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  1. Insurance companies pay what they feel like which most often is LESS than the fee guide. The scary part is: " Hoffman hinted she could use her power under the Health Professions Act to impose new regulations on dentists. " Dentists I talked to are worried about what those regulations entail. They could make it law that a dentist could only charge so much for a certain procedure. Why don't they decrease pensions and salaries for politicians first! Why pick on dentists.
  2. This could be a sign of things to come in other provinces. Dentists, that are relatives of mine, have been warning me for months now that the Alberta Health minister would like cuts to the fees dentists charge patients of up to 25% in many areas. She may force legislation if needed to get her way. I'm surprised nobody is talking about this. This would drastically affect our earning potential. http://edmontonjournal.com/storyline/first-alberta-dental-fee-guide-in-20-years-to-put-downward-pressure-on-costs While its true Alberta dentists charge the highest, we also have the highest overhead- Staff costs are more than double of other provinces...
  3. Not sure. I think its harder to get into the American programs as a Canadian. ( only accepted 4 for 227 positions) I will apply to both this August. I hope to get into an American program as its quicker and there are some great programs in the US.
  4. Get over 75 on the CBSE. Finish in the top 5-10% of your class. Do 4 to 5 externships in third year. Volunteer. Show that you are well rounded- play sports... Make sure the residents like you. Then you have a good chance to get in. Last year 4 Canadians were accepted.
  5. walterk

    U Of A Interview Invitation Thread

    Not much difference. I honestly thought the one getting the 34 would get a 15-20 max and the other a 40 min.
  6. walterk

    U Of A Interview Invitation Thread

    I helped a few people prep. One only did one night of prepping( the Friday before the interview) and sounded terrible IMHO and he got a 34. Another was near perfect, prepared for 6 months and got a 28. It's either the marking in the different stations was very different or they messed up with the scores. I'm totally surprised.
  7. Just curious why you are picking U of A over U of T
  8. Its very easy to get a US externship. I'm doing 5 this year. Want to do these in third year as many schools won't accept second years. However getting in as an OMFS resident is another story. There were only 8 positions accepted for 2017 for non US students WORLD wide, as posted on the website!... So I'm guessing about 4 Canadians will get in this year to a US school. You need to ace the CBSE exam ( top 5% ) and be in the top 5% class standing at your Canadian Dental University. Americans only need to be in the top 33% to get in. They are held to a MUCH lower standard. Also the CBSE exam is VERY hard if you want to ace it. Start studying in first and second year and write it July between second and third year. I spent more time preparing for that exam than my whole second year studying combined! The US board exam is trivial. I spent a few days preparing for that and its just pass fail.
  9. anatomy and physiology will help more than all other courses by a country mile.
  10. The US looks at your class standing ( position in your class relative to all other students) first and score on the NBME exam second( very difficult exam as you are tested on all the med school material) to determine who gets interviews. So one course over three years is not that significant but you want to finish in the top 5% of your class over the first three years to be competitive. For me the big work load was studying for the NBME exam while taking classes. You need to start working on that in second year. You will be disadvantaged as U of T DDS students don't take med classes like U of A, McGill and many US schools do. Get a hold of notes and texts from a med student and start studying if you are serious about specializing.
  11. Hi Contach, I wanted to thank you for all your posts. I spent many hours finding out the information you posted here in this thread. I'm a third year DDS student wondering what the other more intense externships other than LSU-NO, Parkland (Texas), Gainesville (Florida) that you could list. I'm in the process of applying for a few more now. Also would you write the NBME again if you aced it already( top 1%) ? I know I could do better, but it would take alot of time next summer. Or should I spend more time on externships? I'm looking to do alteast four this year. Also- the ADA will release a new exam called the ADAT in 2016 that's designed to become the entrance exam for all dental specialty programs. Is this worth taking? It covers different material. Thanks
  12. Easily! I assume you are joking! Have you looked at stats for what dentist make in Canada? ( $130k) How many newer dentists have you talked to that make that much? Most new dentists ( graduated in the last 10 years ) are having a VERY hard time making half those numbers in the large metro areas. We have 10 relatives that are dentists and they tell me its getting harder every year. Thirty years ago it they were booking 1 to 2 years in advance. Now a patient can get in within a week or even a day! If you want to make that kind of money take computer engineering or medicine.. not general dentistry.
  13. Just need to finish in the top 5 to 10 % of your DDS class to get in( Canadian route) and then add 4 to 6 more years of more University to specialize and your set. For the USA route need to ace the oral surgery entrance exam. ( Much much harder than anything you will do in your 4 years as a DDS student)
  14. You had a great GPA and DAT score. Such a shame. I heard in the past the interview cutoff was around 26....however you never know what they will choose for this year. I assume you practiced for the interview. But the marking is very subjective. I found practicing with other students worked for me.
  15. In the past an average score for those accepted was 34-35 out of 49 on the interview
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