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  1. 9 points
    futurefamilydoc

    MD Financial 2018 Backpacks?

    Probably Scotiabank red
  2. 7 points
    I will chime in here. I would encourage you to talk with someone. To give you some perspective, it took me 5 years to get into McMaster (after being granted interviews the last 4 years I applied) . It was my dream school and the only one I applied to. I was too afraid to write the MCAT because I was a non-traditional student and I was so intimidated by what you had to know in science, chemistry and physics and I talked myself out of writing it and of course it narrowed down my choices for which school I could apply to. I was a teacher before I was accepted into medicine. I graduated from my 5 year residency when I was 33. The best friends I have are the ones I made in med school. I had the time of my life in medical school and why- likely because as med students you have so much in common and one would hope there is a genuine degree of caring for your fellow classmates and the competitiveness of getting in was behind me and I was not interested in going after a super competitive speciality. I met my significant other as an intern and I was in a long distance relationship for over 3 years. I found ways of making it work including transferring programs (cities) so I could live with my husband. I think some of the negativity about medicine may come from being talking to people on the front lines and as the Ontario government goes, the fact that the MD's of Ont. have not had a contract in over 5 years. It would be easy for me to get caught up in all of this but then it comes back to reflecting on what it took for me to get accepted to my dream school, the sacrifices that got me there and how much I love my job with the autonomy it brings me and how priviledged I feel to be able to help people in the capacity I do. I treat many people who hate their jobs (from all walks of life) and are struggling because this is what they need to do to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. I saw a patient today who will be able to have life changing treatment soon instead of waiting for another year. I made time to see this patient on a day I usually don't work (trying to arrive at that life-work-working mom balance). The gratitude this patient felt and being able to leave my office "with a plan" made my day. For me, medicine comes down to making a difference in peoples lives and feeling good about what contributions you can make. It also means being realistic too about your limitations, what makes you apprehensive and what you can see yourself doing at the end of the day. There is so much flexibility in medicine and that is what is so great about it. It can take some time to find your way in medicine and find your niche. I hope you can take some time and think this decision through.
  3. 6 points
    J’écris ce post, car je trouve que parfois on demande beaucoup sur ce forum, mais il faut aussi savoir redonner. J’ai écrit ce court texte qui regroupe à mon avis la meilleure façon d’être admis au DMD. Ces conseils me proviennent de mes apprentissages à travers mes demandes d'admissions en médecine dentaire et de trucs d'amis ayant été admis au DMD. Je suis pour ma part toujours en attente d'une réponse: je suis sur la LA. Bref, voici des conseils que j'aurais voulu avoir dès ma 1ère demande et entrevue à ULaval: L’entrevue - Savoir de quoi on parle ; connaitre les spécialités en parodontie, endodontie, gérodontologie etc. - Il faut prévoir toutes les questions imaginables qu’on pourrait te poser en entrevue. Il ne faut pas se laisser désarçonner par une question à laquelle on ne s'attend pas. Alors, n’oublier pas de vous préparer aux questions INCONTOURNABLES comme : 1) Qualités(3) et défauts(3) 2) Pourquoi choisir notre université ? 3) Pourquoi devrions-nous vous choisir vous plutôt qu’un autre ? 4) Pourquoi la médecine dentaire ? - À l’entrevue, il faut se vendre, n’hésitez pas à en tartiner épais (sans mentir évidemment)! - Pour l’habillement il faut que ce soit professionnel ! Pour les filles, le tailleur est de mise. Pour les gars, c’est veston et cravate. N’ayez pas peur d’avoir l’air ridicule : les recruteurs recherchent le professionnalisme !!! - Les recruteurs recherches des candidats qui ont confiance en eux ! Donc, si vous êtes par exemple de nature timide, développer votre charisme serait bénéfique, car on se souvient toujours plus des gens à personnalité plus forte. - Connaitre les activités réservées aux dentistes ; le mieux est d’aller faire une journée d’observation en clinique. Moi, je me suis amener un calepin et j’ai pris des notes ! - Faire du bénévolat. Ça permet de remplir l’espace dans le curriculum vitae qui est dédié à cet effet. Ça permet de vivre des activités