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  1. 1. That's a hard question to answer as everyone comes in with a different background. Though I'm not implying that I'm smart or anything but overall IMO, I don't think there are any hard courses. They are not picky on the questions. It is just the volume of material that I felt made studying "harder". Gen med is a hit or miss course. You either do really well or you don't. 2. Lecture notes are the way to go! They may recommend textbooks but I never used any.... 3. We were thrown into it, but don't worry, they know everyone's learning curve is different so they won't expect you all to be geniuses. There will be clinical instructors to help you out. 4. Great question! I wished I knew to just chill out more. Dental school is very demanding so if you don't find things to do outside of studying you might start to burn out. In terms of studying, I think I should've focused more on the big ideas. It's not like undergrad where they will ask you about something the prof only mentioned briefly on one slide that everyone probably ignored. Looking back now, I think I should've better made use of hours.There's probably a lot of things I wish i should've done/known but I can't think of anymore more for now. Definitely ask us during welcome week! With roommates, I think that depends on you and your roommate's personality. I like living by myself and a lot of my classmates do too. There were some classmates that lived together too though. So I think its doable. 5. I don't know how this year's backpacks will look like. So I we'll both find out this fall!
  2. Thanks! 1. Do you/your classmates worry about the massive debt you will have to pay back once you finish? 2. Do most students from you school graduate and start working right away? 3. For those who do work right after graduation, do many choose corporate dentistry? And what are your, your classmates', and/or faculty members' thoughts on corporate dentistry? Personally, I feel like it's a bad idea, but I hear it's getting quite popular in the States.
  3. Lol of course it exist ;P I'm not sure when you attended dental school but it's been consistently updated. The stuff from the 1990s isn't the same anymore but good practice questions nonetheless! That reminds me, any incoming first year students reading this, make sure your laptop or usb has over 10GB of space or else you won't be able to get all the pink notes!
  4. You're welcome! 1. They used to give percentiles, but I believe they do not anymore. Once we get all our grades, I'll check to if I see any percentiles. 2. Yeah, you can do that. Personally, rather than recording I just asked my friends if I didn't catch something. I think it's much faster than trying to listen to the recording all over again. Though I guess it wouldn't hurt you to record. 3. I would say our professors' teaching quality are amazing! If you have friends who attended Western for their undergrad, you most likely heard of them talking about how great their professors were and guess what? We have those same professors! Faculty are all very approachable and I felt they really cared about us. When your entire class get multiple free breakfasts and lunch all paid for by your prof I think it's fair to say they like us. I can only think of one professor who might not be as approachable, but don't worry we will warn you about this professor during orientation week!
  5. Np hope this helps: 1. I love it! In terms of in-class lectures, you don't have to do anything and the professor will most likely recognize you (and possibly know your name) but that can also be bad if you like to skip classes . If you participate in class (even just a bit), the professors will likely get to know you much faster than in undergrad. Also, no trouble with whichever seats you want, we all have our "unofficial" seats now. I think I found the small class size most helpful in our sim clinic, you will have plenty of space to work in (I don't know how previous years worked with such a small surface, I seem to use up every space I get), good quality time with clinical instructors/professors, not too crowded wet lab area, and short line up to use various equipment. 2. Clinical classes are mandatory. They start with a 1 hour lecture followed by a 3 hour independent work. You will be told what you should complete that day. Most projects are not marked after the end of each session. You will be seated in pods of 6-8 students with an instructor assigned to your pod. These instructors rotate each class so you get to hear different methods, opinions, suggestions on how to complete your tasks. Also, with marking they are usually the one to mark your project. So you will never have that "hard" person mark all your projects since they rotate. For some projects, instructors will each be assigned to mark one aspect of the project for the whole class and the course coordinator will evaluate all criteria for the whole project for each students. So the marking is pretty fair.
  6. 1. I'm not sure if I can explain this accurately. We have many courses and they all start and end on different months. It's not like undergrad where your schedule is split 1st term and 2nd term. During our December exam period we have a combination of finals and midterms. There are lab quizzes, midterms, assignments (essays), and some 100% finals. 2. Personally what worked for me was a restful sleep the night before and a cup of coffee or two. 3. The answer to this question is really dependent on your study habits. So I'll just tell you a bunch of things that I or my classmates have done. Some wrote their notes (but you may not have enough time once things get really busy), some collaborated and made notes together (this is a HUGE time saver!), some reviewed all lectures taught that day (seems unimaginable, but if you're disciplined enough you can do it), some made flashcards, some skipped classes (especially with professors that don't teach well), some formed study groups (having the same schedule makes coordinating study sessions very easy) and some study by themselves. I think its best you try out all these methods, maybe use a combination of these study strategies depending on you and the course material. Also, we'll give your class something called "Pinks" USE IT! It contains AMAZING notes, images, practice questions....etc Great questions! Hope my answers help
  7. Resurrecting this thread since I am still somewhat active on these forums! My offer will stand for this summer. Please read the above posts before you asking you questions. Thanks and good luck 2018 applicants!!
