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  1. That's true. Most of the people I knew in Mac biochem were very bright and hard working. If you feel like biochem provides an environment for which you can thrive, and if it's an area that interests you, then go for it. Sure you can pick up a lot more electives and "bird courses" in life sci, however, it's harder to put in the effort if you're studying something that is not interesting.
  2. What school do you go to? You are correct in the sense that at some schools, biochem is smaller, close knit and supportive. When I completed undergrad, many people from Biochem got into professional programs (med/dent/optom/pharmacy). Furthermore, it seemed like they were all friends. Take whatever program interests you, and that you think you will do well in. You can easily meet orgo and biochem requirements without being in biochem. The vast majority of people who take orgo are not even in a biochem program.
  3. DMD and DDS titles do not influence program structures or format of lectures. That is up to the individual schools.
  4. Thanks for starting this thread @uwo2008PG! Even though I have been practicing for 5 years now, I have found your answers interesting. In response to your last post, I wanted to share my experience as an Australian grad, and as someone who had Australian work experience as a dentist seeking employment in Canada. I have come across a couple of job postings that specifically asked for "Canadian Trained" dentists or "Canadian Experience", however my wife (also a dentist) and I were able to get multiple interviews, and job offers. This is also true for our classmates that returned to Canada following graduation. For the most part, people took my 2 years of Australian work experience at face value, which gave me an advantage over new graduates. My classmates and I agree that our training has prepared us well to manage Canadian patients and I think Australian graduates, for the most part, are starting gain a positive reputation in Canada .
  5. I think the reputation of the dental schools depends on who you ask and who that person has been exposed to. When I was looking for work in Sydney and New South Wales, so many of my interviewers straight up said "I offered you an interview because you didn't go to USyd". On the flip side, my classmates in and around Melbourne and Victoria had a hard time securing positions because Melbourne grads were seen as "not confident". I've worked with good and bad dentists from all around the world,. The reputation of your dental school does not matter after you start gaining work experience.
  6. Paying off debt will require 1. high income, 2. low expenses. To achieve 1. being flexible and working in under serviced areas after graduation is very rewarding. Having an accountant that will help minimise the amount of taxes you pay is also very important. To achieve 2. you basically have to continue living like a student for a few years after graduating. Sure everyone wants an improved life style after graduation, but don't go crazy. You don't need a BMW or a Mercedes the day that you graduate. Depending on the sort of risks you're willing to take, it can be worthwhile investing in things that grow at a higher rate than the interest on your loans (real estate/stocks), rather than dumping all your money into paying off your debts.
  7. to add to this, you can switch over once you start working as well. Just keep track of what each bank is offering, and which one of their plans best suit your changing needs.
  8. Best to call the banks up first. Let them know that you've gotten into dental school and would like to apply for a LOC, and they'll tell you what you need. I remember just walking into TD back in 2011, and they scheduled an appointment with an advisor, and they told me what to bring with me the following time. As working MD's and DDS/DMD's, my friends and I are all with RBC.
  9. Essentially, you'll have to apply for OSAP and a line of credit (LOC) from a bank. I know that RBC has LOCs for $350K for dental and medical students. I'm not sure how much OSAP will lend to you for attending a domestic dental school, but I would imagine it's more than what I got for going to an Australian dental school ($9200/ year from 2012-2015). As a practicing dentist, I find RBC offers the best service and products for health care professionals. I was initially with TD, but found them very unhelpful.
  10. New Zealand has been trying for years to have their dental school accredited by CODA as well: https://www.ada.org/~/media/CODA/Files/coda_minutes_summer_2014.pdf (page 32/36) https://www.ada.org/~/media/CODA/Files/coda_minutes_Feb2016.pdf (22/24) Wonder if they will consider pursuing CODA accreditation.
  11. Interesting. But all present documents seem to indicate otherwise.
  12. According to the CDAC, AU, NZ and IR general dental programs are considered. CDAC accredited. The reciprocal agreements are about accreditation: one country will accept a program as accredited if the other accredits it. That is why US, Aus, NZ, and Irish grads (limited by agreement start dates) are able to write the NDEB without having to enroll in further studies. I'm just using California as an example. Edit: I'm just seeing the word "accredited" a lot and could be misinterpreting it's meaning. I'm aware that it's the ADC that accredits programs in Aus.
  13. I've been looking into this further and came across this document from CODA. Page 18 of the document (labelled page 11) states the following: Many of us have been ignorant about this for nearly 10 years - the amount of time that the Aus-Can agreement has been in place. There is no mention of excluding programs outside of Canada. So it appears, CODA, via the reciprocal agreement with CDAC, recognizes General dental programs in Australia, NZ, and Ireland (limited to the agreement start dates). Looks like you just have to fulfill the requirements of the state that you want to work in. California for example: But of course, I'm going to contact CODA directly.
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