humaines enrichissantes qui vous feront grandir et pourront être mises à profit lors de l’entrevue et même lors du test Casper. Le but n’est pas de faire 40 heures de bénévolat par semaine mais d’en faire à l’occasion. Bref, ça permet de mettre de l’avant votre nature altruiste et votre empathie. - Ne rater pas une occasion de vivre des expériences enrichissantes (ex. voyage, conférence, session d’observation en clinique, bénévolat, marathon, participation à une association étudiante, occasion d’apprendre le latin, formation RCR etc.). Ça pourra assurément vous servir durant l’entrevue pour le DMD à ULaval. Cote de rendement universitaire - Augmenter sa CRU : aller dans un programme contingenté (nutrition, physiothérapie, ergothérapie, podiatrie ou chiropratique). - Contrairement à ce qui a été véhiculé (parfois...) dans ce forum, la chiropratique est un programme qui constitue un tremplin de choix pour augmenter sa CRU. #1 C’est un programme facile d’accès, la cote pour y entrer est très basse (enfin relativement disons-le comme ça !!!) ! #2 Le nombre de crédits par session est ÉNORME : donc, si vous êtes vraiment déterminés, vous pouvez travailler et étudier très fort pendant une session et votre résultat pour cette première session équivaudra à environ 40% de votre CRU. Donc, si votre 1èresession en chiropratique c’est bien passé vous pourrez être admis au DMD après seulement une année d’effort à l’université. #3 C’est un programme vraiment bien coté ! Qui se compare à l’indice de force de médecine et autres des programmes les plus contingentés. Test Casper Contrairement à ce que beaucoup disent, il faut s'y préparer !!! Et oui, il ne faut pas se montrer naïf ... être préparé c'est toujours mieux que pas préparé ! Comment s'y préparer : Il faut développer les compétences suivantes: - Professionnalisme - Empathie - Résilience -Communication -Esprit critique - Maturité émotionnelle -Intégrité -Raisonnement éthique -Résolution de conflits -Autoréflection -Motivation Il ne faut pas oublier de se faire une banque d'événements personnels : ex. situation conflictuelle au travail etc. Si vous avez d'autres trucs/conseils faites-nous en part! Une chose à ne pas oublier, voici mon mantra: «Tous les hommes pensent que le bonheur se trouve au sommet de la montagne alors qu’il réside dans la façon de la gravir.» -Il ne faut pas oublier de vivre; gardons en tête que nous n'aurons demain plus l'âge que nous avons maintenant...
  4. 6 points
    I won't be so flippant as to say just try it out, but I would ask you to try to take a step back and look at your situation objectively. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is your happiness, and I do think there are many paths withing medicine that can be fulfilling for a wide variety of people; I also think it's incredibly easy to make numerous small sacrifices for dubious goals that accumulate to an overall frustrating life. I've absolutely experienced that miserable feeling you're describing, few people get to experience being berated by someone at 4am because you're still on the low end of the totem pole in your mid twenties. And there are a ton of people in my med school class who pushed themselves to do research in med school on top of that, put time in to networking, over-studied for every test, only to continue the cycle for another 6 years of residency. You don't have to do that if that's not your picture of happiness though. I was initially pushing for a difficult specialty and I would feel anxious every second I wasn't working on my research project, I was attending rounds for that specialty and doing additional clinic on top of normal school duties, and I honestly felt terrible. Then I realized that this doesn't have to be my life, my peers from high school who I was jealous of treated their jobs like a job and there was no reason I had to let it consume my life. I studied to around the median, I played sports and video games instead of researching, and I got in to a fantastic community family medicine program. And now my average days are 9-4 with some charting on either end and the occasional home call. And while I found a niche I'm really excited to pursue full time, I know someone who recently graduated and makes 80k a year off one hard day of work per week - something you won't find in any other field and allows him to pursue his true passions. So that's where I'd ask you to be objective. Whatever career you're comparing medical school to, don't compare it to the jaded or overworked staff you never hope to be. Compare it to what you, with your values, would do with that degree. I can't guarantee it's for everyone, but if you've come this far there's a very strong chance you find something that works for you better on many levels than most alternatives.
  5. 5 points
    Edict

