I was meeting with a faculty member at UofT's dental school a couple of weeks ago, and we got on the discussion of the Canadian interview process. After learning about the selection process for Canadian dental schools I expressed my utter disgust with the process to him. I told him that the US system is so much better. In Canada, there is a high emphasis on grades...HIGH EMPHASIS! And I think this is wrong. For UofT's application, there is no essay, no space on the application for extra-curricular activties....nothing non-academic. Its only application fee and transcripts. From the dental students Ive talked to (both American and Canadian) and dentists, dentistry is not really that difficult where you absolutely need a 3.8 GPA to be successful. Look at the process in the 60s...the norm back then were lower GPAs to get into dental school, and did they produce bad dentists? No. Dentistry is a profession where I think personality and life experiences leads to more success than being only academically superior. Of course academics should obviously play a factor in the selection process, but not with such a high emphasis. This is why I value the US application process. Besides academics, the school really gets to know the entire applicant to get an overall picture of the person. Can you get this picture by only looking at someone's transcripts and asking them some ethical questions during the interview? I think not.