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  1. I think it's so great that you're re-evaluating what you want instead of convincing yourself to keep pursuing that competitive specialty because of sunk-costs! What you've listed are very fair points for pursuing FM. However, although previous responses outlined some advantages of FM (albeit a unbalanced) I don't think one size fits all answers are helpful because they don't take into account what's important to YOU. Some wise advice I've been given about choosing a specialty: it's like choosing a spouse. No one is perfect, but ultimately can you see yourself enjoying the day to day bread and butter stuff while tolerating the negative aspects of that specialty? you've mentioned a lot of probably valid negative points about that competitive specialty, but are those actually deal breakers to you? what are your deal-breakers? if you're not able to mitigate them by say, choosing a sub-specialty or practice setting you'd want by going into that specialty, maybe you're just incompatible. Those same questions apply to FM. I'm pretty set on not pursuing a specialty for the exact reasons you mentioned. I admire that plenty of others are willing to sacrifice their personal life/other interests a bit more to pursue a more intense training/job and that's cool too--their priorities are just different than mine. disclaimer: I'm behind you in training (MS3) but gets told "wow I love that you know what you want and not afraid to own it!" a lot.
  2. LOL who told you that it's important? The one that I see people using predominantly for professional purposes is Twitter, that's the one where a lot of people who do advocacy congregate. Even so, the three main actions on there seem to be: 1. complain. 2. brag. 3. suck up (e.g."wow what a wonderful lecture by Dr.X!"), none of which are helpful
  3. Huh.... interesting. Is that across the country or are some provinces worse? I wonder how the government justified this? I mean I don't see how doing telemedicine would decrease overhead, if any
  4. I imagine methadone clinic gigs are really hard to get then? How does one even get into that niche- do people generally open up shop themselves? Do you need additional licensing or training for that? Also for telemedicine, don't you still have to deal with the same amount of paperwork as regular clinic? How's the renumeration for out-of-pocket telemedicine visits like Maple or Felix?
  5. Whenever non-trads on decent career tracks ask me if they should apply/reapply to med school, I tell them this: The foundation to making this decision is to be as informed as possible about potential gains and losses of pursuing med school. Financially and otherwise. To make sure there are no blind spots. Then, make a list of your non-negotiables, nice to haves, and deal-breakers in career and personal life. Be concrete and specific as possible. E.g. income above _____, flexibility, room for advancement, autonomy, remaining geographically close to family, spending lots of time with future kids, etc. Maybe go through this with your partner, since it's a team decision. Next go through your lists in each category and see whether they would apply medicine or the alternative career. The point of this is to make clear what YOUR priorities are and what YOU value. You've listed a bunch of reasons to not pursue med school and some reasons to continue, but without knowing the value you assign to each of those reasons, it's hard for anyone to give you useful advice. Lastly, think long and hard on whether there are ways to achieve whatever you want to achieve/gain from medicine, in your OT career. You'll get some responses telling you your life is already sweet don't bother, some will say if you put your mind to it it can be done! But the thing is, two people can be in the exact same situation with the same background, stats, family circumstances and one option can be the wrong choice for one and be the right one for the other because of different priorities. I was an allied health professional too before med school, older than you. Applied 3 times to get in. But at the time it seemed like a no brainer to keep applying because medicine hit so many non-negotiables on my list and no deal breakers (or any deal breakers could be mitigated by pursuing FM, which I'm planning to do). Feel free to PM if you want to chat more. Good luck!
  6. Sorry if this seems silly I'm a soon-to-be MS3 doing some wellness-planning on how to prioritize my health during clinical rotations if possible. Do med students generally get to eat lunch during while on clinical duties? I know it depends on what rotation and where, and how busy you are that day. But, say, during your usual core rotations, can you expect to be given 15 min to go heat up your food and finish a meal? Or would that be seen as pretty extra in medicine's workaholic and self-sacrificing culture? Did you ever feel pressured to not rest of eat when you could've, because your attending or resident were super busy? I'm thinking about investing in a deep freezer and batch-cook once or twice a month. Or should I just invest my time and money on meal replacement bars? Any other tips on maintaining wellness during clerkship is welcome too
  7. Yeah...I agree the math doesn't really add up here. Even if you do FM, be prepared for delayed gratification, including income-wise. I don't know how strong this 'what if' feeling is and sometimes you can't rationalize yourself out of that stuff, so I'll just speak on the financial goals: So pick up a side gig. You were vague about your role, but is it possible to start some kind of consulting side hustle with your current skills? Move up into a managerial role? If not with your current skills, then do a masters part-time in 4-5 years while working full-time? You'll be investing lots of time outside of your FT work to get your application ready, then in med school and residency it'll be like a 1.25-1.5+ FTE time commitment-wise, with more stress than your current job. If you invested ALL that extra time on a side gig, you could potentially make more money without investing the ~420K that 1D7 calculated and without losing your pension. Also, if your partner is in the trades, then he should have no problem picking up a side gig to increase your joint income? Also, I've heard some grumblings from BC family docs about how they are significantly underpaid compared to other provinces. Maybe someone who knows the system better than I can comment more on the income potential of a rural BC doc.
