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  1. When I was in school the clinical director (an orthodontist, won't post his name here) saw patients in the grad clinic and my fee was quite low. YMMV.
  2. You think your past self defines your present self, but it is in fact your future self that you should be using to define your current self. Focus on who you want to be, not who you have been. Where are you going? What are you striving for? Why are you doing it? This is an issue of self-limiting beliefs, it turns out, not an issue of what the 'best' course of action is. Think of it this way. You want to go to dental school. Okay. Be very honest and clear with yourself about what someone who really wants to go to dental school would do, and then do everything in your power to do
  3. I'm gonna play devil's advocate (because it's fun) and poke a few holes in your thinking. Nobody really cares for their degree. If your goal is dental school, then you're not wrong, the undergrad degree doesn't really matter. It's a vehicle for getting grades, learning how to study, getting to know yourself and getting some life experience, enjoying life, making friends, and then moving on. But failing to finish it doesn't seem wise to me; it would be cheapening the last 3 years of your life. You can still apply to U of T dental even if you write the DAT in November, so why not do th
  4. If you're not in dental school, I wouldn't worry about it. Even then, you know how you get good at hand skills for dentistry? By doing dentistry. I'd say spatial reasoning is probably more important than hand skills at first, and even then, you'll still learn it in dental school. There's really no point in worrying about this stuff outside of the realm of dentistry. But if it floats your boat, sure, just do stuff you enjoy. If it involves some level of fine motor control or hand-eye coordination, great. But do it because it's a fun, engaging hobby, not because you're holdin
  5. I think you misread! I'm not starting anything, another associate left for a perio residency.
  6. Most of the truly good jobs are found through networking. I've found good jobs through listings before, but that was years ago. The landscape has certainly changed in the GTA, especially with COVID. The last time our practice put up an ad for an associate about 18 months ago, we got like 100 applicants in the first two days. When that associate left for residency and we had to fill his position, I just asked someone I knew from school instead, and I'm glad I did. Good jobs do not need listings because the clinics and dentists who need help in a well-run, busy clinic know people who v
  7. Might be tricky due to restrictions around gathering, PPE, etc. Most offices are already struggling pretty bad with the PPE & infection control situation. Unnecessary bodies aren't ideal. We don't let family members/accompaniments in with patients unless absolutely necessary so might be tricky to let a student in (and we usually do a lot of shadowing from local hygiene/assisting schools).
  8. StudentDoctorNetwork is a much better resource for this than this forum. Much more active with Canadians applying to U.S. schools. Start there.
  9. For studying, I adore both my Sony WH1000XM3s and AirPods Pro, but I would not sleep in them. Unless you're exclusively a backsleeper (which isn't terribly good for you anyways), you're gonna wake up with some gnarly ear pain. You might want to look into some sleep-specific headphones like those outlined in this video:
  10. No one has a crystal ball, but I am pretty skeptical of how dentistry is moving in the coming decades. Like someone above mentioned, there's a lot of corporatization going on and an oversupply of dentists which is what's driving the changes we see in the industry. Namely labour is cheapening (lots of grads, lots of competition) and power is consolidating (corporatization, private equity, deep pockets, lots of lobbying power), in conjunction with weak professional camaraderie with respect to Colleges and regulatory bodies that actually look after the job market of their members (hint: ours
  11. Honestly you should be far more worried about the terms of the LOC than a measly $500 in credit. Go with the plan that works best for you, from an advisor you trust the most. Shop around. $500 is meaningless.
  12. For the better for students. More work for instructors like myself.
  13. To be frank, I would shadow at some point during your application year so at least you gather some data about what you're getting yourself into.
  14. COVID was the impetus for it. I don't know nitty gritty details yet, it's preliminary, but the pandemic is a catalyst for changes that have been ripe for test driving.
  15. There are big clinical education changes coming to U of T in the coming years (the way upper year students see patients will be greatly altered; patient distribution may be addressed too). So it's a bit of a question mark there.
  16. For American schools it is typically required. Individual schools have various requirements. the answer is 'it depends'. You can Google the specific schools you're interested in.
  17. cleanup

    Moving away

    Are you trying to be funny?
  18. cleanup

    Moving away

    You're moving to BC, not to Zimbabwe. You're young and you would benefit greatly from seeing this as an opportunity to learn, be open minded, meet new people, and experience life. If you want life to be stable, predictable, same-same, forever, not only will you a) be sorely disappointed but also b) possibly bored and stunted. That's just my opinion, but I would argue that as someone who is going to professional school, you may want to maintain that curious, open, experience-driven mindset. I grew up in a small town for 15 years, and then moved halfway around the world to Asia fo
  19. We are doing emergency treatment only. That means orofacial trauma, uncontrollable bleeding, swelling/signs of abscess (this is a contentious one), pain not controllable by OTC meds (also contentious). The issue is the latter two; those are very grey areas. Most patients don't know what swelling is, and most people have a very low pain threshold. 90% of dental issues are non-emergent. The entire goal right now is to limit person-to-person contact and community spread as much as possible, and the logistics involved with seeing patients physically, and possibly performing operative dentistr
  20. If anyone notices any concerns re: monetization please get in touch with me.
  21. Dental incomes will become more and more disparate/varied as time goes on. The average will go down. The outliers will go both directions. This is only a natural consequence of low demand, high supply, saturation and corporatization. Take any numbers you hear and chop 15-20% off the top for self-reporting bias.
  22. Good questions. OP, why are you really doing this? Why do you want to go to dental school? Why do you feel like the advice of Internet strangers is valuable to you? What behoved you to post? I don't mean to be an armchair devil's advocate moral compass judge (but I am)... but I find that when people do this kind of thing without thought or preparation, there is a high chance they haven't necessarily completely thought their goals, wants & needs and boundaries, through.
  23. I collect. No Panerais currently but I had a PAM111 in the past.
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