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  1. All the PIC locations are likely closed. If you are expecting to get into the DDS program I would apply online today as you are expected to have done that in advance! The U of A does have strict timelines of roughly 2 weeks for getting the PIC and immunization report into them. They do this to back fill the class with the wait list. They may relax those timelines but I would still apply for the PIC today.
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Not much difference. I honestly thought the one getting the 34 would get a 15-20 max and the other a 40 min.
  7. 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.
  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
  16. They were sent out his morning. Good luck!
  17. They send out the 30-32 invites(enough to fill the class) on round one. Many don't accept because they got into another school of dentistry or med school. The process is repeated till they fill up.
  18. Last year the letter came out the week of May 20. You had to get a police check done, plus a $1000 deposit and an acceptance letter in by Jun 2, 2014. So I assume round 2 letters will be out about mid June after people withdraw their offers..... unless they are changing things up this year.
  19. In the past early acceptance comes out on the first Friday after the May long weekend. So that would be May 22, 2015 assuming they repeat the pattern. Only those getting early acceptance are sent letters that date. Still two more rounds of acceptance for those waiting- June and July.
  20. They are telling you what your GPA is based upon submitted marks. They likely use another method to calculate GPA for admissions as nearly everyone has a GPA well above 3.9 in my class. They make exceptions for certain individuals. Another poster in the past did not get into UofA Dentistry with a 4.0 GPA. He called a number of times and was eventually told he had too few A+ 's. Makes sense based on my observations.
  21. Someone called in last year and was told they count an A+ as a 5 and an A as a 4 when calculating the 50% score. Too many high GPA's near 4.0 applying. Makes sense as many schools give you a 4.3 for an A+ which is much harder to get than an A.
  22. Last year they had an orientation group meet to discuss the program in general ( about 40 min). At that meeting they told us when they would be sending out the first round of acceptances. Everything took about 2.5 hours last year. They will lead you to your stations. They run multiple sets of stations. Most women and men were dressed in business atire - suits. The MMI process is set up with 7 rooms located next to each other. The first room is a warm up question that does not count. You then go to to rooms 2-7 and finally back to room 1. ( total of 8 stations for 80 min) A bell sounds and you get 2 min to read each question. The bell sounds again and you enter the room and have 8 min to answer. If you run short of things to say the interviewer will prompt you along. The bell sounds after 8 min and you move to the next room quickly as your 2 min is ticking away.... You are scored out of 7 marks for each of the last 7 stations for a total mark of 49. Average mark for admitted students is about 35 out of 49. If you prepare for three weeks you should be fine. ( just dont say anything stupid!) . Good luck to everyone.
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