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    Canadian DAT Resources Help

    For resources, I'd say your actual course notes from school are the best tool. Lots of important info there for ecology, physiology (if you've taken it), chemistry for sure, etc. If you find you're weak in an area or haven't taken the course then for sure supplement it with those tools above. I generally found the Kaplan DAT review book to be enough for me but to each their own. It's important not to go too overboard with resources, especially if you're also trying to balance school. GL buddy.
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    Canadian DAT Resources Help

    Don't buy chads videos. I highly recommend you to use DAT Boot Camp. Its a 3 month subscription. Worth it. Specially for chem the videos they have you will ace the chem (Mikes videos) Also ... For the pat .. If you want to spend minimum time .. You will receive a minimum grade. Take it from a DAT vet. Lmao Best of luck ...
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    Super Nova

    Canadian DAT Resources Help

    I honestly would not spend the money on the manual when you can use the funds elsewhere. Because with the manual, i know first hand that they only change a small number of things IF they change anything at all. So i would say you are best to put that money into another resource. In terms of what you have now and the fact that you want to keep things at a minimum, here is what i would suggest. Chem: Chad's Videos will be sufficient. I don't think this one is up for debate! and it is relatively cheap! Bio: AP Cliff. I wouldn't bother with Feralis. You can cross reference AP cliff with it if you want but AP Cliff will great by itself. RC: Currently no one has RC exams that mimick the Canadian DAT. datcrusher RC was too straightforward (although they have said that they are in the process of changing this for the next cycle), datbootcamp is too complex (as it should be since the american DAT has a different style of RC), and personally i feel like IQ is a little too easy and outdated. So for RC i say go through IQ and use the kaplan book (I actually never used the Kaplan book so i won't comment on it) since you already have them and afterwards, see if you feel like you need more practice and go from there. PAT: Definitely go through the kaplan book first. After that, i would either go with bootcamp or crusher. they are both really strong for their PAT section. bootcamp will give you more questions, crusher will give you printable generators which some people prefer. crackthedat is also good but i found the quality of the questions to be low sometimes. hope that helps! I have pretty much used every resource available so feel free to ask me any further questions!
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    Depending on the place, rural FM programs can give more ER exposure on a regular basis during FM blocks, which is the main advantage. There is no hard-and-fast preference for rural residents in the +1 programs. More time in ER means more learning opportunities and experiences which can be showcased on ER electives and in interviews. I wouldn't say doing ER rotations in a rural setting is better than in an urban one, however, though there are some pros and cons. Rural ER rotations give some more independence, but volumes can be quite low, acuity is often quite low (more comparable to a walk-in clinic in many cases), and management options are limited by available resources. In true rural EM, you're not going to be doing intubations or lumbar punctures either, since the docs there won't do those things. And, as bloh says, rural FM, often done by FM docs without a +1 in EM, is highly variable and some are not very good at what they do. Urban has less opportunity for the true high-acuity (crashing) patients as others get preference, but you get volumes and usually exposure to those who decide who gets the +1 EM fellowships, which is a big advantage. From a pure learning perspective, non-academic, non-rural EMs can be the best if you can find a willing and capable preceptor. These are centres without regular EM residents but are in cities or large towns. They're staffed by EM docs (RCPSC or 2+1 FM) and have most - though not all - of the services of a major urban academic centre, with a high volume of patients and good mix of acuity.
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    Not at all - I mean that is what medical school is actually for (of course) but really it isn't an issue for the most part. Which is exactly why they don't care about the program. On a broader note - the UG science stuff you take is quite a bit different I think than the medical school science. I feel that often we overstress the idea that there is a true connection. I mean you can flush the major of the math, physics, chemistry and biology you learn right down the toilet at the start of medical school with I think little consequence. Ha in some ways it is the same with residency (once you have completed the LMCC part 2). Knowledge is always useful in some fashion to be clear and we strive to know all we can. Just I wouldn't overly stress that - I could easily ask if all the science students had a hard time catching up with all the key non-science parts of medicine and dealing with all the grey areas (which is big part of things). The question is not whether you know something, it is rather can you learn something new?
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    Research as a Med Student

