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  1. I always try to pick associateship positions that benefits me politically to be there. For instance, one part-time office I work at, the owner doesn't do any endos but I do them. That's a great reason to keep an associate if they can do a procedure that owner does not do. Another office I work at is a small corporation where me and the other dentist I work with do not own the practice. Neither one of us is signing the staff's paycheques, so staff doesn't feel like they're fiercely loyal to one side. We both get treated fairly equally. So, that is a huge political benefit for me to work t
  2. Agreed 100% with this. I am reminded of that popular saying on DentalTown: "Dentists eat their young". It's so true. I've been practicing for 5 years now and I've definitely noticed this "assholeish" vibe between dentists (i.e. quick to throw others under the bus, bad-mouth, poach patients, etc). It's sad and doesn't have to be that way. I imagine it's way worse in saturated markets.
  3. Anyone know what associateships are like in Calgary? Or Edmonton? Are they as bad as Toronto or Vancouver? Do they have to do hygiene? That's the worst btw. Doing a shitty associateship where you're basically a "glorified hygienist ".
  4. Really?? I've never heard of dentists 3-5 years out reluctant to do crowns. They are truly bread and butter. Root canals, especially if they're molars, many general dentists don't do them.
  5. I've also noticed many job ads for associateships they want people with at least 3-5 years experience. So, that tells you the owner has had bad experience with new grads in that they're unprepared. But then again, people with experience tend to realize most associateships suck, so they go out and buy their own office. Congrats to getting into dental school!
  6. I think longer than that these days. It seems alot of schools are reducing requirements. I would say 5ish years.
  7. I went to a US dental school and graduated in 2016. Mine wasn't technically a loan but a line of credit that I had to require a co-signer for (my parents).
  8. Apparently, the schools in the prairies really prepare you well. UBC, I've heard new grads aren't fully prepared and they charge the most out of all the schools. Does anyone know how Toronto and Western their education was/is like?
  9. I'm currently practicing in BC (2016 grad), but I'm wanting to move to Alberta for a better opportunity. What is market like for dental associates in cities like Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, etc? What do associates make on average in those cities? Thanks
  10. I'm Canadian but also went to an American dental school (Detroit Mercy). I also graduated in 2016, but can answer your questions as well. 1. My GPA was pretty much similar to yours (about 3.60). I don't remember my DAT scores, but I did take both American and Canadian DAT. I don't remember my scores, but I did remember that I bombed the soap carving (got a 14, lol). 2. Absolutely does not matter in the US. I think as long it's at least 4 courses per semester, you're good.
  11. I also graduated in 2016 but from Detroit Mercy. Our graduation requirements is almost the same as yours except ours was 5 canals. I think just 4-5 endos and 6 crowns is severely lacking though. I did 5 canals and 8 crowns. That's not enough especially compared with previous classes when they did a lot more. I don't know about Case Western but in Detroit Mercy, we had a grad Endo department that sucked in all the "good endo" cases from the dental students. I was disappointed that molar endo was not a requirement in Detroit because I found that in the real world after graduation, a lot o
  12. Even if you did sign 'em, I've heard the restrictive convenant is very difficult to enforce in Canada. The owner dentist may not even think it's worth it to spend $$ on court costs and waste precious clinic time. They probably will just let it go (especially if you've only worked there for like a couple of months).
  13. I believe multiples is better because it helps to work in different environments because all offices are run so differently. Plus, it looks good on your work history that you worked two (or more) offices long-term at the same time as opposed to one office long-term. It shows you can adapt to different offices with different staff. Plus, easier for FD to fill up your schedule for 2-3 days as opposed to 4-5 days. I remember this was a big issue when I worked full-time in one office. It's best not to put all your eggs in one basket. If one associateship doesn't work out, chances are the f
  14. What are the territories like as a place to work as a dental associate (specifically Yukon)? I heard you can make a killing up in the territories. I don't think they even have fee guides up there, so clinics can charge as much as they want? I've had a phone interview at a clinic in Whitehorse, Yukon but decided against it because Whitehorse seems like a very expensive place to live (housing, food, insurance, etc). Almost more expensive (if not more) than the Vancouver area. The fee guide here in BC is terrible, and it seems you don't get rewarded for hard work here in BC compared to othe
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