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  1. 5 points
    To expand on this... Usually an element of naivety/ignorance exists. Attendings rarely let med students know the full reality of what it's like. Plus attendings have an incentive to draw you in (an unmatched surgical program = ton more work for everyone = higher attrition rates = more headaches/work for attendings). Yeah the job market is probably going to improve in 10 years hahaha Lots of overly optimistic med students. This potentiates with the big egos found in medicine in general. Unmatched? No way, I work harder than the rest. Not matching to top 3? No way, I am more likeable than the rest. Not finding a job in Toronto? No way, I am more talented than the rest. Etc. Competitiveness in and of itself draws students. Surgery or at least the idea of it is genuinely cool. For some that is enough to make them truly happy. For others it is just enough to trick them into thinking they'll be happy. Many medical students invest in identities very early on. If you identify with being a surgeon, it will be difficult for you to pick any other specialty as you progress. And yeah, everything NLengr said.
  2. 2 points
    acacna

    why medicine after masters?

    I know a lot of undergrads that decided to do some sort of Masters when they couldnt get accepted to medschool. I was one of them. I did my Masters because I had an interest in medical research and would like that to be a part of my career in the future. Also I began my Masters knowing that I would apply again for medschool after I am done. It was difficult to apply during my Masters and it was looked down by most people around me. Long story short: Some grad students who have their heart set on medicine will continue to apply. Some of them got into gradschool cause they didnt know what else to do. Some had a genuine interest and thought it would be a good use of their time and potentially strengthen their future medschool application.
  3. 2 points
    Because we are total shit in medicine when it comes to human resources planning, finances, mentoring etc.
  4. 2 points
    Come to think of it, we're too often told not to consider any of the key factors that most people use to decide on a career (other than interest in theoretical subject matter).
  5. 2 points
    LiconC

    Rumours about cut-offs

    You are preaching to the choir, I agree with you about the mannerisms, small talk etc being an enormous advantage. You. Are. Right. But I think this image that you are painting of spoiled brats driving around in sports cars is utter fantasy that you are using to paint all high SES people as immoral gluttons. Sure, we all know and have seen people who are privileged to these luxuries, but it isn't really a thing. You have to be making an enormous amount of money to be doing that shit. Like, more than doctor money. Remember, a salary of 300k is like 170k after taxes. Moreover, its not really a cultural thing. I know plenty of academics in a high SES bracket who probably make $300k a year and I have literally never heard of someone buying their kid a luxury vehicle.
  6. 2 points
    LiconC

    Rumours about cut-offs

    I think that it is a bit of a stretch of the imagination to assume that having a parent who makes 100k a year (or even 300k a year) is buying their children luxurious cars and sending them to private school. Maybe in the US, but this is Canada. So, I don't think you can make a broad stroke in that regard as you try to support your argument that people from a higher SES have a lower capacity for empathy. I like to think that in Canada, we do a fairly good job at interacting with people unlike ourselves, compared to other nations, anyways. And I agree, you cannot teach empathy, but you can learn it through experiences. And no, having lived the same experience as a patient is not the only way to have empathy for them... thats the entire point of empathy--feeling compassion for someone different from yourself. That being said, appreciating the struggles of the Other becomes easier when you see yourself reflected in them. But again, not the only way. Also, the way you are framing this complaint seems almost like you are assuming that adcomms have a favourability bias towards rich applicants. Although this is true in the sense that interviewers will be more likely to have positive feelings about an applicant more similar to them (assuming the interviewers are, themselves, of a high SES), I think that it is more so a problem with academia. Some of the big reasons academia is elitist are: applicants with financial support have less stress and are able to do better; higher SES status is attached to post-secondary education, which creates a system of parents with university education sending their children to university and also giving them the tools to succeed. And, although medicine becomes a clinical practice, medicine is ultimately a highly academic system. I just think that people sometimes attack the instances of high SES in matriculated applicants as if it is some sort of conspiracy, and I think doing so misses the point that it is more so a systemic issue. Like, it's not a bunch of good old boy doctors liking applicants who come into the interview room wearing a rolex. Rather, I think it is more akin to the idea that if your parents own a drywalling company, you are going to have a much easier time succeeding as a dry-waller. Moving into different careers may entail moving into different SES realms, none of which is easy because they all involve their own implicit skills and educations.
  7. 1 point
    IMislove

