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  1. If you have a choice you should pick based on cost, preferred location, and curriculum. On forums you will see a lot of self aggrandizement and people trying to convince you about which school is the best, but for the wrong reasons. There are certainly differences between every school but the reality is the requirements at each one are generally the same and they all have their own unique problems. Everyone thinks that what is unique about their school, whether positive or negative, makes them the best/worst. However, it doesn't really matter much because you won't be a significantly better dentist by choosing one Canadian school over another, where you get to do 20 more surfaces or an extra endo. Rather, graduates from all schools probably feel equally unprepared for their first job. Only if you extend the discussion to American schools will the topic of clinical experience carry any meaning. Something that is also grossly inaccurate is picking a school for reputation and networking. Dental school is not akin to business school where the name of your institution determines who has access to and obtains the best jobs and specialties. It is fairly easy to network regardless of the school considering the number of events that are held and that a lot of it can be done online on more dedicated platforms such as Linkedin. Giving a lot of weight to schools where "x% of the class goes on to specialize" is also flawed because they vary year to year and the numbers are not enough to be significant (same for board exam stats). You should also think about why that x% went on to specialize; maybe they are all doing GPRs because their clinical training was insufficient. Lastly, matching to specialty programs, regardless of where, can be done and has been done irrespective of the dental school. Frankly, if you are so sure you want to specialize so badly, you will be able to do it. You may not get into the best school, but there are enough programs in the states that if you didn't completely tune out all four years of school that you will match to either immediately or eventually. Speak to upper years at the school and think twice about a random stranger's friend's tried-and-true account of a superior clinical experience at one school because they are a first year who "worked" in the clinic holding the suction for a fourth year watching a procedure they haven't yet learned about.
  2. They have been pretty strict about it with other people in the past. Try to finish it on time.
  3. The best way to prep for the UWO interview is to know your ABS inside and out and to be able to readily draw on your experiences for personal/situational questions. Most interview companies teach you some kind of formula for answering questions, and if you answer every question like this (particularly in a traditional-style interview where there is more back and forth interaction) you will seem very robotic. I think interview prep courses may be beneficial for MMI where your answers need to be more structured, but may be a waste of time/money for a traditional panel.
  4. If money is not a factor, the quality of education and supportive resources will generally be far superior at an American school. For job prospects in Canada, it will probably not matter. To my knowledge there are some offices that will prefer Canadian graduates over USA/AUS/etc (probably won't matter if you went to an Ivy League/top tier school though vs. a random American school). From what I have observed and heard from Canadian students in general at various schools, clinical experience pales in comparison to what you would get in the states. Canadian students will generally not be doing anywhere close to the number of procedures American students get to do. In some instances you may graduate having cut 1-3 crowns, or having done the bulk of your work in fourth year because you have no patients. Many students make up for this deficit by going on mission trips - which should be supplemental to education as opposed to what seems to now be mandatory in order to graduate with any sort of competence. In my opinion, the only benefit of attending a Canadian school is cost and proximity to family.
  5. If cost is important to you then going to the states would be a terrible decision. The majority of people going to the states grossly underestimate how crippling it is to pay off $500-600k, not including interest. The cost, unless you will be inheriting a practice or your family has the means, IMO is not worth becoming a dentist (or any other profession). If UofT is your only option you may need to do a 5th + masters.
  6. Interview/ABS is very important. Most people/everyone has shadowing experience. Grad students get a boost. No preferential treatment for Western undergrads. Not true.
  7. "Saving" 2 years at an American school is probably more costly than doing a 2 year masters and then going to a Canadian school
  8. If you’re funding US education primarily with loans and are not well off/have significant funding from bank of mom and dad I don’t think any career is worth that debt (after including living expenses and interest it will be closer to $500k+). Might make more sense if you have a practice to inherit.
  9. WL for Class of 2021 moved 1 spot after first instalment of tuition was due.
  10. Might move a bit after first instalment of tuition is due.
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