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  1. i'm an OMFS resident, in the middle of my residency, at the moment. - it can be very rewarding to remove a tooth and have the patient be amazed at how painless the entire process was. They quickly become very thankful with the knowledge that they will no longer be in pain. - sedation is a great tool we offer patients, and it really puts patients at ease. patients who would have otherwise been sweating through a procedure and grasping the dental chair with dear life. I don't like complaining because I mostly like what I do but.... - I get irked by patients who say they were never told that
  2. Hi again! Nope - less than halfway through! 2.5 years down, and 3.5 more years to go! Also - may I recommend an app called 1Password? Stores all your passwords, and creates randomly generated passwords for you too. You have access to your passwords at different sites through 1 main password to log in to the app. It is free on your computer, and if you pay $20 or so, you can get it to sync your passwords to your phone. It is also now finger print technology-enabled on the iPhone 6. Saves me so much hardship! Contach
  3. I have a problem. I am a heavy sleeper, and at the end of a long day's work, I won't wake up to my pager if it beeps within the first few hours of my sleep. My pager will beep like 8 times then just turn off.. This is not nearly long enough. Has anyone had this problem and have suggestions on what to do? - No I'm not sleeping in bed with my pager for fear of it falling off the bed or getting hid under the covers/pillow and become muffled. - I've tried getting it forwarded to my cellphone, but it only works sometimes (ie. if the operator pages me). - I've keeping it on a chair next
  4. Huh? Both professions are needed and the skills are useful. You learn a lot of shit in medical school that is sort of useless. What you really need when your practicing is what you learned in residency. Is that what you are getting at? I don't see how this is relevant though. No, i don't feel like i should have gone to medical school. OMFS is great. If you don't know what you want to do, go to medical school and hope you find something you love, or you can be like a bunch of my medschool classmates, who, when they needed to pick in 3rd year... went for the discipline that they hated least.
  5. ENT is a great specialty and shares many similarities with OMFS, but in my opinion getting in to ENT is harder than getting in to OMFS (atleast in the USA). In light of residency admissions being far from guarantees... it would be prudent to think about your ability to eventually match... In the USA, admissions to both these specialties are based heavily on your academic prowess: how well you do on MCQ tests. And I feel like if I went to an American medical school I wouldn't be in the top 10-15% of my class to be competitive for ENT, however, I did feel like I was near the top of my dental
  6. Ok, but there is no way to know if you will be good. And if you make the argument that a very talented person will be very successful in dentistry... well, they would probably be equally as successful in another profession... If that profession was an easier once, that talented person, I would think, would be relatively more successful in this new profession, as compared to dentistry... So I think it is worth comparing professions. Not everyone can be successful, unfortunately. One again... not everyone can be the cream of the crop, even if every individual thinks they are... that is
  7. Congrats on being accepted! Being an "in-province" applicant increases your chances at both dental schools. I was BC born, and attended grades 1-12 in BC, then went to an Ontario university for 4 years. When I was applying to dental schools I was considered "in-province" for both Ontario schools, AND UBC (because I had done highschool there). The schools define what they consider "In-Province" differently. I think this helps a lot. So, below, I've done the hard work for you. http://www.dentistry.ualberta.ca/en/ProgramsAdmissions/Dentistry/DDSOverview.aspx - this means that if you g
  8. It's a touch choice... probably impossibly difficult to make a well-informed one as an undergrad, but you should atleast try. Don't feel bad, or think that you made a mistake. It's impossible to know something like this. But for the rest of you - if you know you want to do OMFS, and you are in undergrad, I think you should be strongly considering medical school and give it fair consideration. If you don't, then you shouldn't be considering OMFS. Lots of similarities between OMFS and ENT, and you the most important reason you should be considering medicine is because there are more careers
  9. Hello. I did zero research at my dental school. I did do a lot of extracurriculars, leadership, and volunteering, but I don't think any of that helped *directly* with my application to OMFS. I did externships at 4 different programs in the US (they varied from 1-2 weeks in length). I did not complete a GPR. I finished dental school in May 2013, and started at a 6 year program in July 2013. How do I think the OMFS programs in US compare to those in Canada? I actually do not know much about programs in Canada. The one thing I do know is that they like to see work experience (GPRs, or priva
  10. Hrm... I have a feeling that the 4 year OMFS programs won't care if you don't have a Bachelor's degree. But 6-year programs where you also have to concurrently apply to their medical school, will be hit or miss. Some will require you to have an undergrad degree, and some won't. I know that my 6-year program will require you to have an undergrad degree because they treat applicants to the OMFS program almost like any other medical student applicant - requiring a competitive GPA, ECs, an interview with the medical school interview panel, etc. But don't take my word for it - e-mail residency
  11. This is a complicated question, and maybe some of you don't understand the true breadth of OMFS to appreciate how this could happen and how a resident wouldn't be bothered by it. There are the bread and butter procedures which 99% of all residents will learn and be fully competent in pulling wisdom teeth, placing bone grafts, placing implants. Knowing these three things alone, you can lead a very comfortable life. The vast majority of residents (dare I say 95%) will also come out of programs very comfortable in managing facial trauma, and performing orthognathic surgery. Many, but probably
  12. The general consensus is no, a dual-degree trained OMFS (dental license and MD) is not inherently entitled to have a wider scope than a single-degree OMFS. More important to one's scope of practice is what types of procedures he/she learned during their residency program, and their comfort level with said procedures. Some 4-year programs do cosmetics, most don't, and same is true for 6-year programs (some do, most don't). There is an argument (that I would tend to side with), that if you want to do a fellowship, an MD (6-year track) will help you be more competitive. Remember that some of
  13. Hi - great point. At the moment you can't practice/bill under the MD in Canada. However, you CAN advertise that you have an MD. It's not an ideal situation, but I've heard some rumors that they are trying to change this. For dentoalveolar, you wouldn't be billing anything under an MD license anyways. So, I guess you are looking at trauma.. but I know Canadian OMFS do trauma... so I imagine that they are billing for it under their dental license....