  8. I started med school at 28, my bf grew up in a blue-collared family and is working a blue-collared job. We started dating after I started med school though, so my situation is different in that he knew what he was getting into. I drafted this response with his input: More more info would be helpful here: what do you mean "he is a bit intimidated by what it would take and his partner being a physician"? As in he doesn't feel great about being burdened financial and household responsibilities while you're studying and working? Or that he's not comfortable with the idea of you being the main breadwinner? Is the idea of you going to med school something that's just brought up recently or has he known about it since the beginning? If he's reluctant about the idea and you both are aware of the multiple facets of this situation, no amount of tactful conversation will make him feel better about it or not feel resentful down the road. It's fair if he's more focused on just moving on to the milestones, especially if making the sacrifices you stated is not what he signed up for in the beginning of the relationship. On the flip side, if being a physician is so important to you and he sees that, and he's invested in the relationship enough to want to buy a home and start a family with you, it wouldn't be unreasonable for him to take the back seat for the next few years so you can fulfill your life goals. Of course, you'd also have to be willing to make sacrifices. e.g. are you okay with perhaps going to FM to shorten your training time? (that's the first one that came to mind, I'm sure there are other ways). Also, yes you will have to delay some life plans but in the end, if you are smart about making business-minded decisions for your MD career (i.e. not train for years and years to be an academic sub-specialist that might be under-employed and not paid well), with his support you can can both build a more comfortable and stable life than what you have now. Those would be good things to discuss so that both of you are on the same page about what your future might look like.
  9. I think you go to Queen's. In second year we learn ECG interpretation from this website and I see that they have ultrasound tutorials as well. https://www.teachingmedicine.com/Modules.aspx?mid=1068 We also got a clinical skills session in second year on POCUS.
  10. I worked as a pharmacy assistant before med school, doing refills, inputting prescriptions, restocking, etc. basically everything in the day to day operation of the pharmacy aside from checking that meds are inputted/filled properly and counseling. I learned names of the most common meds and what they're for, different payment assistance options (ODB vs Trillium etc.). During down time I got to chat with the pharmacist about the medications if I wanted to learn more about(or just looked at the online database). And you overhear them counsel patients about certain things to watch for with certain meds which I guess would be helpful for a med student. It was a steep learning curve though because there were lots of things to remember, even though I came into the job with tons of fast-paced customer service experience. I was sweaty and got yelled at by someone on many days- so I guess in that sense it was good prep for clerkship. Because of how long it'll take to train you and for you to be good and quick, I don't know if they'll necessarily want to hire someone who'll be there for the summer only? Try it out if you want to, but I don't think it'll make or break you as a med student. I do appreciate what I've gained from the experience though. p.s. expect to be paid near minimum wage.
  11. Thanks so much for coming back here to update us, Beef. I remember chatting with you way back when I was starting my dietetics degree- you've always been super helpful. Just to clarify, you did not do a +1 in EM--so what you've achieved is possible for any FM doc in your area, correct? Did you keep your RD license or got to use it in any way as a MD? Also, how did you learn about real estate investment?
  12. Hey guys, came across this article. Curious to hear your thoughts: Analysis of factors affecting Canadian medical students’ success in the residency match: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/68981/53998?fbclid=IwAR1PZih64I_ce-8Kj55we6lKIIZHyrqxS0TvZo4BDtIQBZv1OxNX_B3ZqDg Main takeaways: - there's significant geographical variance in likelihood of successfully matching - number of research or volunteer activities does not significantly affect matching - also the average carms applicant has 8-9 research publications??!
  13. Uh, if you never get into med school what are you planning to do with your degree in English? I'm not saying you shouldn't do it or that you'll have no options, but do your future self a favour and think about this long and hard first. Is there another route that you can take that will scratch your itch/you can do well in but is more employable right out of undergrad? I'm bringing this up because not only do you NOT want to be sitting on $30,000 of debt making minimum wage in four years (worst case scenario), but you also want to have access to jobs/opportunities that will look more "interesting/impressive" to admissions committees if you have to reapply after undergrad.
  14. Has anyone done a fly in fly out locum at a remote community? Wondering what your experience is like. How do you know you are ready to do that sort of work, with little resources and no backup (I imagine)? How common is it for docs to do that right out of residency?
  15. You can start moonlighting as a family doc after you finish the family med portion of your residency, while you're doing your public health rotations (typically last couple years of residency)-- and you will have time to do that because you won't be working 80 hour weeks like other specialty residents. You get a master's out of it too while paid as a resident which is nice.
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