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  1. So I don't know if this the right forum for this but I was wondering, when/where do medical students learn about how family medicine practices are set up? How can we learn about FHNs/FHOs/PCNs and the business side of things? Maybe put more simply, where can I learn about the nuts and bolts about opening a family practice in Ontario? I have interest in business, so this is just fun side information for me. Thank you so much, daftjustice
  2. Spot on. Similarly, not every CSA comes from a high SES background. The loans I've seen some of my CSA friends take out were insane (some could only go abroad because they had divorced parents who could therefore provide two independently co-signed loans)
  3. Of course it requires hard work. But the thing is there are many many people who don't get accepted who are basically indistinguishable from any matriculating CMGs 95+% of the time. I would say the difference between those who were accepted and the next 10-20% of applicants IS luck. In other words...hard work is necessary but not sufficient to get into med school. I'm currently a CMG, who was previously a CSA for 2 years in Ireland and I can tell you the difference between most of my CSA classmates and my CMG ones is virtually nil.
  4. Hello everyone, So I am going to be visiting Toronto for 1.5 months in June & July, visiting family and doing some non-med school related work. I've grown a stronger interest in Family Medicine over the past year and was looking into perhaps shadowing at an FM clinic while I'm in Toronto so as not to keep my skills up over the summer. Is there anyone who can recommend via PM a physician who might be willing to have a student shadow for a couple of days or even a week? Or if not, let me know how else I can best go about trying to find a FM doc I can get in contact with? Thanks so much!
  5. Why lol? I have family moving there soon and I'm interested in being close to them
  6. Anyone have any experience in getting surgical summer research at one of the hospitals in NYC (or in the US in general), as a CMG? Also feel free to let me know if I might have better success posting in other forums. Regards, daftjustice
  7. Your application is reasonable. Don't give up. i got in on my 4th attempt (and a 1.5 year stint in medical school abroad). Honestly, many (not most but many) med students don't want to admit that SO MUCH of it is luck once you reach a certain point. i feel you could be at that point Don't give up, apply broadly. Send me a message if you want
  8. Pathology is pretty heavily emphasized. Expect to have to differentiate between diseases based on histology slides they show you [a) renal path :'( , b)the slides tend to be of the sort where if you know it, you know it].
  9. I almost never climb on a high horse regarding digital content but I would highly recommend that you do not illegally torrent or download pathoma. sattar is the man and it's really not expensive (100$ when I bought it last year) to buy his resource.
  10. Hey all, When do we get to go about joining the CMA/AMA? Do we have to wait until school starts?
  11. Holy dicks - that's not just well...that's amazing! Especially if you did it during residency. I've heard that for most people it's nice to be able to do it during a dedicated period (like when they have the summer off.) Did you find that your clinical experience up until that point made the clinical knowledge in Step 1 stuff easier? BEcause I can't imagine that having to go over all that biochem was a pleasure to do during residency
  12. Lol. So just the CMGs who are half-heartedly interested in surgery? What a terrible mindset if that's the case. Tbh the questions asked of 1st year residents was revelatory too. More time in the OR at any point is beneficial if one is doing it right, especially in the summer, It also breaks up the monotonous aspects of research projects. Anyways, OP send a PM if you want to ask some more questions about electives in Ireland - Dublin specifically. I know both CMGs who did electives there and IMGs if you want their perspectives.
  13. In terms of what? I think the one thing I kept hearing about is that the upper year Irish students were unfamiliar with the administrative aspect of medicine in Canada (how to efficiently navigate EMRs, dictation, etc. By the way, just because I'm calling it administrative doesn't mean I think it's unimportant!) So with regards to that, I can definitely see where you're coming from. The other thing is it depends on which specialty. I do know that at my school our dedicated anesthesiology rotation was a little weak whereas our surgical experiences were quite strong (haha how could that be given how closely the two are intertwined?) On the other hand our experience in other specialties like pediatric medicine blows some Canadian schools out of the water. Irish medical schools are many and I should amend my previous comment to refer specifically to my own school. And the other thing I should probably admit is that at my school you are given responsibility if you ask for it, but the guidance isn't there if you sit back and prefer to be spoon-fed. However, I spent a summer of working with a general surgery team in Toronto and tbh I was really surprised time and time again at what my CMG counterparts knew and what they didn't. I'm super excited and grateful to attend a Canadian medical school this fall and see how things are.
