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  1. We wouldn't be able to give residency to Canadian citizens trained in the Caribbean without giving them the right to practice here. Regardless, this is not good practice.
  2. Edict

    Research for MSM CaRMS!!

    How much older is this researcher, because if they are a big name, but will still be around when you apply, then probably the older one. Also, if you've met either of them, ask about your fit with either. You should always choose the person who you think will actually get along with you as well.
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    they take it to be good enough.
  4. CaRMS data reports. Other stuff you can sort of get from looking at various websites on the web. Theres some CMA specialty profiles you can explore. There are also some of those things in various books or online but mainly geared for the US.
  5. I agree with Hanmari that you don't need to those things for all specialties. They would work for all specialties, but you don't need them for many. The more competitive a specialty though, the more things you want to do to make yourself seem competitive. the 5 year EM residency is very competitive as you probably know and definitely you want to know early on if you like this or not. You'll know when you shadow and when you talk to the residents and the attendings. You get a sense of the culture, the fit, the hours, the cases, the day to day by shadowing and networking.
  6. Honestly as early as you can, get yourself settled in the first few months, but if you have a lead now pursue it, you can start looking as soon as you settle into med school, however long that takes you. Research takes a long time, an idea to an actual paper usually takes a year or longer and theres lots of roadblocks, delays and failures. Papers you start in preclerkship are the ones most likely to result in a publication by the time you apply for CaRMS.
  7. Keep up with your readings, study, shadow EM docs, try to get involved with research, talk to seniors interested in EM, join the EM interest group, inquire about opportunities, network and meet EM residents. Go to EM conferences, network, meet PDs, demonstrate interest, read about EM news in your free time. It is obvious when someone loves the specialty they are applying for when you just talk to them, because they just know so much about it. In M1 and 2 though, I would explore first, what you like going in is rarely what you like coming out, but the things I said above apply for all specialties.
  8. I think there will be a big impact in surgical specialties, some programs are losing a huge percentage of their residents. This really isn't a positive thing because there are already issues with finding jobs for grads, if programs decide to increase spots, there could be a huge negative impact on the job market in the coming years.
  9. Mac as well. I would argue percentage wise McGill is probably the most reliant followed by Mac, then Toronto.
  10. What apps are people using to find out information like drug dosages or indications for various medications for their phone? Any recommendations?
  11. Thanks everyone, i'll try all three and see which one i like best
  12. Some are regional campus for sure, yeah, people from regional campuses do match to competitive programs at similar rates.
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    Will I ever be ready

    Focus on one step at a time, focus on med school admissions for now
  14. You should apply to McMaster, you are very competitive and Mac does not look at ECs..... You will ruin your future if you go to Australia with those stats, it would be such a shame. Spend some time looking at Canadian schools, you can easily apply to Mac and Western. The amount of money you'd save alone is worth it. My analogy for you is, not doing your research on med school apps is like running a marathon, getting near the finish line and then deciding to chat with a friend for 10 minutes 10 meters before the finish line.
  15. I would start off with an anatomy textbook. You should start off with the basics, typically you would know anatomy first because that helps orient you to what other textbooks will refer to. I would recommend a book like Gray's Anatomy for Students, it has nice drawings, and explanations for students. I would only get an Anatomy Atlas if you do the dissection course, or if you want surgery. Following that you should get a book on Physiology, aka normal function of the body. Don't get anything too detailed (Guyton and Hall). I don't really have a great recommendation for absolute beginners, some people may find some lectures online more useful, but I used BRS physiology myself. It is probably a better book for people who have taken some courses in it before though. Then you move onto clinical medicine. Without a background in anatomy and physiology, you will have trouble understanding clinical medicine. Pathology and pharmacology are also useful but slightly less useful, you will learn any diseases and drugs you need to know in most clinical medicine textbooks. Unless you are trying to write the USMLE, you probably won't need to get a book like Robben's or Goljan's or Pathoma, Once you get access to medportal, browse through their resources, they make some good recommendations and have some useful videos.
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    Lecture Attendance

    Some people do it successfully, i think it depends on the person and how they learn best.
  17. Many of these medical schools have special quotas for rural students or students from their own province, so i don't see a problem with promoting rural medicine from their point of view. I don't like the use of the word "success" and "first choice specialty" in this case, implying that matching to rural family medicine would not be a "success" or someone's "first choice specialty".
  18. I don't think theres any program that requires on-site electives.
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    Advice on Proceeding After First Year

    If we assume that med students are the top of premeds just like CS/eng grads who go to the valley are the top of CS/eng grads, then we can compare like to like. I have felt comfortable comparing them like this because my friends all had similar grades to me in school and I have several examples rather than just one or two. But if we do compare them, the earning potential would outstrip physicians because by the time most doctors (assuming you specialize finish residency/fellowship/grad school), they will be in their early 30s. By that time most CS/eng grads in the valley would have made 230-350k a yr for nearly a decade. If invested this would be a huge difference in final income. Not to even account for the fact that residents work longer hours and have less free time, which is a huge factor in quality of life. What I am trying to say though isn't to compare these numbers its to say that people paint a way rosier picture of medicine than it is in reality. I would always try to keep my options open for as long as I could, before making a decision. I think you are in the situation where you can do that. If you look at the stats for Mac Med. https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/docs/default-source/admissions/classof2018.pdf?sfvrsn=2 it gives you a general sense. Don't forget though that GPA is king. No one cares what you do for your undergrad. Very few engineers get 3.9+ GPAs, but you were able to, which means you are likely one of those 1-3 people who get into Med from Eng each year.
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    Advice on Proceeding After First Year

    If you ask me you should stay in CS and not do medicine. I have friends in CS/EE who graduated undergrad and got jobs in silicon valley making 230k CAD a year starting working 40 hours a week. If you choose medicine you will won't realistically start making any income until 26, and then you'll start at about 60k working 40-100 hour weeks depending the specialty you choose. The reason i'm saying this is, you've transferred once and now you want to transfer again and you are only in 2nd year of undergrad. Why not just stick it out, your GPA is amazing, the fact that you got 3.96 in first year eng and 3.85 in comp sci is already proof you can do well. There are many people in med school who did their degree in engineering. Since you are capable of getting the GPA in a hard major, don't switch, stick with it and keep your CS and medical school dreams alive.
  21. Not gonna lie pre-clerkship was probably the best time of my life, but that varies person to person. For me, it was the first time that I didn't have to worry about my grades and exams and that was huge. It also helped meeting classmates who were probably more similar to me than I've ever had, but the party had to end and the pedal had to hit the metal for clerkship. I just want to show you how varied med school exp is as the above posters have all mentioned different experiences. Everywhere you go you'll either fit in or don't fit in and that definitely does determine how much you enjoy where you are. It may get better in the future and if you realize you want nothing to do with your medical colleagues in the future, pick a specialty that lets you get out of that environment as fast as possible.
  22. Its a med school MMI but much more practical questions.
  23. I think the interest in everything fades over time as it becomes less novel, but I think comparatively, your interest in a specialty you like in clerkship is likely higher than your interest in a specialty you didn't like as much at the same time point.