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  1. You're probably going to need to work with PARO in some way or retain independent legal counsel to review your contract. I'm honestly not sure who you would talk to in MOHLTC as I'm sure this is a niche issue that no one would be familiar with. Unfortunately, I suspect that you may not qualify for 1st iteration CaRMS and that your funding is locked to the school. It's honestly a tough situation so I would reach out to any administrative people who are still on your side to get a sense of what your options are.
  2. Yea, I was a professional before medicine and given the fact that I would've had trajectory in that field I'll never catch up as a physician haha. You do well in medicine but you can also do well in a number of other fields. I have many friends who put time and effort into their fields and many of them do better than me. It's not possible in every career path but there is more than one avenue to success, happiness and/or wealth.
  3. If you don't have financial support from parents or a spouse you will most likely be >$100K in debt. The cost of tuition and living is just that high over the years. You'll end up paying for conveniences as clerkship can be quite busy. I honestly would recommend spending your time in medical school focused on the content or on school activities rather than a part-time job. The amount you'll make will be marginal compared to the additional stress. Medicine is a marathon not a sprint. You'll be able to pay it off as a Staff. For context I was debt free in 1.5 years after becoming staff and I think I had like $150-170K when I finished medical school.
  4. As another professional before coming into medicine I agree with this assessment. There are other avenues to reach high salaries without the investment of money or time that medicine requires. No doubt many of these other paths are busy and stressful as well, however, I worked really hard during my training compared to my previous professional experience. If you build in good financial habits and compound interest the comparison isn't even close. I enjoy my job now and I make a good living. If my passion was just about money though I'm not sure if I would ever recommend medicine.
  5. I always evaluated students based on fit/work ethic/etc during electives and during the interview. Research is a nice to have but in reality it really depends on the field you are applying to. Some fields don't care all that much and you would be better served preparing to perform well during a elective rotation.
  6. They would complain about busy calls and the overall stress of managing high-acuity patients. I mean it could've been program dependent as well but more than one friend conveyed to me the difficulty during the training.
  7. My friends underwent busy training during their residency. I can't say it was very lifestyle friendly to be honest. If you're very lifestyle oriented (nothing wrong with that being a mature student) I'm not sure if it will be good in that aspect.
  8. Yea, I thought the rationale was that they couldn't get examiners all together in one place and they shouldn't gather the residents either.
  9. It was the worst year of my life and I was a professional before medicine too. I really think the exam should be adjusted to be more considerate with how difficult this year is given COVID19.
  10. I respect the nursing union for advocating for their profession as a whole. I think their leadership has the right idea of keeping their profession relevant. Ideally the system would help keep them in check but I don't think they anywhere near aggressive enough which results in these barriers.
  11. It's a job more or less. You're going to want to make sure you can tolerate the people you will be forced to work with for the next 5 years. Medicine is hard enough without malignant personalities.
  12. This is the right approach. Every job in medicine gets mundane to some degree once you finish your training. The big thing to think about is can you live with the bread and butter of your specialty for the rest of your professional life.
  13. I don't blame them for advocating for themselves. I'm a proponent for people advocating for their professions and the government/employer advocating against in order to reach a reasonable equilibrium. Doctors are just awful at being a unified body and I don't see that changing during my lifetime.
  14. I think this is a good rationalization of how people feel. I think it boils down to the "grass is greener" situation where people feel that they're not getting paid that much more than others working "easier jobs". I think that's just a natural consequence of tax brackets and being independent contractors with no ability to control our fees. The other side of that coin is possibly seeing our peers in other "prestige professions" make more for working similarly long hours. I think this is also a rosy view as I think physicians do very well given our monopoly of the market but I will concede that our regulated fees make us noncompetitive compared to the higher end of the private sector.
  15. Even if you take the viewpoint that they aren't being malicious, I find that many academic staff are so far removed from the realities of the job market that they have a very incomplete and skewed viewpoint of what it takes to get a job. For the vast majority of medical students and residents, that's what we care about as we'll be out in the community instead of on the academic treadmill.
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