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  1. I'm currently practicing in BC (2016 grad), but I'm wanting to move to Alberta for a better opportunity. What is market like for dental associates in cities like Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, etc? What do associates make on average in those cities? Thanks
  2. I'm Canadian but also went to an American dental school (Detroit Mercy). I also graduated in 2016, but can answer your questions as well. 1. My GPA was pretty much similar to yours (about 3.60). I don't remember my DAT scores, but I did take both American and Canadian DAT. I don't remember my scores, but I did remember that I bombed the soap carving (got a 14, lol). 2. Absolutely does not matter in the US. I think as long it's at least 4 courses per semester, you're good.
  3. I also graduated in 2016 but from Detroit Mercy. Our graduation requirements is almost the same as yours except ours was 5 canals. I think just 4-5 endos and 6 crowns is severely lacking though. I did 5 canals and 8 crowns. That's not enough especially compared with previous classes when they did a lot more. I don't know about Case Western but in Detroit Mercy, we had a grad Endo department that sucked in all the "good endo" cases from the dental students. I was disappointed that molar endo was not a requirement in Detroit because I found that in the real world after graduation, a lot of places that hire want you to be able to do molar endo. It was tough for me at the beginning, and I had to take some CE courses to make up for the shitty endo experience I got from dental school. Whereas, it seems like in Canadian schools (I know UBC) requires you do molar endo to graduate. That is good that you took the American boards (CDCA) exam. I did too. It's nice to keep your options open. I wrote both American and Canadian boards and worked (and currently work) in Canada right after graduation. But who knows, I may decide to work in the States in the future.
  4. Even if you did sign 'em, I've heard the restrictive convenant is very difficult to enforce in Canada. The owner dentist may not even think it's worth it to spend $$ on court costs and waste precious clinic time. They probably will just let it go (especially if you've only worked there for like a couple of months).
  5. I believe multiples is better because it helps to work in different environments because all offices are run so differently. Plus, it looks good on your work history that you worked two (or more) offices long-term at the same time as opposed to one office long-term. It shows you can adapt to different offices with different staff. Plus, easier for FD to fill up your schedule for 2-3 days as opposed to 4-5 days. I remember this was a big issue when I worked full-time in one office. It's best not to put all your eggs in one basket. If one associateship doesn't work out, chances are the first couple of jobs won't after school, you can transition out of that one and into another or add days at one of the other ones you're working at. If you are only in one practice, there is a lot of pressure to make that one work. You may be forced to make compromises you shouldn’t make out if fear of not having any income stream. I also think that politics & petty gossip in the office (amongst staff) tends to be a big thing when you are confined to one small office; whereas, in multiple part-time gigs, the office & staff sees you as simply showing up to do your work and leave. Working multiples allows you to get to know the practices, and yourself, and gives you an easier out if you need it. I wouldn't sign any restrictive convenants with part-time associateships though. A complete deal-breaker IMO.
  6. What are the territories like as a place to work as a dental associate (specifically Yukon)? I heard you can make a killing up in the territories. I don't think they even have fee guides up there, so clinics can charge as much as they want? I've had a phone interview at a clinic in Whitehorse, Yukon but decided against it because Whitehorse seems like a very expensive place to live (housing, food, insurance, etc). Almost more expensive (if not more) than the Vancouver area. The fee guide here in BC is terrible, and it seems you don't get rewarded for hard work here in BC compared to other provinces in the country. I don't know what it's like in Ontario though. But yes, I agree with you that fee guide isn't everything.
  7. I got accepted to Detroit Mercy back in 2012 and just graduated last year. I did take both the Canadian DAT and American DAT's. I also had a low carving score (if I remember I had a 14?). I recall when I had my interview at Detroit Mercy back in 2012, they never brought up my low carving score.
  8. Yeah. same with me. My first month was very slow and I only made 4K. But since then, I have become more busier and more proficient.
  9. Just curious what the average billing is per month for new grads? Any new grads on here want to share? I just finished my 3rd month, and I billed about $24,000 last month, I took home about $9000 last month (40% collections minus lab fees). This is in BC.
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