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  1. thoracic surgery as well and some subspecialties of general surgery.
  2. Definitely choose option 1 or 2. You can help people in so many professions, medicine isn't the best option.
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    Online Master's Degrees

    If you are willing to do it part time or distance learning Harvard offers some great MPHs that can be done that way.
  4. How come things have been tough for you? Would these issues be resolved by transferring to a different school same program?
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    Alberta IP vs BC IP

    I would transfer to UofA. As you said, Alberta IP is probably a bit better, plus you may be able to keep your BC status right?
  6. That depends, but personally, I feel like doing it during your residency is more useful because by that time you have a better idea of what kind of clinician you will want to become, so you can orient your research towards that goal. There are many stories of MD/PhDs who do PhDs in areas that they ultimately choose not to specialize in. While their knowledge of research methodology stays with them, much of their actual work may or may not be for naught.
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    Unhappy in medicine?

    Have you considered any other specialties? It seems like if you are the sensitive and academic type you might be more suited towards a non-surgical specialty (not to say that sensitive and academic types aren't suited for surgery, just that from your post it seems like the rotations you've done, are similar in many ways and maybe not something you would enjoy). Surgical specialties do "tend" to attract more logical, task oriented, manual dextrous, practical, straight thinking types, which may be why you haven't jiived with your rotations. Academic surgery is nowhere near as academic as academic medicine. Surgeons are definitely more well known, and at fault, for focusing on the problem than the patient with the problem. Otherwise, I agree, finish your MD. There are people who go into management consulting afterwards, and people who do all sorts of things. You are almost done anyways and the MD is a springboard.
  8. Clerks do get post-call days though? What I found stressful about clerkship was not just the work, but also the stress of CaRMS and the uncertainty of your future. Leaving where you would potentially be living and working and settling down for the next 5+ years to the whims of a few reference letters and first impressions is positively stress inducing. Honestly though, if clerkship doesn't drain you mentally/physically, residency probably will. From speaking with staff, we already have it so much better than they did, I think even that thought is comforting. The best way to improve burnout in clerkship is also to develop those coping mechanisms. It may be having a hobby, doing what you enjoy, family and friends, getting comfortable with taking time for yourself/refusing work. Finding good ways to cope will make you a stronger person. They do say that pressure makes diamonds after all. During my bad days, I try to remind myself that if others can do it, so can I. I also remind myself of honestly how good we actually do have it. A stable job, well respected profession, food on the table, shelter. I mean if you want to look at how others have it it isn't difficult to find people who've had it much worse.
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    RN going to Medical School

    Honestly, i'd consider doing a NP degree. A GPA of 2.4 is so challenging to overcome. Financially, I don't think doing medicine at your stage is worth it. Now if you truly want to become a doctor, you'll probably need to do a second undergrad, which should take 2 years or maybe 3. Then you'd need to write your MCAT, apply and get in. The tldr is that to get into med school in Canada you really need something like a 3.8+ GPA to stand a good chance, people from 3.5-3.8 do make it but it gets harder every point your GPA drops. Really think about if you are capable of doing that and whether your finances can withstand essentially being incomeless for the next 6-8 years or so.
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    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    Damn... that is really rude. Look for a different group to study in or go off on your own. People like that would only harm you in the long run anyways.
  11. Edict

    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    Wow, I would try to extricate myself from that situation when you can, but in the meantime just try to keep moving along. It can be tough.
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    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    You sound like something bad just happened to you, i wouldn't let it get to you, theres good and bad people all around and people in medicine really are quite nice compared to many other fields with people of similar educational background.
  13. He definitely has a point in that students these days are less likely to be comfortable with manual tasks, but in exchange students are better with video games which is useful for laparoscopic procedures. Ultimately, its a bit sensationalist because 99.9% of students aren't going to become surgeons, so changing the curriculum just to slightly increase the dexterity of medical students who are going to need 10 years of surgical training regardless just sounds pretty useless.
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