  8. Hi Everyone! The title sums up the main point of this thread. I've read similar threads before I got into dentistry and I told myself that if I ever get in I would repay the help that I receive from all these kind, anonymous people. So feel free to ask me anything about Schulich dentistry (particularly first year, though I'll try my best for other years)! If any Schulich students are reading this thread and have answers to any of the below questions, feel free to answer them! And any questions answered I'll most likely skip. -shm
  9. Thanks for starting this kind of thread! It will be really helpful, especially to those who know how to search for these forums. Here are some of my questions: 1. Do you feel well supported by your school? For example, are students, faculty, and admin considerate and helpful? 2. Did you find the move from Ontario to Pittsburgh difficult?(Assuming you stayed close to home during undergrad) 3. What do you like most and dislike most about your program so far? 4. Are the students' concerns heard and addressed in a timely manner?
  10. That list of CDA questions you're referring to is most likely the Dental Interview Plus book, but to be honest none of those questions were asked in my interview. I did find that book useful in running my mock interviews. In my opinion, I don't believe these interview companies are worth the money unless: 1) you feel really uncomfortable with interviews, 2) you don't have a group of med/dent friends to practice, or 3) you have loads of extra money. I only practiced with my friends (some where already in med school, which really helped!). Of all my interviews, I found it easiest to prep for the CDA interview. If you prep how I described above I think you'll be ready . Remember to smile and the moment you step into the building pretend you are being watched at all times!
  11. This is a pretty tough decision to make and it's hard to tell you what to do. So I'll just explain to you what I would do in you situation and why. Firstly, since you applied to Irish schools, I would focus my efforts on that because if you get in well...I would just take it. (I'm assuming the cost isn't as crazy as American schools. Just a warning though, I believe most Irish Dental programs are 5 years long and the fees are in Euros so...the cost might end up being the same.) Also, if you are accepted and then you decline their offer, I feel you will not get a second chance at the same school if you were to reapply next year. Now if you were not accepted and really want to get into dental school asap then applying to Australian schools for the 2018 entry would be the next best option. Make sure you have the correct prerequisite courses because a few Australian schools are really specific. If you want to try for Canadian schools then I wouldn't apply to Australian schools yet. Instead, take the year off, work and volunteer and redo the DAT. I believe your best chance is UWO since your GPA is lower than what other Canadian schools would typically accept. Hope that helps!
  12. Congratulations, those are amazing scores! For CDA interviews, I made an excel file listing the seven competencies in one column and then I filled up each row with as many personal experiences that demonstrated the competencies. It's good to have multiple experiences that demonstrate a single competency so that you don't use the same example twice. I then just practice explaining my experiences in a succinct way with my friends and family. For the behavioral questions sections, I used the STARLP method and practiced with my med friends. I was accepted into UofT using this method. Hope this helps and good luck!
  13. Normally I recommend people to apply and give it a shot, but....your gpa is honestly too low for American schools. Even though you found schools with lower GPA acceptances, those cutoffs are most likely for URM students. As a Canadian student your GPA definitely needs to be above those cutoffs, UNLESS maybe you have stellar ECs, shadowing, research, DAT scores, LORs....etc. I would recommend you go to studentdoctornetwork (American version of premed101), to get a better idea of competitive applications. There's also lots of useful threads there too! I would actually say Australian schools are easier to get into in terms of just the application process (you only need GPA and DAT scores to apply). I can't quite remember what the GPA cutoff was for this past cycle, but I do remember being very shock when I found out (granted, my GPA was competitive for Canadian schools). However, Australian schools are VERY specific in their course per-requisites. Definitely do you research before you apply. I know it's exhausting, but if this is what you want to do, then it's just the first of many other tiring things you'll have to do before you can practice.
  14. For UofT, I think you might be able to get an interview, but that will highly depend on your GPA. Maybe try looking at the UofT interview and acceptance threads? For Schulich, it didn't matter for last cycle. I think it might change this year regarding how they select interview candidates (this is my assumption based on the prof's comments). If you can afford it though, I would apply, you never know!
  15. I remember there was at least one school that I was interested in applying to but they required the carving score if I submitted my cDAT score. I can't find the school right now. Overall though, most Canadian-friendly American schools do not require the carving portion. Also, you should check out studentdoctornetwork, it's the American equivalent to premed101. You'll find lots of useful information .
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