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    daftjustice got a reaction from ChemicalKid94 in What type of research to do for CARMS   
    *cue every gunner reading this getting anxiety*
     
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    daftjustice got a reaction from BoopityBoop in What type of research to do for CARMS   
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    daftjustice got a reaction from dumbebell in Robert Chu--Unmatched Doctor Commits Suicide   
    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.
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    daftjustice got a reaction from lulu95 in Male To Female Ratio   
    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.
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    daftjustice reacted to JohnGrisham in Robert Chu--Unmatched Doctor Commits Suicide   
    I'd venture to say that at some schools its more like 40-50% of the next in line. Really most people who make it to interview, and even many that dont...would be practically no different from the perspective of ultimate patient care.
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    daftjustice reacted to zizoupanda in Robert Chu--Unmatched Doctor Commits Suicide   
    I'm not sure I agree. The PGY1 year is already usually quite undifferentiated usually and the internship year would just replace it. "Physicians who are dedicated to their specialty" is a pipe dream and anyone in clinical medicine knows it. I've met countless physicians in clerkship who've openly told they hate their jobs and wish they would've picked a different specialty or another career altogether. That being said, they were excellent physicians nonetheless and fulfilled their patient's needs. At the end of the day a job is a job and there is a serious patient need crisis especially in FM and psych. This isn't the time for picky program directors who have government funded unfilled spots. And yes a CMG with minimal interest should be preferred over any IMG. Every country in this world strongly protects their domestic medical graduates because it costs hundreds of thousands to train them and the public deserves a finished and ready service at the end. CMG should be prioritized.
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    daftjustice got a reaction from End Poverty in Robert Chu--Unmatched Doctor Commits Suicide   
    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.
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    daftjustice reacted to Intrepid86 in Robert Chu--Unmatched Doctor Commits Suicide   
    That is largely irrelevant to the main issues being discussed. Sure, many CSAs come from well off backgrounds, but historically so have a large proportion of Canadian medical students. The professions in general tend to select for such a cohort.
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    daftjustice reacted to LittleDaisy in Robert Chu--Unmatched Doctor Commits Suicide   
    I am not sure why you mentioned diversity for IMGs. For CSAs, not immigrant-physicians, their tuition is way over our medical school LOC (300,000) at least. The majority of CSAs have supporting parents, physicians or high-earning professionals who pay their abroad education and living expenses, while exercising political power or influencing the media to be more lenient towards CSAs. The admission standards are not as rigorous as Canadian Medical Schools, let alone the clerkship training.
    In summary, some CSAs are rich parents' kids who couldn't get admitted to Canadian Medical schools in the first round or after multiple tries, and trying to return to practice medicine in Canada, while being angry at the system of why they can't get the residency place they want, or why the admission rate is sub-optimal.
    Regardless of the CaRMS match rate for CMGs. The current job market for a lot of specialists is far from ideal, with a substantial amount of graduating Canadian residents lo-cumming or doing a 3rd year fellowship has difficulty finding jobs in Canada. I don't see why we should recruit more IMGs for FRCPC spots...That certainly won't help the population to get more access to health care, because in the first place, there are not enough jobs! The media is certainly misleading the population, as it keeps targeting: "Blocking CSAs to practice medicine in Canada, while there is a high need of physicians". To be honest, what's the point of training more doctors if the current job market can't keep up with the number of trainees?? Ultimately, that's a waste of money...
    For primary care, as stated by the others, the ROS contract is far from strict. A lot of my CMG classmates won't mind practicing a few years in rural years before settling their practice in urban area, since the remuneration is more lucrative and not everyone could find a job in GTA for example. Isn't that what exactly the IMGs are doing in primary care?
    Needless to say, I don't think CMGs are feeling mighty and preposterous. I came from a disadvantaged socio-economic background, got admitted to medical school after working 20 hours part-time job while balancing my extra-curricular. I got through medical school with bursaries, governmental loans and part-time job, while still being in debt for the next year years. A lot of us went through clerkship in tears and emotional distress, as we felt almost the bottom of the chain of command sometimes. I just want to illustrate that getting admitted to a Canadian Medical school is certainly a honour, but it's not easy and it involves dedication and hardwork, not just an element of luck. 
     As tax payers invest so much in educating a CMG, I believe that CMG's interests should ALWAYS be protected over IMGS when it comes to residency spots. 
    Sorry for being diverted from the original post, I believe that all the Canadian medical schools should adopt some guidelines when it comes to the unmatched candidate. For instance, allowing all CMGs to do the extra 5th year, so they could still do electives and get LORs could be more helpful than 1 year of research or an extra degree. Perhaps, talking to the primary care selection committee, of admitting the unmatched CMGs in the second iteration at least in their home school. Not all Canadian schools are supportive when it comes to the "unmatched" student. 
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    daftjustice reacted to Intrepid86 in Robert Chu--Unmatched Doctor Commits Suicide   
    Anyone who believes the route that IMGs take is easy frankly has no idea what they're talking about. Getting admission to an international school may be relatively easy, but finishing and matching to a residency is difficult. There are academic checks and balances in place that help ensure quality of those accepted to residency positions. If you think the process of matching as a CMG is stressful, then you haven't seen anything yet.
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    daftjustice reacted to mononoke in In Toronto For The Summer - Would Love To Shadow Fm While I'm There   
    I would recommend Azi Moaveni, she's a great teacher, really enthusiastic, and great about sharing career advice!
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    daftjustice reacted to Edict in Research Opportunities In Nyc   
    As a naive student I once cold emailed profs in NYC, sent about 100 emails got 0 responses. 
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    daftjustice got a reaction from JohnGrisham in Research Opportunities In Nyc   
    Why lol? I have family moving there soon and I'm interested in being close to them
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    daftjustice got a reaction from trimethoprim in ...   
    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
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    daftjustice got a reaction from F508 in Usmle   
    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].

