Friday, June 08, 2012

Dental Schools Like My Book


The University of Alabama School of Dentistry (UAB) just bought a bunch of my books.  I am pleased they find it of use.  If they think it is pretty good, perhaps you should get your copy:

Dental School: Preparation, Survival and Success- available on Amazon.

Here I am with Dean Reddy:



16 comments:

Dentist said...

I applied to offers that. Now i know dental school requires a year of bio, a year of chem, a year of organic and inorganic chem and etc, and my councler said i can take all this replacing my electives... dental school okay with that?

Dental

shanecastane said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Each school has specific requirements. Check their catalogue or online site for specifics. The key is to get the basic courses they require (and get good grades in them). The other electives are good, but not a requirement. A well balanced education will serve you well. I'd take as many business courses, writing speech, and the social sciences as possible in addition to the sciences. You will need those skills later on and won't get as much of that in dental school. What ever you do, finish your degree.

James Leer said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing with the world. I bet your book is an awesome guide for all the dentists out there. My cousin is looking to go into the dentistry field.

Peter Tande said...

Congratulations. This is quite the coup.

Eliza Winters said...

I would love to get a copy of that book. I would love to know more about going to dental school. I think that I would really love working as a pediatric dentist edina . Thanks for all of the great help!

Teeth Whitening Reviews said...

Congratulations! You've got some great knowledge over there. No one would dare take your books if the contents are useless.

Dr. Ted Herrmann said...

Congrats, Doc! I'll have to check out your book!

Jennifer Roundy said...

How do I get a copy of your book? I'm looking into going to dental school and have been reading dentist blogs and dentist lists to find the best one. What do you recommend?

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Click the photo of the little girl over there on the right side and it will go to the Amazon link.

sumita said...

Best wishes.. This is very marvelous guide.. Thanks for sharing this with us..

cooper cook said...

For real deja vu, my friend who's going to school to be a dentist and mentioned your book, and said that he's reading it for school, and that he really likes it. So way to go on the great book!

Stephen B said...

Hey doc,

theres no official way to private message you, but i was wondering if you can make a post about choosing a dental school.

I am currently in middle of the application process for the fall 2013 class. after receiving a few acceptances the hard decision comes.

i have the option of a private school (big $$$) or a state school (roughly $26000+ fees) both are regarded pretty highly.

I would like to specialize in the future but I do not know exactly in what.
does dental school name matter when it comes to being accepted into a specialty? (especially now that most schools are P/F and the step 1 are P/f as well)

I'm hearing a lot just go the cheaper way out but if one were to go to an IVY such as harvard columbia upenn etc do you think they have a better chance getting into a specialty (of course maintaing a good gpa)
some of these IVY tend to not have a great dental education - perhaps because they want you to specialize since it makes them look better...i'm at a loss here

any insight is appreciated.
thanks

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

I'll try and comment here when I can. Thanks.

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Ok, Steven,

I presume from your comment that you have applied and perhaps been accepted to several dental school programs. If so, I hope you were aware of each program's strengths and weaknesses. So, unlike many, you have the luxury of the choice. There are many doctors and academicians who have more insight and information than me, I am sure, so whatever I way is limited by my own knowledge and experience. As such though, I do keep in touch with schools and several programs, and have the added insight into specialty programs. I do cover some of this in My book

Schools like Harvard lean towards a more research oriented program, which is excellent if you are interested in research and or an acedemic career. Although most schools have a solid research component, some schools have an emphasis on producing practicing dentists. The costs of a dental education are out the roof and can have a detrimental impact on future practice situations and choices. School debt is a serious issue. Perhaps money is not an object for you, but, in general, I think there are many state schools that offer a better value for the money than the high tuition private schools.

In the dental world, IVY league does not hold the same connotation it may in other fields. Lists of top notch programs in dentistry are filled with schools from across the country.

As far as specialization, well, it's tough to get into a program no matter where you go, especially for those specialties in high demand/popularity. Again schools such as Harvard do carry some weight, but so do others. Your personal resume, grades, personality and for for the program are much more important. You may be the best applicant int he country, but you may not fit a particular school's program, objectives, or compatibility with other residents already in the program at the time. Bottom line is be in the top 20% of your dental school class as far as grades. See which specialty you are drawn towards once you actually take courses and see patients. I would suggest going the place where you can excel, have the most family and academic support and still be financially sound. If you love the school and can afford it, go there. If money is an issue, save you r money, invest it and use it later on for your residency program, opening a dental office, paying off student loans, or start a retirement account like a Roth IRA now. As I write that, I really want to emphasize the importance of saving early on for retirement.

dentists in Colombia said...

Your book is really good and I'm sure more students will buy and read your book.