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  1. I have thought our college was pretty prestigious and I've been very proud of it ahaha
  2. Hi etodil, Your GPA is solid. Try to maintain your current cGPA. All you have to do is getting >20 from DAT all across the sections (higher the score the better, of course). I would try to do some shadowings in different specialties (general, ortho, OMS, etc.) because I believe that those are the best extracurricular activities you could do in a short period of time as a candidate in dentistry. If you can manage to do some research, then I would recommend to do that as well (but it can be optional depends on your schedule). In terms of CASPer, I can't mention anything about it since I haven't done that before. When I was applying to the dental schools, UBC and McGill were only ones that looked at CASPer scores (I might be wrong). Simplify your schedule and do your best at what you can do at the current situation. With a solid GPA (which you already have) + decent DAT score (minimum >20 on average) + meaningful EC, most of schools would be happy to see you at the interview. Best of luck and hopefully you will hear great news in the near future.
  3. Hi drakebell, Western looks into diverse aspects of applicants. So try your best to get decent AB and PS before the end of this December. Plus, your best two years of GPA is solid so you would get an interview if you got >20 in all the sections on Nov DAT you wrote recently. (i.e., >80% best 2 years of GPA + >20 avg DAT + Decent AB, PS --> Interview from Schulich) For UofT, cGPA after dropping of the worst year GPA must be >3.9. Otherwise, there is no chance to get an interview. Doing a master's would give you ~+0.1 on top of your cGPA (they tend to prefer research-based ones but not these days). Australian dental school could be doable because of a better exchange rate (it is still significantly more expensive though). It is true that you should have backup plans, but you never know whether you would get into Canadian dental school in this admission cycle! Try to apply to as many Canadian dental schools as possible (aiming for as least 4 schools out of 8 schools). Good luck and I hope you get good news in the near future
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    Canadian DAT Biology

    I think it all depends on what your strengths are. Personally, I was not confident about Biochemistry and Plant Biology, especially the parts where I had to understand and memorize a bunch of chemical cycles such as glycolysis, Krebs cycle, ETC, CAM, etc. I have seen quite a lot of people who got them intuitively and ace on the test. But when I was studying for DAT, I wish I studied harder when I was taking those courses at school.
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    Preparing for the MMI

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight on MMI, Lead Zepplin. I really appreciate it.
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    November 2017 DAT Thoughts

    Am I the only one who got Feb 2017 DAT score scale for Nov 2017 DAT?
  7. I think studying with MCAT and/or DAT textbook during summer break is one of good methods to improve the academic performance. It doesn't matter whether you are going to actually take those tests or not. Once you review those textbooks more than twice during your summer vacation, I believe that you will feel much relieved in your regular academic year because your basic knowledge is enormously increased. Personally, it worked for me. Generally, MCAT textbooks are more detailed and comprehensive than DAT textbooks. So if you want a real brief review, I would recommend DAT textbooks. If you want to start from the basic and be willing to dedicate yourself more, then go for MCAT textbooks. I hope it helps!
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    Advice - Phd Student

    Thank you for your correction, DMD or Dodo Bird.
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    Thank you for your reply Ostracized.
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    Advice - Phd Student

    U of T 'Medical' school looks grades of ALL undergraduate years. But U of T 'Dental' school asks you only 2 best years of GPA. U of T does have a preference on graduate students, so I think your tilte as a PhD student will compensate undergraduate GPA. I guess the only think you have to do is getting a better DAT score (say >20 on SAS, PAT, & RCT) and nail the interview when you get the invitation.
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    Thank you for your comment ottawaliquid. My major interest is in OMFS! And I don't care about moving around within Canada. What I'm worrying about is being deployed to other countries. In fact I love travelling and volunteering/working for people in need, but I don't want to be away from my family for a long time (for like 6 months ~ > 1yr). For instance, if it happens once or twice during 10 years of serving, I think it would be acceptable. But it happens more than that, then I have to reconsider my plan ...
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    What is DOTP (Dental Officer Training Program) like? I want to hear from Full-time Dental Officers who are currently serving the Canadian Force if it is possible. 1. How tough to get into this program? 2. How often are you (officers) asked to be deployed to the foreign countries? 3. How long do you usually stay in those countries once you are deployed? 4. How often are you asked to move to the other place (military base)? 5. What is the typical day like as a dental officer? I have roughly planned my future schedule based on the information which I have got from the Canadian Force website and from a number of other websites. 1) Maintain a good GPA 2) Take DAT on November, 2015 3) Apply to dental schools in 2016 (my 3rd yr in university) 4) Apply to DOTP in 2017 if I would get (an) offer(s) from dental school(s) 5) Participate in the officer training program in my first summer break (between 1st yr and 2nd yr of dental school) 6) After graduation, serve the Canadian Force for 4 years 7) Apply to specialist program and if I would get the admission, study for 2~4 years (depending on my specialities) 8) Serve the Canadain Force for 2~4 more years after the completion of the specialist program 9) Keep serveing the Canadian Force or find another job after on ... Thank you for your help and your valuable comments in advance!
  13. When I was in U of T, about 20~30% of profs make their tests which are not closely related with their lectures ... that's why I assumed that some of prof's at York might also do the same thing and that was the reason why I freaked out that there are no many past tests and exams available... I totally agree with you that basic things are all same to survive at both schools. Thank you for your explanation again.
  14. Thank u for your explanation. It is extremely helpful! Just one more thing ... then do profs at York tend to distribute practice tests or exams for their student? If they do not, how could I prepare for the exam? As you already know, quite a large number of profs tend to make questions which are not closely linked to their lectures... is there any suggestion to do well at York? Thank you for your help again in advance!