     
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    daftjustice reacted to JohnGrisham in Usmle   
    Can confirm, purchased Pathoma - but i also downloaded the video series too since I wanted offline access.  But you have to purchase the subscription to get the book regardless.
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    daftjustice got a reaction from GrouchoMarx in Usmle   
    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.
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    daftjustice got a reaction from Dermviser in Usmle   
    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.
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    daftjustice reacted to GrouchoMarx in Usmle   
    i wrote it and did well (>260) but that was after i graduated during residency. might not be applicable to you. 
     
    it takes a lot of effort to do this but its very possible. i started studying in october and sat for it in april. it requires heavy understanding and memorization skills, which you have since you got into med and sound very ambitious.
     
    i used red-dit and sdn to find strategies for studying. but study the way that works for you. i wrote out summaries of concepts over the course of studying and did recall on a whiteboard for the hard memorization stuff a few weeks up to the exam. but what i did wont work for everyone. just do something that you think will work.
     
    ufap is key. that is usmleworld, first-aid, and pathoma. 
     
    you are in your first year so nothing is going to make sense to you so dont try preparing for it yet. i think that if you were to buy those resources now it would be a waste of money. 
     
    i would start heavily preparing when second year starts. dal is a four year program. write step 1 after your first year summer, and take step 2 along with the mccqe1.
     
    if you have any other qs pm me.
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    daftjustice got a reaction from Thermophilus in Formality In Activity Descriptions   
    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.
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    daftjustice got a reaction from Thermophilus in Int D 410 Fall And Winter, Or Winter Only?   
    That's exactly why I registered for it
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    daftjustice reacted to nbgirl93 in Male To Female Ratio   
    It's definitely interesting from an intellectual perspective, but my point with that comment was that the reason it was male-favoured for so long is because women literally weren't allowed to pursue postsecondary education for such a long time. I think that's an important distinction to make, but again that's just my opinion.
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    daftjustice got a reaction from CalgStudent in Male To Female Ratio   
    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.
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