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  1. 5 points

    Question Regarding being "On call"

    Well to be equally blunt, call is part of your life as a physician in most specialties. Patients get sick after regular business hours and in the middle of the night. You can certainly find a type of practice that has less and/or easier call (e.g. public health, some family med) but you will make less money. That's not to say I'd recommend having a practice where you're highly dependent on call for income, but you have to be available. And, really, the major way of ensuring quality of life while doing your share of call is to avoid specialties like general surgery, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery and... you get the picture. But then it's always more reasonable in community practice. Yes I've had to go in at 2am to intubate a patient who's almost certainly not going to last another 24 hours, but so it goes. Most of the time I sleep through the night, while those consults after 6pm or on weekends are just that much gratifying when you understand call premiums. The bottom line is that you should expect to work if you want physician income. And work at sometimes strange hours. But not all the time.
  2. 5 points

    Question Regarding being "On call"

    There are many people that share your opinion that call is not appealing, and that is completely fair. It is everyones right to choose a field because it may provide a better lifestyle that they are interested in. That being said, call is not a punishment, and your training from undergrad to becoming a practicing physician is not punishment. People who enter this field or are preparing to enter this field, do so because they love it and because they enjoy the challenge. It is important to recognize that this line of work is a commitment that goes on for your entire life. If you aren't ready to accept that, then this is not the career for you. The work you put into becoming a doctor is more than compensated with salary, job security, and opportunities to do something you truly love. Yes, you could've partied all the time in undergrad, but becoming a doctor doesn't mean you can't ever have fun. You should be able to strike a balance in your life. Having call, and being in school for 10-15 years after undergrad should not define your life. While it is a big part of it, part of your responsibility is to look out for your own mental health. Take some time to reflect on your lifestyle now and consider what you can do to make it sustainable.
  3. 3 points
    Hi briannaxox, as you mentioned we are all allowed our opinions. However, attacking other people (even indirectly) who are clearly struggling, suffering, and asking for help by calling them "weak-minded" is, in my opinion, unhelpful. It also reinforces this individual's belief that other undergrads chasing entry to medicine are mean. Again, if I could add my opinion, there is no place for mean and unempathetic people in medicine, either. I will remind everyone that this forum is not as anonymous as you think. Regarding the original poster, Recusitatorwannabe, I will echo others' suggestions to not lose hope and to please take care of yourself. When you are struggling as much as you sound like you currently are, it will be harder to focus, study, retain things you learn and hence be unable to demonstrate your abilities on assignments and exams. Maybe you need a tutor, maybe you need psychological or medical supports, maybe you need to change programs/schools if you don't like what you're studying, or maybe you need to take a break from school to get things under control and to build your confidence and self-efficacy. Should you eventually end up in medicine, times like this will come again and it will be important to know how to navigate hard times. You have already demonstrated significant tenacity several times in your life--you can navigate and survive this too.
  4. 2 points
    I worked as a kin before applying and became a physio. It all depends on how you portray the experience of being a kin on your applications. overall it's a positive but if you come off as a know it all just because you worked as a kin - no bueno
  5. 2 points
    Not all IMGs regardless are lower, its just a matter that they took a nontraditional route and shouldn't expect anything when they side step the system.
  6. 2 points
    Thank you for sharing your story. It must have taken a lot of courage to post it and I am listening. You’ve been through so much and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you right now, but I truly commend your resilience. The fact that you are here today and able to post your story, shows what a strong and amazing person you are. In undergrad, we meet many intelligent, seemingly perfect people; however, in reality, no one is truly perfect. Everyone has their own anxieties and flaws that they deal with. We think others are perfect because we can’t read what they’re really thinking in their minds. My best advice for you is to stop worrying about what others are doing. I know it’s hard, but please try. Statistically, medical schools do tend to favor applicants with higher GPAs; however, that’s only one aspect of the application. I know many students who were able to gain entrance with low GPAs by excelling in other parts of their application. Things like the MCAT, extracurriculars, jobs, Casper, volunteer activities, sports , letters of recommendation, and etc., can all make an impact on your application. Medical schools are looking for people who can become good doctors and not people who can just score well on exams. I am a medical student and I didn’t have a 90% average in undergrad. I am definitely not perfect and I have made many mistakes throughout my life. I have anxieties about school and I worry a lot. However, after talking with many of my classmates, most medical students (and students in general) in fact feel the same way. And that’s okay. I also got into medical school quite late —at the age of 28. So don’t worry about having to get to medical school within a certain standardized time frame or age. I understand being delayed one year in grade 10 may seem like a setback, but the path to medicine is different for everyone. Do what is best for you. If medicine is truly your dream, definitely do not give up. Focus on your strengths and improve your weaknesses. Do things that have meaning for you and things that make you happy. Spend time with the ones you love and take care of your health. Lastly, please remember to Give yourself more love. Give yourself more kindess. Give yourself more forgiveness. I will you all the best and please take care. Feel free to pm if you need to talk.
  7. 1 point
    Hi everyone, I'm applying for the 2018/2019 cycle and MUN is my top choice. I'm 24, have NB residency, but am in NS to complete my master's (should complete around December). Most people I know in med school went to Dalhousie so I haven't heard much about what it's like applying/interviewing at MUN, especially as someone with a non-traditional route. I'm looking to connect with non-traditional students who have been accepted. What was your trajectory towards medicine? How do you think your non-traditional journey to med school played into your experience applying, but especially interviewing, at MUN? All the best, Emily
  8. 1 point
    A lot of people have told me to read a book called Doing Right which is supposedly a big help. Other than that the uwash ethics page is probably good enough and practice typing quick if you're not great at it. Good luck dude! I hope it goes great.
  9. 1 point

