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    UWO Interview Prep

    Soooooo tired of practicing.... can't wait for this week to be over. Good luck all!
  2. I know quite a few people who didn't make it into ubc after the first year of interviews etc, but tried again and made it in on their second or third try - so don't lose hope if ubc is where you want to be (or the only choice given oop hurdles elsewhere). Of recent grads I know shouldering the heavy initial debt load, the vast majority do not have parents jumping in - and the usual plan as mentioned above seems to be a reasonable 5-7 year timeframe to work off the debt as an associate. That period of associateship allows you to not only pay off debt but also to "get comfortable" with dentistry and broaden the experience base, before shouldering the immense headaches and responsibilities of owning a practice. While the "going up north"option is not necessarily the huge money-maker that some make it out to be, the trick appears to be to move around and be flexible in location to find a practice where you can be kept busy enough as an associate to work off that debt. But this objective is totally doable so I wouldn't stress over that right now if dentistry is what interests you.
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    UWO Interview Prep

    Same here. Spending every waking hour practicing situational, behavioural, traditional questions. Have friends sitting in to do mock panels with me. Frankly just need this month to be over!
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    Western's Strengths and Weaknesses

    Wow thx!! Everything you've said reinforces bits and pieces that I've heard repeatedly. Thx for putting it all together so succinctly!!
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    UWO Interview Prep

    Be kind!! I agree with stressed1948 - while Western was very conversational last year, I did feel that using the structure of prep packages to go through my lifetime of experiences to have them ready for the behavioural type questions was really helpful. I used borrowed notes of old Elite seminars, the Astroff book, and the Dental Interview Plus package. I went in feeling confident (now hoping that I've boosted my weak gpa enough to let me in this time!!!)
  6. Going back a few years - overall you can assume that a 3.9 GPA would be required to be considered. Below that and you'd be best to start considering the US, where extra curriculars and other factors are weighed in more than here.
  7. Really bummed - U of T rejection and now only Western left as alternative. Feeling desperate. Did use http://www.crushinterview.com last year, and got http://www.dentalinterviewplus.org this year. Any recommendations based on your experiences with other sources much appreciated.
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    UofT Interview

    Can't agree more! Personally I'm practicing in all my spare time (this is my last kick at the can so to speak - last year trying to get in and only U of T and Western as possibilities). I'm using all the MMI and CDA sources I can get my hands on right now in prepping for U of T. My thinking is that "thinking on my feet" is what I am practicing so the more varying the material I work on, the more comfortable I will be when confronted with something new. CDA scenarios can be used as extra MMI practice as well to increase the volume I am working with. Since I am hoping for a Western interview as well, I figure starting with all CDA and MMI material will simultaneously prepare me for the Western interview too (banking on optimism right now too)
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    Number of Tries to get in

    Yes I've also talked to many people in different grad years who tried multiple times to get in before being accepted in Canada. So patience and a "plan" appear key. Although I would do the calculations of the American investment - if you factor in the number of extra earning potential in the interim years (assuming the work you do waiting to get into Canadian is not well-paying) - then for some the american investment may in fact make sense. Certainly many are practicing here after having gone to the many american schools that our canadian dat would qualify us for.
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    Send Trascripts To Uoft

    The onus is on you to expedite a transcript and babysit it through the system
  11. Trish has retired? She was a great go to in the past. I agree this office morseso than many others is good at answering questions. I've hounded them enough!
  12. Shouldn't this go without saying. If you really want dentistry that any component of the process is treated seriously?
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    Only 6 Questions?

    I've heard of others who have had 6 questions in the past, went overtime answering the 6, and still got in. Don't sweat it.
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    U Of T Post-Interview Thoughts

    I agree with Ancient Dentist --- just in absolute weighting terms - even if we feel we screwed it up (yours truly included), other factors with more weighting such as GPA can more than compensate and allow us to still have a chance --- there's always hope (and of course there's always next year!)
  15. From friends I have who have all entered the profession and have had differing levels of success in their respective job hunts and job experiences - I think the issue is less one of saturation or non-saturation in any given area, and more an issue of the specific practice itself.... many have found great spots with tons of work in areas that technically are supposed to be "over saturated". The key is in the practice, which can really only be assessed by very close interaction over time.