    MMI prep companies

    And probably not being a troll during interviews
  8. 1 point
    chkchkchickens

    MMI prep companies

    Thank you for posting this here! I actually already found it last year when I was trolling through the forums. The huge piece of advice that sticks with me is entering the room cool and confident, which is what I think dragged me down last cycle.
  9. 1 point
    Meridian

    why medicine after masters?

    That is nonsense. Many people do different types of Masters and PhD before and after Medicine.
  10. 1 point
    I could use that now. Everytime I sort the recycling I end up asking my spouse at least once "do we recycle this here?"
  11. 1 point
    while sure in general but while rare in the grand scheme of things there are enough with interest/training to be useful I think. It isn't that unusual for a doctor to have a MBA for instance - there were 2 of them alone in my old radiology department on a personal example. They are an accessible resource if needed - a lot of those MBA types are looking for senior admin positions in hospitals for instance. Mentoring is something you would think is more common in academia than elsewhere - yet we don't talk about that much either. what we don't have is the willing or foresight to add it to residency programs and so on. Ha instead as I recall I had a 3 hour lecture on recycling of all things, a 2 hour lecture on using excel and word and using pubmed basic searches (required lecture for some stupid reason), and some questionable wellness lectures (something that annoyed me because that subject is very important but so poorly done). Somehow we can get that stuff in but cannot talk about how to actually get a job, personal finances, or realities of our specialities in actual practice - stuff that we all actually have to do.
  12. 1 point
    If you’re only IP in Ontario examine processes for obtaining IP status in other provinces. On average applicants apply at least 3 times before getting in. There’s many examples on this forum of people applying 5+ times (myself included!) before matriculating. Too soon to jump ship to another continent unless you are informed about the risks for this.
  13. 1 point
    CARS is only 10% of the interview score. Your GPA makes up 20%, and the non-academic parameters are the other 70%, so your TOP 10 can make or break your application. I received an interview in 2017/18 cycle with a 123 in CARS - 503 total (but scored 90th percentile in most of the attributes)
  14. 1 point
    LiconC

    Rumours about cut-offs

    Naw, man.
  15. 1 point
    PurpleHippo

    Interview Invites 2019/2020 cycle

    It's so nice that they call you!!! My invite was filtered into my Spam folder but I got a call this morning because today was the deadline to reply. Whew! Does anyone know how many invites get sent out on average?
  16. 1 point
    I think beside St Michael's Hospital and Sunnybrook Hospital who are tertiary trauma hospitals, they prefer to hire FRCPC, although there are a few CCFP-EM who work there. The majority of other Toronto academic and community hospitals' chiefs are CCFP-EM and don't cherry pick over FRCPC or CCFP-EM. After all, 70-80% of emergency physicians in Canada are family physicians. It depends mostly how you network and impress your future colleagues during your residency/fellowship, if you are a good fit, they will advocate a job position for you. There is not too much point to hire a FRCPC in a community hospital, unless the hiring person is very keen on credentials. At the end of the day, you just need to find someone who will get along with the rest of the group and provides good service to the patients. A lot of soft skills can't be taught in medical school/residency. We tend to think that the most brilliant people get hired in coveted academic positions, but actually they tend to have strong interpersonal skills and connect well with the department.
  17. 1 point
    NLengr

    How to make oneself competitive for nsx

    Probably shadow the hell of out of it in year one. It's a tough field. Long hours, bad outcomes, not the most collegial atmosphere, no jobs, multiple fellowships. Make sure you know what it's like before you commit a ton of energy to bolstering an application.
  18. 0 points
    BarkingOwl

    Interview Invites 2019/2020 cycle

    It appears they are done sending interview invites... Good luck to everyone interviewing! Work hard and stay focused
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