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  1. goleafsgochris

    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.
  3. 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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    Speciality Closest to Derm

    Wow I didn't catch this. Derm is THE highest volume specialty...they often see patients more quickly than orthopods do in their fracture clinics. I think OP may need to actually experience some of these specialties in more detail to grasp the pros and cons. "Interest in material" in medicine is nice, but cool pathology often in no way correlates to how the experience of a specialty is, and IMO is a pretty terrible way to choose a specialty if you haven't at minimum done shadowing. Take it from a neurologist, the disease process may sound cool but that doesn't necessarily mean youll enjoy doing a 75 minute Parkinsons consult.
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    Speciality Closest to Derm

    I agree that rheum/allergy are probably the closest. That being said...the day to day of both of those is INSANELY different than derm. I would strongly strongly recommend doing an elective in these before you get the sense they are that similar to derm, because they really aren't very similar; its more they are totally different specialties which happed to have derm findings. Same with general internal. There really is no specialty like derm aside from family with a derm-focused practice.
  7. Yeah and if anything Rahvin13 is sugar coating it. Because Mac takes into account all your grades even from your first undergrad, even if you got a 4.0 in a new 4 year undergrad it wouldn't be enough to make you competitive for Mac. You need a second undergrad to make you competitive anywhere.
  8. N of 1 but I read it (it was my only exposure to ethics at the time) and got into both schools I got an interview at. I did feel the content helped significantly in my interviews.
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    OHIP Billing

    Are these the codes that Family docs bill for your sort of standard office visit (like if a patient comes in for, say, adjustment of HTN meds)?
  10. Im a year out and it still feels weird. Its hard to describe how bad the royal college year is. Much of medical training is painful but that year was at least for me far and away the worst. I liked the gif essay though.
  11. I remember in med school doing a sports med elective. Even those docs didn't really base much on the exam, aside from "can the patient point directly to where the problem is." Stuff like Lachmann's wasn't really used--if they suspected an ACL tear based on the mechanism and the knee was swollen you were gonna get an MR reguardless of maneuvers. Similarly Im now in neurology, where physical exam is supposedly really important--but I only make decisions based on really really obvious physical exam stuff if at all, and as you may point out, almost all my patients come to me with brain imaging anyway.
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    Tattoo perception?!??!?!?!?!

    I don't think it matters at all in your average clinical setting. That being said, you need to be aware of the fact that while MOST people you encounter will not care, SOME will immediately judge you for it. (For example, I have been told before by an interviewer a story that a candidate came with tattoos showing, and they were basically laughing at the poor judgement and tossed the file). So basically- like others have said, I highly recommend covering them in interviews. And maybe in an elective where you need a letter (if you want to be extra cautious). Otherwise no big deal.
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    Clerkship resources

    Case files 100% for me. Read it as early as possible in each rotation
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    Need advice - failed MCCQE1 by 1 point

    Sorry to hear, that one point definitely hurts and would be frustrating. As others mentioned, you don't have to tell anyone and it doesn't affect residency (at least in Ontario). I would still write it in the fall. You don't need a year, I would just spend time going over high yield topics like peds, OB, psych; and maybe take a vacation week close to the exam so you have some time to cram to make sure you take care of it. Don't feel bad at all. It really is a mild setback. And at least IMO its fairly understandable to want to slack for that exam especially after matching for residency.
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    Physicians Who Work Part-Time

    Im neuro not psych (but Im a year out of practice and have some outpatient psychiatrists at one of the clinics I work at). Theres easily enough volume (they have impressively long wait lists), but they get a ton of no shows which is frustrating, because they are torn between just losing income or double-booking and dealing with potentially long days and long wait times for patients if everyone shows up one day.