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  1. 6 points
    Fairness is a tricky thing to put one's finger on. I think of myself as a very fortunate, well-rounded, and capable person, and y'know what? I often find life to be really really hard. So my thoughts are that if my own very privileged journey is marked by difficulty, I cannot imagine what it would be like if you came from a background like most indigenous people in Canada. Lets be real here: If you are browsing on this forum and looking around, there is higher chance than not that you come from an educated, supportive, wealthy, family that is not definitively marked by a horrendous and injurious part of one's past (I am not directing this statement at you, Baljinderthecrow, it is a general statement). Lets not kid ourselves--achieving the high level of functioning required to get into medical school is not entirely our own grit and perseverance--often times a huge amount of support is involved. Thus, the system entails that someone who doesn't have that support or healthy starting-point is less likely to succeed in the process. In other words, unless equitable measures are put into place, the need for Indigenous doctors will not be met.
  2. 5 points
    My heart is pounding and it's not even 100% sure that they'll be released today
  3. 5 points
    Too late, can't stop freaking out now that the downward spiral has begun.
  4. 5 points
    A warning to other potential perpetrators! However, such people are opportunistic and only think of their own self-gratification in the arrogant belief that they are immune from prosecution. In the mistaken calculation that he would never be caught, he not only showed his true lack of character in his criminal violation of the innocent and vulnerable victim, he lost his future career (a good thing for society and our profession) and should spend time in jail - where the norm is that such offenders are victimized as they have themselves victimized others. And should this happen to him, he will be fully conscious while he is repeatedly violated himself. Whilst I definitely do not advocate such behavior toward him, there is an expression, live by the sword, die by the sword, or, do not do unto others that which you do not wish upon yourself.
  5. 5 points

    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    LOLOL. Spoke with my brother today who's currently doing dental anaesthesia in the US (DDS in Canada). Sent him the scale this year and was pretty much complaining to him, hoping he'd give his lil bro some "cheer-up talk"... but the dude was like "This just means all of you did bad this year. Like yeah, cool you scored 98th percentile out of everyone who did relatively poor, but that doesn't necessarily mean you deserve a particular raw score in retrospect of previous scores to the 98th percentile. Are the scores the same, if the average for a test was 80 and highest score was a 95, then next year the similar exam gives the average of 60 and highest score was 75? Assuming they have some kind of a cutoff, everyone this year just under-performed compared to previous years. Just study harder man, you know you're better than that" He managed to call me dumb without actually saying it lol.. Tbh his reply made me laugh and I think I'm just gonna use this to motivate myself for this upcoming Feb DAT. It kinda sounds harsh at first but I know he doesn't mean anything bad. The dude's always been kinda hard on me to make me strive further, There really isn't anything to be done, since I'm sure they'll get complaints from people who wrote their DAT this Feb, or even last year November, if they decided to adjust anything. Bad luck this year, hoping to be better this February.
  6. 4 points
    Yup. Given the rate of burnout and depression among physicians, as well as the high percentage that are unhappy with their career, med schools do a total disservice by whitewashing all the unhappiness and issues in the profession. Honestly, I think the best think medical schools could do is have some average physicians come on and talk about their careers, including multiples ones who are unhappy. And tell the students very specifically all the issues in medicine (way too many to list right now) and be up front that there is a very real.chance they will regret it all. Then at least they could say they were warned.
  7. 4 points

    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- DISCUSSIONS

    Just called Ottawa and they said they only released some invites to a subset of candidates, the rest of the invites and rejections will be sent out tomorrow at 9am
  8. 3 points
    I’m sitting in class internally screaming.
  9. 3 points
    I'm IP and still says 'submitted on' as well, so I don't think it would make a difference for IP or OOP. Feel like it just changes as they review
  10. 3 points

    McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2018

    Hey everyone! Has anybody started a McMaster MD Invites/Regrets 2019 thread yet? Thanks!
  11. 3 points
    Hello, PT People! This video is all about the work and volunteer experience I took on prior to applying to PT school. A lot of you may not know what work and volunteer experiences to seek out to make you a suitable candidate for PT school, which is why I wanted to share my experiences in order to provide you with somewhat of a guide. I hope this helps! Enjoy the video!
  12. 3 points

    How much will I really make?