    CaRMS 2018 Full Data Reports are out!

    https://www.carms.ca/data-reports/r1-data-reports/
  6. 5 points
    robclem21

    Terrible ECs? IDK how to improve.

    This post is ridiculous. Read it again and then think about it. I will not waste more time dignifying this.
  7. 5 points
    Hi all, I got accepted to med school in Canada this year first time applying, and since then I've been working on a massive premed package that includes all the Khan Academy (KA) notes (complete), supplemented with a personal spin to make things easy. The package also includes my schedule, my activity log, a score predictor, 100 helpful reference documents with mnemonics and graphics of common topics, formulas, interview prep, cars tips ethics... everything that got me from premed to admitted, and now I'm passing it on to you. You can find the post here on Reddit. I hope this is helpful for you all! Please let me know if you have any questions or queries.
  8. 4 points
    Courage tout le monde! L'année prochaine sera la nôtre
  9. 4 points
    Bambi

    I'm done

    I don’t quite understand what you are saying. During my 2 week elective, the attending saw my work, and encouraged me to apply for the residency spot. Without his encouragement, I never would have thought of applying. From his viewpoint, it was merit based. My one fail, when I had to rewrite, was irrelevant to anything. Then, 40 of us were interviewed for 3 spots. The normal interview lasted 45 minutes, mine lasted only 10 minutes. I had no contacts. The 6 members of the panel unanimously selected me. They had my complete file and asked whatever they wished. They determined that I was a good fit, and I am. What do you mean by merit based. The selection process is part art.
  10. 4 points
    Mithril

    Pre-clinical vs Clinical years

    Pre-clinical years were a breeze. I had friends and I had family. I barely studied since a lot of the blocks in pre-clinical years were review from undergrad. Clinical years were a nightmare. I rarely saw friends and my family. I lost my identity and sense of self. I felt like a cog in the wheel, like I was slowly being encased by cement. The days blurred together and I woke up every morning numb and devoid of any joy. It was the worst two years of my life. But once I had more skills and knowledge I felt more confident in myself. My family practice residency was a very fun two years and now I thoroughly enjoy (most aspects of) my job.
  11. 4 points
    Blasé

    CMA backpacks

    All the colours look decent BUT I swear to god, if they choose yellow, that bag is going straight into the trash...
  12. 4 points
    No problem! I would say there are a good mix of both. In the last few years, they combined a lot of them into one application so it makes applying easier. The two main ones (at least this past year) were the Multiple Financial Needs Bursaries and the Community Involvement Awards - those both require one application, but include many different awards you're considered for. One is more based off of financial need, and the other is more based off of community involvement. There are a lot of other ones that aren't included in these applications that fit under each category, too
  13. 4 points
    I used to buy lottery tickets when residency got really tough. It was a marker of how stressed I was.
  14. 4 points
    Don't mean to be rude, but that's kind of what we've been talking about....scroll back a few pages and you'll find people's take on the various options available. Not much has changed in the last couple of days.
  15. 3 points
    Hello everyone, Since UBC MD 2018-2019 cycle just opened, some of you may have already created an account and are starting to work your way up to submitting a stellar application. I applied to UBC MD two times as an out of province applicant. I was rejected pre-interview the first time with the following scores: AQ: 32.78 NAQ: 28.75 TFR: 61.53 Although my AQ probably stayed the same, I truly worked hard to strengthen my NAQ section with better descriptions and new activities, but mainly better and stronger descriptions. This time, I was accepted to UBC MD, and I am still shocked since I had a 124 CARS score. So those of you who haven’t done well in a section of the MCAT, don’t worry - there’s still hope! Here is my advice for writing the NAQ section of UBC application: 1) Try not to leave any spots blank. Everything counts. I even wrote about my experience of moving from one country to another or even writing a book at my leisure time, since they were such important events in my life. 2) Try to add as much detail as possible in the NAQ descriptions. For instance: "With 128 volunteers, I coordinated a united effort to raise awareness of brain injury prevention amongst 650 students in 34 elementary schools. Through hands-on demonstrations (e.g. watermelon helmet on jello brains) and by sharing powerful concussion survival stories, we helped students understand the importance of protective equipment in sports." - I used numbers, "128 volunteers, 650 students, 34 elementary schools" - I used action verbs, "coordinated" - I used strong words, "powerful" - I provided specific details, "jello brains" - I wrote it in a concise, but understandable manner. I personally stayed away from using point form or any short cuts like "&" etc... Compare the above with the activity description I wrote two years ago: "Advertising to recruit volunteers for presentations at local elementary schools; working in groups to organize interactive workshops that helped to raise awareness of strategies to prevent brain injury; collaborating with volunteers to present information in a simplified manner that children would easily understand & follow" I'm sure you can notice many significant differences! 3) Edit as much as possible. The descriptions are fluid and dynamic. Change them as much as possible until you find the best way to express what you did, how you did it, and what you learned or what the outcome was. I will be offering assistance with UBC application this summer. Due to limited time, I will only be helping 15 individuals. Please message me for more details about this or if you need absolutely any other advice! Good luck everyone!
  16. 3 points
    PhD2MD