    Advice about school abroad

    The world is so much bigger than just medical careers. Its not that other careers are better, it’s that it’s hard to know what you want without any experience. Several hundred thousand is A LOT to gamble on a career that you know little about when there’s is a whole world of careers out there that you could do with a fraction of the investment. These HUGE student loans make sense when what you are buying is a very secure high income compared to other careers, but when dentistry requires as much business savvy as other industries, then where is the benefit compared to other less investment-intensive careers? I could make more in a career in finance with a fraction of the education and none of the student debt and it would probably take less business savvy than being a top performing dentist in the current business climate. Again, this isn’t to say that dentistry is a bad career. In fact, it can be an amazing career. However, so can so many other industries, and few of them will require you to sign away your financial freedom and flexibility. I think it’s a legitimate question to self reflect on why one would choose dentistry with so little life experience and perspective. If you look at the financial risk profile of the career, it’s one that you want to be damn sure of before signing on the dotted line of the bank loan that will own you for at least a decade. I spent two hours this afternoon strategizing how to host fancy dinners with dentists and prevent it from turning into a raging bitch-fest of negativity. Do not underestimate how difficult this job is, on multiple fronts. So are all careers, but few require the astronomical risk of upfront investment that dentistry does. I know a lot of stressed out dentist. I know A LOT of dentists stressed out about money. It’s not a guaranteed path to financial security. Decide carefully. If you are a weirdo like me who deeply enjoys repetition, emotional confrontation, micro surgery under time constraints (few of us get to learn this beforehand, i was lucky working in neuro for 6 years), personal finance, and small business management, then cool, you may deeply enjoy it and not suffer the rampant depression and addiction in our industry. Just...take this decision seriously. There’s no “take backs” once you sign on to nearly half a million in debt. That’s it, your freedom is GONE. That’s not a small deal. Choose wisely.
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  11. 1 point

    Do people lie on CASPer?

    Brilliant book by the way. Corporate psychopathy and the dark triad are pretty unsettling.
  12. 1 point
    End Poverty

    What are my chances?

    At UBC, once you finish your Phd you will be considered an IP. One of my really good friends got into UBC as an IP candidate after finishing her Phd Your Phd will help you a lot at UBC by giving you IP advantage. At U of C and U of A, you will probably score above average in your ECs and they will drop your lowest undergrad year. Just try to diversify your ECs even more + make sure you meet the min. MCAT cutoffs. At Queen's they count the last two years of your GPA, so again you will have a good chance. I'm not familiar with other schools, so hopefully someone else comments. You are doing great work, keep up with it, and you will eventually get in Best of luck and Happy Thanksgiving!!!
  13. 1 point

