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What's the deal with Canada?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by t man, May 11, 2007.

  1. t man

    t man Epoxi-Lips 2+ Year Member

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    How come there are so few spots for dental students? It's not proportionate to the population, is it? I'm pretty sure they have a demand for doctors and opened up new spots for MD students, so why not dentists? Does their health care system have anything to do with it?

    Just curious.
     
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  3. prez_al

    prez_al 5+ Year Member

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    There's very little benefit in funding a program that has nothing to do with the universal healthcare system.
     
  4. t man

    t man Epoxi-Lips 2+ Year Member

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    That's what I was thinking... but why isn't the private sector still very strong in Canada? Shouldn't there be a responsibility placed on private schools to develop dentists and other medical specialists. I remember reading about the influx of patients to America in search for specialists. It doesn't sound like the universal healthcare system is very effective in providing the best care possible, just the most widely accesible, and the private sector is hurting because it can't afford to pick up the slack. Further, this places an additional burden on the American healthcare system whose schools are now facing even more competition from quality applicants for heathcare profession school spots from the north, and whose already limited supply of specialists now can handle fewer American patients.

    I would be up in arms if I was a Canadian predent. I feel bad for you guys, and I'm really not a fan of universal healthcare.
     
  5. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    T man... I ask myself this question about Canada in general. What is up with Canada?
     
  6. prez_al

    prez_al 5+ Year Member

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    The private sector is beginning to pick up in Canada, but its generating a lot of anger right now. Back on topic, there are no private schools to speak of in Canada (in terms of a university) as it would be so amazing if there were private dental schools. Even if you get into a school in Canada, you will most likely have to do specialty training in the United States because there aren't enough spots in Canada (due to lack of funding) and their requirements are weird. You guys probably know the drawback is having students study in your country and bolting right after they graduate... but that's a problem the schools should deal with (I don't think they care who they admit as long as their students donate $$$ following graduation).

    In terms of competition, I also feel the influx of foreign students has resulted in higher entrance requirements as a whole. Even so, I did not know of many people who were holding spots by the time the Canadian interviews were going on. Regardless of situation, you have to be pretty exceptional to even get into one school.
     
  7. t man

    t man Epoxi-Lips 2+ Year Member

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    well Sugar... that Canadian beer is like moonshine.
     
  8. t man

    t man Epoxi-Lips 2+ Year Member

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    Well, that's the dilemma, because I guess there is a responsibility to provide the training to all who are qualified, and it's actually beneficial to Americans if there are more well-trained Canadian dentists. But it also shows a blatant dependency on another country, and therefore a failure of the system.

    I didn't know there were no private schools in Canada, but I guess that makes sense... who knew Canada was so socialist?
     
  9. UnderRep

    UnderRep Traveling the US 2+ Year Member

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    why not start a private dental school in Canada? after you finish your dental requirements open up a school and cater to the demand.
     
  10. prez_al

    prez_al 5+ Year Member

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    There are no private universities to begin with.
     

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