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  1. almost all of medicine is algorithmic nowadays exceptions are for new diseases and for instances where published guidelines haven't yet kept up with the latest empirical evidence
  2. Neither is necessary and you can get by the basic iPad which also supports the pencil. So to answer your question: totally up to you and what you prefer
  3. Just read this today: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01885-6 Apparently trump is suspending not only H-1Bs which have a path to US citizenship, but also J-1s which do not. J-1s are a popular choice for Canadians to do residency and fellowships in the United States. Will not be issued until end of 2020, but can be extended. No exemption for doctors (yet) - the only exemption is to be engaged in COVID research. There goes my US fellowship applications
  4. Hmm that would be a good thing. Not clear on the website EDIT: are you sure it's included? MCCQE1 has no such item underneath. Also, I've had juniors that I work with believe it's ~$4,000, but obviously can't be sure that they are right EDIT2: there's also this gem now: " All candidates must pay a one-time, non-refundable account fee of $298 to set up a physiciansapply.ca account.". Wasn't there when I opened my account
  5. I second this. Derm is very lucrative if you're ok with cosmetics. But not everyone is - some don't like the population and they can be demanding. Others consider it a small price to pay for a 9-5 high income life. But the real value in derm, in my opinion, is that after 5 years you are completely done. No fellowship or any of that jazz. Rent an office almost anywhere, put up a shingle, and you will have endless referrals. Derm waitlists are long
  6. I find that hard to believe. But I wouldn't hesitate to switch banks in an instant. Wondering if anyone on this site has gotten this offer?
  7. Saw a petition about cancelling the MMCQEII which mentioned a 40% increase to MCCQEII fees. I just checked myself and this seems to be correct https://mcc.ca/examinations/examination-service-fees/ I wrote 2 years ago for ~$2500. What's with the massive fee hike?
  8. This is silly. I'm not an IMG but I don't understand the rationale of targeting IMGs specifically. I would expect decisions made by medical schools to be more evidence based than this.
  9. I really like this article. I'm not sure if spending a lot of time on polishing one's CV early in life is actually a predictor of burnout later in life, but I am inclined to believe it. For me personally, I absolutely hate chart reviews. I've started a few projects over the years that I couldn't finish. The ones I do finish never feel well done. Yet I did them because I felt I had to, never because I wanted to. I've always wrote off research as not for me. However, in the last year, I've discovered my niche - technology in medicine. I'm so into the topic I'm now doing a full time masters in it (when previously I had completely written off research!). And I now have faculty asking to collaborate with me from multiple institutions. This is after a first place win at the national conference in my specialty. Intrinsic motivation - i.e. doing what you genuinely enjoy - is crucial. Everything else is a waste of time.
  10. I'm pro IMG's. Our system treats them absurdly - much more than any other country out there. As a Canadian grad, I simply don't believe our education is that much better than the rest of the developed world (although definitely better than the third world). It is very difficult for me to accept that countries with superior healthcare systems are somehow producing inferior doctors. Sounds more like something we would tell ourselves to preserve our jobs and income rather than a statement based on fact. https://interactives.commonwealthfund.org/2017/july/mirror-mirror/
  11. It's tough, but do your best and don't give up. The rewards are worth it. Once you're in, you're set from a financial perspective assuming you follow a few simple rules. Unfortunately, there's no easy way. There will always those who come from money who have everything laid out for them. I try not to focus on that (it would be depressing to persevere on), but instead focus on doing my best and hope for a good outcome.
  12. I don’t manage at all. In fact, now in residency I’ve completely given up on going to the gym. Last I went was 13 months ago. I still pay monthly fees though so technically I could drop in any time. Terrible, I know. But such is life I guess
  13. Looks to me like a big overreaction from the family. So what it came from a computer screen?
  14. You can't do anything about the preferences for attending jobs. It is the groups that decide who they want to hire, and they can use whatever reason they want. But that doesn't mean one should ignore the blatant cheating that took place here. I'd argue such cheating should be prosecuted at all training levels no matter how hard. That should include residency and fellowship levels.
  15. There's a lot of comments about Mac in this thread. To clear the air, as a Mac grad, I never felt a problem with the elective schedule. I had 4 weeks of electives in the beginning of clerkship and I used them to rotate through specialties I didn't want to match to. In the end, it was excellent in CaRMS because I used it to argue that I took the time to explore specialties before settling on what I want. What happened to OP is unfortunate and in my opinion unacceptable. Whoever wrote the evaluation must have absurd expectations. If it does show up for CaRMS, then OP you should appeal in whichever way you can. But I want to make clear that of the 203 people in my class, all of which started with electives, no one ran into such a scenario.
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