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  1. GH0ST

    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    I mean I do think a lot of students are well off but hyperbole much? I do think there is an issue with people looking down on others in medicine but that happens even in the context of people looking down on other specialties... it's infuriating to see people so disrespected. - G
  2. GH0ST

    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    I would never have imagined call of duty being used in a premed/med forum... - G
  3. GH0ST

    Dropping out of Dental School

    Forget that... @drown besk doesn't want to do residency... that's where you do a job and a half and for far longer. I guess medicine is also too didactic... guess that's why there's so few surgeons or doctors that do procedures of various types. We just pin the tail on the donkey and pray for the best. I mean any redeeming qualities in your post is pretty much lost when you further reinforce your prejudice as a 1st year dentistry student... So you blatantly admit to generalizing based off of incomplete information from six of your friends... did you also tell them that you think your program is harder than theirs? I guess people in medical school also don't need to strive to be better than others to specialize. Like please tell me you are joking. - G
  4. GH0ST

    Course-Based vs.Thesis

    Hello there, I made a very thorough post on this topic many years ago... let me fish for it. Here it is. - G
  5. This is key... getting into medical school is not going to solve all of your problems no matter how much you wish for it. - G
  6. I would not recommend that as your current situation is not amenable to success. You need to first look after yourself. A Caribbean medical school is costly and will take you regardless of whether or not you pass or fail. In your situation you're more likely to be left without the support necessary to help you succeed. - G
  7. Before doing anything else... I really think you need to talk to someone that's 1) near you, 2) someone you trust, 3) a professional. Applying to medical school is the least of your problems right now. - G
  8. GH0ST

    do oop need 128 cars?

    @Slickrick yes it's a hard cutoff I concur that score is something to be proud of. - G
  9. I'll review your letter if you would like. - G
  10. GH0ST

