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  1. With these patients, after just a few questions, if I have that kind of feeling, I add a lot of contrary questions or mesically not sound questions to confuse them if I felt like they were trying to embellish or lie. That way, you'll see right away they all of a sudden slow down and think before answering you, they are more likely to be actively trying to fake symptoms/lie/embellish. E.g. Headache - was it so bad you lost consciousness? - oh did you have a LoC for more than a minute? - did you also lose memory for a few minutes after the headache? - did your headache make you feel very short of breath all of a sudden? I find that mixing real ones with these kind of random odd ones helped me differentiating the truthful patients from the liars in these situations. Don't get me wrong, I still give them the benefit of the doubt and do my workup properly.
  2. The SOR includes a total score, the pass score and final result (e.g. pass, fail). The total score is reported on a scale ranging from 100 to 400 with a mean of 250 and a standard deviation of 30 based on all spring 2018 results. The current pass score is 226 and was established by a panel of physician experts from across the country following a rigorous standard setting exercise in June 2018. https://mcc.ca/research-and-development/score-interpretation/
  3. Passed a tiny bit above the mean. Apparently the average is 250 and the standard deviation is 30. In the practice test I had 64 in the MCQ and 85 in the CDM for those who wondered.
  4. I know as a fact that McGill does not take the LMCC into account for graduation, since there are always a few who don't want to practice medicine after. When it comes to prescriptions, I'm not sure, but I had my resident number from the CMQ before I even wrote the LMCC. So I GUESS you can prescribe? (I'm not 100% certain). Edit: does anyone know when the results will be released? I hope I didn't fail this
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    The website is indeed not very clear. You kind of have to search for the rotations desired. e.g. cardiology, add the rotations from the schools that you wish to apply in your wish list. After that, you will see a description of that rotation regarding the procedure to apply, when you can apply etc...
  6. Dude, it is normal to feel like an imposter. Everyone does, no exception. I remember showing to orientation at McGill on the first day, and upon arrival I started to panic a bit because I thought for sure they made a mistake and I wasn't actually accepted. I don't know when it stops, if it ever will, but it will stay with you for quite a while. It's part of the proces and it's normal. Now I'm done with med school and I have a resident number already, although I haven't started residency. It's like "wow, I can prescribe for patients now? Wow should I be trusted with this?" Congrats on your acceptance!
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    FM + 1 EM ... where to start

    @OP, don't gun this early on for the 2+1. You will have time later for that. And regarding the hiring situation, I had the chance to talk to emerg staff working at Sunnybrooke and UHN. They usually prioritize FRCP over CCFP-EM in those large academic centers. Sometimes, when they need someone, and the only person available is a CCFP-EM, then they'll hire that person, which explains some of the recently hired CCFP-EM staff at Sunnybrooke. Obviously, if at some point they need people, and there aren't enough FRCP graduates, for sure they will hire CCFP-EM, but if they have an oversupply of FRCP, they will go with the FRCP folks. At McGill, the RVH at some point was a FRCP only hospital. Since McGill doesn't produce enough FRCP, they had to start hiring CCFP-EM again. However, the general tendency everywhere is that they prefer FRCP in academic centers. You can quickly look at CPSO - look at a hospital (UHN for example), look at all the emergency medicine specialists (i.e. FRCP), and then look at the family medicine - emergency medicine, and look at when they finished residency. As people pointed out, it is very difficult to be good at EM and FM if you try to do both. I know a relatively fresh graduate at McGill who works as a full time emerg staff at the JGH - a very large tertiary non trauma center in Montreal, and works 8 days per period as a family doctor (4 of FM resident supervision, 4 of direct patient care) at the JGH affiliated family medicine unit. Basically, he's overworking right now. I highly doubt he'll keep working that much in a few years.
  8. In addition to everything else people said, then there is the fact that you are always rotating, sometimes after 1-2 weeks. Change of hospital, teams, floors, and you feel like a total noob again on that new service. People tend to get tired/fed up after a few months of clerkship for all these reasons. One advice I would give to anyone who is starting clerkship is: even if you don't care, at least try to care, or in the worst case, pretend to care. People really hate students who give the impression they don't want to be there.
  9. Don't know for sure. The actual test might be more random, harder, easier. Who knows. At the end of the day, they decide what the pass line is, and more than 95% of students pass. Can't know for sure how predictive that practice test will be for sure. It wouldn't hurt to study ha I'm definitely going for the old strat - PH/ethics, paeds, obs-gyn, psych first.
  10. low 60s for MCQ part. (it's low IKR) 85 for CDM. you lol?
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    Q&a With Mcgill Med Ambassadors

    There were a few who finished their masters or Ph.D during med school. Not gonna lie, it will be hard to find time to finish grad school at the same time. So, definitely possible but it is challenging. There are 3-4 who defended their PhD during preclerkship.
  12. I mean, I felt like there were as many OB questions as IM questions, but clearly waaaaaaay less than 30% of the exam.
  13. At least, in my experience, IM was clearly less than 30% of the exam. Was it the case for you too?
  14. http://santeinc.com/2017/05/statistiques-salariales-2015/ Here you can find the amount physicians bill in Quebec. It does not include the overhead.