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  1. I'm not an internist, but I've heard this is a good course. (full disclosure: I know the course developer) https://internalmedicinereview.ca/ Edit - Oh. Your exam is next week. Good luck with that. Nothing can save you now. Seriously, at this point you shouldn't be doing new questions or looking at new material. I'd encourage you to study *less* in the last few days before the exam, so that you're fresh and rested.
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    mature med school students in 40s?

    Doing junior call when you're not in your 20s sucks. You just don't bounce back the way you did when you were younger. But it's do-able.
  3. I can't speak about Dal. I can offer an informed opinion about Sunnybrook: you will see a large volume of really sick patients, and get great teaching from world class experts.
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    Baby shower gift

    A baby shower at a banquet hall? What a great world we live in! You're a student? $50.
  5. Early clerkship sucks. You have no idea what the heck is going on, who everybody is and what their role is, you're at the bottom of the totem pole, and you don't speak the language/jargon of the service that you're on. And once you've been on-service for a few weeks and are just getting the hang of who's who, what's what and figuring out some of the medical stuff, you move to a different service and start all over again. Lather, rinse, repeat for a full year of feeling constantly off balance without any control over your life. Don't make any irrevocable and life-altering decisions based on feeling crappy in early clerkship. Suck it up, get through it, match to something, get yourself a CCFP or FRC. Then at least you've got the ability to generate income from clinical work while you figure out if you really want to bail on medicine as a career. You've also got a metric tonne more credibility for your future non-medical employer. You're probably in the weakest position of your career right now. Even if you do make a hard right turn into something non-clinical, make that move from a relatively stronger position. Don't do it right now.
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    Are all Bachelor of Science Degrees Equal?

    Oddly enough, I was just going to (half-jokingly) suggest that to you in your DVM thread. If the whole "professional school" thing doesn't work out for you, based on you stated interests it might not be a terrible fall-back plan for you to find somebody to work for for a few years, save up some cash and then try running some livestock of your own.
  7. Definitely not baby-boomers. That increase is the cohort who entered medical school in the first decade of this century, when there was a big increase in medical school seats in Ontario. That increase was a response to the relative physician undersupply and consequent waitlists, lack of access and public outcry. All of that mess came as a result of the cutbacks of the 1990s, when the Barer-Stoddart report was simplistically interpreted as: "physicans are a significant expense in the health care system, so to cut health care costs we will cut medical school enrolment". The Barer-Stoddart report, in turn, had its roots in the overall context of a crummy economy, inflation and rapidly rising government expenditures of the early 1980s. I've clearly over-simplified, but the take-home point is that the system's time constants are incredibly long (on the order of decades), while the folks trying to drive the system behave as if the time constants are only years.
  8. Sask was also pretty aggressive about recruiting South African docs. Not sure if that's still the case or not.
  9. Med school? I can't even remember what I had for breakfast...
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    Rad Onc + Internal Med

    Med onc. Way more mobile, and can practice GIM if need be. And when you reply "I'm going to strictly be an academic oncologist and don't need a GIM ticket", I'm going to say "things change, sometimes suddenly and unexpectedly, and this is a good hedge against future uncertainty". Cheers.
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    Summer Break Pre-CaRMS Electives

    Ah, got it. I was picturing an actual summer. I think we got two weeks, and I think I spent most of it sleeping. Can't imagine doing yet-another-elective in that time.
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    Summer Break Pre-CaRMS Electives

    You have a summer before M4?
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    DVM vs. MD

    Ok, a more serious answer...I'm not a vet, but I do have a couple of large animal vets in my extended family. They work hard. They're doing fine financially, but you really have to love the work, and it's very physically demanding. Last time I checked, admission to OVC was as competitive or more competitive than med school. I'd suggest really figuring out what you're getting yourself into -- ie do a bunch of shadowing with a variety of vets. And don't be afraid to ask questions about money -- people are always shy about doing that.
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    DVM vs. MD

    Well my Daddy's a vet and if I was one too, the one thing he Always taught me to do was get paid, cash money Jam and eggs is a kind enough thank you, but not for the Bookkeeper, not for the banker The margin's thin on treatin' large animals unless it's a Purebred or, more understandable, a racehorse of some kind You see son, city folks pay a high dollar to make sure Fido Ain't hot under the collar, that's where the money is Boutique animal hospitals, shopping malls, cocker spaniels Pomeranians; hang your shingle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JChwFoCxVC8