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    EC for UWO?

    When the application is released in the fall, you will be able to see how they categorize different extracurricular sections! In my year, it was an online application so I would recommend creating a Microsoft Word or Excel file that organizes each extracurricular entry and personal statement question.
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    EC for UWO?

    Shadowing would be key - not just for the application but also come interview time. I found that people in the year I applied had strong grades but did not get an interview because of their personal statement and extracurriculars. Research would be nice but overall if you could have entries for each aspect of the extracurricular section in the application, that would be ideal. Even work experience is important. Every little bit helps.
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    Chances of Interview at Western?

    You should be competitive for an interview as long as your DAT sections are 20+! Feel free to PM for more specific questions.
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    I'm a 2021 student - it would be hard for me to know most of the 2018 class. It is good that your cohort has a survey! It's definitely not going to be a home run, that first (or even first few associateships). It takes a lot of trial and error. Just wanted to thank you for your contributions on the forum! Lots to learn from you and others for sure.
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    No. However I hope that this question was not asked out of sarcasm. For sure. I believe that if you go into healthcare, one must understand that quality opportunities will not always be available in desirable locations. Not trying to refute anything that anyone has said here but I want to provide what I heard through the grapevine.
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    Can confirm the aforementioned associateships are quality ones. Even the ones who are stringing part time positions in the GTA are quite happy with their lives.
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    Every new graduate from my school I know has lined up a job before or right after graduation. Some full time. Golden Horseshoe region. YMMV
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    UofT/UWO Waitlist movement

    Good news: My friend who is declining U of T dents for meds has not declined U of T dents but will soon. So expect 1 more spot to open up! Hang in there everyone!
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    UofT/UWO Waitlist movement

    I have a friend who will be declining U of T dents for meds!
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    Help! Dal vs UofT

    @powerpenguin will probably have some things to say
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    UWO and UofT

    I'll speak about U of T and include some things that many people do not consider when they begin their dental education: Pros: - Extremely progressive curriculum. We used to never learn implants in prosthodontics in second year but since these past 2 years, implants are a part of second year. Gone are microbiology and other lab sessions that proved to not be useful and now we get to do a lot more clinical assisting (i.e. real patients) in first year through our Comprehensive Care Program (CCP). - Smoother transition from undergrad to dental school in first year. First year has had many modifications in order for students to feel acquainted with the workload of dental school. The exam schedule is less stressful than the way Western has their exam schedule. - Longer first year summer. First year students have 4 months of summer at U of T, while Western students don't get off until June. You can use this time to do research, shadow, travel, work, etc. This is also the very last 4 month summer of your life, so make good use of it! - Strong patient pool. Toronto and GTA's catchment is larger than London and surrounding regions. - Scholarship. Unsure of how much Western pays (I understand there are bursaries and Schulich scholarships), but U of T automatically gives us a $2,000 scholarship for being in this professional program. - Easy to find shadowing opportunities in surrounding private practices and specialty clinics at the school. Faculty and residents encourage you to shadow and some have a preference for U of T students. - Hospital rotations. You will have the opportunity to rotate through some hospitals including: Mt. Sinai, Sick Kids, Sunnybrook, and CAMH. Each hospital has different types of patients to observe and treat. - Research opportunities are very plentiful. U of T prides itself in being a didactic institution so research opportunities are always available. - No class rank. We have GPA and that is it. If you're unsure of a specialty or not... do not worry that class rank will dictate your fate. Just keep your GPA at a decent level and do not worry about comparing to others like you would at Western with class rank. - Very few schools (I was told none in Canada) allow you to have such major input to changes at the Faculty like Toronto does. I sit on student leadership that gets the chance to speak to Faculty about issues once per 1-2 months. And some have open door policies so we can always go in and speak with them. I was told this is not the case in many other schools. - And then your typical pros like networking opportunities are more plentiful, Toronto is a bigger city and has more attractions/restaurants/places to visit and shop at, and etc. Cons: - Bigger class size. This isn't really a con IMO because you have a higher chance of finding people you click well with. So you can look at it either as a pro or a con. - Rent is more expensive because you are in the city. - Older facilities but they are being renovated as we speak (the cafeteria, lounge, and grad labs are all renovated). The library and auditorium will be renovated soon then the clinics. - You may not be able to get to do the molar endo like you may at UWO but you still may be able to... it would be the luck of the draw. - It would be nice to have a bigger emphasis on wellness. We are working on this and we hope wellness will play a much larger part of the Faculty in the future. EDIT: Both schools have their pros and cons. @Zaandrei. is a very good person to talk to about UWO. He's very involved at Schulich and has done research (through the summer research program) and presented at conferences.
  12. Also, Alberta is very strict with sterilization practices compared to other provinces. This results in higher expenses.
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    UofT/UWO Waitlist movement

    I'm going to share a story about one of my buddies in the first year class at U of T. This person applied 3 times and was waitlisted the first two times (and never got off the waitlist as the waitlist # was well beyond #30). The third time, this person applied again (same DAT/GPA as previous years) and improved on their personality test (after realizing that this played an important part of the overall file score) and got in directly. The point I am trying to make is that the difference between waitlist and straight offer is just improving one aspect of the interview process. To all who have received interviews and are on the waitlist, please do not feel the need to re-write your DAT (unless it is expiring) or improve your GPA unless you are a 3rd year student. Really spend the year trying to improve your interview skills and apply to a broader selection of schools. You are so very close and do not feel discouraged if you do not get off the waitlist. It is such a competitive process that the smallest of margins makes a bigger difference than one would expect. And of course there is lots of luck involved so do not be too hard on yourself. If anyone needs help planning for next cycle, I'm all ears and a PM away.
  14. @cleanup is correct. You can receive both certifications on the Saturday of the first week of school! Most of our class went to the single day course that day and it was held at school in the auditorium. Please note this is for ODA members so you would have needed to pay for your membership by then.
  15. Congratulations to everyone accepted - one of the users here also received good news last year and was so ecstatic to the point of being "very sweaty" (you know who you are) . It's a surreal feeling that you will never forget! Welcome to the wonderful profession of dentistry. I have a few buddies waitlisted and I know it sucks. You are honestly so close and at the interview stage, there is a bit of luck involved. Some of the advice I gave my friends included: 1) taking the day off to chill (feel unhappy/sad and get it out of your system, you need some time to unwind a bit), 2) expect nothing and hope for the best (if the waitlist gets to you awesome but don't expect it to... treat it as a pleasant surprise), and 3) have plans for next cycle (will you continue your job? do more volunteering and shadowing? travel, etc.?). You likely did your best in the interview so it may have been the slimmest of margins in terms of being accepted versus waitlisted. Don't be too tough on yourself. If you have gotten to the interview stage, it means on paper you are qualified to be a dental student. If this was not your year, it will be your year very soon... just brush up on those interview skills and you will receive an offer eventually! Best of luck to fellow waitlisters and to those rejected, keep working on that application and keep trying - you will eventually get there.