Not sure if anyone else is in the same boat as me. As a Canadian dental student graduating in 2021, with the INBDE announced I opted not to take the NBDE part 1 after my 2nd year of dental school as I figured I could just get it over with in 1 section at the end of my 4th year with the INBDE (Yeah very foolish of me). Now I'm at the point where I'm thinking of applying to programs in the US and a lot of them mention the necessity for Part 1 to even apply, with no mention at all of the INBDE. Maybe I just had more faith that US dental schools would be more updated/current with the new boards, especially this year as the graduating class of 2021 is the first year where they can opt to take the INBDE instead of NBDE part 1/2. To complicate things I believe the testing centre requires permission to write board exams from your school and my school gives permission to write these exams at the end of 4th year (when the application period has been over for a while). I've already reached out to many US schools to ask but I've just been given the answer "Part 1 is required to apply", again with no mention of the INBDE. Anyone in the same situation or have any advice/guidance?
(Complicating matters is that many testing centres are closed because of COVID and theres very little seating capacity for ones open. Don't think taking Part 1 is an option at this point due to the timing of everything)