    Dropping out of Dental School

    @ysera Hearthstone? If so then hit me up =D But yeah... medicine easier than dentistry, or prestige + money... - G
  11. Welcome, I'm assuming when you speak of chronic diseases that you are referring to non-communicable diseases (as opposed to infectious disease). Have you done work in this area? Maybe it would help to tap into the kinds of work you've done to get to this point. - G
  12. Hello there! I would consider directing you to the public health and preventative medicine residents from UofT as they also have the opportunity to work with Public Health Ontario. As for public health experience... I would refer to the six public health functions in Canada 1. Health protection (industrial/restaurant/community inspections, air/water quality, communicable disease follow up) 2. Health surveillance (health surveys, cancer registries, tracking of emerging health concerns [non-communicable and communicable diseases], early detection systems for outbreaks) 3. Disease prevention and injury (immunization programs [including the production, adverse events reporting and investigations], cancer screening programs, outbreak investigators) 4. Population health assessment (health status reports in the community) 5. Health promotion (advocacy, building partnerships, improving physical and social infrastructure [ex. neighborhood planning]) 6. Disaster response (bioterrorism, natural diasters, pandemics, mass gathering medicine) Among these also includes addictions and inner city medicine. Most of the work that contributes to these points require organizational work or working with someone who specializes in those specific fields (MOHs in particular) I would look for experiences that interest you from these functions... Best of luck, - G
  13. @canucks_14While I can respect your opinion I have to dispel a misconception you spread here that has the potential to be and detrimental to future community health. This point does not accurately reflect the common overlaps between medicine, public health, and community health. When we think of health care, it is easy to immediately think of treatment as the primary goal. On the spectrum of health care however involves prevention (which encompasses an understanding of risk factors, epidemiology of disease, and their consequences), treatment (which also includes preventing further complications for patients with an illness), and end-of-life care. In your example, you discussed your interest in being a CV surgeon. Setting aside the obvious that there's many other specialties to consider, you have missed the point that prevention in health care done by physicians exist also in medical care. If a patient were to have diabetes, it's important to help manage their condition to prevent future complications. For those without diabetes but does have risk factors, it's important for a physician to stratify and begin the necessary screening process so that the condition can be prevented to the highest probability. The work of a physician goes so far beyond diagnosing someone who is unwell and giving them treatment. I would say one of the best things I've gained from my experience so far is that I can play a role along the entire spectrum of health (a term which is difficult to define in itself.) In your example, you discussed how people are "getting so healthy nowadays." From the outside perspective it may appear that way. We have numerous vaccinations available to protect us against numerous infectious diseases. We have systems in place to help us with respect to environmental health. We have an infrastructure in place that supports those who need medical care and can receive it (relatively) free of charge. Canada (along with numerous countries) have benefited from this significantly and that's something that as a country we should be proud of. Let me ask you then... how do you think we've got to this point? You've mentioned the importance of research, which I definitely agree with and fully support. Who is the one that helps administer the treatments? Who is out there investigating the cause of illness? Who keeps the hospitals running as physicians continue to retire and the next generation of physicians take up the mantle? As someone who is invested in public health and preventative medicine (a specialty that I'm considering for CaRMS), I like to joke that when public health and health care is working, people have the luxury of saying "there's no problem." We see this already with decreasing vaccination trends as people have forgotten the terrors of the diseases that we vaccinate against. Yet, to keep the system going, we need thousands of people (including physicians) to keep the system running and address a shift in the obstacles that face our health system and new contemporary issues that will arise. Ex. We may need more psychiatrists and people in the mental health system as cannabis use increases (among many other things we may need....) Ex. We always need physicians (rural or urban) to help address the determinants of health among First Nations communities Ex. We will need physicians still to help in addressing the difficulties of addictions medicine and management Ex. We will need physicians to address the top non-communicable diseases that are still rampant in Canada (Cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, cancers), all of which has increased in their disease burden as a consequence to the changing demographic of our society (higher average age, less decreased acute conditions causing immediate death, etc) Ex. There's still a shortage of family physicians throughout the country despite the apparent "health" our society suggests. Ex. We need physicians for involvement in occupational injuries and prevention (ex. family physicians, occupational medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, etc) Ex. We will need physicians to be involved in the aging population and increasing burden in geriatrics (which I understand is something you don't want to do and that's fine) Ex. We will need physicians that wish to play a bigger role in the continued preservation and improvement to our health and further develop the foundations of health care and address certain causes of disease (specifically, public health physicians/medical officers of health) As you can see, despite your assertion there's still so much work to be done for physicians. Despite how apparently healthy our community is, the shifts in disease burden and demographics mean that new problems will arise and we have a responsibility to do our part in addressing these difficult issues. I won't speak specifically about compensation/pay as I find people have their own preferences for this but as a whole... physicians in general (regardless of what they do) don't live in a box down the street. There's still so much work to be done and as physicians we have the opportunity to play in all levels, from an individual to global level of care. There's never a shortage of work to improve the collective health of our society. I can tell you would likely agree with the preventative aspect as you've touched on that in point 3, but... This is a point I personally dislike not because it don't acknowledge the importance of research and novel treatment + prevention strategies in health care, but how it devalues the work done by others. This is actually an unfortunately common theme in health care. Specialists look down on family doctors. Doctors looking down on nurses. Surgeons looking down on other specialties, etc. I still remember a situation where in my interactions with another resident who pursued a specialty more focused on prevention that her internal medicine colleagues asked "why was she wasting her talents to do [specialty]?" (as if any of the specialties are a "waste of time"). All roles are important at different stages of the health care spectrum. Just because research is arguably at the forefront as they develop the treatments we use today doesn't mean we discredit the "caretaker role" (which is very distasteful to to implicitly disrespect like in the post). The point also discredits the difficulties physicians have in generating a differential diagnosis with often limited information and the complexities associated with patient care..... there's hundreds of things that can be wrong with someone that has "Abdominal pain" that it takes skill to integrate the information you learn to apply it in an arguably uncertain setting. Furthermore, just because you have the knowledge and developed the treatment, doesn't detract from the skill that's required to resuscitate patients in acute care settings (like EM, ICU/critical care, surgery, etc). I would be honored to be a "caretaker" just as much as I would be honored being a researcher developing the newest treatments. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At the end of the day your choice is your choice but I hope for others reading this post that you don't discount the amazing things we can do for not only our future patients but also for society as a whole if we put our minds to it. Best wishes everyone and have a good day, - G
  14. GH0ST

    1 week electives

    Some electives you have the potential to ask the preceptors even if it's meant for two weeks. Some family medicine preceptors I hear take 1 week electives. I am doing a geriatrics elective for 1 week. - G