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  1. @DPH pm me and I'll discuss school choices with you in private. Congrats on acceptances.
  2. You already understand that there are many factors to take into consideration - many of them are clinical considerations that software would not be able to determine. When do you forgo a certain abutment tooth because it's weak? When do you have a high smile line that you have to adjust for (to avoid a clasp showing on maxillary arch)? When do you have a heavily restored tooth that requires a survey crown instead? Can the software accept radiographs and analyze crown to root ratio/root configuration, etc for appropriate clasp and rest teeth? There are many other questions It does look like the software will just give you very generic designs. Better to look for a decent removable textbook like Stewarts Clinical Removable Partial Prosthodontics by Rodney Phoenix
  3. Sterilization costs keep going up, minimum wage (employee costs) keeps going up, practice prices keep going up. Sometimes I wish I got a CS degree and moved to Seattle.
  4. Consider Australian schools as well, the cad-aud is almost 1:1 which makes it cheaper (besides the flight travel).
  5. There are plans offered through a reseller (with agreement w/ ODA) for a telus corp plan but they suck.
  6. @ToothDoc Check your PM. I'll provide more information.
  7. Dal is a better dental school, go there and it saves OP money. I didn't go to Dal but know people who did go to Dal, UofT, UWO.
  8. “The only time you look in your neighbor's bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don't look in your neighbor's bowl to see if you have as much as them.” Most dental students are taking out loans. A decent % probably have parents that are dentists. Don't worry too much about it.
  9. Hahaha finally. Digital charts were promised before but they decided to waste 3 mil (?) on the anesthesia clinic instead that was delayed for so long. Don't put any hope in the rumours of more clinical instructors until you see them on the floor. Everyone's heard that many times. I think you get better endo/OMFS training at UWO because you can do most endos (no referral to Grad) and IIRC OS we got to do surgical exos with bone removal and sectioning teeth using the stryker. Don't know if it's still the same but UT used to have week-long rotations in oral surgery every once in a while whereas at UWO you did regular rotations and I think overall we got more extractions in UWO (maybe less if you have people in your rotation who leave class 5 minutes early to go peek at the patient charts and cherry pick which case they want ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) As far as I know, specialties don't really care about where you come from. People who want to go to the school because of the specialty program being located there usually are in the department all the time kissing ass. I feel like I heard UoT OMFS director preferred people who went through his GPR at the hospital but I don't even know if it's the same director anymore. Grass is always greener, just pick wherever you have more friends/where you will have more fun. Doesn't matter because if you really want to specialize, you have the option to the USA anyways - more choices in programs/better programs with greater connections to larger organizations and big name people.
  10. NBDE Part 1 is pass/fail, so don't worry too much about it. Dental decks and released test papers is enough, people study anywhere from a few months to just 2 weeks. There's a lot of random stuff on NBDE Part 1, I would say if you know 50% of the questions and have an educated guess on 25% more, you'll pass. IIRC, the curve allowed you to basically get 55% correct and still pass. The NBDE Part II is much more clinically relevant and requires a higher score. That is assuming nothing has changed much.
  11. It's a little known fact that starting 2019, the ODA cup will be switching from hockey to MMA. To prepare, U of T has begun screening for the most agile fighters available in Canada.
  12. Looks like the stats haven't changed much over the last 5-6 years
  13. Yeah... but 99.9% of the patients who say it don't actually have amelogenesis or dentinogenesis imperfecta.
  14. Ok I'll bite... most of the answers here are pretty generic and can be extrapolated from most things that are posted here. My experience is that the best and worst parts of dentistry are the patients. You'll have patients that are patient, thoughtful, and so appreciative of your work. I have a patient doing a HUGE case, comes in on time every appointment, extremely patient (never gets annoyed if I'm running late), extremely thankful for everything I do at every appointment. Always chatting me up about whats going on in my life and tells me about the stuff going on in hers, super friendly. People like that will make you enjoy dentistry very much. I can't wait to finish her case for her. On the other hand, there are a lot of people out there who see absolutely 0 value in your work. And I mean absolutely 0. You can break your back bending over for an hour and a half trying to get vision on the back of a bombed out molar, doing compromised heroic work to try and save the tooth cause the patient refuses to pay for the better option. You'll sweat out the appointment, get frustrated cause the patient won't stop moving their tongue and coughing or fidgeting around, pull every trick in the book to give them something good.... to repair a teeth THEY let decay due to their own pop drinking and lack of oral hygiene. Everything that can, WILL go wrong at that appointment. Oh, and they'll never follow your post operative instructions. For all your work, you'll be rewarded with the complaints that the numbing is uncomfortable, you took too long, and you're too expensive/overcharging. That's when you want to reply "Sure, I studied for 8+ years in post-secondary education, trained for thousands of hours, and spent hundreds of thousands in tuition so I can work for you at 15 dollars an hour F YOU. Also there's no such thing as soft teeth." except all you get to do is smile and make a joke about your overhead or paying back those darn student loans ha ha ha.. ugh.
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