    Medical Student v.s. MD Candidate

    I don't understand why this debate is ongoing. It's pretty simple: there is no such thing as an MD candidate. Unless you're trying to hide the fact that your a student, title yourself appropriately as an MD student.
  17. 3 points
    Result: Accepted off waitlist (June 25/2018 @14:34 pst) Early or Regular Deadline: Regular AGPA: 82% MCAT: 512 ECs: Diverse experiences including leadership experiences Geography: IP Interview: 1 station felt rough, another one I reflected on I thought was bad and the written station was awful. Really didnt think I would be in this position after all the waitlist rounds had passed! Here’s some hope for non-traditional applicants with low GPAs!
  18. 3 points
    Persephone

    What school did you choose?

    That they sent me an offer of admission But seriously, I just applied everywhere I was eligible and had a decent shot at. Then when it came down to 2 offers off of waitlists the decision making process was much simpler. My recommendation is to increase your chances of acceptance by applying to several schools. The process is very competitive so you want to give yourself the best shot you can at acceptance. I chose McMaster in the end because the location is close to Toronto, it's larger than Kingston (the other offer I got was to Queen's), the 3 year program appealed to me, and I got a great feeling from the school at my interview. You're going to find a diversity of students at any medical school, there's not really a generalization you can make about what kind of people end up where. The best way to get a feel for what the culture of the school is like is during interviews. Every school I interviewed at (I did 4 interviews this cycle) gave you the opportunity to ask questions of medical students, of the dean, and to watch presentations which would give you some insight into what they have to offer and to take a quick look around the city. To sum up, my strategy would be 1) apply widely 2) get a feel for the school & city when you interview 3) if you are lucky enough to get multiple offers then that info you gathered at interviews will come in handy.
  19. 3 points
    I wouldn't let job prospects rule you out of any specialties this early on in the game. Explore specialites based on your interest first because job prospects will change for every specialty between now and the time you actually finish training. However, with that being said, if you are someone who knows they are not interested in doing graduate degrees or fellowships, there are a few specialties where these are likely the defacto requirement going forward (i.e. neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, sub-specialty general surgery, academic sub-specialty IM). Much of this is part job market but also partly due to increasing standards and evidence in surgery/medicine. A lot of these job market discussions are much easier had once you know what you want. No one can predict the future on this forum, everything anyone will tell you is all hearsay and much of this information, by the time it trickles down to you, is years old, often rendering it obsolete.
  20. 3 points
    I would take Bambi's advice who has a lot of experience. I won't repeat what Bambi said but spending the time to study and fully devote your time to know the material is a lot more important than getting money, let alone the fact that you need to keep time aside for mental sanity. The weekends will basically be the only time you have to breathe. It would suck to take that away. I have so much more satisfaction with myself knowing I devoted myself to studying and achieving high grades. Anyone that tells you that grades don't matter in med school I would disagree with; yes they do matter and translate to a certain degree to clinical performance. Students that achieve lower grades in pre-clerkship perform worst on national exams and residency matching, it's a known fact. As much as I loved my job too, I know that I'd be able to do more for my patients if I perform my best during pre-clerkship. That's my take on it. You can always go back to your job in the summer if you wanted to (I actually did that and recently quit because I'd rather continue reading on pathophys and doing electives on the weekend!) Also, you'll make the money you missed out on in a few weeks as a physician lol. Mr Duck
  21. 3 points
    1. Most all but in terms of pathology, basically only gp is recognized in the USA. Most practices require that the pathologist to be able to run the clinical lab in addition to doing anatomical pathology duties. It's not like that in Canada. However, our Royal College pass rate for General pathology is very low, so entering General pathology is risky. 2. True. 3. I can't speak for cardiac, but Plastics and Ortho I think are equivalent. If this is what you like to do then going in with that mindset is appropriate, but there are more important considerations about the nature of the work than the job market. all of those residencies are brutal. 4. That's true, and your second point is as well. 5. It depends on the subspecialty for internal. For instance Nephrology has a very poor job market because the Old Guard does not want to relinquish their positions in dialysis centers. Or as the FM plus one for emergency medicine is very flexible aside from some academic emergency medicine departments. I recall there being FM plus ones working at St Michaels in Toronto, but that might not be the case now. 6. I don't know how to answer these ones. You should explore Psychiatry, Dermatology, Radiology, anesthesiology, and Ophthalmology. If I had my day over again I would do that. I'm sad I can't recommend pathology because of the current state of the job market and political situation in the field.