    Based on what people close to me have said about their graduating classes, new grads have been averaging around 120k in the GTA (but I personally know someone doing more than double this, albeit on more days of the week) but many who work outside of the GTA earn 150-175k+ on average. I would say the sample size is quite decently large that it does reflect an adequate picture. Those who have a busier schedule after a year or two in can earn closer to 175-225k assuming they are not seeing too many HSO/ODSP/OW patients. In the GTA, some offices waive co-pays and/or have associates see quite a few ODSP/OW patients so this will bring the average down. If you can find a position where you are busy and you are reimbursed at or near the fee guide 95%+ of the time, you can definitely hit 200k as an associate. Owning is a different story. Owning allows you to have a hygiene program which increases your revenue and your take home. Additionally, if you run an efficient office, your overhead will decide how much you can take home (but generally many people just take out enough from their corp and reinvest into the office and/or divert their earnings into other streams). You also can decide to keep more procedures in house and/or bring a specialist in which allows you to make a cut as well so the income generally for owners is going to be a significant bump compared to associates. I personally know some of the posters on this forum who are practicing and they have decided to earn the amount they earn as a result of choice. They are happy with their situations as longer term associates. People who I know who are owners are also happy with their situation (financially as well) but know that they have more stress than their associate colleagues. In dentistry, it's up to you as to how much you want to make and it's based on location, clinical speed, procedures you want to do, hygiene program, procedures kept in house, number of active patients, etc. There are no real averages and the sky is the limit. Hope this helps!
  13. 2 points


    Pharma à l’UdeM, c’est assez dure d’avoir un bon GPA malgré de bonnes notes a cause de la courbe. Je déconseillerais pour ce risque. Mais, si tu es certain.e de pouvoir scorer, vas-y. À Québec tu eviterais ce problème. Pour opto, je sais que c’est assez chargé. On entend plus de gens de pharma rentrer en med que de gens en opto. Mais ça peut être parce que la plupart des gens en opto veulent y rester, ou parce que c’est plus dur de performer, ou un peu des deux!
  14. 2 points
    Hi Everyone. I've recently finished my neurology residency and fellowhsip and am very involved in neurology education in pre-clerkship/clerkship. If you're like me, you were very frustrated by the tomes of a text that you were expected to use to learn neuroanatomy (some of which, ironically, are the very same texts that neurology residents use when studying for the Royal College). A very, very long time ago, on this board I asked what makes a good neuroanatomy textbook. I remembered the replies and am pleased to introduce my own neuroanatomy text. It has over 25 localization problems, all with fully worked out solutions, designed exclusively for beginner studies in neuroanatomy. https://www.amazon.ca/Case-Closed-Neuroanatomy-Warren-Berger/dp/1498728529/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= If anyone has any feedback about it, please feel free to pm me. I'm always looking to improve! Thanks!
  15. 2 points


    Hi everyone - I recently returned to the Premed 101 forums, and I can't believe the thread that I started in 2011 is still going strong. I have now been a neurology attending for 6 months (private practice), so I thought I'd share some light. Neurology residency can be BUSY. It all depends on your program. At mine, the residents took stroke call and were the main tPaers. Thus when you were on call, you would likely be up all night (especially now as there is no stroke window). But I know that at a lot of other programs, stroke call is mostly done by fellows. Neurology is somewhat unique in the sense that depending on what field you subspecialize in (and there is no pressure to), you can have a very different career and do work that in no way resembles another neurologist (i.e. movement disorders bears very little resemblance to neuromuscular). I'm an MS specialist and really enjoy it and most of my colleagues would say the same - neurology is a fun field. If you don't work in a hospital it's all 9 - 5. Either in an academic or community hospital setting it can be very busy. In general, one's billing will range from $300,000 - $650,000 depending (for example some people choose to do all EMG all the time. Of course, that's near the 650k mark. Conversely if you are a cognitive neurologist, you'll be lucky if you clear 300k). And after expenses and income tax your take home will be about 60% of your gross billings. I hope that's helpful! As an aside, a VERY VERY long time ago here, I posted about the terrible selection of neurology/neuroanatomy books available. This frustration only grew as I went along in my career, and so I decided to write my own. You can find it here - I would really, really value anyone's/everyone's feedback if they happen to pick it up. https://www.amazon.ca/Case-Closed-Neuroanatomy-Warren-Berger/dp/1498728529/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
  16. 2 points