    Med School admission rant

    actually think there is a lot of truth to that - medical school will teach you medicine. Everything before that is just learning how to learn. since medicine really is both an art and a science - and I really don't mean that in a wishy washy way either - going almost any route is useful. I have multiple undergraduate degrees and honestly the ones that I use the most in medicine are my psychology degree and my computer science degree. My premed degree was a solid science program but I think really there was about 4 courses that actually were useful in med school (human physiology, human anatomy, human nutrition and statistics - I didn't take immunology but that probably would have been useful as well). Everything else helped me get into medical school (ie the mcat which you know is important of course) but didn't help me directly once I was IN medical school (there is almost no clinical medicine in premed degrees). Chemistry was practically useless, all the math I did was useless, physics are useless until I got into radiology and even then you have to relearn it as 8 years had past at least), and a lot of biology was useless as well except often it seems purely by accident. even the MCAT is half science and half arts - and it is the arts part that trips most people up - CARS.
  14. 1 point
    Who’s funding this ridiculous lawsuit? A) wealthy parents who send their incompetent kids to “medical schools” overseas b) Garbage Caribbean medical schools who have everything to gain if they win this lawsuit or perhaps both??
  15. 1 point
    ha I take one day off moderating...... actually freedom of speech I suppose in the typical sense doesn't apply. That freedom just means the government cannot restrict your speech. I am not the government someone attacks a position - no problem, bring it on. Don't attack the person - that ruins debate and understanding, which is large part is the point of the forum. Usually there is a kernel of a point in an attack which might (maybe) be worth exploring but you will never get there that way.
  16. 1 point
    I think the above comment is a bit harsh. Having said that, unfortunately the first thing medical schools look at are your grades. Imagine getting over 2000 applications to your medical school. How would you start to narrow down where to even start? This is where your GPA comes in. Once you are above the cut off, that is when the reviewers can actually take a look at who you are as a person. I know its not the best scenario, but until something better comes along - that is the system we have. I can tell from your post that you are passionate about getting in - and passion is very important and you will need that when writing your essays and during the interview. Echoing some of the responses above - I strongly agree with Intrepid86's post. This is a great time to build a back up plan and gain more confidence in yourself so that you don't have everything riding on one acceptance letter. If you dream is to be a physician and you don't get in this round - I would take a step back, focus on learning how to bring yourself up, love yourself for who you are, develop those strengths and the apply with new found confidence down the line. Don't give up!
  17. 1 point
    Just a few things: 1. I'm not telling you to give up on being a doctor, but you should definitely be exploring other career options too. This will help take some stress away, since you'll have avenues to pursue if this one doesn't work out. In all likelihood, there must be other things that interest you, or that you would also be suitable for. Before going to medical school, I had a few backups, some of which had nothing to do with medicine or healthcare at all. Think about what yours might be. 2. Realize that everyone is going through something. For example, Kevin Love is an NBA star who earns millions of dollars and dates a supermodel. You think he wouldn't have any problems, but he later revealed that he suffers from crippling panic attacks. Likewise, many strong students you look up to probably have their own things going on that they keep hidden away. Many are their own worst critics, and are quite hard on themselves too. Remember, it's not just you. 3. Keep in mind that no matter what happens, tomorrow the Sun will still rise, the Earth will still spin, and life will go on. The pain of failures and setbacks will fade, but these experiences will give you the strength and perspective you need to overcome what else ultimately awaits you in the future. It may not seem like it now, but there's more out there than just school, books, and scantrons. I'm not sure if this helped, but I hope so. Good luck.
  18. 1 point

    Future Directions after MCAT

    Go ahead and apply to Ottawa now --- you could get an interview and atleast a Casper dry run. Work in research and also advance some of your ECs. Prep really really well and blow away the MCAT early next spring.
  19. 1 point
    This is where the accountability factors in. Common sense would dictate do not blindly go to a foreign school and spend that much money without researching what your options are after school. It is a huge investment, I am not going to spend 200k downpayment on a house without checking the house out in person and getting records checked with the city to make sure all additions are legal, it's a lot of money to throw around on blind faith that my house is going to be just fine. Heck that's what we would have done as high school students to figure out what degree and school we should pursue for a job. Does it suck that they can't work in medicine? Yes, of course, it would be heartbreaking. But the common sense approach would be " well before I spend all this money, what happens if I want to come back to Canada?" Also I agree with what @GrouchoMarx said.
  20. 1 point

    Future Directions after MCAT

    head up! Someone told me that in the states 50% of MCAT takers retest at least once. Think of this as your practice run. Also, Khan Academy has a large MCAT CARS practice section for free that you should check out. Take the next year to really get yourself ready for your application and give'er
  21. 1 point
    congrats almost as good as getting in to medschool...
  22. 1 point
    SALAD Salad and lunch are delicious. NOTE: The post immediately below is not valid as it does not conform to the rules established for this thread.
  23. 1 point
    Importants changements à compter de l’admission 2020 - Université Laval L'Université Laval a annoncé ce matin d'importants changements dans le processus d'admission au doctorat en médecine. Voici les points saillants : Date du dépôt de la demande d'admission À compter de l'admission 2020, les candidats universitaires auront jusqu'au 1er novembre de l'année précédant l'année d'admission pour déposer leur demande d'admission. Par exemple, pour rentrer en médecine à l'automne 2020, il faudra avoir appliqué au maximum le 1er novembre 2019. (Vraisemblablement, il semble qu'il deviendrait alors impossible de compter sur sa dernière session d'automne pour monter sa cote.) Nombre de crédits requis À compter de l'admission 2020 : les candidats universitaires provenant de l'UL devront avoir complété 60 crédits dans un programme ou différents programmes au moment de la demande. Les candidats universitaires provenant d'une autre université que l'UL devront avoir complété 60 crédits dans le même programme au moment de la demande. À compter de l'admission 2021 : Tout candidat universitaire peu importe son institution de provenance devra avoir complété 60 crédits dans le même programme au moment de la demande. En savoir plus : http://www.fmed.ulaval.ca/programmes-detudes/etudes-en-medecine/doctorat-de-1ercycle-en-medecine/admission/ Bonne chance à tous et adaptez votre plan dès maintenant si vous considérez l'Université Laval
  24. 1 point

    Mun Or Dal?