  22. 3 points
    I am one of those is often quite ambivalent and even negative about my experience in medicine and I'm very upfront in saying I wouldn't do it again. But this varies wildly based on individual circumstances as well. To the OP: 1. Age 23 is very, very, very young. I know it doesn't feel like it now, but it is. Trust me, when you look back in 10 years time, you will think you were a baby, because you are. Not to have income until you're 27... honestly, this isn't nearly as big of a deal in the grander scheme as you might think. A lot of people meet their partners in medical school, and you will be going to medical school in a big city where there are plenty of people to meet both in and out of school. Whether you are a boy or a girl, you will still be prime dating and childbearing age when medical school is done. You could even have a baby during or after medical school, while in residency. 2. I'm surprised you've had all these attendings, especially FM ones, tell you they were miserable. What would they rather be doing instead? Have they experienced other careers? We all suffer to some degree from a "grass is greener" on the other side mentality. People who work at "regular" jobs aren't always happy either where there's the real possibility of getting fired, having to compete for promotions, etc. You might hate your boss or coworkers, your work might be a long drive from where you (can afford to) live. There really are no guarantees. 3. If you are thinking about options, maybe you school would let you defer your decision for a year. However, I would think twice about doing this. One year goes by quickly, and you will have to make the same agonizing decision next year. It's a lot of time to be stuck in limbo, but might not be enough time to explore another viable career, before the decision comes up again, making things all the more muddled. 4. Many of my complaints about medicine stem from the fact that I had a viable career before medical school and only decided to go the medicine route in my late 20s. It made medicine a lot more difficult to bear - there was the opportunity cost of all the income I was giving up, having to move away from my friends, a lot of factors that contributed to my life feeling like a real funk. These things have gotten all the worse as I've matched to a 5-year residency in a location I don't want to be. If I knew things could end up so bad I would have taken the match a lot more seriously and put more effort into gunning for a good location. I'd feel a big sense of relief if I could go to a family program in the same city as my family - at this point I don't care about specialty anymore, I just want my life back and be close the ones I love. I also realize that a lot of my feelings could change later in residency or when I'm an attending. 5. You will never know in advance what's the right thing to do because life is a one shot deal and you don't get to know what would have happened if you had picked another option. Despite all the posts and blogs you read and all the people you talk to, it's still possible that you end up very happy in medicine and glad you picked this path. It's also possible that you leave medicine now and it later becomes a gnawing regret. Or maybe you leave medicine now and never look back. But what we do know is that even with a less-than-ideal career, you can still make your life very satisfying, both inside and outside of the career. So it may not matter which career pick so much as how well you deal with life's challenges as they come up and your ability/luck in finding a niche where you're happy. And if you're someone who's prone to depression, you will be prone to depression no matter what you do. It's something that will stay by your side through thick and thin, ready to pounce. Sorry, that sounds terrible but as someone who's also prone to depression, that's my experience.
  23. 3 points
    In the last week, I've finished my second undergrad degree and have been accepted to medicine. I constantly see people posting both here and in the general forum about whether doing a second degree is the right option, and there really aren't any stickies or any other resources addressing it. I thought posting my experiences might help others down the road. Doing a second undergraduate degree is not a great way to apply to medicine. If you are an applicant who has a GPA that is almost competitive (or better), a second degree is a waste of time. A graduate degree is a much better option because it not only improves your chances of getting into medicine, but it might improve your chances of landing competitive residencies later on. However, if you are an applicant with an uncompetitive GPA in your first degree, a second degree may be your only option. For instance, my GPA through my first four years was a 2.1 - not only was I ineligible at all Canadian (and international for that matter) medical schools, I would not be accepted at any graduate program. To pursue medicine, it was necessary to do a second degree. Doing a second