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  1. All the PIC locations are likely closed. If you are expecting to get into the DDS program I would apply online today as you are expected to have done that in advance! The U of A does have strict timelines of roughly 2 weeks for getting the PIC and immunization report into them. They do this to back fill the class with the wait list. They may relax those timelines but I would still apply for the PIC today.

  2. Insurance companies pay what they feel like which most often is LESS than the fee guide.

    The scary part is: " Hoffman hinted she could use her power under the Health Professions Act to impose new regulations on dentists. " Dentists I talked to are worried about what those regulations entail. They could make it law that a dentist could only charge so much for a certain procedure.

    Why don't they decrease pensions and salaries for politicians first! Why pick on dentists.

  3. This could be a sign of things to come in other provinces. Dentists, that are relatives of mine, have been warning me for months now that the Alberta Health minister would like cuts to the fees dentists charge patients of up to 25% in many areas. She may force legislation if needed to get her way. I'm surprised nobody is talking about this. This would drastically affect our earning potential.


    While its true Alberta dentists charge the highest, we also have the highest overhead- Staff costs are more than double of other provinces...


  4. Would you say its harder to get into an American omfs program as a canadian grad, or a Canadian omfs program?


    Not sure. I think its harder to get into the American programs as a Canadian. ( only accepted 4 for 227 positions)  I will apply to both this August. I hope to get into an American program as its quicker and there are some great programs in the US.

  5. Do you believe it's pretty much impossible for a Canadian dental school graduate to match into a US omfs program? 

    Get over 75 on the CBSE.  Finish in the top 5-10% of your class. Do 4 to 5 externships in third year.  Volunteer. Show that you are well rounded- play sports... Make sure the residents like you. Then you have a good chance to get in. Last year 4 Canadians were accepted.

  6. I don't know of many OMFS externships in Canada other than McGill. Is it difficult for Canadian dental students to be accepted into externships in the US?


    Also, when is a good time to start externing? I want to start early, but want enough dental education under my belt to be able to talk to residents about what's going on.


    Thank you, Disintegration!

    Its very easy to get a US externship. I'm doing 5 this year. Want to do these in third year as many schools won't accept second years. However getting in as an OMFS resident is another story. There were only 8 positions accepted for 2017 for non US students WORLD wide, as posted on the website!...  So I'm guessing about 4 Canadians will get in this year to a US school. You need to ace the CBSE exam ( top 5% ) and be in the top 5% class standing at your Canadian Dental University.  Americans only need to be in the top 33% to get in. They are held to a MUCH lower standard. Also the CBSE exam is VERY hard if you want to ace it. Start studying in first and second year and write it July between second and third year. I spent more time preparing for that exam than my whole second year studying combined!


    The US board exam is trivial. I spent a few days preparing for that and its just pass fail.

  7. The US looks at your class standing ( position in your class relative to all other students) first and score on the NBME exam second( very difficult exam as you are tested on all the med school material) to determine who gets interviews.


    So one course over three years is not that significant but you want to finish in the top 5% of your class over the first three years to be competitive.


    For me the big work load was studying for the NBME exam while taking classes. You need to start working on that in second year. You will be disadvantaged as U of T  DDS students don't take med classes like U of A, McGill and many US schools do. Get a hold of notes and texts from a med student and start studying if you are serious about specializing.

  8. Hi Contach,

    I wanted to thank you for all your posts. I spent many hours finding out the information you posted here in this thread.

    I'm a third year DDS student wondering what the other more intense externships other than  LSU-NO, Parkland (Texas), Gainesville (Florida) that you could list.

    I'm in the process of applying for a few more now.

    Also would you write the NBME again if you aced it already( top 1%) ? I know I could do better, but it would take alot of time next summer. Or should I spend more time on externships?
    I'm looking to do alteast four this year.


    Also-  the ADA will release a new exam called the ADAT in 2016 that's designed to become the entrance exam for all dental specialty programs. Is this worth taking? It covers different material.


  9. You can easily make over 300K as a General Dentist as long as you own your own practice.

    Easily!   I assume you are joking! Have you looked at stats for what dentist make in Canada? ( $130k) How many newer dentists have you talked to that make that much? Most new dentists ( graduated in the last 10 years ) are having a VERY hard time making half those numbers in the large metro areas. We have 10 relatives that are dentists  and they tell me its getting harder every year. Thirty years ago it they were booking 1 to 2 years in advance. Now a patient can get in within a week or even a day! 


    If you want to make that kind of money take computer engineering or medicine.. not general dentistry.

  10. They are telling you what your GPA is based upon submitted marks. They likely use another method to calculate GPA for admissions as nearly everyone has a GPA well above 3.9 in my class. They make exceptions for certain individuals.


    Another poster in the past did not get into UofA Dentistry with a 4.0 GPA. He called a number of times and was eventually told he had too few A+ 's. Makes sense based on my observations.

