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  1. McGill is a decent program as far as I know - I interviewed there but did not do a rotation. But I wouldn’t underestimate the difficulty of practicing medicine even in Montreal without speaking French. I also hear that these days they are much more heavily factoring language proficiency into their rankings but that’s second hand.
  2. Not as far as I know. There aren’t nearly so many programs as in the US so there isn’t much need. They mostly all have their ups and downs depending on what your specific interests and needs are. The bigger programs like UBC and Toronto are typically quite competitive. And the largest cities tend to have the most niche/subspecialty stuff. When I went through, Calgary was fairly competitive as well, though I had a weird elective experience there.
  3. If you’ve just been diagnosed it probably makes sense to focus on taking care of yourself, getting stable, and finding the right medication for you. Even if you do get a tremor, which you might not, there are ways to manage that. It’s great that you’re being proactive - AND you don’t have to make all these decisions right now. If you’ve just been diagnosed, that’s a lot to take in and think about all by itself. I don’t have bipolar but when I was a medical student UGME was aware of what I do have and having accommodations was really useful. You may very well need them for clerkship. But again, you don’t have to make that decision right now if you have some time before clerkship starts.
  4. It might be really helpful to have this conversation with a trusted mentor (a staff or a resident) in ophthalmology or some surgical specialty if you can without making yourself vulnerable to repercussions, as well as with your psychiatrist. It probably to some degree depends how brittle your BPAD is and what your specific triggers are. The biggest issue would likely be the call/sleep deprivation, especially on rotations like gen surg, which I’m assuming you’d need to do in residency. Some programs (like mine) allow residents with certain disabilities to not do call (they make up the experience in other ways). If I had to guess, I would guess that surgical specialties are likely to be less flexible in that way, but I can’t say from personal experience. So you’re right that FM might be more accommodating of your needs. I’m not sure how active it still is, but for a while the Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities had an active-ish forum that would likely be a really good resource because you might be able to find some surgeons who could speak to the issue of disability accommodations in surgical specialties. Once you get to residency being ill at work becomes even more of an issue and you can get yourself into issues with the College and/or your program if you are symptomatic in a way that interferes with patient care. I’m hoping you get some answers from more surgical people. It’s a tough issue for sure. I think it’s really good that you’re thinking about it proactively.
  5. I find that psychiatrists come in different flavours, but are often on the whole more artsy, more liberal, and more quirky compared to other docs. Often like to think about and process things at length, talk over all different angles even after a decision has been made. Tend to like to talk about feelings. Lots of consensus building.
  6. It’s just going to depend on the wording of the question. Some will ask if you’ve ever seen a counsellor or some will ask if you’ve ever seen a psychiatrist (which many people have for ADHD) or some will ask if you’ve ever had any mental health diagnosis (ADHD is in the DSM but different people would have different ideas whether it counts). The RBC one didn’t ask any questions about mental illness when I signed up five years ago but apparently they have started asking. Which is incredibly discriminatory since they don’t ask anything about physical illness, but it is what it is. Largely my understanding is that they will still cover you but will either charge you more and/or will exclude mental health diagnoses from your coverage either forever or for a specific period of time.
  7. Hm I need to contact RBC. I’m with them but I don’t really have an advisor so it’s always a bit of a headache.
  8. Yeah mine was 200k at prime and that seemed (and still seems) pretty astronomical.
  9. Yeah thinking down the road, when you have no idea where you'll be for residency or how grueling some specialties are in terms of call requirements, it's tough to really be able to make that commitment to an animal. I have a cat and even she gets lonely sometimes if I go though a period where my call is stacked.
  10. We got July and August both preclerkship summers. I got a summer studentship thing and did some research but it was mostly to have a little extra cash flow rather than because I thought it was necessary for CaRMS.
  11. Every one I’ve ever been to has done it. It’s annoying and I can never get it right
  12. Seriously don’t worry. Every single time I’ve taken CPR (and I’ve done it like five times) I fail at the sling etc. Medical school is totally different. I don’t particularly enjoy doing procedures which is part of how I ended up in psychiatry and I wouldn’t say I’m great with my hands (things like speculum exams and blood draws took me a long time to learn) but I was fine in medical school. Just needed to practice and get some help.
  13. You are probably not going to find many people willing to discuss this openly. The problem the profession is stuck in is that to decrease stigma, people have to stand up and talk about these things, but nobody will talk for fear of stigma. Which is understandable. Once you’ve experienced retaliation/stigmatization, as I have, you get very hesitant to speak in any detail. And learners are the most vulnerable with respect to this. I’ve chatted with many people by PM over the years but mostly people won’t want to share openly.
  14. I finished with about 150k total - no debt from undergrad and living quite frugally (never travelled, no car, paid about 700/month in rent). Didn’t apply super broadly for CaRMS (only went to one out of province elective and one out of province interview). Bursaries help but it definitely adds up and 100k without any family support (financial or practical) would be very very difficult to achieve.
  15. There have been multiple topics about this in the past. Ultimately, everyone will have a different opinion and it is almost impossible to say how your specific file reviewers/interviewers will view it on the day they review your application. Some will view it as a positive as you say, and see how it can enrich your contributions as a physician. Some will think that it’s an over disclosure and feel uncomfortable. Some will likely think it makes you less suited to be in medicine. In your case since you do have a gap, it may do your application more good than harm since you’d have to address the gap anyway, and so not saying anything isn’t a neutral strategy - something clearly happened. But really it comes down to your own personal comfort level with taking the risk. Personally I elected not to go there in my applications because I just didn’t feel comfortable and I knew if I didn’t get in I’d always wonder if that was why. And my experiences in residency have further solidified my sense that there is still a strong stigma around mental illness in our profession. But I know that not everybody has had the experiences that I have had. And I also didn’t have a gap to explain. It’s a tough call. Ultimately, either decision is workable and defensible - it’s sort of a “pick your poison” scenario
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