degree to enter medicine is extremely difficult. There is much less room for error than in a first undergrad degree (a bad semester can ruin everything). You will be the odd person out in classes - you'll be the sixth-year student in a first-year class. You will be joining clubs with 17 year-olds. Your friends will find success in their pursuits and you will feel left behind. If you're in a relationship, it will suffer. You will probably enter into even more debt. And the worst part is that during the application process, medical schools can (and will) judge you based on your past mistakes rather than on more recent successes. The application process can be both capricious and arbitrary - even if you get a 4.0 in your second degree, kill the MCAT, and have amazing extracurriculars you may still never get in. Be Honest and Take Time If you are considering a second undergraduate degree, begin by being brutally honest with yourself. You should first consider where you went wrong. If you did not do well in your first undergrad because you had a physical or mental health issue, has it been completely resolved? Do not begin a second undergraduate degree if not. Take time off and get well - or at least take that time and learn ways to succeed despite the challenges you face before trying again. Did you not do well in your first undergrad because you weren't motivated to succeed? If so, are you really motivated now? Someone PM'ed me saying they had just finished their first undergraduate degree and had done very poorly, but within the first week after finals they had suddenly become motivated to succeed. This is highly unlikely. They might suddenly realize they have graduated and now have to face the real world, but this feeling is not the same as being motivated to succeed. Probably within a month of re-entering a university program this person would lose motivation again. Again, my advice is to take time off of school. Take a minimum of two years and try out different jobs, volunteer, travel, make new friends, live in a different city (or country), just do something different. Time has a way of granting increased clarity - maybe with time you will discover your "motivation" for medicine was simply your perception of what others wanted you to do (which appears to be very common). Or maybe you will discover an innate desire to become a physician. Maybe you didn't do well in your first undergrad because the program was too hard. This is a tricky one. There are a number of reasons for a program being too difficult - maybe it's something you don't enjoy, maybe you haven't adopted the right learning styles for the material you're being taught, maybe you work best in teams and your program is brutally individualistic, or maybe (and this is highly unlikely) your program really is just unfairly difficult. Again - be honest with yourself. One of my friends once asked me about doing a second undergrad to get into medicine, saying that they did poorly in life sciences because they hated it. My first question: "If life sciences was too hard because you don't like the material, how are you going to find medical school?" Another one of my friends was considering a second degree in life sciences after doing three years of a business program - she didn't do very well in her business major but said she hated it. On the other hand, she LOVED her life science electives and had nearly straight A+'es in them. A second degree for her was a no-brainer. You may also have done poorly because you feel that you are not smart enough to succeed. This is VERY rare. I only mention it because I have seen one case of someone who was doing everything right but just couldn't crack 80's. This person loved the material, was working extremely hard, had very good study habits, was very motivated, and found good balance and had a great support network. If this is legitimately your situation, I would question whether medical school would be a good option. I'll just leave it at that, but honestly, this situation is very rare and if you think you fit into this category, consider first if you have actually done everything possible to succeed. If you are still set on a second degree, you need to think about the answer to this question: Why do you want to be a doctor and not a worker in an allied health field? Again: you need to be honest. If your first answer is "because I enjoy helping people," I would reply with, "do nurses help people? Do police officers help people?" and so forth. Write out a list of why you want to go into medicine and figure out if that list is exclusive to being a physician. If it turns out you'd be equally (or more) happy being a nurse or an EMT - do that instead. If, after working in that field, you decide you'd like to apply to medicine (or do a second degree) at a later point you still can - and your application now has some very relevant work experience on it. I don't mention all of this above to discourage you. I only mention it because getting into medicine through the second degree route is very difficult. If you are realistic, in a good place health-wise, motivated, had some proven academic success, and are certain that medicine is the right career, then you have a decent chance of success. Most importantly, remember that there is absolutely no rush to get into medicine. We are always pushed to get ahead and succeed. This works great for some people but not for