also expensive.
Does anyone have any thoughts on any of these schools, positive or
A:No kidding. Do you know anything about Temple? I was actually thinking of them over BU because it was cheaper. The cheaper the better unless there is a big difference in quality of education. I don't think there is a big difference between the schools you've named except for Md and that is because I don't really know anything about Maryland. I have a daughter in high school or wants to follow in dad's footsteps so I watch these discussions pretty carefully. i agree w/ dr. ruff. i earned a dmd from florida, did ortho at penn & a gpr in between. i have been exposed to a great number of people from a varity of programs. the dentist you become is completely up to you. what you learn in dental school is such a small part of your dental education that it dosn't matter where you spend your first four years. i know some excellent dentists who trained in third world contries. go where you can enjoy living for the next four years and save money. all those loans have to be paid back. in the real world that is more important than where your degree comes from. dentistry is a great profession, love what you do & love your patients and you will be successful no matter where you attend dental school. Have taught at part time Penn and Temple, graduated from Maryland. All good schools, but like everything elso it is what you put into your education not so much where you go that counts. I agree with Charles, go the least expensive. We have general practice dental interns locally with a school debt of over $100,000. With such a large note, it may limit your options once you finish school.
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