    I plan on just doing clerkship and being a good person. Then just my normal non-impressive hobbies on top of that.
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    The following is how I, as a current Canadian medical school student, would go about preparing for medical school interviews.Other people may prepare themselves differently. Some people even say that you cannot prepare for medical school interviews. The multiple mini interview (MMI), for example, is often thought to be impossible to prepare for. I am here to tell you that practice makes perfect. This applies to everything in life. Whether it involves preparing for an organic chemistry test, preparing to give a speech in front of an audience, or practicing for an upcoming driving test, practice is a key element to success. Preparing for the MMI and similar formats of interviews is similar to any other challenge you have faced in life. Practice makes progress. Does which school you are applying to matter? Seeing as to how I was accepted to multiple schools, I do not see why it would not work at any school that interviews students in the MMI format. Whether that is McMaster, UofT, Queens, McGill, Dalhousie, UBC, or any other school you have your sites on, MMI preparation is a skill that can be improved. Part 1: Resources 1. A partner: You need someone to practice with on a weekly basis. Review recent health care articles together and ask each other prompts. Providing feedback for each other is crucial to learning from your mistakes. 2. Practice prompts: There are quite a few resources available such as UBC's own medical school (http://science-student.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2014/01/Sample-Questions-2013-2014.pdf). The best ones include answers to the questions (http://TeachDoctor.com/interview-questions/ ). If you want to improve your interviewing skills, it would make sense to simulate questions from the interview. This website includes in-depth answers from medical students. You can answer all the prompts in the world but how do you know if your answers are what the interviewers are looking for? This is why it is helpful to have a resource that provides helpful responses that you can practice with. 3. Medical Ethics: Ethics in Medicine (URL: http://depts.washington.edu/bioethx/topics/index.html). You are not expected to be a walking encyclopedia when it comes to medical ethics. Medical schools understand that incoming students should only have some knowledge on this topic. 4. Doing Right: A Practical Guide to Medical Ethics by Herbert. This book is held in high regard by a great deal of students. Does it actually help? I personally believe that the University of Washington’s online lessons are more than enough (see link 2). This book is an enjoyable read, but it does not involve enough active recall and practice. Reading it is a passive task that does not help in preparing you for the interview. 5. Communication and rapport: You should demonstrate an ability to establish rapport with patients. Obviously, there are indicators that people convey to the interviewer that they can or cannot convey empathy and consideration for other peoples’ perspectives. You should read the American Medical Association’s 6 tips on how to understand patients (URL: https://wire.ama-assn.org/education/6-simple-ways-master-patient-communication). Again, there are many books on this topic. But the main idea is that you want to convey empathy and establish rapport with patients. Medical schools want to produce doctors who truly care for their patient. As a matter of fact, rapport and understanding the perspective of others is a central aspect of medicine.
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    Part 2: What you should know 1. What does “communication” or “rapport” really mean? Communicator: Professional relationships with the patient for trust and autonomy to convey empathy, respect, and compassion. Communicators understand that biases and values of patients and colleagues may affect quality of care. Modifications are made accordingly. For example, consider the following question: Do patients who have beliefs against medical procedures have the right to reject vital treatment? (I.e.: Jehovah's witness and blood transfusion). How would you respond? I believe that a good answer would take the patient’s unique culture and heritage into account. Remember that competent adults have autonomy. As future physicians treating competent patients, we must accommodate the patient’s wishes. This may seem dark at first. But recall that the opposite, paternalism (deciding for the patient) is autocratic and dictatorial. Would you prefer to live in a society where healthcare professionals force-fed you medication telling you that it is for your own good, or would you rather have the right to decide? The latter is obviously the correct answer. In addition to the above, an excellent communicator must respond to non-verbal behaviors, manage emotionally charged conversations, and is adaptive to unique needs of patients and their conditions. This means that you are empathic enough to view the situation from the eyes of others. Synthesize information from patient and family's POVs: from family (with patient's consent), gather psychosocial and biomedical information from interviews. 