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  1. human instinct

    Dentist Hours

    I do about 30 hours of actual dentistry with 1hr of lunch every day. That's 4 days a week. Could probably shorten it into 3 longer days. However I would probably find it very difficult to wake up to go to work for those longer days. Everybody is different, some people prefer just doing 3 longer days while others like a more normal 9-5 type of week. Family priorities also play a role. If you are single, it maybe easier to pull off longer days, however if you are a parent, then you may not get to see your little ones on those longer days just to put things into perspective.
  2. ^^^but the underlying question is, is the quality of life, balance of life and career, better than another comparable field. Given the time and financial commitment, one should compare to other fields as well and then decide whether it's worth it. Interest is a big factor but it should be within a realistic expectation.
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    Dentist up north / yellowknife

    Exactly this! I have seen billings of 10k per day but only in a GA heavy practice with a pediatric dentist who billed out 1-2k per pt seeing 5-6 pts per day, with some even HSO cases. However, sadly, where speed became the focal point, the quality was not there.
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    Third Year Clinical Experience

    Surround yourself with classmates who can support you. Peers can make the experience more tense or enjoyable, need to find the right balance to succeed in school and beyond.
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    How much will I really make?

    It's possible to make up to 200k (or higher) even with a heavy mix of social services patients if you see enough in a day as in a busy practice. However as ostracized said, the income trajectory varies for each dentist. There is not much standardization in pay as in medicine. Determining factors are: associate vs owner , patient volume, social services vs full fee patient mix, your speed, your skillset (i.e. variety of procedures you do) and finally probably one of the most important factors, your ability to communicate and effectively present treatment (i.e. patient acceptance).
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    How much will I really make?

    It's possible to do 180-200k if you're working full time
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    This thread has some interesting discussion topics. Just to put things in perspective, I graduated about 3 years ago. What I have learned this past little while is that managing early burn out is a challenge. I would be more concerned about establishing a balance between work and life than anything else. Income comes with - God's will and-the decisions you make to improve your skillset, going into ownership, working longer days etc. What's more important than anything else is to find the right balance between your career and life. It's not too difficult to earn a good income but if it comes at the cost of sacrificing your health, physical and emotional, then you are not doing justice to yourself or the profession.
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    Big Decision.. help

    class of 2015 average gpa was 3.82
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    Prep Material Suggestions

    I would highly recommend CDP. Although it is computerized, for PAT timing was often an issue and CDP can help you with better timing yourself to complete the section. Also, having used both IQ and CDP, i found CDP to be more representative of the actual test. IQ has mistakes in some of their tests also but all in all, i would still recommend doing both if u have the time and money...if i had to choose one or the other, it'd be CDP. good luck
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    What are my chances?

    I don't think what youre saying is entirely correct..you do not need to have crazy publictions and a phd...I had not a single publication in my course based masters and had a lower gpa than op but managed to get an acceptance.. A masters with a good interview and I can assure you that u will be able to get into uoft op
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    Dental School, few questions

    DAT is very important for the US....however, to have a good shot at getting a couple of interviews...u should have a gpa around 3.5...also applying early is the key to US so if ure gpa is around 3.3 you may still have a chance if u submit ure app within the first week or two...good luck!
  12. Hey just wondering if clinicals at uoft are done primarily starting 2nd yr or do we start them during 1st yr?
  13. delete please...thanks
  14. human instinct

    few questions: loan, CPR

    haha yes a month older than you ...thanks for the congrats! looking forward to meeting you and and your class
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    few questions: loan, CPR

    cool..thanks a lot Xylem...that answers all my questions!