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McMarauder last won the day on November 13 2015

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  1. McMarauder

    The slow decay of dentistry

    In theory I agree.. but the countless number of UK dentists that I have met and worked with in Australia have indicated to me that being an NHS dentist was much more difficult than being a dentist in private practice in Australia (which is essentially the same as it is in Canada). Their main complaints were being limited to specific treatment options they could offer, short appointment times, and being overbooked/overworked.
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    Perfect examples of other ways of making over 6 figures. My parents didn't even finish high school or have a proficient grasp of the English language but managed to make over 6 figures a year running their own restaurant. But that involved long working 16 hour days, everyday of the week. This was the late 90s to mid 2000s. Good money, really shit lifestyle.
  3. McMarauder

    The slow decay of dentistry

    the same can be said about opening a new practice. you're not guaranteed any income for quite some time. With that thought process, you're better off working at mcdonalds with your DDS/DMD - but you're not going to do that because you're betting off trying to build up your patient base and hope in the long run that your earning potential will be 10X more or higher. Doing dentistry isn't a short term investment. Edit: nothing wrong with working at mcdonald's. After dealing with difficult patients, I sometimes wish I was working in fastfood again.
  4. McMarauder

    The slow decay of dentistry

    Feels fine. just have to prioritize your budgeting. I didn't even make 100K in my first year as I was on a fixed salary in Australia and only paid the interest on my LOC and minimum on my Ontario loans. Finally put a big dent on my debt at the end of my second year working on commission. Now that I'm back in Canada in a smaller city with lower cost of living, debt repayment has become even easier. I'm simultaneously supporting my elderly parents, my daughter and wife who is on maternity leave. I usually put in 3-5K/month, depending on billings. Once my wife, who is also a dentist, goes back to work, our cash flow will be even better. Everyone's situation is different. Just because there's a huge debt doesn't mean it's not manageable or that I have to live in substandard lifestyle.
  5. I am assuming that they mean shadowing a dentist. Showing that you have shadowed a dentist gives some sort of indication that you are interested and aware of what a dentist does. Even if it wasn't required for dental applications, I strongly recommend shadowing. You may not know what is going on 100% of the time, but you will have a better idea as to whether this career is right for you.
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    Sydney DMD vs. Melbourne DDS for 2019

    there was job postings that said "Canadian grads only". but generally, I didin't have any trouble getting interviews and getting hired. In fact, some practices who have hired Australian grads in the past were happy to take me on after having a positive experience with them. Some even preferred US/Aus grads over local grads. Me and graduates from Australia/US working in Canada can echo what z3u2 has said regarding our learning experiences abroad. In the long run, I doubt that this matters.
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    Sydney DMD vs. Melbourne DDS for 2019

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    Sydney DMD vs. Melbourne DDS for 2019

    i'm back. it was a pretty straight forward process.
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    Sydney DMD vs. Melbourne DDS for 2019

    I worked in Australia for 2 years - my Melbourne classmates and I have been told at numerous interviews that Sydney grads aren't popular choices. Sydney has quotas on procedures - Melbourne doesn't. However, students at Melbourne end up doing about the same, if not more than the Sydney quotas (this is from my discussions with Sydney grads). Also, our rotations in community clinics trained us well in seeing multiple patients in a day. From what I gather, that's not the case in Sydney. Ultimately, most of your learning is done on the job. I too like Melbourne more than Sydney as a city, especially after working in sydney for 6 months. The difference in tuition is likely due to the fact that melbourne is still paying off it's new(er) facilities, which was nice to have.
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    Need Help/Advice

    very out of topic. start your own thread.
  11. I don't think being an Australian grad excludes you from specializing in Canada. People may be confusing this with Australian dental specialists not being recognized in Canada. I was doing some research in specializing at UofT and this is what is on their website. Admission Candidates will be accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Eligible applicants must have either a dental degree or a 4-year Bachelor’s degree with a B+ or 3.30 GPA (MSc program) or a A- or 3.70 GPA (PhD program) standing in the final year, or possess equivalent qualifications. The selection of applicants will be subject to availability of supervision, funding and facilities, and to the applicant’s suitability for the program sought. And then it goes on to talk about english proficiency score requirements. It may be more difficult for an Australian grad to specialize in Canada, but there's nothing that says "canadian grads only". Regarding OP's situation: If you can get into a 4 year post-graduate program, do that instead of the 5 years. it'll cost less, and won't feel like such a long drag (4 years already felt like a long time). The other thing to consider with UQ is the maturity of your classmates. A lot of them will be fresh out of highschool, and this may negatively affect your experience as many of them will not be as mature, and difficult to relate to. If you're going to be there for 5 years, you want to have a group of friends as a support network, especially being so far away from home. Given your history of MDD, being halfway across the world away from friends and family may make things worse, and hinder your studies. You may see this acceptance as your golden ticket, but going through dental school and working as a dentist comes with their own distinct challenges.
  12. McMarauder

    The slow decay of dentistry

    True. I am one of those "happy front" people IRL.
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    Someone in my class actually did a survey. Thought you may have done the same. Not saying everyone is unhappy at their positions. I knew a lot of people go through 3-4 different positions before settling with a clinic they were happy with. Most people eventually find something they are happy with.
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    did you survey everyone of the graduating class of 2018?
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    The issue is NOT finding work. The issue is finding quality associateships where you are sufficiently busy, and are learning on the job. Full/part time doesn't really mean a thing in dentistry. You can have multiple part time jobs, and make a killing if each clinic is busy. On the flip side, you can be full time at a clinic that is dead making barely anything. Dentists are paid on commission (~40%) - if you see a lot of patients and do a lot of treatment, you will make more money. If you're working at dead clinic that is in a plaza with 5 other dental clinics around, you'll make very little. 40% of 0 is 0. That's just one thing oversaturation is doing - there's not enough work for everyone. One of the sad outcomes of this is that dentists start "looking" for things to do when the finally get their hands on a patient, whether it is necessary or not...