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  1. Clearly doctors (and patients) suffer for the inadequacies of the system. But I have observed through friends, and personally had the experience that even friendly, communicative doctors can be overly confident in lab tests and radiology findings. Don't quote me on this, but validity can be around 0.55-80 for certain kinds of ultrasound investigations of some MSK issues, especially soft tissue problems. So much depends on technician training and experience, and there's lots of room for technical error. Interrater reliability of radiologist's interpretation of scans is sometimes shockingly variable, as well. Here, subjective report is important and too often dismissed in favour of 'objective' tests. I mean, people know their bodies, or at least they can feel when something's wrong. This also matters in other areas in which the evidence base is evolving, like women's health, rheumatology, endocrinology, and pain management. This isn't so much about personal arrogance, though. (Although I will say that anyone who even thinks of approaching medicine at all, or who hopes to reach the peak of whatever other profession, has to have a baseline level of confidence and belief in their ability to achieve their goals. That might come across as arrogance to some.)
  2. Money will help and so will understanding on your fiance's part. If you don't have kids but want them, this may be an issue for your partner. Your parents' health may come up. If they have money, or you have sibs who can/will help, that's great. Otherwise, that can be a real hiccup (ask me how I know). Your age peers will be doing different things (family, holidays) - social drift is something you can expect, on your side or theirs. But making an effort to keep the closest close will help. This will take careful time management. Weddings and birthdays and other important family get-togethers still go on; sometimes you'll have to choose not to go and fallout will depend on the characters. Sometimes you'll go, but have to amp up efficiency on all other counts - this can be tiring. Physical stamina is required. Study takes time away from others. Even if loved ones start out feeling generous, their feelings may change despite themselves. That has to be addressed. The amount at stake is heavy and the whole thing is like walking a tightrope. As long as you look forward - not down or behind you, or anywhere else but where you're going - it's ok. This is fine so long as you're focused and lucky (see above about parents' health, etc - the people you care about should also be kind of lucky). Conversely, the amount at stake - your goal - will keep you focused (again, if you're lucky and distractions don't happen). Your maturity and work experience/habits will put you in good stead as far as getting things done.
  3. I'm lucky in that I haven't had to think about this so far, but.. it's effectively true, isn't it, that as an Ontarian patient facing non-emergency surgery, you don't really get to shop around, or have preferences around technique, etc? In that referral and wait times make it impractical to do so for many conditions? Like you'd have to take the referral your GP gets you, or switch GPs, and given you're needing a surgery, your quality of life sucks for the ages it takes to work all this out...
  4. Thanks for replying, guys, it's appreciated. [cut more panic out] edit: snap decision -- I just dropped it. I am not going to kill myself trying to scrape a B for an elective (not a B+ -- the amount of work required to get a B would do me in), and risk my major classes. Thank you both for your thoughts.
  5. What about part-time studies? 'Suitability for research' is obviously important; presume time management figures into that, & that part-time students would lose on that end?
  6. Makes sense, I doubt we'd have to work very hard to find support for that idea.
  7. York transfers loads over, usually. Not sure why..At most places, you'd still have to complete at least 50% of your overall degree requirements to establish residency at the university, and probably a greater % than that of your major requirements. (Check with the Registrar pages of all the ones you're interested in to be sure of details)
  8. Sorry, not specifically talking about med school, had assumed that might be true there. I guess I'm mostly talking about PT, OT, & psych. The grades on entry, according to admissions stats I've seen for those, have seemed to inch perennially upwards.
  9. I stayed away from U of T because I understood they graded on a curve. I don't know how true it is, but I couldn't afford the risk even in case it was true. Have taken courses at both Ryerson and York and have been graded fairly (no curve) and had excellent profs at both (but, kept my ear to the ground and heavily relied on ratemyprof to choose courses). Evening course availability was important to me; both offer that to a reasonable degree.
  10. Almost all cutoffs (for all health profession programs) show an upward trend year to year, with no sign of stabilizing (def not dipping). Why? In addition to - maybe fewer spots being offered (which seems unlikely, looks like many programs expand intake if/when they can, for the bucks) - just a bigger pool of applicants, at least one reason unis are able to raise cutoffs is that students are achieving higher grades. What's the consensus explanation for this? Grade inflation? Wider use of nootropics, lol? Is it even possible that cohorts could genuinely improve in academic ability/achievement from year to year, so consistently, across fields and feeder programs?
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