everyone: some of us need more time to find our niche. Life is a marathon, not a sprint - take some time to sort everything out, it will be worth it in the end. The Practical Side For those of you still reading, I'll get into the more practical side of things. Your primary consideration should be where and in which field to do a second degree. Consult the sticky at the top of this page regarding second degree policies at schools. Be VERY CONSCIOUS of what each school looks for in terms of a second degree - for instance, Western has very strict requirements for that degree. Take the time to review everything before selecting courses within a program (if you aren't paying attention you can very easily kill your eligibility at Western). Also, make sure you are going to be eligible at more than one school. Schools can change their admission requirements which can completely ruin you. It happened most recently with UBC's abolition of the 10-year rule which has seriously compromised the chances of some pretty incredible people both on and off this forum. As for picking a program, send lots of e-mails to departments. Unfortunately, in Ontario it's becoming increasingly difficult to do second degrees (I suspect this may be due to "reach higher" funding being tied to increasing enrolment and second degree students may not count as this). Lots of schools will let you though, so check with programs. Pick one that you're very interested in, and have done well in academically during your first degree. It may be best to pick a program that can also let you review for the MCAT - but this is going to vary for people (if you haven't taken a physics course for instance, try to take one at some point). Generally speaking, it's best to make yourself into a traditional applicant. In addition to performing well academically, you should balance this with extracurriculars - research, clubs, volunteering, etc. A great tip I can offer is to do your best to turn your life and experience into a narrative - if you did poorly during your first degree because you spent too much time playing video games, develop some resources for people who play video games excessively on campus. If, during your time off from university you became a parent, develop resources for other parents on campus or work on programs to empower parents to find change. This makes your application - and your answer to interview questions - much more compelling. Just remember, GPA is king. If you have engineered world peace in your second degree but only have a 3.6 GPA in it, you're going to have a very hard time getting into medical schools in Canada. Also, do start thinking now about the MCAT. Doing well on the MCAT will make your life easier by enabling Queen's and Western as options. You are much more limited if you cannot make cutoffs at these schools. So start practising early (for instance, if you find the verbal section difficult, start reading a lot). Above all, remember that if you are pursuing a second degree you probably have an advantage (however small or obscure) over many first-year students coming in. Make sure to utilize it. As someone with a second undergraduate degree, you not only have to be as good as someone who has only done one degree, you have to be better. Think carefully about ways you can accomplish that. It IS possible to enter medicine from a second degree - but you need to do everything you can to maximize your chances.
  24. 2 points
    I am a family medicine resident in Edmonton. Here, there are plenty of +1s who work exclusively geriatrics. They tend to make more than regular FPs. I've also seen them work in as much capacities as geriatricians. It seems here, and in many other parts of Canada, they are considered equivalent as far as scope (internal residency prepares you better for acute patients and research theoretically, but it hasn't affected the scope of practice here). It's true if you can see yourself in family medicine, go for the +1 route. If you prefer internal medicine and inpatients, go the internal route. How you decide between the two year difference in residency is up to you :)
  25. 2 points
    ralk

    Disappointed I'm Going to Windsor

    I think that rationale works for residency, but not for medical school. Larger centres have more responsibility for rarer or more unique cases, but these cases aren't high-yield learning cases at the medical student level, where the focus is still rightfully on the bread-and-butter cases. Furthermore, at larger centres, there are far more learners ahead of you in the form of residents and fellows for those unique cases. To the extent a medical student might get more variety of cases in a larger centre, it's by sitting in a corner behind the 4 other people in the room. Meanwhile the student at the smaller centre is learning the important day-to-day cases directly with a staff person, maybe with a single resident ahead of them at worst. To the extent getting into those rarer cases matters, it's during electives, which can be done anywhere regardless of home site. Clerkship is about getting the basics down. No one cares if you can correctly identify a rare genetic disorder that a sub-specialist sees once in their career if you can't read an ECG, or have a good differential for abdominal pain, or treat a COPD exacerbation. The weird stuff is for residency and fellowships.
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