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    Roula is offline Newbie 511 points
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    So I graduate from dental school...then what?

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    Hello everyone
    I am currently a fourth year dentistry student in Damascus, Syria. With a year and a half left till graduation, I've started to seriously explore my options for postgraduate specialization but I'm a bit lost. I have my sights set on specializing in Europe, preferably in orthodontics (but I'll take what I can get - the medical field is so expensive and there are so many regulations that it seems hard to pick and choose). I know this would require me to learn a foreign language. I am considering learning German, so my question is, is it worth it to start learning the language now? Are my chances of getting a residency spot in Germany, Austria, etc. high enough? Or would France be a better option? I am a US citizen, which I suppose would help. Of course, learning a language is never any harm but I'm sure you all know how hard it is to squeeze things in with our heavy workload at school and I wouldn't want to end up learning a language only to find I should have learned. A different one!

    Any information or suggestions regarding specialization in Germany, France or any other countries would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roula View Post
    Hello everyone
    I am currently a fourth year dentistry student in Damascus, Syria. With a year and a half left till graduation, I've started to seriously explore my options for postgraduate specialization but I'm a bit lost. I have my sights set on specializing in Europe, preferably in orthodontics (but I'll take what I can get - the medical field is so expensive and there are so many regulations that it seems hard to pick and choose). I know this would require me to learn a foreign language. I am considering learning German, so my question is, is it worth it to start learning the language now? Are my chances of getting a residency spot in Germany, Austria, etc. high enough? I am a US citizen, which I suppose would help. Of course, learning a language is never any harm but I'm sure you all know how hard it is to squeeze things in with our heavy workload at school.

    Any information or suggestions regarding specialization in Germany or any other countries would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
    My in-law, is a US graduate but went on to become an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon and loved it! In addition, he got another two year school for anesthesiologist. Does anyone know if that additional scope allows a Dental Surgeon to provide anesthesia not only for dental patients but General Medical Surgeons as well? My guess is he worked with Head and Neck surgeons and Plastic surgeons and would also perform the role of anesthesiologist. The fact is, dentists discovered the field of anesthesia! What are the steps for a Foreign trained dentist to become licensed in the USA? Just curious!
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    Roula is offline Newbie 511 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by leadsled View Post
    My in-law, is a US graduate but went on to become an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon and loved it! In addition, he got another two year school for anesthesiologist. Does anyone know if that additional scope allows a Dental Surgeon to provide anesthesia not only for dental patients but General Medical Surgeons as well? My guess is he worked with Head and Neck surgeons and Plastic surgeons and would also perform the role of anesthesiologist. The fact is, dentists discovered the field of anesthesia! What are the steps for a Foreign trained dentist to become licensed in the USA? Just curious!
    My Anaesthesia and Extraction professor always says the same :-)
    You can find a step-by-step guide for foreign dentists to work in the US at this website foreigntraineddentists.net

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