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  1. Yes and the pay cut is definitely significant.
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    UBC because you should explore away from home, also UBC is a desirable location for residency which is a great situation to be in. This of course depends on your finances and what you are sacrificing to do it.
  3. I guess the important thing to think about is what are you after and how will you get there. Do you have the funds to support this endeavour and will this affect your life. If you did do a second undergrad and med school thats 6 years at minimum of tuition with no income, at a time when all your friends are making money, settling down, getting married and buying a house it can be a challenge. Just some food for thought. With that being said if you are happy to do family medicine or family + emerg you could very well become staff before 40.
  4. It can be hard to match to a competitive specialty from a 3 year program, but its not impossible. If you know what you want going in and you pursue it like your life depended on it, you can do very well. The issue with Mac is its a lot less friendly to people who change their minds. You essentially need to start ruling out specialties in 1st year, and narrow things down to 2 or 3 by the beginning of clerkship and ideally should be down to no more than 1 competitive specialty within a few months of beginning clerkship.
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    McMaster ArtSci vs Western MedSci

    I would stick with what you are better at then. Honestly, theres room for exploration in university in med sci even, but if you do better in sciences, stick with sciences if your goal is a good GPA.
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    McMaster ArtSci vs Western MedSci

    Do you like Arts and Sciences? Or are you just considering ArtSci because its considered hard to get in?
  7. Generally speaking, trying to sound positive is probably the best way to get in. I think mentioning your trauma is slightly riskier, but could potentially also offer you a boost if your interviewer really connects. At the end of the day, the issue can be interviewers don't really get to know the whole you, they only get to know a part, but I think interviewers can really tell authenticity when they see it, so its tough to go either way. If you have a strong app and think you want to play it safe, you can go with a more standard boring answer, but if you feel like you might need to impress, its worth it potentially to take the risk and say it.
  8. Pubs probably do matter in radiology. Doing electives where you want to match is the must do thing, but often you need a cherry on top and that can come in the form of research or other meaningful ECs. Also, know your target, if your top choice is a research heavy school, they may value research more. I've heard from a few toronto rads staff that research is valued. Also for rads, look up the residents and see if they have publications. You may be surprised.
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    McMaster vs Calgary Med

    From what i've heard Mac has a better system than Calgary in terms of electives, timing etc. City does matter though, and it does depend on what you want. If you are thinking family medicine, your electives are less important, but if you are hoping for a competitive specialty, you may need to factor that in a bit more. Additionally, I would also consider where you want to be for residency etc. Small practical things may mean its slightly easier for you and more likely you will match and stay in the same province for residency.
  10. We all have these moments at every decision point in our lives. Try thinking of yourself in 10 years or 15 years time. What are you doing at this time. Let all your virtues and your sins (power, fame, fortune) loose, be honest with your true wants/desires/wishes/dreams. Sometimes, we are daunted by the next step, and we don't focus on the big picture and the ultimate goal. Another thought exercise. Pretend like you are your 16 year old self again, deciding on your career with all the knowledge you've gained from your last 4-5 years. Now, what would you want to do? What would you picture yourself doing in 10 to 15 years time? Hope this helps.
  11. I would choose mcmaster. Research shouldn't be an issue, McMaster has a ton of good research going on, it is the most research intensive school in Canada and there are plenty of PIs looking for students. Unlike Toronto, where you will have to compete with a lot of other students, recent grads etc., McMaster students are the only game in town and as health scis, you get first dibs in clinical research. The PIs I worked with at Mac often had a health sci or two under their wing and they got published. In this case alone, I would not care too much about the campus. If you like western's campus because of a party atmosphere, I'd just warn you that you probably don't want to spend too much time partying in undergrad. The number of people who regret partying in undergrad is too damn high. You can't party like the business students party unfortunately, pre-med and med are fields that require more effort than business, which is part effort part networking, where one can argue knowing how to party may actually be a benefit to your career. Otherwise, McMaster itself probably isn't too dissimilar from Western. There's definitely more of a science bent, maybe more of a Toronto/Mississauga vibe, but if you are really gungho about medicine, you'll probably find more people who are similar to you at Mac than at Western anyways.
  12. I can probably help. Its about a 1 hour drive from Toronto to Hamilton with no traffic. If you start at 8am everyday you'd probably want to be leaving Toronto at 6:30-45am and if you start at 7am, you'd probably want to leave at 5:45-50am. The traffic heading out of the city at that time shouldn't be bad at all. Coming back there will be traffic especially if you leave at 5pm, but it would only delay you by about 30-40 minutes or so. if you leave at 6pm it will be similar around 20-30 minutes delay. So you'll likely spend 2-3 hours commuting each day, if that sounds alright with you, then do it.
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    US Undergrad

    Its definitely doable, important to be aware of though is that Canadian schools don't care about the name brand of your school, only the GPA, so it would be better to avoid a school that is known for giving out low GPAs. There isn't any discrimination against US schools though.
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    NP vs. FP

    Its still very different roles. The media overexaggerates most things as you can imagine.
  15. Exactly. In Canada, Hospitals are under pressure to keep budgets low. Doctors too are under pressure because the government is trying to reduce reimbursement for docs and so docs want to find cost savings so the government will stop chasing after them. The best way to do that is to offsource the more menial work to someone who is paid less. If you look at it from a government perspective, its fair. There is a lot of menial work that needs to be done and doesn't need a physician with 13 yrs of school and a 400k salary to do. In the past, the work would be done by overworked residents, but with work hour limitations, there is going to be more work left undone and that needs to be done by someone, enter PAs and NPs. The european model has way more doctors, no real such thing as PAs and NPs, but the doctors in Europe are paid less, significantly less. You also have doctors spending much more time in mid-level jobs than here in Canada. Someone has to do the scut work so you basically have to pick your poison. Either: 1. go back to 80-100 hour work weeks 2. extend residency by a few years for everyone 3. train a lot more doctors and cut the salaries of all doctors to pay for it 4. hire mid levels 5. cut the paperwork requirements, which comes at the cost of accountability of course Take ur pick.