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  1. to add on CCFP-EM, by urban if you mean North York Gen, Markham Gen, Credit valley, most if not all ER docs there are 2+1. Most 5-year guys are really academic-oriented and work in the big tertiary hospitals like St. Mikes, Sunnybrook. There's plenty of hospitals in the community that are within urban settings that are run by 2+1s.
  2. preppy038

    Is family medicine = refer-tologist?

    it DEPENDS when i was on ob/gyn, there was this family MD who basically refers any ob/gyn patients. i.e. he won't even do a pelvic exam because he's "afraid" -- is literally what my obs/gyn said. At the same time, I worked with a family MD who did all the gyne stuff +/- invasive procedures (so he did all primary care gyne like pap smears, endometrial biopsies, primary care ob like low-risk OB care +/- deliveries etc) Family MD is what you make out of it. If you're extremely skilled in IM, you could be your patient's "internist" and manage all their medical issues (whether or not that's an economically efficient practice is another issue) The only thing is that for surgical issues you do have to refer for surgeries. Bottomline: you could work as a referotologist as a family MD if that's your choice, or you could work as a proficient family MD who has a broad knowledgebase and is able to handle all types of patients before referring. Derm is a unique area because I feel as though most medical students don't get much exposure to it, so it always seems to be an iffy field for family medicine to be semi-experts in it, which may have been the reason why you were referred for an allergic dermatitis
  3. preppy038

    Full CaRMS stats now online

    Im quite surprised too. Maybe more ppl deciding to try to stay in australia? And carribean students deciding not to apply at all to canada and stick with the us?
  4. There might have also been some pressure from his wife. He might have been cornered by the wife and daughter to take some action. How can he expect to win such a case? Probably putting up a show for the daughter?
  5. preppy038

    Thoughts on something a friend is experiencing

    many people experiencing, esp. when lying down -- could just be a physiological phenomenon. maybe due to CSF circulation causing bubbly feeling? -- worse when lying down since due to gravity squeezing out the CSF and irritating the cervical nerves?
  6. http://westerncalendar.uwo.ca/Archive/2012/pg1674.html According to this website, you would have to wait until year 3 to enter the BMSc program. this suggests that additional students will only be admitted if students from Medical Sciences 2 (the students who began as BMSc) do not meet qualifications and there is space left over When looking at health science vs medical science, it seems like health science focuses less on biological aspect of medicine but more on socioeconomical aspect of medicine. This sort of background would be good in pretty much every medical field but more so in primary care specialties like family medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry, public health It's also an interesting background to have if you have interests in health policy etc. Medical science on the other hand is more biological and focuses on topics that would typically involve biomedical research and internal medicine specialties. -- it would be a great degree if you are interested in doing some basic biomedical research in a wet lab setting (cellular/molecular, physiological, behavioural research) and would naturally lead to MSc/PhD in biomedical sciences etc -- it also provides a course set that may give foundational knowledge on all basic medical sciences taught in medical school (anatomy, physiology, immunology, biochemistry, neuroscience, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, genetics etc) in addition to biology/chemistry/physics in short, both are great for medical school and each occupies an important niche in medicine health science --> MPH degree or MSc in global health, health policy, health economics, socioeconomical determinants of health as defined by the WHO, rural health, global health etc medical science --> basic medical science MSc, PhD, biological aspects of medicine (etiology and pathophysiology of diseases, genetics of disease, treatments for diseases) so i think having an idea of what kinda of medicine or career you want to pursue in the future may help decide whether you want to do health science vs. medical science
  7. i'm just gonna jump in here... imo there's 2 effects that are pretty clear - BHSc students on average are high-achievers and tend to do well in general - some BHSc courses are quite easy to do well on so there is an element of grade-inflation in conclusion: students end up with high GPAs (both due to some grade inflation and some innate academic potential) either way, it is indeed a great program for medical school or other health-care professions which is probably why many students in ontario thinking of medical school want to go to mcmaster health sci there are many great programs out there, it's just that mcmaster health sci is always one program that comes to mind when people think of going to medical school
  8. i agree, i'm considering a switch from rbc to scotia and asking for momentum infinite (the highest level). if i can't get the highest level infinite, i think the passport gold visa is a better deal
  9. i went to mcgill but just like you, i had many friends who went to western med sci. 1. Academically speaking, you will have equal opportunities at both schools. at mcgill life sci, you pick your major starting U1 at western med sci, you start concentrating starting 3rd year but both programs provide pretty much the same programs (neuroscience, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry etc etc) so you won't be missing out in terms of course material, course selection by choosing one school over another. 2. social scene is quite similar - Western is known as ontario's party school - McGill is in montreal (one of the cities in NA where students flock to have fun) ----- also, drinking age is 18 not 19 3. difficulty of school - Western med sci is definitely easier in 1st year (all my friends got 4.0 just by going to class, whereas that's not possible at mcgill) -- but i heard it gets harder starting 2nd,3rd and 4th years - at McGill, i found the courses pretty fair and not as challenging as i expected but i heard 1st year can be pretty tough (i didn't do U0 so i can't comment on it) and there are many easy electives and really easy 'advanced-level 300, 400 level courses that seem hard at first). and pretty much your 4th year is like a free 4.0 since most of you will be doing an independent research project if you go into life sciences (and with a good prof, they just give out A's) - i do think >85 = 4.0 is a huge advantage for OMSAS 4. French (+ve or -ve for McGill) - french is a huge issue since it limits where you can volunteer to just a handful of places (Mcgill university related hospitals and a few anglophone nursing homes etc) - but it could also mean an opportunity to learn a new language and experience a new culture (Quebec is quite unique to the rest of Canada and i am really glad i got to live in Quebec for a while) 5. Combined programs - one thing i did like about Western is their combined BMSc/Ivey program - ivey being a very well-known business school in the country for finance, BMSc and Ivey is a great back-up option and a great way to experience and grow your interest in management and finance (who knows you might end up investment banking?) -- and i know very many people who do this and end up working on Bay street or wall street and do very well for themselves - i don't think a similar combined business/science degree program exists in the country with a top-notch business school so it's definitely an option
  10. preppy038

    Nurses acting like physicians

    i'd def hire a male nurse over a female nurse
  11. preppy038

    Is all the chatter true about UofT

    come to McGill you get the prestige + better GPA scheme than any other uni in the country (don't forget the awesome city) 2 for 1 deal
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    Like everyone else said, your undergrad major has no impact on your chance of getting accepted. As long as your GPA is good and MCAT is good and you show leadership/communication skills and able to sell yourself well, you will get in. Having a nutrition background may actually help you in the long run since many diseases have implications from diet
  13. preppy038

    Canadian friendly US schools

    i know lots of canadians go to NYU idk why :s
  14. definitly look into western/queens/mcmaster 1 more year is enough i think you have a high chance of getting in if you keep your gpa up, i think they just want ur 2nd degree complete
  15. preppy038

    Undergrad vs. Pre-clerkship

    exactly, i never really felt prepared for any exam throughout preclerkship that i did for many of my ugrad exams, there's just so much information lol