2. Should I “be myself?” Of course you should be as authentic as possible during the interview. Interviewers can spot lies based on your body language. Honesty often aligns with confidence. However, that does not mean that you should not work on changing some aspects of yourself. This is especially true if you believe that you can improve in any of the following domains: becoming a better communicator, collaborator, leader, scholar and lifelong learner, as well as a health advocate who vouches for the well-being of the population at large. The best way to cultivate the qualities that will help you perform well in the interview is through reviewing practice prompts with a partner frequently. After drilling through some prompts from websites such as those on http://TeachDoctor.com/interview-questions/ or https://www.ucalgary.ca/mdprogram/admissions/mmi/samples, review the ideal responses posted there. How does your answer compare? Are you demonstrating strong communication by viewing the situation from the patient’s point of view? Are you accommodating the patient’s beliefs, socioeconomic status, and values? Compare your answer with a friend and those posted on the website to determine what you must work on. 3. How do I prepare for the acting prompts? There is a certain structure for many acting prompts that you must familiarize yourself with. Typically, you must do the following: 1. Listen to the person without judging them. What are their concerns? How did the situation take place from their shoes? 2. Convey that you understand what they mean. With that said, do not offer false reassurances that may end up promising more than you actually deliver. 3. Demonstrate shared decision making. This is where you convey to the person that you want to work on a solution together. Find common ground with the person. While keeping the above steps in mind, you should also bear in mind that criticism and judgments against the person are not indicators of communication and rapport. This is why you must listen patiently to the other person. Once again, you need to review as many practice prompts as possible. For example, here is a potential question. You are a manager of a chain of restaurants. One 30 year old male worker received a complaint about telling a customer to never come back to the restaurant again. Arguing with customers is against company regulations. You need to lay this person off. What do you do? With the above steps listed, you should listen patiently to the worker’s side of the story. While you must be firm about laying them off, ensure them that you can serve as a reference for other positions if they have other strong points to talk about. Do this calmly and without offering the false hope of rehiring them. Remember that the instructions have been given in the prompt and they clearly indicate that the worker must be fired. However, demonstrate your concern for their wellbeing and future by serving as a reference if they have other strong suits and this was a one-off case. How do you prepare for acting prompts? That is an excellent question. As I previously mentioned, you need to understand what “communication” and “rapport” truly mean. These are qualities that ideal doctors demonstrate at the workplace. Remember that working with others whether they are patients and especially if they are co-workers requires collaboration. You can read more about collaboration in the frameworks of an ideal physician on Queens University’s website (http://www.collaborativecurriculum.ca/en/modules/CanMedsCollaborator/) In addition, you must expose yourself to as many practice scenarios as possible for acting prompts. Try acting them out with a partner and listen to their impression of how it went. You can find plenty of prompts at http://TeachDoctor.com/interview-questions/ or on the sites of many Canadian universities that have any healthcare programs that interviews its students in a multiple mini interview (MMI) format such as https://www.ualberta.ca/physical-therapy/msc-in-physical-therapy/admissions/application-requirements/sample-mmi-questions. As with the previous part of this guide, I emphasized how practice makes progress. You must be responsible enough to practice these interview prompts on a consistent basis. Find a partner to practice with. Ideally, have a model response to compare your answers to and have your partners provide feedback. Let me know if you have any questions. The above are simply answers to "high-yield" questions that others may have.
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    Salaire annuel d'un pharmacien?

    TYPICAL CLUELESS NOOB ! NOOB ! Tu dois être au cégep ou au secondaire j'imagine
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    David Med

    Salaire annuel d'un pharmacien?

    Moi c'est pour ca + le prestige et les poules
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    Salaire annuel d'un pharmacien?

    La passion? le cash? le prestige? C'est rien tout ca... Tu prends un gars dans un bar qui parle avec une fille qui a l'air peu interessé, si il mentionne qu'il etudie en medecine, le regard de la fille change instantanement, c inevitable.... C a ca que ca sert etudier en med Puis pour les deniste, sans eux on aurais bcp plus de cas d'endocardites et on mourrais a 35 ans comme mozart d'insuffisance cardiaque....