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  1. 8 points

    Doing well on surgery electives

    If you are a staff surgeon (or staff anything) and you are yelling at med students, you are a pathetic loser. I feel bad that you have to push around the students to make up for your small penis. Just saying.....
  2. 7 points
    I know this is probably a troll post but personally I would rather see hard working, altruistic, genuine, IMG's land residency in Canada over the handful of narcissistic CMG's with a god complex who probably lack in bedside manner and think the world revolves around them.
  3. 6 points
    This post frustrates me to no end because it assumes equal opportunities for all students who apply to medical school. You have an immature understanding of the world if you're going to assume that cultural, socioeconomic or health factors shouldn't be taken into consideration when determining an arbitrary level of "excellence". While you're correct in saying that hard work and persistence are important, so is financial stability and wellness. If you have an issue with practising with others who may have taken a different route and can't come to terms with the fact that people have different paths than you, perhaps you should reevaluate your definition of service in medicine.
  4. 5 points
    This is literally the worst example. If you watched the Winter Olympics recently you would have heard about this story: https://www.google.ca/amp/s/globalnews.ca/news/4035507/how-a-skier-who-can-hardly-jump-made-it-to-the-olympic-halfpipe/amp/ There is always an alternative way to achieve your goal. I am quite concerned about your ability to demonstrate empathy. Medical school admissions are not black and white. Having been on the interview committees for medical school selection on a few occasions, I can assure you that there is a greater portion of luck involved in the whole process than you may think. There is generally a handful of amazing applicants that are easy to identify, a handful of terrible applicants and the rest fall into the middle where how you rank them would most likely vary significantly from interviewer to interviewer. The fact you are so sure that you will be accepted into a Canadian Medical School before even applying is a little concerning. My only suggestion for you is to try and develop more tolerance and humility before interviews come around. Also, please keep in mind that if you get into medical school, many of your staff will be IMG’s. If you come into interactions with them with this mindset, you will burn a lot of bridges. Finally, if you do get into medical school, you will soon realize that medicine is not as prestigious as you may think it is.
  5. 5 points
    *Sigh* I wasn't gonna write on this thread cause I thought you were really just a troll... but seeing your reply above it's pretty clear you're actually unaware of how terribly informed, for a lack of a better word that I could use on this forum, your opinion on this matter is. Those students learn real medicine, partake in real clinical situations, have to do the same national tests as every other US MDs, have to fight for the same residency spots (with major handicaps on this regard compared to other students), etc. Let the hospitals taking them in for residency or later as staff worry about whether they do "real medicine" or not. The whole "supreme excellence in academia and extracurricular" thing that you need for CAN Medschool is not inherently necessary to the practice of medicine; it's a product of the fact that about 10x more people apply for the amount of available spots, which artificially increases the expectations of what a Med student should look like. People that reach the Caribbeans are, more often than not, just slightly below the mark for getting into that top 10% (or less) and just prefer to start studying ASAP instead of spending a whole Med program long lifetime of reapplication cycles to get into a CAN school. When in fact, of all the people that I have known that have talked to me about their experience as patients, not a single one mentioned about they were amazed by their doctor's list of extracurriculars or scholarly achievements, but rather the deciding factor in every conversation about whether they liked their doctor or not was about how much they felt that their doctor truly cared for them and treated them with empathy and respect as a human being. Excellence in extracurriculars/grades have nearly 0 correlation with this. "Pardon me if this sounds arrogant, but I am very haphazardly going for medicine now because I feel like I shouldn't have to share the profession with people who are less qualified than me in terms of ALL admission criteria. " This was probably the most agreeable part of your writing. For the sake of your future patients and their families and your future colleagues, please follow your heart and reconsider being in this profession.
  6. 4 points

    OMSAS cannot submit application Error

    Talked to lady on phone, basically its extended until evening (today). I asked specifically what time they said they dont know as they are unsure when it will be fixed by. I also asked if this would affect our applications (submitting after the 4:30 deadline) she said no as everyone is experiencing this issue.
  7. 4 points

