Dental Grads Disappoint Dentists

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Dental school graduates disappoint dentistsDentists are split over their satisfaction with dental school graduates. While half are "satisfied" or "very satisfied," the other half of survey respondents say they are "seriously disappointed" or "mostly unimpressed."

That means, on average, dentists give new grads a C+.

Here’s how dentists feel about graduates of dental schools in their state:

  • Seriously disappointed: 22%
  • Mostly unimpressed: 28%
  • Satisfied: 33%
  • Very satisfied: 17%

And here are some comments from doctors about dental school graduates:

Graduation requirements are easier

  • "Clinical requirements for graduation have been decreasing significantly, and students now are not getting the same education and experience students did 10 years ago.  Most receive little to no dental implant education and little experience with dentures." (Ohio prosthodontist)

New grads don’t have the work ethic

  • "I feel that a lot of the graduates of dental school do not have the work ethic that my group has, and they expect to be making a six figure income straight out of school!!" (Alabama dentist)

New grads don’t know what the "old guys" do

  • "Too many don’t know how to do the procedures required once in practice.  With us old guys being their backup, they continue to work… but as we retire, the skills we teach them are lost to them. Well, they should have mastered these skills in dental school."

Some are happy with dental schools

  • "Texas has three fine dental school with state of the art equipment." (Texas dentist)

A losing financial situation for
dental school admissions

  • "While some dental schools have made great strides to stay current and relevant, many are stuck in the rut of teaching outdated techniques with old equipment and faculties, unwilling (or unable) to keep up with the way dentistry is practiced today. Some of the problems are due to how expensive it is to run a dental school, and the withdrawal of federal funding starting in the 1990s that led to the closing of many dental schools. I also think it is a shame that some state schools accept an inordinate number of international students over qualified in-state students, frankly because they can charge the former increased tuitions. I understand that financially, some state schools have been forced into those types of decisions, but it still is ultimately unfair to the residents of those states, who would have been accepted into other state schools (if they resided elsewhere), but can’t get into their own home state school."


Note: Survey sample included 22 respondents.

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