    Anesthesiology Career Outlook

    I don't think anesthesia will disappear as a specialty in our careers, I think automation may slowly make its way into the work that anesthetists do, but there will still be oversight from a human. It could mean the decline of anesthesia overtime, but i don't think it would be something of concern in the next 10-20 years for sure and likely 30-40 years. If you look at what an anesthetist might do, automation is still nowhere near replacing all the roles of an anesthetist. You need someone to do the anesthesia consult, you need someone to do the pre-op checklist, you need someone to read the rhythm strip, monitor hemodynamics, give drugs, you need someone to put in lines, to intubate and someone to coordinate it all. Could a machine do some of these things in isolation, yes, could they coordinate these things in the future, probably, but i think we are still a long way away from trusting a machine to do all of this with no human oversight. Also, you could have an all-in-one-fire-the-anesthetist-o-machine in front of me right now doing every single task of an anesthetist right now and it will still take 15 years for this machine to take over in the real world. Think about all the big game changing complex and pricey inventions in medicine and how long it has taken for it to actually go from concept to in every hospital in the world.
  17. 2 points
    Salut. Je ne suis pas maman encore, mais probablement que je le serai pendant mon parcours. J'étudie présentement en médecine à Ulaval et je suis allée à une conférence le mois dernier qui se donnait à l'université sur le fait d'être parent en médecine. Les étudiants et médecins présents nous ont livré leur témoignage en lien avec les questions que tu viens de poser.. en gros ils disaient que c'était faisable, mais qu'il fallait être très organisés et être capable d'optimiser notre temps. Les étudiants sont généralement capables de maintenir de bons résultats, mais c'est sûr que tu dois gérer une part d'imprévisibilité et accepter que tout ne peut pas être parfait. Ils disaient aussi que tu dois couper quelque part.. par exemple ils ont réduit leur temps libre.. pour être un maximum présent auprès de leur enfant. Aussi, ça l'aide quand tu as un entourage qui peut te soutenir. La plupart avait des conjoints soutenant aussi donc tout ça aide. Mais tout le monde s'entendait pour dire que c'était une belle expérience et que c'était très faisable. Il s'agit juste de réajuster les choses. Ah et aussi, pour les mamans, souvent ça signifie de retarder un peu l'obtention du diplôme. Par exemple, prendre 6 mois ou 12 mois de congé pour être auprès de ton enfant. Certaines avaient essayé de ne pas prendre de congé, mais avaient changé d'idée en cours de route parce que c'était trop difficile. Rendu là, c'est du cas par cas! Voilà
  18. 2 points

    What's On Your Mind?