  14. I second what is written above. I think there is an area in AADSAS for "special circumstances" - I think this is to explain poor grades or a year where you did poorly because of a real issue. Being lazy is not a real issue. Even still, focus on how you changed, and make sure you convince them that you've learned from that experience.
  15. 1st year chem is all over the DAT. Nothing replaces hard work, and so far it looks like you haven't put any work into the DAT.
  16. Are you kidding? I applied to 24 OMFS programs and thought maybe that was too few.... People apply to a lot of programs in the USA. That is the norm. If you are doing GPR or perio which are less competitive, then yes maybe you'll apply to ~10, but 6 is not a lot...
  17. I graduated from McMaster Health Sciences and it was an excellent program. 1) It is especially good for people who have their eyes set on a professional school - dental/medical/law/PT. Firstly, as mentioned above, the atmosphere is very conducive to professional schools b/c all your classmates are aiming for the same thing. Contradictory to what the above poster said, it does allow for LOTS of electives, where you can pick and chose to do the requirements for dental school. Most importantly, people who are in the program get good grades - maybe it is because the courses are easy, or maybe it
  18. I don't think you can blame me for asking, but.... How did you become privy to such information?
  19. The other day I met a Canadian who attends one of the more expensive California schools (not one with a big name) and he said he got a scholarship amounting to half tuition x 4 years. He said they give out about 10-15 of these every year. And like I've said before, Penn gives out 20-25 half tuition scholarships x 4 years, for every matriculating class - a few of my Canadian classmates had this. It happens, and I bet it is more common than we think it is. But yes, you need to have done well. Fortunately for us Canadians, our GPA often converts in AADSAS very favourably, so that box is checked f
  20. Cool article about an OMFS who is the Oral Surgeon for the Anaheim Ducks' hockey team. My dream! http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-c1-hockey-dentist-20140114-dto-htmlstory.html it was also published in AAOMS a while back.
  21. There are scholarships, but often they aren't advertised, and often it helps to ask when you interview, or after you interview. Especially if you have good stats, they are likely to want to keep you. Yup, I got a scholarship to Penn Dental. They paid me half my tuition for each of the 4 years.. That was 30k discount off the price tag for each year. It ended up being cheaper than UBC for me. And I believe about 10k / year more than UofT or Western (my other option).
  22. Knowing me, I probably did e-mail them. I forget if I got a response or not..
  23. Try this injustice from UBC Dent: I graduated from McMaster Health Sciences, where a lot of the curriculum is Problem-Based Learning and group work - it was actually the frontier program for Case Based Learning, PBL in an undergrad science curriculum. Anyways, in my 4th year I get an interview to UBC Dent and I'm happy to learn that there is a PBL component to the interview: they put like 7 interviewees in a room, with 1 preceptor and asked us to work together on this problem. I thought it went as well as it could for 7 strangers' first day working together. A few weeks later I learn t
  24. Totally not correct. You assume there are less cubes unless you have solid proof that a cube there exists.. If we use your faulty logic then there could be many more cubes behind the towers which we would never be able to see or prove (because we "have nothing here that can dismiss these cubes").
  25. I agree with you. I think it is the right side of the adjacent cube that we know is there. I think I remember something about this: the only hidden cubes are the ones that are necessary to support cubes above them. Also, some of these DAT resources can have mistakes - I wouldn't sweat it. Sounds like you know what's good.
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