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  1. that I would have no clue. However, I have met a few Aussie dentists who specialized in the states.. don't know any that specialized in Canada. One of my instructors (Periodontist) was telling me how he had interviewed at UofT for ortho. He's an Irish trained dentist (many years prior to the reciprocal agreement). I had 2 other instructors that specialized in the states with their Melbourne general degrees. One was a prosthodontist who trained in Kentucky, and the other was a periodontist who trained at NYU.
  2. https://www.cda-adc.ca/cdacweb/en/international_professionals/ In addition, the following general dentistry programs are also considered accredited: Effective March 30, 2010, general dentistry programs accredited by CDAC or the Australian Dental Council (ADC). Effective December 15, 2011, general dentistry programs accredited by CDAC or the Dental Council of New Zealand (DCNZ). Effective December 5, 2012, general dentistry programs accredited by CDAC or the Irish Dental Council. The whole point of the reciprocal agreement is so that the CDAC will recognize AU, NZ and IR general dental programs as accredited. it's not limited to Canada+US.
  3. Your opinion of Australia may change once you live there. I lived in Australia for 6 years (4 years for dental school, 2 years working as a dentist) and at first I thought I'd stay. I landed in Melbourne in January 2012, escaping a brutal Toronto winter. Met my now wife and made lots of good friends, many of whom I consider to be my closest friends. I ultimately decided to come back to Canada (Saskatchewan of all places) for several reasons. Lots can change in a few years.
  4. I work 9am-7pm 4 days a week, and 9-5 2 saturdays a month. So i only really get wednesday and saturday off. it's not the greatest, but the day off during the week allows my wife to go to work (she's also a dentist), and I get to spend time with my kid. the flexibility of your hours are dependant on the clinic.
  5. The significant number of individuals in dental school with this mentality made my experience very unenjoyable. I lived with a classmate for 2 years, and everyday they would come home and constantly brag about how perfect their preps were, how well they scored on their last practical exam, how they've already made contacts for a potential associateship after graduation. There was never a conversation that was not one sided.
  6. same. A significant portion of my appointment time is spent just chatting... i could be a lot more productive if I didn't talk, but I'm not sure a lot of these patients would come back.
  7. Sure... they can come here, but are patients willing to see them? I have come across many patients who refuse to see dentists trained in non-Western countries and people who have accents. I worked in a practice with a dentist from India. He's an excellent dentist, and I would have him treat me if need be. However, I came across a lot of patients in the system that would say "do not book with Dr. XYZ as per patient's request". Upon further investigations, patients had be complaining that they could not understand the dentist and could not develop a dentist-patient relationship. Most FTD's will cater to their own communities, which may never have been accessible to you in the first place.
  8. That's true. But currently, it does facilitate the entry of american dental corporations into the Canadian market (information from my friend who is a corporate lawyer in Toronto who is working out a deal with an American dental corporation that is setting up in BC and Ontario).
  9. in an ideal world, that's what the CDA should be doing... When I was working in Australia where there is no fee guides, corporate offices did offer lower rates (and yes, many patients chose to go to corporate clinics because of the lower rates).. not sure how that would work in Canada where there are fee guides. And also, if people actually cared about oral health, a lot more money would be pumped into prevention of oral diseases (vast majority of them are preventable). It costs the average person much less money per year to have 4 tooth brushes, 12 tubes of toothpaste and roll of floss than 1 filling. Let's face it, we'd be out of work if everybody brushed properly at least twice a day and flossed along with a sugarless and acid free diet. Edit: it's kinda like how the Raptors totally could have won last night and ended the series then and there. By prolonging the series, a lot more money is generated. Money makes the world go round.
  10. Corporate dentistry is why Canadian dental class sizes have increased. Corporate dentistry is why we have reciprocal agreements with the US, AUS, NZ, and Ireland. Corporate dentistry is why we have a pathway for foreign trained dentists to become licensed after challenging a set of exams. Corporate dentistry is why tuition has increased over the years, when salaries have not. The CDA is probably in bed with some of the big corporates. They're not likely to care... Not surprisingly, DentalCorp/Bupa-DentalCorp is also big in Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland...
  11. I'm sure that these numbers are doable, but after speaking to my financial advisor at RBC who deals with a lot of dentists in the GTA, the average is closer to 120-130K. If you had 0 debt, that would be very comfortable. If you've got 350-400K debt...that's a struggle.
  12. it'd be a hard comparison to make unless you actually go out and try other fields. You would only have a small idea of another profession after speaking people in the field. Also, quality of life and work/life balance can vary drastically between different associate positions as well.
  13. dental education is completely lacking on the business side... which does not make sense. Glad to have helped. Like the people in this thread, I was in their position 8 years ago. Finished undergrad, applied to Australia for dental school and got in. I thought my life was set... 4 years out of dental school, and my life is far from what I expected it to be. It's important to have an idea of how things will be after dental school.
  14. And let's not forget the big banks that shell out these massive lines of credits to dental students. Just wait until you're a dentist - the banks will throw even more loans at you. Just their way of making you spend and pay interest. I have the same mind set as you. I worked in rural australia for 1.5 years. I worked 1.5 hours outside of toronto for about a year. And now i'm in Saskatchewan. Go where you are needed. You've pointed out the pros and cons of corporations, but from personal experience, it's just been bad. Mostly because they have a lot of non-dentists working for them, analyzing which procedures are most profitable over time. Australia has many different corporate clinics. I've heard that some give the dentist a lot of autonomy, so it runs like a regular private practice. The one I was at was like a factory. One good thing about the place I worked at was there was regular audits, to ensure that we all saw xrays the same way and that we treatment planned the same way... but it was a very high stress environment. I'd be okay with corporates if there was the following: no quotas or pressure to treat/produce autonomy renumeration that is standard for the industry they stopped influencing institutions to pump out more dentists - (Dental students get screwed over with debt, and patients don't really benefit)
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