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  1. Pros and cons can't really be generalized even across two people. Everyonr is different. Toronto was a "-" in my book . To each their own. Every school has its pros and cons for sure. But I think your attitude will be the biggest factor in whether you have a good experience or not. Trust me you will find things you can complain about regardless of which school you choose. Congrats to all who were accepted this year and I wish the very best to you all
  2. I can't speak to how this degree compares to a 2-year master, but I'm pretty sure that IF there is a bonus given to graduate students then this degree would most likely qualify you as one.
  3. Not sure if you're the type to use cue cards - but these are cue cards that I made last year for the exam. Hope they help! https://quizlet.com/126997623/physiology-challenge-exam-review-flash-cards/
  4. Not in UofT dent but I did do the interview last year. If you already feel like your answers are too long, then why add personal experiences? I mean I could see it being beneficial if you really don't have enough to say and if you have a really good experience that you want to mention, but as a general rule your answers to CDA questions should aim to be short, clear and concise. Unlike other interviews, there really is a right answer, and this is especially true for situational questions. Take a moment, identify the competencies which you need to address, and go through what you mentioned while hitting these competencies very clearly, and that should be good enough! Make sure to organize your thoughts BEFORE you start speaking so that your answer is more organized and more eloquent. Don't decide at the last moment to add some detail for the sake of packing your answer with as much information as possible, or for taking up a certain amount of time. This is easy to spot and just makes you seem like you're rambling My interview took much less time than others (although I was asked 1 less question) and it didn't seem to hurt my application. Goodluck and let me know if I can help with anything else!
  5. Not sure about others, but I basically only used these books just for the questions. I wanted questions which are unique and got me out of my comfort zone. You can probably do without them if you know of some other place to find dental interview-related questions.
  6. I remember finding out about the shadowing when the application was first made available. I completely freaked out. In the end I just shadowed about 25 hours in like December and I guess that was enough for them (although I thought it looked rlly bad)
  7. Molar bond makes some good points. Def no point redoing your DAT. There really isn't much evidence that UWO values graduate degrees per se, but the breadth of experiences which a Master's provides may be an asset in the interview or statement. In the end, just follow your interests and don't give up, I only got in about 3 years after finishing my undergrad and I'm honestly glad it worked out that way in hindsight. Goodluck!!
  8. Not sure if they're being all secretive about the interview this year again, but I can say that practicing CDA interviews for UofT was basically all the preparation I did for both UofT and UWO and it seemed to be enough
  9. You're really in the same boat as everyone else. The DAT tests very specific material which most people learned many years before taking the DAT (and probably forgot everything). I sent this to a private message when someone asked me about the DAT, I'll just copy an dpaste it here and maybe it will be useful for you: So basically studying for biology should involve three methods: (1) Initially you will need to read through the Cliff's Bio textbook (3rd edition available for free online. Just google it) a single time from start to finish. This is to put all of the facts which you'll be memorizing into context. You won't be able to simply start memorizing. You should do this slowly in terms of understanding the concepts but there's no point taking extensive notes yet. Just read the book. (2) Use the Feralis Biology notes to review a condensed version of all of the material that you just read. Again you can Google this and it is available for free. Use this to focus on the material that you will need to memorize. Print out these notes and highlight and make side notes and add to them if you want to. You'll find that these notes cover content which wasn't in the textbook you just read. This is because the Cliff's Bio book doesn't cover all of the content on the DAT especially the physiology sections. For this reason some people read a second textbook but i just don't think that's worth the time. (3) Review review review. I suggest using cue cards. Make a huge list of cue cards of all of the things that you feel you might forget. As you go along, start to remove cue cards which you know until you've refined your deck of cards to the most difficult material. Can use quizlet.com for online cue cards or other apps. Meanwhile you wll need to sign up for as many practice sites as you can. I signed up for qvault and dat bootcamp and DAT genius. Also I suggest getting the DAT destroyer book for biology and chemistry. These are not necessarily for practicing or recreating a real life version of the DAT but rather should be added to your cue cards whenever some difficult or unknown concept is presented to you. Using the above method you should be able to learn it all - it's definitely possible to get a 30 on the biology section, regardless of how hard people claim it is. This is because the bio section is very easy.. it just covers a lot of content so most people find that they're asked about topics they never reviewed. This can be countered by going into your studies knowing that your goal is to literally memorize as many bio facts as humanly possible. You will be surprised of what you're capable of. For Chemistry, use Chad’s videos at coursesaver.com. Chemistry is by far the more straightforward science section on the DAT. This is because, although you may see variations in how questions are asked, you can be sure that Chad's videos cover all of the necessary content which can ever be asked on the DAT. This is in contrast to the biology section, which is much broader and much less predictable.
  10. Your stats are really good! Don't give up. Hopefully you got an invite at another school, but if not, maybe consider a 1 year master's and taking a good look at your personal statement (I can help you edit it for next year if you like) and I think your chances look very good.
  11. Technically it's the midpoint between 85-89.99999999 which is basically 87.5
  12. Very well put! I think the assumption is that Medicine is somehow a better profession because it is harder to get in to. If that's the case, there are a bunch of really competitive professional Master's programs which are just as difficult to get into as Medicine...
  13. You could also think of doing a Master's. Maybe a 1-year course-based one? It could help
  14. it's usually not a good idea to bank on only one school, but I would agree with Commons that your best bet is Western. Your GPA is competitive, you have bonus points for Master's and you likely have a good amount of research experience in your master's which will really help your case. You should work on your ECs and study hard for your DAT. Do some shadowing, volunteering, working, etc. If you need help you can PM me and I can tell you a good way to prepare for the DAT. Best of luck! Edit: not sure about you personal circumstances, but I really recommend that since you have a good chance at Canadian schools that you focus your efforts there. IMO US schools should only be considered if an applicant has extremely low chances for Canadian admission. However I'm sure many would disagree.
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