NBDE: Pass/Fail GRE NBME “Specialty” Test
Typically 1-4 weeks Direct patient care vs. Observation OMS: essentially required, optional for other specialties Consider geography
What are programs looking for? Letters of recommendation Personal statement Making your CV Personal Potential Index (PPI) Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) Choosing where to apply Interviews
MYTH #1: Interviews are always one-on-one. REALITY: Group or “panel” style is common.
MYTH #2: The interview stops once you leave the room. REALITY: You’re being interviewed until you match.
MYTH #3: Only faculty will interview you. REALITY: Residents, staff, etc. are all important. (see myth #2)
MYTH #4: This won’t be like dental school interviews. Questions will all be substantive. REALITY: Be ready for anything!
MYTH #5: The interviewer asks all the questions. REALITY: You’d better have some questions ready too!
Common Questions: Why OMS/orthodontics/endodontics? Where else are you applying? Why our program? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What is your greatest weakness? What is your greatest strength? Do you have any questions for me?
REMEMBER… Your goal: be their #1 rank “I really want to go to your program”