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    dental loupes

    Any form of close work can affect your vision, IMO. I'm no optometrist though. I know my eyes have gotten a lot worse the last few years. I'm sure some of that is just aging/genetics, but I highly doubt staring at a virtual image of a tooth 6 inches from your eyeballs (not really but the loupes make it seem that way) helps.
  2. You can use it for corporate expenses, including buying a practice and paying for anything else related to your practice of dentistry (let's just say there's a reason why health professionals like taking CE while on vacation). You can also invest with it, but those investments are taxed very heavily and there's a lot of gray area around what can be done: http://www.kellysantini.com/articles/professional-corporations-investment-restrictions-guidelines-and-options-delivering-healthy To be frank, at the end of the day, the gist of it is "Do whatever you want, but when the CRA comes knocking, you better be able to justify it."
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    Being queer in healthcare

    More people prefer female dental professionals than male. They're seen as gentler, more empathic, more trustworthy, etc. I think where you work would impact your experience as an LGBTQ provider more than the role you fill. The closer you are to a metropolitan center the less it'll be a thing.
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    Exam week stress

    Done. I split your post off for you. See the main forum.
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    Exam week stress

    We all need space to complain about our woes, but you might want to make a new thread instead of hijacking OP's, not to mention re-reading my post a few times. If you'd like me to make the new thread for you let me know.
  6. House of Tea in Rosedale is where its at for high quality loose-leaf. I find the places in Chinatown a bit hit or miss, but good for counter/sit-down tea.
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    Exam week stress

    Approach the situation with gratitude first, fear second. Realize there are way, way bigger things that are going to worry you in your life than exams. Realize that your perspective is limited right now and zooming out from your life as a whole is going to help you gain a broader sense of "Wow, in the end, this doesn't matter all that much. I just gotta do my best, and whatever happens, happens." Good luck.
  8. It's $60. What do you have to lose? If the score's low again then sure, take it again. But hemming and hawing over $60 over what could be a big deal (for you) isn't worth the time.
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    dental loupes

    In my class specifically I don't think so but there are a few I know who never bothered. And personally I use them less and less for certain things namely anterior composites and extractions. I can work without loupes if I really have to.
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    dental loupes

    Don't buy a set before you start. Buy a set like halfway through your pre-clinical stuff, once you have an idea of "Oh, this is how I sit." Even then you're likely to change posture and all sorts of things (and may buy another pair before you graduate like I did) but at least you have a semblance of an idea of what sitting at a mannequin/patient chair is like. Buying loupes (or doing anything really) before hand is over-eager and ill-advised.
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    dental loupes

    The best ones are whatever feels best on you. You have to try them on. I would also make sure you're buying your local rep, not just the loupes. The level of support you receive and how friendly/accommodating the service people are is important. I have two pairs of ExamVisions, the 3.5x Keplers I use now are great. I use Lumadent lights/batteries.
  12. I will be blunt, but not uncouth. I have to respectfully disagree. Everything is impermanent, including people. Everything changes, and so can you. I sure have. The deepest cores of myself. And it continues. It is usually a result of either eliciting events, including success, trauma, failure, loss, or intense, concerted self-introspection and self-development, or more commonly, a combination of the two. Even if it's a question that we could argue til the end of time, which would you rather believe? That people cannot change (and thus people cannot improve themselves), or that people can (and thus have the ability to master their own present). The definition of humanity is self-awareness. There's a space between a stimulus, an emotion, a thought, and what we do. My instinct tells me you think people are the way they are because of somebody who did something, said something, or bestowed something on you, and you didn't agree with their perspective or the intent with which they did this act. I used to feel the same way you did. Maybe you thought they would change with time, or you thought you could change them. These are problems everyone encounters, but they are certainly not evidence that "people are who they are." How do you know? They, and you, have not lived out your entire lives yet. If you want to learn more about that space, and how mastering it can result in profound change in yourself (as well as an increased ability to deal with people who seemingly, do not change), feel free to PM me.
  13. Can you really say the extent of bullying OP experienced was due to 'sociopathic' tendencies? Seems a bit presumptuous. That said, I think the adage of "once a ____, always a _____" is decidedly narrow-minded. Embracing change, growth, and the plasticity of the human mind, soul & spirit is, I would argue, a fundamental part of what makes us human. You're right in that many people will find it difficult to change, will encounter no desire to change, or simply refuse to, but to write people off for their past transgressions or behaviours seems like a hopeless endeavour in every sense of the word. If we cannot live in the present, but simultaneously allow the weight of the past to hold us back, and the fear of the future to keep us planted, what do we do? The present moment is ever fleeting. We have to move with it. And you can only do that if you embrace the idea that people do, will, and always have, changed. Even if the bullies haven't changed their spirits one bit; maybe they've changed only in height, stature, academic knowledge. Fine. But it looks like OP sure has changed. I imagine he/she has the strength, fortitude, and internal self assurance to not allow an uncontrollable external circumstance affect them. And at the same time, if they have changed, I would hope OP would welcome them back into their lives should they deem it appropriate to do so.
  14. There's certainly no need to spend the amount I do. I'm fortunate that I'm able to. I'm a big foodie and I love to cook a variety of things. When I was a student my diet was incredibly simple, and I ate the same things over and over and over, which was perfectly fine. It wasn't just out of a need for frugality and simplicity but it also kept me very healthy. I would easily be able to feed 3 people on a budget of $200-275 a week as well, simply because I know how to make good use of fresh ingredients and buying in bulk, but I'd need a lot more time and effort to expend into it. My only argument against frugality sometimes is a cautionary concern of people taking it too far. There's a threshold, and everyone's is different, but "Save as much money as you can as often as you can" just doesn't strike me as a legitimate, productive or positive strategy, and yet I see it a lot, paraded as some sort of righteous effort. That's confusing to me.
  15. Taking on 350k of debt simply for the 'privilege' of taking on another 1.5 million of debt to stare into people's mouths all day, have patients tell you "I don't like the dentist," and be at the mercy of the wellbeing of a dozen or more staff members objectively sounds like a dumb idea to a lot of people probably. Just saying. I do well because I don't own my own business, paid down my debt quickly, and try to work as smart as I can. But I didn't have nearly the debt load some people do. I simply do not envy the people shouldering full school debt, then buying a practice (on top of other life commitments) and a boatload of stress just for some bigger digits in their bank balance. Simply having the piece of paper giving you licensure to poke people in the face and having your name on the dotted line of a piece of paper that says you 'own' this building and the equipment in it is about 10% of the battle. There is a LOT of work, soul searching and freedom-sucking stress to be had to really 'reap' the rewards of being a dentist, I think. You really, really, really have to love it. Even some folks I know who are objectively massively successful in the field, have a ton of stress. Large financial commitments. Their lives are simply... complex and heavy. The responsibility burden is high. People really underestimate the amount you're taking on to do this. I'm lucky in that all I have to worry about right now is getting to work and not hurting my body and making sure I treat my patients well. If I had the debt load of some of my classmates or owned a practice, I don't think I'd have found the effort worth it at all. I do enjoy being a dentist, but I simply don't see the objective reward in the level of effort some people have to go through to do what I do. And I certainly don't plan on doing this forever. There are a lot of other things to life than what you think your career should be. But people who tackle this endeavour are surrendering themselves to allowing 'dentisry' to define their existence for a large timespan to come. That is a heavy pill to swallow these days.