  14. I used to attend an Irish medical school for 2 years before getting accepted to a Canadian medical school. Irish medical students are given tons of responsibilities. I scrubbed into 30+ surgeries in my first year alone. learned to suture, staple, etc. Stripped a couple varicose veins. Got to make some very simple and relatively riskless incisions even. Got to participate in everything in general surgery and ortho from mastectomies to ORIFs in ortho (and by participate I mean beyond the "come here Med student and hold this retractor for 3 hours). By second year we were taking histories, presenting them and doing admission orders (with guidance of course!). I imagine that 3 & 4 year is even more responsibility. I knew of a couple of mac students who did an elective at my school. Don't know how much responsibility they were given however.
  15. I contracted, butchered and generally gutted the english language to convey as much as possible in the tiny limits we were given. I'm of the opinion that if they can understand you then don't worry about it.
  16. Also, I suspect that "college educated" is a euphemism for income potential. And even among college graduates income potential varies by degree. Some of the research does attempt to discriminate along those lines.
  17. to be fair, we also shouldn't write off the current imbalance and not investigate it, 'because history'. I'm not intrigued/potentially concerned at the gender imbalance at the medical school level as much as I am with the overall imbalance in postsecondary education. The pendulum has swung from a male-favored ratio to a female favored ratio and it's at the very least intellectually interesting as to why that is.
  18. Ayyy, sorry nbgirl93 and Neuroticdoodle, the word 'consequences' wasn't meant to impart a value judgement. (it's also why I put the term "even" in quotation marks - I don't necessarily hold it as my own opinion) I just meant that the current gender imbalance at university have interesting effects in other aspects of peoples' lives. I agree that society will adapt. It has to. I had to resort to google because I'm half-remembering stuff from my one or two sociology classes, and it is kind of encompassed by a term sociologists call "assortative mating". From http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4133976/ : "Both women and men report that they are most willing to marry someone who is better educated (and has higher income) than themselves, although men are more willing to marry someone with less education. Both sexes also report being least willing to marry a partner who cannot hold a steady job" And another piece of introductory information on what I was referring to: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/nov/10/dating-gap-hook-up-culture-female-graduates Honestly, this is a bit of tangent to the dicussion. I haven't given it enough thought nor have I weighed up enough facts, so I'm actually unsure/undecided as to whether or not it is "unfair" or "threatening diversity" that there are more women in medical school than men. Just like I'm unsure it's a "problem" that men still outnumber women in engineering or computer science. Maybe women have a natural aptitude for medicine over men. Or maybe they have an aptitude for succeeding at all the metrics over men that matter for admission. I don't know, I'm not an expert, and I guessing that no one else on this forum (with a few exceptions) is either. There are all sorts of things that would need to be taken into account to determine the reasons for this disparity . How about student preferences for careers? Learning differences? Differing rates of maturity and school-preparedness? How does this affect readiness for success at post-secondary education? etc., etc. Or maybe, just maybe, there are more qualified female applicants than men who merit admission. It's no harder to believe than any other plausible reason. But for the sake of feelings, we could just pull a Trudeau and say let's make it 50-50, "because it's <insert current year>". (Personally I feel that would disadvantage a lot of qualified women applying to medicine)
  19. Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought women in general have been outnumbering men in post secondary education in general? So this doesn't necessarily surprise me. I remember reading about something about social consequences of this outcome because people tend to partner up with peoples of similar education levels. The growing imbalance between post secondary-educated men and women is creating a sort of scarcity in "even" match-ups. edit: here is a quick source for the US with more nuance in terms of numbers. I think Canada is similar but I'd have to dig more. http://blogs.census.gov/2015/10/07/women-now-at-the-head-of-the-class-lead-men-in-college-attainment/?cid=RS23
  20. How does one go about deciding on ETFs to purchase? Let's say for someone with zero debt, 30K to invest (separate from emergency funds), and has above-average risk tolerance? I'm not looking so much for being told "do X, Y, and Z with your money". It's more along the lines of "how do I evaluate how I would split up X amount of dollars among various ETFs" Thank you to anyone for any advice on this
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