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cleanup last won the day on October 23 2019

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  1. Honestly you should be far more worried about the terms of the LOC than a measly $500 in credit. Go with the plan that works best for you, from an advisor you trust the most. Shop around. $500 is meaningless.
  2. For the better for students. More work for instructors like myself.
  3. To be frank, I would shadow at some point during your application year so at least you gather some data about what you're getting yourself into.
  4. COVID was the impetus for it. I don't know nitty gritty details yet, it's preliminary, but the pandemic is a catalyst for changes that have been ripe for test driving.
  5. There are big clinical education changes coming to U of T in the coming years (the way upper year students see patients will be greatly altered; patient distribution may be addressed too). So it's a bit of a question mark there.
  6. For American schools it is typically required. Individual schools have various requirements. the answer is 'it depends'. You can Google the specific schools you're interested in.
  7. cleanup

    Moving away

    Are you trying to be funny?
  8. cleanup

    Moving away

    You're moving to BC, not to Zimbabwe. You're young and you would benefit greatly from seeing this as an opportunity to learn, be open minded, meet new people, and experience life. If you want life to be stable, predictable, same-same, forever, not only will you a) be sorely disappointed but also b) possibly bored and stunted. That's just my opinion, but I would argue that as someone who is going to professional school, you may want to maintain that curious, open, experience-driven mindset. I grew up in a small town for 15 years, and then moved halfway around the world to Asia for a few years. It took a lot of convincing from my family, but it is by far and above a defining period in my life. It opened my mind, it opened my world. I would not be who I am today if not for that experience. Truth be told, I think my life would be much more regressive, narrow in experience and boring had I not been exposed to something so unfamiliar. I then moved to Toronto when I was 18 for school, and lived on my own while my family was still in Asia. That again, was initially worrying, but living on my own, responsible solely for myself, with only myself to rely upon, was again untold in its enriching value. Have fun. Enjoy yourself. Learn, meet, grow. I would not be surprised in the least if 4 years from now you end up staying in Vancouver, or moving somewhere you never would have dreamed of now. You're young as hell; don't let the importance and freedom of that be lost on you.
  9. We are doing emergency treatment only. That means orofacial trauma, uncontrollable bleeding, swelling/signs of abscess (this is a contentious one), pain not controllable by OTC meds (also contentious). The issue is the latter two; those are very grey areas. Most patients don't know what swelling is, and most people have a very low pain threshold. 90% of dental issues are non-emergent. The entire goal right now is to limit person-to-person contact and community spread as much as possible, and the logistics involved with seeing patients physically, and possibly performing operative dentistry, not to mention producing aerosols, is unreal. I did have to do some surgery the last few weeks and doing that in full surgical garb with a fitted N95 mask, loupes, a face-shield attached to the loupes, surgical gown, intra-oral isolation (an isolite/isodry) and a closed room is absolutely brutal. I felt so claustrophobic and uncomfortable. I personally know someone who has ended up in the ICU after seeing a COVID19+ patient. So I'm ramping up my telemedicine/teledentistry hugely, because I think the threshold for what is truly a dental emergency is quite high. With the advent of technology we can manage a lot of things over the phone and pharmacologically, unless someone gets smashed in the face with a baseball bat. There are rumours that after this is all over the RCDSO will again be changing mandates and basically requiring all aerosol procedures to be performed with an N95, high-volume evacuation, gowns, closed rooms, etc. Even beyond the PPE and IPAC protocols set forth by dental schools right now. I do believe that this will change the landscape of dentistry moving forward, much like how HIV/AIDS did in the '80s. That was obviously a necessary thing; I'm less comfortable with the idea of some of the rumours going around right now. Some N95 masks I can tolerate, some I can't. I don't know that I could tolerate all that plus a face shield plus gown for every single operative procedure I do, especially given that in dentistry we are required to leave the operatory multiple times to do hygiene checks, etc. the logistics of how an office runs (and how fast paced it is) would change drastically I think. Dental offices are bleeding money. As are all businesses. I know plenty of folks are afraid that they'll have a business to come back to given how long this is going to go on, and given how high risk dentistry is (due to proximity and aerosol production), the pandemic could affect us even more greatly than it affects some other industries. Last two weeks of March this was the case. RCDSO is re-visiting their position tomorrow on the 6th. Based off of what has happened in the States (with many dental boards shutting down elective dentistry until May/June in some), April is a wash. May is likely as well. It's unclear what will happen over the summer. I will say that I am very happy to not be a practice owner right now. The pandemic has certainly made me begin to re-evaluate a lot of things in my life. I would hope that most people use this opportunity to count their blessings, practice gratitude, introspect and come out of this stronger, better, clearer, more intentional. Stay safe everyone.
  10. If anyone notices any concerns re: monetization please get in touch with me.
  11. Dental incomes will become more and more disparate/varied as time goes on. The average will go down. The outliers will go both directions. This is only a natural consequence of low demand, high supply, saturation and corporatization. Take any numbers you hear and chop 15-20% off the top for self-reporting bias.
  12. Good questions. OP, why are you really doing this? Why do you want to go to dental school? Why do you feel like the advice of Internet strangers is valuable to you? What behoved you to post? I don't mean to be an armchair devil's advocate moral compass judge (but I am)... but I find that when people do this kind of thing without thought or preparation, there is a high chance they haven't necessarily completely thought their goals, wants & needs and boundaries, through.
  13. I collect. No Panerais currently but I had a PAM111 in the past.
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