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  1. Not much at UofT. The schools that combine med and dental students for the first two years might include more psychiatry. Frankly, the academic time would be better used for other topics. Managing anxious patients is not the same as managing a psychiatric disorder such as depression or schitzophrenia. After you’ve seen a few thousand patients you’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t for dental nervousness.
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    NDEB equivalency process

    Yeah. There are very few towns in Canada - with a population big enough to support a dentist - that are lacking in dentist manpower. Even if there are some, you could easily correct that by taking a few hundred dentists from Toronto. And Toronto would still be well over-saturated despite that.
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    Help! Dal vs UofT

    I went to UofT. I didn’t do one perio surgery. Also, ‘exposure to specialty programs’ may not actually be that great. At UofT, any case that’s moderately challenging gets taken away from you and given to a grad student. You’ll have less opportunity to learn.
  4. Frankly I’m glad that Canada doesn’t offer this kind of debt forgiveness. Americans can go neck deep into student debt and ignore most of the consequences but we have to be more realistic about our finances.
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    Paying off Dental School Debt?

    There’s a massive difference between these places. I recently learned from a presentation on Canadian dental economics that Saskatchewan is the province with the highest GDP-to-dentist ratio. Saskatchewan doubles Ontario in that Category and nearly Quadruples Toronto. Basically, Saskatchewanian dentists have access way way more disposable patient income. I graduated 6 years ago and my actual debt was somehow lower than 6-figures. I paid it off in roughly a year by moving back with my parents and not spending any money. If my debt was $300k I figure it would have taken me 4-5 years of living at home and not being a proper adult.
  6. I’d say don’t bother. Unless you are able to get a fairly high paying part time job, the money you earn will be insignificant compared to both your expenses and your future earnings. I was very busy and stressed in dental school. You don’t want to deal with a part time job when you have 9 exams in a month.
  7. The big cities (certainly Toronto and Vancouver) are way over saturated. The more remote and less desirable the community - the better your prospects will be.
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    UofT Dentistry Interview Video 2018

    I’m out of there almost 6 years now and I still get a cold sweat when I see the place. I have to go back in March for the first time to do a CE course. I’m dreading it.
  9. I can't speak for the RCMP, but I do think that policing in general is a great career with good earning potential. In Ontario at least, most officers make >$100,000 within only a few year and that's without overtime. I wouldn't say it's an easy or stress-free job, but financially it will be a lot less stressful than taking on all that debt.
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    BDS undergrad to DDS Dental school?

    If you have a BDS then you may as well apply for a 2-3 year qualifying program in Canada or the US to obtain your DDS/DMD. However, the competition for those spots is as high (or higher) than for the 4-year programs. I think most people with experience would tell you that the easiest way to get into dental school in Canada/US is the traditional route. Have great grades and be willing to spend a boatload of money!
  11. Depending on where you want to work you would have to check with the local dental regulator and see what their requirements are for licensing.
  12. It has nothing to do with the degree type. It has to do with the ability of the dental education regulators to perform accreditation of the schools. Just because a school offers a DDS does not mean that it is teaching the correct depth and breadth of knowledge to be equivalent to US or Canadian schools.
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    Tell me why you love/hate dentistry

    Well the owner of my office is a boss at taking out 8s. He will do them all. Worst case scenario I give her pain meds and she comes back to see him in a couple of days. But I've done ones like this before and I knew I could finish it. I just figured it might take me 45 minutes more than it did.
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    Tell me why you love/hate dentistry

    Back on topic, I enjoy when I set myself with a challenge that is in the upper range of my comfort zone and I succeed. Dentistry is all about your comfort zones and slowly expanding them. Today I was working (yes on a long weekend Sunday) and I had a patient with a decayed and painful 38 (wisdom tooth). It was partially impacted and I could tell from the x-ray that the roots were really hooked. That's something that many dentists would refer but it's the long weekend and the patient was in pain (and I love taking out teeth) so what the hell. So when elevating, the distal roots (two of them) broke off but with a little sectioning and troughing I was able to shuck them out. It only took me about 10 minutes for the whole extraction. Here's a photo of the tooth which gives an idea of how hooked these roots were (warning: a tooth and a bit of blood): It's always a bit exhilarating when you do better than you think you will.
  15. Sorry I just want to add that this is a common misconception. It was never the intention any party to geographically limit the licensure of FTDs and the RCSDO for example has stated many times that it will never happen. I don't know. I'm an unabashed pessimist about this issue but then again I work in Toronto. Some people (US/Aus/etc grads) are going a lot more than $275k in debt. I'm actually not sure how that works (will the banks fund it? Is substantial collateral needed? Is it mostly from the bank of mom and dad?).