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  1. I don't see anything wrong with it. The system is set up in such a way that makes this the reality. When you make people study something they don't want for 4 years just to prove they can handle med school this is what you get. I've met a lot of people who've been burned by doing things as "they were meant to be". People who took hard courses that were interesting, people who did electives out of interest rather than for the specialty they were applying to etc etc..
  2. CSA who couldn't match to Canada and ended up in US FM bitterness?
  3. There is no question its true, but with that being said, theres no other way to attract people into the specialty, before there were these benefits, people flocked to specialties. Now, they still do but to a lesser extent. With that being said, I do have an issue with the short training time. I think training is too short. The possibility of doing 3 years of med and 2 years of residency and then staff a clinic or even an emerg all on your own is a bit too little training I think, but that's just me.
  4. The issue is the 40 hours a week you are working right now. As a PA, you get to clock in and clock out, but once you are a physician it isn't just seeing the patient, there is endless paperwork, phone calls that add on to those hours. I don't think it is worth it in your situation from a financial and from a lifestyle point of view. The entire process of med school and residency could very well take 10 years or so and during that time you will be in the net negative income wise. These are crucial years in your life during which you may be trying to find a spouse, have kids etc. If you invest right now, you definitely will be better off financially. The only benefit of being a doctor is the autonomy and the title. Both will wear off faster than you can count to 10. If you have an idealistic wish to become a doctor, or a passion that involves doing some sort of work only a physician can do, it may be worth it, but if you are thinking from a practical point of view it isn't worth it.
  5. While I do agree clerkship does tend to be worse than preclerkship, residency is variable, so is clerkship and additionally, the kind of workload is different, clerkship and residency is more hours heavy while preclerkship is more study heavy.
  6. I think Australia is not a bad place to go, if you want to immigrate there its not bad. I know one person who is there and hasn't come back. We get Aussie fellows who are australian by birth and from speaking to them their system is pretty decent actually. Training is longer there, but it is also more chill, it definitely seems more like moving up the ladder there whereas here idk why but our residency system in NA is concentrated pain followed by reward.
  7. It truly is a bit of both. With that being said, I think the best solution for now is just to keep the number of medical students steady, our population is growing by something like 300k a year in Canada and that means that overtime there will be more demand for healthcare. We don't want a situation either where we have another MD shortage in 10 years time. Right now, the main issue with jobs is a mismatch between certain specialties and jobs and also a rural shortage of doctors. One of the issues is, your pay is basically the same no matter where you live, whereas in the US, doctors in underserved areas can often make significantly more than doctors in oversaturated areas like NYC/Cali based on market supply and demand. Ultimately, i don't think we are in a crisis right now for jobs as a medical profession as a whole.
  8. All you need to know is that for them to come back to Canada it will be just as hard if not harder. They will have to go through a very challenging and difficult process. It isn't easy to be a doc in the UK either, training is longer there.
  9. Its not easy. U'll be an IMG either way. Honestly, the question you should ask is US or Australia. Your chances of coming back to Canada for residency is similar but u are probably more likely to be able to get licensed and come back from the US once you do an ACGME residency. There's no question Australia has some pros going for it. Usually you get to go to a brand name school, you get the MD, but on the flip side, people do get to stay but its unclear in what capacity. In some Australian states they get last pick and do their internships rurally, but its unclear what happens after that. Someone may be able to comment. Generally speaking though, Australia isn't a bad choice. Weather is great, its similar to Canada, its honestly a great place to just immigrate to and just never think about cold snowy Canada again. The US is probably the safer choice. You'll get access to US residencies which are well established and recognized worldwide. It feels a bit more drab, and you might feel like you play second fiddle in the US, you need better scores to get into big name US residencies and competitive specialties than MD students. Either way, there are sacrifices with either option.
  10. more like crying in a range rover vs happy in a merc or crying in your private jet. If you put in as much effort, could've gotten into med school, you'll likely do much better financially. Alternatively, you could have a more relaxed life and still have a nice job. Its also not all about money, its about where you live, your work environment and how much time you have off and a whole skew of factors. I'm just saying, if getting into medical school is a walk in the park, it might be worth it, but otherwise, idk, if you really really want it, sure, i guess. It's your life.
  11. If you're down to take the risk, go for it. Honestly, i'm a big believer in taking the risk once you've understood the pros and cons. Another big risk big reward option is to move to a different province. Other people can probably talk more to the details of this, but essentially in some provinces if you study there a certain number of years they will consider you local and as long as you went to ontario for high school you usually don't lose your ontario status (which only matters for Mac to be honest). If you did high school in south west Ontario you get local benefits for western too.
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