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  1. I don’t think adding any more research would help your carms app. I ESPECIALLY don’t think a PHD would help. You already have enough research to get the “research points” you can get in carms—anything additional will very likely mean nothing, I suspect the advantage you get from research has already plateaued in your case. Work on other stuff.
  2. You need a second undergrad. Look at the stats of the average admitted students, and how much undergrad GPA is weighted vs all other factors. Research productivity can help marginally, grad GPA will not help in any way. Regardless, none will come close to overcoming that GPA...you need a 2nd undergrad to have a chance, full stop.
  3. Honestly shame on the posters here who are making 250k seem like something that can be reasonable obtained by an optometrist. I am a neurologist and regularly work with optometrists. 100k would be doing well. 250k—maybe if they OWN a business employing optometrists? In which case that’s an absurd thing to say, because in any field if you own a business you can make 250k. Why not suggest the OP drop out and become a janitor, because maybe she’ll own a janitor company and make 250k lol? The issue is that young ppl will read this stuff and believe it and will factor it into their career choices. To the OP—really depends on your interest in medicine IMO. If we assume you’re going into family med, from a financial perspective it may not be worth it to lose 6 years of income. Tbh I might not bother looking back at it. Medicine will likely give you more variety, but I have doubts you’ll be happier 10y from now.
  4. My school had these, but most people didn’t complete them, and no one ever checked.
  5. Say GPA is worth 33% of your app. The difference between 3.83 and 3.87 couldn't be more than what, a few percent? Getting 4.0 is 3 full year online courses would raise you to 3.84, which would maybe get you 1%, if that? This is going to sound harsh, but please listen--as someone who has done application reviews when I was a med student, its almost incomprehensible how inefficient that is. Its like saying you want to improve your ECs so you are going to take up archery for the first time because if one day you make it to the Olympics it will increase your score. On the other hand, training/practising for Casper or interviews could pretty easily increase your score by 5-10%--and might take what, a bit of money and a few hundred hours max?
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    Unhappy in medicine?

    Amazing advice.
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    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    There is a range off people at every level. There are pre-med assholes, but I don't think its a higher percentage than in med school or residency. You probably just got bad luck in the people you stared to work with. Try your best to move on, focusing on it will not help.
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    The standout for me tbh is that seems like too many IMGs. Also that family physician salary is not great considering overhead.
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    Undergrad vs Medical School

    This might be school dependent. I found the opposite (albeit I went to UTSG for undergrad). I found undergrad, when I was "in semester", often took up 80-100 hours/week (not joking). Preclerkship (outside of Toronto) was closer to 50 hours a week. For me, at least, it was hugely easier, and far far less stressful. Clerkship of course is a different beast, but it completely varied for me by rotation, with some including study being well under 50 hours/week, and some such as gen surg being closer to 80-100 at times with studying+call.
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    Stress level

    Neurologist who does 90% outpatient work, finished residency in 2017. My day to day job now is not stressful. I sometimes find it stressful if I'm falling behind in the day and am late seeing patients, but that's like a 2/10. I would agree that conflicts with staff can be somewhat stressful, but at least in my case, this is very minimal. I do a week of call and see hospital consults every 2-3 months. Ive heard others find this week to be very stressful. For me, its so much less call than I did as a resident that I find it almost enjoyable to get some variety. That being said, the nights and need to make decisions on more serious cases is MORE stressful, maybe a 3/10 for this? PGY-5 with the exam was a 10/10 stress, for sure. That was the most stressed I was in any year of my life, including med school and undergrad.
  11. Deleted, realized others had made the points I was making already
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    Question Regarding being "On call"

    You need to do pure outpatient work (generally) if you don’t want call. This is family, and tbh can be most non surgical specialties if you limit yourself to clinic work. Your income will suffer for it tho. Also agree with others that this is incredibly naive/childish to worrying about this before even getting into med school. It’s like a first year poli-sci student worry about privacy when they get elected prime minister
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    Income and Lifestyle

    Yep, pre-tax post-overhead.
  14. You need the GPA for each year of school (Year 1- 3.55, Year 2- 3.87, etc), and whether all the years were full time or not.
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    Income and Lifestyle

    If you want to live downtown: You need a starter home. That can be a 500k condo. Once you pay a decent chunk of that, and it goes up in value, get a townhouse or a nicer condo. Once you pay a chunk of that off, go for a bigger home, etc. Rosedale/forest hill/bridal path is out of reach for GPs but almost all other areas aren't unless you want the nicest house on the block. Source: am a neurologist 2 years out, who makes more than a family dr but not a TON more (325-350k this year likely). Bought a condo for 600k, increased in value to 900k, my partner and I just sold it and bought another condo a few months ago for 1.1M. Once you have that a 1.5M townhouse isn't out of reach. If you want to live downtown you need to be willing to sacrifice some size/space, even if youre wealthy. Of course as others suggested the option is there to move to the burbs, but I don't want to do that--I frankly don't need the space, and although you may disagree if I wanted a big suburban house I would have been a teacher and made 70k and not gone through 13 years of school. You will have options if youre a GP, but yeah it wont be a house in downtown Toronto the size of a big house in the suburbs unless you're netting CEO wages. Edit: LittleDaisy pretty much summarized this above with points #1 and #2 haha
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