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  1. Oh hey, I see you’re here too LOL. Unfortunately, dentistry will face a similar future as pharmacy with corporates taking over not just the clinics, but also the schools. With almost half the clinics being corporate in US and school events and fundings being provided by these big companies, it does not have the brightest future. It’s one of the main reasons why medicine is objectively harder to get into and objectively have a better outlook with government funded residencies acting as a gatekeeper of supply. All this means is, if you decide on dentistry or pharmacy, make sure you are not expecting the flashy lifestyle these professions provided in the past. Source: Parents/sibling/myself as pharmacists and/or dentists. https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/services/internationallytrained/economic/ (Last paragraph) https://www.dentalcorp.ca/site/blog/2019/09/12/dentalcorp-donates-largest-gift-in-usask-college-of-dentistry-history
  2. That is one of the major cons of being a pharmacist. Unless you are with Costco, it will be hard to expect periodic raises i.e. you are effectively earning less and less every year due to inflation. Even as a manager, you get maybe a $2/hour raise but significantly more responsibilities. My peers work 40+ hours per week (of course no overtime pay, especially with SDM) to hit almost 100k in lower mainland/GVRD, BC. Ideal? No, but I would have a hard time finding non-healthcare jobs that can get you 100k. Go further out to Abbotsford or Terrace and you can find 50+, no doubt.
  3. In case anyone wants a head start on their dental career, this is where you should start.
  4. https://ndeb-bned.ca/en/accredited I would be cautious of finding your own patients and instead relying on patient finding services. They're expensive but you'd rather do it properly the first time than trying multiple times.
  5. I would recommend being anonymous if that is your real name
  6. I would have a hard time arguing medicine's outlook is going up, but I feel it will take longer before its decline like Pharmacy and Dentistry.
  7. This is something new I learned today, thank you for sharing. This is actually big news, especially for oral surgeons as OS is the only GME funded specialty in dentistry in the States (which is where majority of the grads working in Canada are from). With this new exam, the barrier to practicing oral surgery in Canada has decreased since the 4-6 year residency program whose seats were determined by government funding was the only thing keeping the saturation of oral surgeons from getting worse
  8. Assuming you're open to other professions, try medicine first as supply of physicians is based on residency spots which is better regulated in terms of physician:population ratio (compared to dentist:population ratio). The impact of the equivalency process will be felt soon and corporate will be ready to take advantage of the profession by that point, making the situation similar to what Pharmacy is experiencing. Statistically, medicine is more difficult to get into so preparing for medicine should set you up for dentistry as an option as long as you take the DAT and shadow a dentist for a reference letter on top of the other extracurriculars needed for medicine. Again, this is assuming you're okay with any occupation and just want a safe route to an adequate salary. Refer to the slow decay of dentistry thread for marginally interesting debates.
  9. If money is not an issue and you don't mind studying abroad for the next 4 years, yes. A degree is a degree and thanks to the equivalency process, there isn't much difference when it comes to studying in Canada vs elsewhere. If you feel you might not be prepared adequately for the board exams, just start studying earlier and harder, no big deal.
  10. Which ones are you more likely to get into? I.e., do you have in province status anywhere? The point of my post is that there will be no difference 20-30 years into your practice whether you went to school A or B - aim for the ones you are more likely to get into and when you receive offers, choose based on how much it will cost you to attend. This is applicable to not just dental, but also pharmacy and medical schools, especially in Canada.
  11. 1. Cheapest one you can get into 2. 2nd cheapest one you can get into 3. 3rd cheapest one you can get into 4. 4th cheapest one you can get into 5. 5th cheapest one you can get into
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