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
  19. 2 points
    Cote R

    DMD 2018

    le but de cet exercice et de travailler ensemble afin de pouvoir échanger des opinions concernant nos réponses et de les analyser . PAS DE CRITIQUE. Donc, je te réponds sur le thread : 1. Tes réponses sont vrmt bien formulés. Elles dénotes de la maturité et surtout , elles sont imprégnés d'empathie. 2. Je pense qu'il faut exprimer les ENJEUX clairement et ensuite donner ta position accompagnée de une ou deux pistes de solution. Il ne faut pas se porter volontaire de "sauver le monde " .car c'est un peu irréaliste. 3. Le plus important est de savoir que tu n'a que 5 minutes à répondre à 3 questions. Alors, il faut se pratiquer bcp. à écrire strictement l'essentiel. Ne pas faire des phrases élaborés.tout dépendant de ta vitesse de rédaction , pas plus de 3 ou 4 lignes par réponse. Moi, j'ai écrit 2 à 3 lignes et j'ai répondu à toutes les questions.Résultat : admis en DMD à Mtl et Laval. Par contre, j'ai finalement choisi MD. Si tu veux, place tes réponses sur le FORUM et je suis persuadé que cela aura un plus grand impact que mon opinion isolé. La collaboration et le travail d'équipe sont la pierre angulaire de l'avancement des connaissances . Bonne chance
  20. 2 points
    lmao fkn chill
  21. 2 points
    Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Dec 3), Calgary (Dec 3), Alberta (Dec3), Western (Dec 4), Memorial (Dec 5), Laval (Dec5), Toronto (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 6), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 17), Sherbrooke (Dec 18) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Dec 7), Ottawa(Dec 8), Memorial(Dec 12), Western (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 14), McMaster (Dec 17), Montreal (17dec), Queens (Dec 18), sask (dec 19), UBC (Dec 19) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), UBC (Dec 13), Toronto (Dec 17),Ottawa (Dec 18) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan (Nov 27), Queen's (Dec 5), McGill (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Calgary (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Western (Dec 12), MUN (Dec 13), Toronto (Dec 18), Edmonton (Dec 19), Ottawa (Dec 19) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 11), McMaster IMG (Dec 18), McMaster (Phone Calls - Dec 17), Calgary (Dec 18), Laval (Dec 19) Family Medicine: Ontario (Nov 28; IMGonly), Laval (Nov 30), Montréal (Dec 4), Saskatchewan (Prince Albert - Dec 10, Moose Jaw/Swift Current - Dec 13th, Saskatoon - Dec 13th), UofT (Dec 12), Sherbrooke (Dec 12) , McGill (Gatineau - Dec 13), Alberta Rural (Dec 12), Alberta Urban (Dec 14), UBC (Dec 14), McGill (Montreal - Dec 14) Queens (Dec 17), McMaster (Dec 17), Memorial (Dec 18), Ottawa (Dec 18/19), Calgary (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 19), NOSM (Dec 19), Western (Dec 19) General Pathology: Calgary (Nov 22), Alberta (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 13)  General Surgery: McGill (Dec 3), Sherbrooke (Dec 12), Toronto (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 17), UBC (Dec 17), McMaster Niagara (Dec 19), Saskatchewan (Dec 19) Montréal (Dec 19) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: To be announced on January 3rd Medical Genetics and Genomics: Calgary (Nov 27), UBC (Nov 29), Manitoba (Nov 28), Ottawa (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 14) Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Western (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 4), McGill (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 11), Memorial (Dec 12), Alberta (Dec 14), UofS (Dec 17), Toronto (Dec19) Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Dec3), Montreal (Dec 4), Calgary(Dec 4), McMaster (Dec 7), McGill (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 14) Neuropathology: Western (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 13), U of T (Dec 14) Neurosurgery: McMaster (Nov30), Western (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 10), UBC (Dec12), McGill (Dec 12), Toronto (Dec 17), Ottawa (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17) Nuclear Medicine: Sherbrooke (Dec07), Western (Dec 17) Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Manitoba (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 12), Toronto (Dec 17), Western (Dec 18), Queens (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 18), Saskatoon/Regina (Dec 18)  Ophthalmology: UBC (Dec 4), Western (Dec 10), Alberta (Dec 11), Manitoba (Dec 14), McGill (Dec 17), Saskatchewan (Dec 18), Sherbrooke (Dec 19), Ottawa (Dec 19) Orthopaedic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 7), McGill (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 14), McMaster (Dec 14), Dalhousie (Dec 12), Saskatchewan (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 18), Memorial (Dec 18) Otolaryngology: Alberta (Dec 6), Western (Dec 11), UofT (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 14), Manitoba (Dec 17), Ottawa (Dec 17), Dalhousie (Dec 19) Pediatrics: McMaster (Dec. 14, IMG), Western (Dec 14, IMG), UBC (Dec 14, IMG), Ottawa (Dec. 14, IMG), Toronto (Dec.14, IMG), Sask (Dec 18), Ottawa (Dec 18), Toronto (Dec 18), UBC (Dec 18), Alberta (Dec 18), Manitoba (Dec 18), Western (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18), NOSM (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 18), Memorial (Dec 18), McGill (Dec 18) Plastic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 4), Manitoba (Dec 11), Laval (Dec 17), McGill (Dec 18), Western (Dec 18), UBC (Dec 18) PM&R: Queens (Nov 22), McMaster (Nov 26), UBC (Nov 30), Manitoba (Nov 30), Western (December6), UofT (December 12th), Calgary (December 12th), USask (Dec 6), Alberta (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Ottawa (Dec 14)  Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 23), Sherbrooke (Nov 27), McMaster- Hamilton and Waterloo (Dec. 4), Western - London & Windsor (Dec.4), McGill (Dec. 4), Calgary (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 5), U of T (Dec 7), Ottawa (Dec 7), Alberta (Dec 10), NOSM (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 12), USask-Regina (Dec 12), UBC (Dec 12), USask-Saskatoon (Dec 13),Dalhousie (Dec 13), U de M (Dec 14) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Alberta (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec10), UBC (Dec 12), NOSM (Dec 12) UofT (Dec12), Ottawa (Dec 13) Queens (Dec 17), Calgary (Dec 18) Radiation Oncology: Calgary (December 10), Alberta (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa(Dec 17), Dalhousie (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 17), Western (Dec 17), McMaster (Dec 18), Queen's (Dec 18) Urology: Western (Dec 4), Dalhousie (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 5), Ottawa (Dec 6), Toronto (Dec 8), McGill (Dec 12) Vascular Surgery: Toronto (Nov 26), Western (Dec 10) No new information. Just made sure every program was there only once.
  22. 2 points

    MMI prep course?

    I have no direct experience, but will give my 2 cents anyways since no one else has answered. - a lot of MMI prep companies make wild promises. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. - MMI prep companies aren’t given any insider knowledge. Their knowledge only comes from familiarity with the system, which can be gained through this website and talking to others. The prep companies don’t have access to UBCs formula for scoring MMIs, they only make educated guesses on what makes a good candidate - the only people I know who paid for a prep company had already paid for MCAT prep (and got great scores) and had great overall applications. They were the type of people who did ‘whatever it took’ to get in and probably would have gotten in without prep. This can artificially inflate prep companies statistics on how many of their students get in. Overall, if you are an average speaker/interviewer, I think you can definitely prep on your own or with free prep groups that you can connect with through this forum. If you have public speaking anxiety or think you interview badly, a prep course may be worth it for you personally. i think other posters have already written on this subject, probably with more detail than me so check out other people’s opinions before making a decision
  23. 2 points

    OHIP Billing

    "I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."
  24. 2 points
    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).
  25. 2 points

    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    Lowering Mcgill threshold of MDT from 6 to 5 means invalidating the whole test since the lowest grade obtained by students this session was 5, meaning cancellation of MDT requirement not simply changing it!
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