    Is the Medical Profession Deteriorating?

    forget haphazardly, if i were you, i'd give up on medicine entirely.
  8. 4 points

    UBC vs McGill Medical School

    The best school is the one where you get accepted. Plan to apply broadly to as many Canadian Med schools as you can where you meet the interview requirements. Only worry about whether UBC or McGill is better for you personally once you have the multiple offers in hand.
  9. 4 points
    First time posting here! My name is Donavan, I'm a first year resident and I recently started a YouTube channel about residency and medicine! I made a video talking about how much Canadian residents' are paid, and estimated the amount of weekly hours typically worked (which vary a lot depending on the specialty). There are no deep secrets here, but one thing that I learned being a resident is that the extra money on-call does add quite a bit to the total. I wanted to stay objective - in no way am I personally complaining or bragging - but I did include my thoughts at the end of the video. Would love to hear if you have any thoughts, questions or feedback!
  10. 4 points
    I respectfully disagree. This seemingly popular belief of "resident pay is low because staff pay is high" or vice versa is a non sequitur. The pay staff physicians receive is representative of their skill and their contributions to society, and is fairly deserved. It does not retroactively render residency pay irrelevant, since staff pay is payment for work done as staff, not as residents. We have a professional degree which, as you said, is getting harder and harder to attain by the year, and work experience/set of skills that are really quite exclusive, in a field which is essential and relevant to people's lives in a constructive way. If we need to put ourselves further into debt to make ends meet after all that (and clearly, with all this credentials inflation you mentioned, many of our cohorts are now filled with non-trads with families and even more degrees), we are underpaid, period. You cannot justify this with a fair pay that comes only after years, no matter how high it is. I agree it's good to learn good financial habits. It's better if we can learn it while actually being able to save anything meaningful. I do agree with the limited supply idea as far as it applies to within medicine. Healthcare system is overburdened, residents are cheap labour and will unfortunately likely continue to be. If a raise at resident level means a cut at staff level, I'm sure most residents would opt to endure the status quo. That being said, there should always be an effort to draw the resources from outside so that staff physicians are not hurt by resident raises. I could not care less about what happens to the pay in other industries. To stay still in a zero-sum game means your cut of the pie is eventually taken from you, as all current staff physicians must know so painfully well from their terrible negotiations with the government. I hope that the residency associations across the country realize this as our situation is essentially just a micro version of theirs. Definitely look at the staff pay down the line. Counting your blessings is a great way to stay sane. But I will not be told that what I am getting is fair when it isn't.
  11. 4 points
    Lactic Folly

    Income and Lifestyle

    Yes, students who have worked in other careers prior to medicine often express a greater appreciation for the security and privilege it provides, compared to many other people who also work difficult hours in less desirable occupations for much less pay and job security.
  12. 3 points
    no really right or wrong answer there - personally I put both down and included it in both sections - remember the people reading these are often people like you 1-2 years from now, later on other doctors. We understand, we have been there, and we don't punish people for stuff like that.
  13. 3 points
    In case some of you didn't know, they are hosting a bunch of information sessions this year throughout October and November (across various local universities and CEGEPs, and even places outside of Quebec) Some notables: -Re-applicant session on Oct 4 -for the RI-MUHC community on Oct 15 at the Glen and many more... Complete list and info here: https://www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/events
  14. 3 points
    Write the reference with where you’ll be submitting it and add “in preparation”
  15. 3 points
    Engineering co-ops are mostly private industry competing to get the best students. They hope they can idendify and recruit good permanent employees via this method. Private industry is willing to spend money to do this. They hope this will let them make more money in the future. The governments in Canada are cheap. They have no profit motive. They know you will still be working in the public system for whatever they decide the fee schedule is when you are done. They don't need to pay you and as a result, they don't. Same goes for teachers. It sucks, but unfortunately that is the reality.
  16. 3 points

