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  1. I absolutely agree. It really isn't for everyone and despite some financial benefits (earlier on), I've said previously that we know money cant buy happiness, so don't sacrifice your happiness for money either!
  2. They only start covering cost from when you get in (i.e. I paid for first year myself). lol no, don't need to know to swim...
  3. no, the price for all of the materials is non negotiable. at the end you get a highspeed and slowspeed handpiece, which you have used in dental school. It includes the scrubs/lab coat/goggles/handouts you are issued but no textbooks. no, textbooks not actually needed, they are for reference only. you'll get by without buying any, plus upper years have PDF of most of the textbooks (albeit older editions) but if you really want to read it... you can lol
  4. 1. you apply online and then go through a process (aptitude test, interview, medical exam) to determine your eligibility. assuming everything goes well (takes like 2 mths), you will be merit listed and ranked, then they take however many. It is competitive but mainly depends on your luck of how many spots available vs how many applicants. 2. yes, I started DOTP in my second year. 3. penalty is huge. its everything you have been paid for, tuition, allowances, cost of courses (generally 400k+) and even if u r desperate to get out, this process takes min 6 mths to a year. 4. no n
  5. yea you're welcome~ I wish someone told me this before, when I was deciding and figuring things out, especially since I'm OOP. see you all in a couple of months, I'll be in fourth year then so I can pretty much answer any questions you guys may have!
  6. 'My list of most popular/common places: -111 elizabeth st 4 min walk: closest condo building, a LOT of dental students here (me too lol), nice building, good amenities, more modern, has a lot of restaurants/coffee near by with longos (grocery store) literally connected to the building. more expensive (duh.) - motion 5min walk: connected to 111 elizabeth but is pure rental. nice place, popular choice, usually long waitlist. -633 bay 4 min walk: old building, larger units (so consider multiple room mates), good location but just kinda run down - 222 elm 6-7min walk: rental ap
  7. Once you get in, it takes a lot to get kicked out lol, so everyone will be just fine! How much work you want to put into studying is completely up to you, as grades no longer matter (assume you pass), so probably most people in dental school work less than they ever did in undergrad. The material isn't more difficult, just a whole lot more material in a shorter period of time. So you just gotta prioritize, because it's impossible to know everything. plus, some questions are stupid with no real answers... and other tests that are like 80% repeats (although no one knows the 'correct' answe
  8. hey, welcome to U of T first of all~ As a current U of T dental student, I'd highly highly recommend living close. Ultimately the extra few hundred dollars per month won't matter in the long run, but your experience while at school will. I really appreciate living close by (4 min walk door to door) because of the extra sleep, and peace of mind I won't be stuck on the TTC trying to get to exams etc. Plus, it's easier to meet up with friends and go to events since everyone else is mostly in the DT area. Every year, there is a bunch of people who thinks that they'll just commute, but pr
  9. The vast majority of my classmates have a bank line of credit. I would highly recommend you getting it at the maximum amount, even if you don't feel like it is necessary. There is no interest unless you take money out, and there is no other loan (besides a mortgage I guess, but that doesn't count) which will give you prime, so use that to your advantage!!
  10. I can't speak for UBC since I never researched into it, but being a student at U of T dent, I can give you my opinion. Yes, U of T has very olddddd and beaten down facilities and it looks like it's from the 1950s cuz it probably was, but it has all the things you need to learn and practice. It doesn't matter how fancy your drilling set up is, your skill development is what will make you a good dentist. Indeed, we have every specialty offered at the school, so you can get more exposure to those aspects and their expertise. Our lectures are being taught by licensed specialists, and almost a
  11. Regardless of what you get in your fourth year, it will be used towards acceptance. I am not 100% certain about the spring/summer, but if it was considered full course load, then I would imagine that it does get taken into account like you said, for the interview invites. However, just don't forget you must have at least 1 year with full course load (10 courses over fall/winter), and although the spring/summer was a 4.0, that is a lot less courses than 10, so you'd better work hard in fourth year to get that stellar GPA! Everyone I know personally who got into U of A this year have ~ 3.95+ so
  12. I completely agree - everyone knows that money can't buy happiness, hence one shouldn't throw away their happiness for money. It is definitely not a conventional career choice, and despite the benefits, there are drawbacks as previously mentioned. Considering I did apply to DOTP and genuinely want to get in, of course I think it is the best choice for me personally. I will share a few reasons if you are interested in knowing: 1. I went through the air cadets program for 7 years. Yes I know it's not going to be the same, but I have had a little taste in terms of having a rank structure, the
  13. I applied to DOTP as well, and had the same concern if I were to choose U of A. As you mentioned, the U of A summers are not long enough for the basic officer training program, so what you do is wait until you are done your program before doing it. Of course, that just means it'll take a little longer before you start practising, which is one reason why I turned down my U of A offer in favor of U of T. For dental schools that have longer summers (> 15 weeks), then yes, you do your basic officer training between 1st and 2nd year, clinical work in the other two years. Once you graduate,
  14. I don't think one should choose a lifelong career based on the one factor - which has more chem/biochem... The emphasis on admission application, the type of studying while in professional school, clinical work, on the job and lifestyle are pretty different between the two professions. In my opinion, these things are far more important as a deciding factor in which profession you want to pursue. If you have the capability to get into both, then good on you and you can choose later. I don't want to sound condescending here, but if you need to be considering which course you can avoid takin
  15. Hey, I wrote this post a while back on interview/prep tips, check it out if you are interested http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/84162-interview-prep-tips/
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