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  1. non procedural internal medicine specialties probably yes, especially if you are willing to go rural. If you must be in Vancouver, then probably no unless you are willing to take a pay cut by doing only outpatient or waiting around networking hoping to get a position in hospital/procedural.
  2. Its not about patience, its about a lot of factors: the job market, your skills and what you bring to the table, your specialty (huge huge huge) and others. I would say if you want to stay in your province, strongly consider if you'd be happy with a field like family medicine. Few specialist trainees get away with staying in their own province for their entire lives.
  3. This 100%. If you are someone who wants to live abroad one day, wants to live where you want when you want, or specifically wants to live in a big city, keep in mind, medicine makes this very challenging if not impossible for some specialties more than others.
  4. You might actually find that the people who only have an undergrad degree often are the ones who end up in surgery. Having just an undergrad is more of an advantage than you think, many of the people who just have an undergrad are younger and are able to spend the time to pursue a grad degree during residency. Typically, a grad degree you do during residency is much more relevant to your future career since by that time you have a better idea of what you want to do and you have the resources to achieve that. What residency programs care about is your productivity and your future potential as opposed to a pure volume/numbers game. They often take people who are only 6-7 years out of high school as surgical residents, there may be some self selection going on, but if it were the case that the more on your resume the better, these people wouldn't have matched into surgery. I also wouldn't say that having a MSc or PhD before med school hurts you in CaRMS, i would say theres room for all types of candidates and they don't go out of their way to give points to those who have a MSc or PhD as opposed to those who don't and they don't look down on those who did do a grad degree before med either. Depending on your ultimate chosen specialty, research may or may not even matter. But if it does matter, all you need to do is do some research, ideally in your chosen specialty, during med school, then mention that you are interested in research in your residency interviews and you'll have checked the box.
  5. I don't understand why you wouldn't... anything you put time into that doesn't make you look bad (i.e. playing video games, hanging out with friends, drinking), you should put. Putting any sort of research on a med school app seems like a no-brainer to me. This is not the time to be modest about your accomplishments.
  6. Yes, probably specialty dependent as well as location dependent.
  7. Residencies generally want hardworking people, but truthfully, they want it all. They want someone who demonstrates productivity both in and outside of work, so while not high yield, proper ECs that require time commitment do demonstrate time management skills, productivity and special skills like leadership and likability for those executive positions. You'll find a reasonably high number of people have strong elective performances, but sometimes if things get ultra-competitive, what takes the cake will be that resume with research + ECs.
  8. forget haphazardly, if i were you, i'd give up on medicine entirely.
  9. Yes, this. Its better to be a fly on the wall when you are new to the OR. You want to know the surgeon's personality first and see the OR dynamics. The surgeon's personality determines the entire atmosphere of the OR. A chatty surgeon might be happy to answer questions in the OR whereas a more serious surgeon may want complete silence. It depends on the case as well, a complex case or a crucial part of the procedure should be done with 100% concentration. Don't forget its okay to make a mistake, asking a question and getting yelled at does not mean the surgeon is going to give you a bad eval. You just don't want to do it repeatedly.
  10. No... did you not understand what i said? you have home school advantage, if u get into UBC choose UBC. If you don't, any other school is the same.
  11. You are more likely to match to your home school, but outside of that things don't typically matter. People tend to match to schools nearby mostly due to their own preferences
  12. I don't believe it matters so much. The people who have leadership positions are often people who are also ambitious and hardworking and have good communication skills. Which means they often do well in the match, but in terms of the position alone getting you into residency? Unlikely, unless you are the class president or something.
  13. I would say an excellent clerk is hardworking, dedicated, listens, follows direction, puts patients and team first, has good situational awareness both in the OR but also outside and is keen. As an elective clerk, be willing to take some crap thrown on you, people like clerks who can take a hit and get right back up. A lack of knowledge is a detractor, but honestly any knowledge that demonstrates you are genuinely interested in this specialty/thought about it is definitely a check in that department, you don't need to be a genius. Above all i think what residents and staff are looking for is someone who demonstrates they are genuinely interested in the specialty, someone who people think can survive the "rough times" during residency and someone who puts the team and others first. Don't buy into "demographics" stereotypes. Certainly look for a school that you really feel you belong to, but don't give up just because people tell you stereotypes of certain programs that you don't feel fit you. See for yourself when you go there, definitely let your gut instinct guide you.
  14. I won't deny that what you said is true, but every med student that read this just went to the washroom to cry Now the poor med students can sleep knowing that not only do they work 60-80 hour weeks and pay tuition to do so, but they also slow everyone down too lol