  11. That's probably not how the overall score is calculated. I was meaning to point this out for a while...

    Last year Formidable had a 3.91 GPA, 66 DAT score, 34 interview score, but q155 with a 3.94 GPA,  64 DAT score and 31 interview score got accepted off the waitlist before Formidable (didn't get in last year unfortunately). So according to the overall score calculations shown above, Formidable had a higher overall index score than q155... so I think UofA probably uses standard deviation, there's no other explanation. 


    You can find this info on the 2nd page of last year's acceptance thread: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/77877-u-of-a-admissions-2018/page-2.

    Someone called in last year and was told they count an A+ as a 5 and an A as a 4 when calculating the 50% score. Too many high GPA's near 4.0 applying.  Makes sense as many schools give you a 4.3 for an A+ which is much harder to get than an A.

  12. For anyone who has been through the interview process before, I just have a few more questions I would be really grateful to have answered.


    Firstly, for the photo we have to send in, it says to list your program. Is that simply your degree (e.g. B.Sc./B.A. in _____)? 


    >>>Yes.  B.Sc. in whatever...   They want a quality photo so that means a trip to the photographer shop. Also you will be wearing that picture on your U of A hospital ID for the next 4 years...so think of that when you get it done!


    Secondly, in between the initial orientation and the actual MMIs, do you get at least a short bathroom/water break, or from the time you get there is it 3 hours non-stop with no breaks? (I know that there is no break time during the MMI part itself, but I was wondering if you get a break right before.) Also, is there somewhere safe to leave personal items (e.g. purse, water bottle) during the MMI part? And does the UofA give you a paper and pencil for the MMIs? 


    >>>You get a quick break before the MMI process. Dont recall any place to store stuff., ..I only brought a pen. They provide you with a U of A tote bag with a pad of paper and water bottle. I had no time to write anything during the interview as you get about 90 sec to read the paper on the door and think out an answer. ( by the time you get out of the room and walk to the next room you wasted 30 seconds)


    Finally, in one of the sources I am using to practice, it lists several "rules" (unofficial) for MMIs. These include the fact that you MUST knock before entering the room, that you should not immediately sit down, etc. However, the source is from a different university and is for med. school, so I am wondering: does the same apply for UofA DDS MMIs? Can someone please describe how this works? Do you knock before entering? Do most of the interviewers shake hands, or do you just immediately sit down and start talking? Are you supposed to introduce yourself to the interviewer? Also, can anyone say how UofA scores answers (if you can't discuss this, that's fine too!)? Specifically, I am wondering if the UofA is one of the schools where each score can only be given out once (so someone gets a 1 and someone gets a 7) or can scores be given out multiple times? 




    >>> They will go over the rules of what to do before the MMI starts. I recall knocking on the door. The interviewer was a bit of a distance across the table so it was ackward to shake hands. I introduced myself and started to talk. It was a blur as the 80 min was over in what seemed like 15 mins.

    >>> I assume 7's can be given out mulitple times based on the scores of others.


    Good luck!

  13. Hi everyone!


    Got my invite a couple of days ago too. My stats were GPA: 4.0, DAT: 68. 


    I was wondering, would anyone who has been through UofA interviews before be willing to give those of us who haven't a brief summary of how the whole process works. Not about the questions specifically, but more just a general walk-through. i.e. After you check in at your reporting time (for me 7:30 am - not sure if everyone has the same), what happens? Do they tell you when you will be going in (i.e. what time your set of interviews will start exactly)? Is there an orientation where they show you where the MMI rooms are, and the order in which you are supposed to go from one room to the next, etc.? Also, in the invite it said to be available for up to 3h; is this accurate, or does it take longer? Finally, about how many MMI stations are there?


    Also, if there are any women who have been through the process before, what do the majority of female applicants tend to wear for the interviews? Does the dress code tend to be dress pants/skirt with a formal top, or do most wear suit jackets? 



    Last year they had an orientation group meet  to discuss the program in general ( about 40 min). At that meeting they  told us when they would be sending out the first round of acceptances. Everything took about 2.5 hours last year.  They will lead you to your stations. They run multiple sets of stations.  Most women and men were dressed in business atire - suits.


    The MMI process is set up with 7 rooms located next to each other. The first room is a warm up question that does not count. You then go to to rooms 2-7 and finally back to room 1. ( total of 8 stations for 80 min)

    A bell sounds and you get 2 min to read each question. The bell sounds again and you enter the room and have 8 min to answer. If you run short of things to say the interviewer will prompt you along. The bell sounds after 8 min and you move to the next room quickly as your 2 min is ticking away....


    You are scored out of 7 marks for each of the last 7 stations for a total mark of 49. Average mark for admitted students is about 35 out of 49.  If you prepare for  three weeks you should be fine. ( just dont say anything stupid!)  .


    Good luck to everyone.

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