    Income and Lifestyle

    This thread is so comical and sad....a family doctor makes in the top 1% of income earners in Canada...so if you are struggling so much....what about the 99% of Canada...which make up 99% of your patients...this thread is exactly why its dangerous to let in 20 or 21 year olds to medical school from third or fourth year undergrad with no sense of the realities of the working world...
  17. 3 points

    Income and Lifestyle

    ridiculous thread I hope your preoccupation for money won't result in patient mismanagement for monetary gain
  18. 2 points
    Better question - anyone lucky enough to be part of the minority to submit before the deadline? Can't disqualify 50% of the population.
  19. 2 points
    You're confusing OMSAS with AMCAS
  20. 2 points
    ^^ I think you may be the least qualified and educated person to be speaking on this subject. I'm actually at a loss for how to respond to your ignorance and arrogance.
  21. 2 points
    I understand most of your logic however I would caution against rejecting an acceptance to wait out for another school. Your chance of matching to UBC for residency is higher if you go to Medical School at UBC. However, you can never be sure you will eventually be accepted to UBC. You should accept any medical school you are accepted at and figure out the details later. Keep in mind if you reject your acceptance and never get accepted again then your chance of doing residency in BC is 0%.
  22. 2 points

    Additional comments required??

    That is from the U of C applicant manual, U of A does not score applications the same way.
  23. 2 points

    test casper

    Le meilleur moyen pour se préparer selon moi est de te faire un document où tu réponds à des questions de base, comme: 1. C'est quoi les étapes d'un deuil et comment le traverser. 2. Comment bien travailler en groupe. 3. Événements qui ont changé ta vie. 4. Situation où tu as fait preuve d'intégrité / où tu as manqué d'intégrité / où tu as enfreint une de tes valeurs. 5. Quoi dire et quoi faire pour aider une personne qui refuse de l'aide. 6. Étapes pour résoudre un conflit. 7. Qualité/défaut/valeur 8. Situation où tu étais impuissant 9. Moment de stress dans ta vie et comment le gérer. 10. Situation où tu as dû réévaluer tes priorités, Sacrifice humanitaire, etc.
  24. 2 points
    This is probably the last post I'm going to be making on these forums and I think this a good way to send it off. 1. It's completely and 100% normal now, specifically in Canada, working on getting in for a couple of years after undergraduate. We have few schools and more applicants than there a seats. So the economics behind it makes sense as to why it's competitive. Plus, the upside of getting into a Canadian school is huge (way less debt, etc). All in all, it's a marathon. 2. Break down all your years of education into Fall semester/Winter semester structure and look at how many courses you took in each year. 3. Look at each schools admission policies, using that, calculate your GPA for each school. 4. Take the MCAT, a huge roadblock for many, as people with high GPA's get screwed over by this test. This could take a couple of retakes as well. 5. See which schools you are competitive for, which schools are doable with more years of school, and which are absolutely impossible. I can tell you University of Toronto is out unless you have a PhD (next point relates to this). 6. Since some schools consider PhD in there calculations, look at how specifically they take that into consideration. It seems Western, Dal, and Queen's might be doable since you say your 3rd year and 4th year are 3.7 and 3.9 respectively. Your situation is not bad at all, your just limiting yourself since you say you can't go back for my UG years.
  25. 2 points

    Paying for US med school tuition?

    There are schools that you can attend for less than 400k (might be tough with current exchange rate). There are schools that give out funding (grants/loans) to Canadians - Yale, JHU, Northwestern, Sinai, Harvard, Vandy, Duke, Dartmouth, Columbia(Free), NYU(Free) and so on. ofc there are no guarantee that you can get into these as they tend to be one of the most difficult schools to get into. I'll use myself as an example. My school's total cost will be ~450k incl. tuition, housing, etc. I'll be getting ~160k from school grant, ~200k from CIBC loan, ~30k from OSAP, which leaves ~60k for family contribution. My family's definitely down there in the SES scale so this wouldn't have been possible without that grant, and getting loan took a while too. It's doable, but tough.