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  1. I posted about the pros and cons of being an RD a while ago and pretty much addressed your questions. Feel free to take a look at my post history. I can answer any other questions you have.
  2. Definitely apply for free money. Beyond that I wouldn't recommend doing something just to make some money, because you'll be making many times more as an attending. Use your free time to build solid habits for preserving some semblance of wellness- carve out time to cook, sleep enough, have physical activity, continue hobbies, and spend time with friends and family. It only gets harder to find balance from here. Your clerkship and residency self will thank you.
  3. Are you open to potentially moving to the USA? Would you enjoy the work environment and pace more for CS or pharmacy? What kind of a career path do you see yourself pursuing in both fields? How much stability do you want? Do you care these two careers have different cielings in income and advancement? Which path will likely lead to a lifestyle that's more congruent with what you want? These are all things to think about.
  4. The salary is low but pension is pretty sweet. Apparently you start accumulating pensionable years during training too.
  5. Omg I spend half of my time at school making self-deprecating geriatric jokes. Excited to see fellow non-trads join Queen's next year!!! Feel free to PM about Kingston, being old in med school, or anything related.
  6. I think you got a lot of work to do on yourself and your insecurities. Unless you choose to date directionless bimbos your entire life, there might be plenty of times when your partner is more "successful"/makes more/got it more together/doing life better than you (even if you're both in medicine!), either temporarily or more long-term. Even if this girl decides to date you now and doesn't see it as a problem, your insecurities can facilitate a lot of tension and problems down the line. Also, please please don't put her on a pedestal just because she's on her way to med school and you're a little behind.
  7. About 1-2 k less in total. 2k more in loans
  8. from a re-applicant: I wish I listened to my gut feelings about not using someone as a reference, regardless of their professional title/how well-known they are. If you don't think your best interest is high on their priority list, then look elsewhere. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if they have a heart of gold but you don't think they 'get' what writing a strong reference letter involves (even after your coaching), politely look elsewhere.
  9. If I had that option I'd pick something that helps me grow as a person and most importantly as un-related to medicine as possible. Once you get in you'll see how valuable that time away from the premed and med bubble is.
  10. Because until all of those terrible things happen, you're going to be living anyway. Might as well spend it doing something that fills you with purpose and something to look forward to.
  11. Interesting. How many spots in total are they offering this year?
  12. Hi guys, I'm trying to collect some info on the amount of nutrition teaching there is in the curricula of med schools across the country. It will only take 5 min of your time- please fill out this excel sheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_m2bOFiWXKxo1m9iIOJfQp3ONEFAyZOSsoW4rPVNpeU/edit?usp=sharing Thank you so much! Your help is much appreciated
  13. Sorry to hear you've been having a rough time, OP. As you can see from others' replies, your situation is not unique. I can definitely see where you're coming from, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with having no one that you feel close to in med school. Our ability to form deep connections with people is based on our social environment, the people who create that environment, and the effort we put in (could there be a another person in the class who feels the same way you do and who in fact could get along great with you? Maybe. But it's quite hard for two very introverted people who are both not into the usual socialization settings to spend an amount of time significant enough to facilitate a deep connection). I'm afraid I have nothing new to offer, except to echo others' advice of remaining connected the friends you already have/who are not in medicine. I honestly think the idea that you're supposed to form deep long-lasting connections with people in med school is over-rated-- so perhaps a bit of expectation management is needed here. As someone who never hang out with premeds (pretty sure I wasn't perceived as smart or hard working enough even if I wanted to LOL, then did school with people who just wanted to be RDs, then went out to the real world, where surprise- most of my colleagues are decades older and have vastly different life experiences and priorities), I think it's actually really really really beneficial to hang out with people outside of medicine. As you mentioned, coming from priviledged backgrounds is a factor (as someone who paid my way through school, I too have had some off-putting experiences). There can also be quite a bit of external validation seeking, insecurity, and er, not chill behaviours in general. I dunno about you but the less of those things I surround myself with the better. Not trying to stereotype or bash anyone, just saying there are definitely positives to not having close friends in medicine and you're not missing out on much.
  14. Or does the OP mean assertiveness/ability to present one self as being more or less confident? (Not saying females can't be confident or vice versa, but there are definitely gender differences in the normal "acceptable" level deemed by social norms)
  15. I'll comment on dietetics: Pros: - it's super interesting and lots of practice settings to choose from (industry, food service, different areas of clinical, community, public health, private practice, etc.). Everyone has an opinion on nutrition, and there are lots of polarizing opinions out there- you get to be in the middle of it! - Very holistic approach to pt care- you really get to have a good understanding of psychology and what drives behaviour change because knowledge dissemination is the easy part, behaviour change and working around personal barriers is the real challenge - applicable to daily life- I apply the stuff I learned in dietetics to my own life, even though I no longer practice! - Your colleagues are very very very passionate about what they do. They gotta be, because...... Cons: - Job market is not as great as a lot of the other allied health professions, just because you need less RDs than other other professions at a given hospital, health unit, clinic, etc. schools are pumping out more grads than what the demand is for sure. I'd say pharmacy trumps in this area. - It's a smaller profession, so in terms of lobbying/advocacy, we don't have a lot of say. Some secretary made a mistake typing in the salary grades for community RDs in Ontario 10 years ago and it STILL hasn't been fixed. So we have a bunch of RDs who work in community walking around getting paid less than your pharmacists, OTs, PTs, nurses, SWs etc....I get the sense that RDs are too nice and too diplomatic sometimes- maybe it's due to my next point... - female dominated (there were like 3 dudes in my class of 150). I prefer more diversity and less passive-aggressive disagreements. - We get paid less than pharmacists on the hour - Unless you have to visit an RD at a community centre, family health team, or upon hospital admission, RD services aren't covered by OHIP. Private insurance coverage is variable. This really pisses me off. Lots of us do private practice (generally $100-$130/hr), but 80% can't sustain their livelihood just doing this full-time because the client base is not there. - this is ultimately why I jumped ship: there's a ceiling in terms of career advancement as an RD (nursing's got the most amount of opportunities imo). Within clinical nutrition the highest level you can get is being a professional practice lead of the RDs. No one's stopping you from going up further but realize that because nutrition is such a niche field, you're probably going to have to leave nutrition to do something more general (and with more advanced degrees, of course).
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