    (Cross-posted to the Dal thread) Disclosure: I went to Dal (one of if not the last classes pre-NB campus). Current MUN resident in a program that provides considerable exposure to clerks/students. Overall MUN clerks are fairly good, though I'm not sure I'd say they're any better prepared than anyone at Dal on average. Often they are asked to take on more patients than Dal clerks would be on CTU. But it's not a huge difference, especially when compared to how CTU in Saint John works. When I was on surgery services as a clerk I was probably working harder than most MUN clerks, if only because the QEII services are just that much busier (e.g. doing gen surg in Grand-Falls is definitely good experience for a med student, but isn't comparable in hours or intensity to three weeks on Surgery E in Halifax). When I was on neurosurg there wasn't even always a resident in the OR, so it would end up being just me and the staff. I was drilling burr holes on my first day. As for IM, clerks are sometimes asked to take on more patients than they might be at Dal, but I find there is a lot of heterogeneity in documentation skills. Supervision also tends to be lacking at St Clare's, and I would not regard "hard work" there as reflecting an ideal situation. At no time do we EVER expect clerks to be functioning at the level of a first year resident, and I can't think of many (if any) who could replace an intern. At the very least, not being able to write orders means your function is really quite limited. Lack of fellows mainly means that sometimes R1s will be covering CCU overnight by themselves in the winter. It doesn't have a lot of implications for clerks - even at Dal I can't think of many times that I worked with any fellows at all. (And when I did it was on things like ID or GI and it was pretty helpful!) Probation was a silly issue that had mostly to do with bureaucratic issues about "curriculum mapping" and the availability of lockers at the HI. Since then the program has been entirely revamped (much for the better I'd say - I was extensively involved in it). As for match rates, I'm not aware of the NB students having had comparably more difficulty than the Halifax-based students. In any case, the first year there were significant numbers of unmatched CC4s was 2012 - before anyone at the NB campus had even started clerkship.
  25. 1 point

    Mun Or Dal?

    Here is the reply from the Dalhousie thread, For alot of reasons I think MUN is a better decision. On top of all of the academic reasons, I also think it might be better for student lifestyle, the perfect class size and a better city to be student in. Also I wouldn't want to be stuck with the same thirty people I went to undergrad with, would rather meet new people. clerkship at MUN is outstanding. You are expected to do a lot of work and are given a lot of responsibility. Far more than Dal, and far far far more than Ontario. Much of this is cultural. Newfoundlanders work HARD, and expect everyone else to too. But hard work is rewarded. On top of that, we have very few fellows. So residents are required to do the work that a fellow would do at a bigger center. As a result, clerks are expected to do the work of a first year resident. MUN is well known for training the best clerks in the country. A staff man in Ottawa told me during electives that by far the best clerks are out of MUN and this is a well known statement across the country. You will have no problem matching to where ever you want to go.There are a couple reasons for this. First, you will be more competent than most other clerks in the country. And you will work much harder than them because it's what you are used to. Second, the staff here are excellent. They go out of their way to mentor medical students interested in their specialty. They take a personal interest in teaching you the specialty and getting you matched. They will talk you up to program directors across the country and they will call in favours for you. Third, MUN doesn't have residency programs for some of the smaller residencies (ENT, Uro, Cardiac Surg). As a result it's just you and the staff. You get treated like a resident (which means lots of learning). Quality of Dal's program. The medical school was put on probation a few years ago.year. Also who wants to be taught through a satellite conference. Memorial has one of the best match rates in the country. Dal does not come close to it, and over the last few years has had a horrible match rate which is probably due to having lower quality of students due to the increase in numbers from the Saint John campus. ( Basically anyone from nb can get into dal med) Student life at MUN is amazing. Everyone is very close. St. John's is an amazing place to live. The people are extremely friendly. The city is small enough to make it quick to get around, but big enough to have everything you want. If you are into night life, you have THE best nightlife in the country. On top of that, say you live by the university, it's only a $10 cab ride down to the bars. All bars are on one strip called george street. Most bars per square foot in the world. Summer has multiple festivals (from the last week of July to third week of august is non stop festivals). For sports, there is lots to do here. Med school hockey, other hockey, basketball, softball, soccer, rugby, figure skating, lots of golf. It's easy to get involved in all these sports. At least one person in my class did them during school. I did several. Ski hill about 1.5 hours away (750 vert. feet). Best skiing East of the rockies at Marble Mountain about 8 hours away. There is a long weekend trip there for the med school in Feb every year. Also memorial does not focus on rural medicine, nor does it only produce family doctors. Over half my class matched to surgical programs were as less than a third matched to family medicine.