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    Western's Strengths and Weaknesses

    You can pm me.

    UWO Interview Prep

    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.

    Western's Strengths and Weaknesses

    Go to UofT or the states (if you can afford it)

    Writing the canadian DAT

    This is not true.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

    UWO admissions selection process

    Interview/ABS is very important. Most people/everyone has shadowing experience. Grad students get a boost. No preferential treatment for Western undergrads. Not true.
  8. "Saving" 2 years at an American school is probably more costly than doing a 2 year masters and then going to a Canadian school
  9. 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.

    UofT/UWO Waitlist movement

    WL for Class of 2021 moved 1 spot after first instalment of tuition was due.

    UofT/UWO Waitlist movement

    Might move a bit after first instalment of tuition is due.

    $1million Debt from dental school

    Seems like a lot of that debt could have been minimized. He made poor life decisions. -attending USC for prestige -cost of living in Cali -benz and tesla -ortho school right after graduating -2 children
  13. With a 91%/3.97 for Western/UofT your chances are pretty slim man , consider the states.

    UWO and UofT

    Many of these pros/cons are entirely dependent on the person - class size, city, catchment area (dental students regardless of where they are will be doing essentially the same things, seeing a rare case will not make/break your education). UWO no longer discloses class rank. Class schedule: I believe UofT has many exams spread out through the year. Western has most exams concentrated in December-February. Specialty programs: chances are you will not specialize. UofT has more specialty programs so it may be easier to network. But at the end of the day both schools have students that specialize and networking with those program directors alone probably will not be enough to match. More specialty programs might also mean those cases are likely to be referred out. UWO supposedly has very good endo education relative to other Canadian programs. Research: everyone I know who wanted to do research got a position. I don’t think there’s a significant difference at either school. As someone from the GTA, I think the biggest con about UWO is that London is a pretty sad place to live in. Ultimately you should make your decision based on the school you like better and where you want to be/where your family/friends are. I don’t think any difference in education between the two schools trumps that.
  15. The on-campus apartments are basically the same as residence. They are close/convenient but not very nice. Would recommend them for people who don’t care about that or those who don’t drive (bus is not very reliable depending on the line you’re on).