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  1. Western takes best 2 years. You have a very competitive GPA for that. Kill the DAT, do some shadowing to show interest (and see what it's like) and you should have good chances. Shadowing will also help if you'll really like it, though it's probably much harder with covid. You don't want to be $$$ deep in the program wondering "what if..." if medicine is really your goal. GL!
  2. You're already very competitive based on your stats & ECs. Maybe work on Casper? Seems like it's becoming the norm for a lot of schools. Just don't be a robot when interview time comes
  3. Congrats on getting in!!! Undertaking dental school a huge task, both time-wise and financially, so it's totally normal to feel a bit apprehensive. You might hear all these stories of gloom, but that might be due partly to selection bias or maybe those people went into dentistry with a different intention. None of it might apply to you. Just remind yourself once more why you've wanted this for so long and keep shadowing (not just to see what it's like, but to get more insight). If it's for the right reasons, you'll end up loving it despite what other people might say!
  4. Idk if I'm really in a position to answer your question, but the university admin/faculty should know that severe medical conditions can definitely impede academic performance, so I would think contacting the university and explaining your situation would be a good idea. Also depends how much your GPA veers from the average (2.0 is obviously not the same as a 3.5), how the school weighs their GPA (i.e. your improving trend could be beneficial for schools like Western perhaps(?) or other schools that scale later years if they exist).
  5. No, all years are taken into consideration, but they drop your lowest year provided it's not your most recent year.
  6. Western prefers that you have shadowing experience though it's not 'mandatory'. If you don't have it, they make you explain why you didn't shadow lol. ECs definitely help (read: are needed for) your Western application.
  7. Where did you hear that? Stats can be found here: https://datcrusher.ca/statistics/
  8. Maybe to avoid interview weekend conflicts? I know UBC holds their interviews on 2 or 3 separate weekends that are assigned to you.
  9. Most people here would choose dent cause it's a forum consisting mostly of aspiring dental students/professionals. What does your brother love more? Sure, money is important, but he definitely won't be struggling as an optometrist. Why would you even consider doing something you're not the most passionate about when you have an option? There's more to a career than money, especially years down the road.
  10. Western takes top 2 years in %. UofT drops your worst year, provided it's not your final year.
  11. Idk what video I took this screenshot from, but look at this question: https://imgur.com/CNWU1IM It's a fairly simple example, and I would agree that working backwards would be the best method for this and most other examples. But the concept is that the answer has to have symmetry along the the last 'unfold' (i.e. the diagonal line of symmetry from Fold 1). So you can eliminate A, B, C, and E without having to actually visualize unfolding 3 times. OCCASIONALLY useful in challenging questions that can easily be solved by this method.
  12. ^ exactly that. It just takes some practice, but you will start to save a lot of time. Also, for hard-looking questions, try to rule out answers using the 'symmetry from first fold' method, where if the answer choices don't show symmetry along where the first fold is, it's wrong. Occasionally, this allows you to rule out 4 choices and solve the question in 5–10 seconds or so.
  13. I used 2280 and 2382 to satisfy UBC's cell bio biochem requirement for this year.
  14. There's no link yet. @Steins;Gate said they'll invite us "soon".
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