Report Here To Answer Any Questions On Omfs Residency Applications To The Usa in Dental Student General Discussions Posted October 17, 2017 Questions from private messages that I'm just getting around to now. Apologies for the delay. "...what extracirriculars would you suggest I get invloved with while in dental school consisidering how busy things can get?" I touched on this earileir in the thread but I'll re-itterate it here. I did not have very many ECs and, to be honest, nether did the majority of the people in my class that applied to OMFS. ECs tend to be, based on what I hear, more critical for ortho, endo, peds etc. With OMFS, to get that first step in the door (interview) it really is a numbers game. ECs definitly can come in handy during the interview, but they wont really be a game changer. I just had the typical dental school stuff. I'd suggest at the very minimum to get invloved with your instituion's OMFS interst club as that will also help come application time. Dont get too caught up in the ECs just because all the people around you are scrambling to pat their CV. CBSE/GPA/Rank are supreme. "I took [the CBSE] for the first time and scored a 62. Should I retake?...I really dont want to since I hear people match with high 50s/low60s all the time" Take it again. Probably sucks to hear that but while a 62 is actually decent for a first attempt, its not where you want to be for appications. You have nothing to loose by taking it again (other than free time). When looking at your appication ask yourself how you can imporve it. Things like GPA and Rank are likely set in stone at this stage but your CBSE is where you control things. At the very minimum, I'd aim for a 70. Good luck. "Scored a 70. Would you suggest I retake it?" Difficult one to answer to be honest. If you have the time and energy to, I'm inclinced to say yes, but a 70 is a very respectable score. It really comes down to how satisfied you are with that number and how that number looks as a part of your whole application. I know poeple that decided to retake after scorring a 70 and others that didnt. Your call. "How much input to current residents have during interviews?" This is something that is very program dependant. Based on what i know at some porgrams the descions on who to invite is made by attendings and then rising cheifs can create their own rank list that will be taken into consideration when the overal rank list can be make. Somtimes rising cheifs can blackball applicants for whatever reason. They may even ask first year residents for opinions on externs that they are considering on inviting for an interiew and/or ranking. Again, it goes without saying that one should always play is safe and interact with all residents (regardless of year), as if they have a say.