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freewheeler last won the day on September 14

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  1. You should receive an interview...unless you really f*#% up casper. I mean, how more competitive can you be than you already are? We're talking about a 0.04 difference from a 4.0 and 2 points away from 132. You're good. Just don't be a social pariah on casper.
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    Applying to FM last minute

    If you don't apply there is a 0% chance of matching to FM (unless in second round). If you do apply, there is a >0% chance of matching to FM. Also consider whether you'd rather go unmatched than end up in FM. Of course you can always spin in your personal letter how experiences on your EM, surgery, or internal electives (these fields are relatable to FM to varying degrees) as well as your FM rotation have swayed you towards family.
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    What are you listening to?

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    Dean's letter

    Here is an example. Page 5-17. https://www.ucalgary.ca/mdprogram/files/mdprogram/metro-bilbo-2018-up-load-to-web.pdf
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    Only 1 Employment ABS Entry?

    You'll be ok.
  6. I wouldn't worry about it.
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    Damn, that actually sounds like a good time. Can we bump some 90's hip hop in the background while we're at it?
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    OHIP Billing

    I think calculating different examples can be helpful, but as a clerk I would say the following with regards to your estimate: a) IMO 28 patients is a lot to see in one day, I'm not sure how people see 40+ in a day unless they're working longer hours in that day or their patients are incredibly straightforward ex. refills, urtis, etc. b) Not all appointments are 15 mins, some can be shorter but many can take longer depending on psych or medical comorbidities in your patient panel c) Working FM clinic 5 days a week is plenty, IMO 4 days might be better off, clinic isn't difficult but can be mind numbing and draining with all of the attention to managing patient expectations... Not to mention all of the labs/consults to review, referrals, forms and other paperwork outside of just patient visits and charting d) No way would I ever work 52 weeks in a year. Seriously *@#& that. e) Seeing patients after 5 pm? Hopefully not routinely. Depending on how you structure your practice, daily workflow and your patient panel, FM can either be tolerable or your own personal living hell.
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    FM with Child Health +1 vs Pediatrics

    Never heard of the child +1 until now. Honestly not sure. The intent behind the +1 may be for rural physicians seeking more training in peds, who work in areas where peds access may not be prevalent. To my knowledge western is the only school with a +1 in rheumatology and I believe the reason for that is similar to that above.
  10. Definitely. Should appreciate that in clerkship, even. Haha.
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    Will I ever be ready

    The highest yield thing you can do is have a normal social life.
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    Possible anxiety disorder

    Pretty relatable experience. If you have any doubt, go read r/medicalschool. Med school is definitely an adjustment with adopting a new professional role, expectations, ongoing evaluations, a whirlwind of new information to consume, and so much more, all the while nestled alongside a number of type A folks. Not to mention if you moved OOP for medical school and left behind much of your social network, that would also be a key contributor. It's important to make time to reconnect with your hobbies/interests, improve your sleep hygiene, take up some form of relaxation exercises, socialize either in person or otherwise w/ friends outside of medicine, exercise and eat well. Also remember that there is no single way to "do" medical school. It would likely help to drop the self-imposed expectation that medical school has to be a certain way. If you're not happy with the way things are going as is, then absolutely take the time to make changes in the way you go about your life to better reflect your values and what you would like to get out of the experience. If upon reflection you realize that things aren't so bad and it was a mismatch of expectations and your experience, then let go of those expectations and allow things to unfold as they will. At the end of the day, medical school is a transient experience where it's really just about getting through it and onto the residency track that you find most suitable to your interests. Beyond that, medicine itself is just a job and it's essential that you maintain your connections outside of the field in order to protect your sanity. Be well.
  13. Right, I don't doubt that. But the reality is that medicine is not for everyone in general, and if you are in the position with a poor MCAT/GPA that you are only considering some long-shots in the US or Caribbean, there's a lot more to unpack there before jettisoning off to the first school that tosses an acceptance in your direction. I'm also writing from the perspective of someone who considers medicine to be "just a job" and doesn't find most of it particularly interesting or enjoyable. Residency positions also appear to be getting increasingly precarious in Canada alone, from a CMG perspective. Not to mention adding on a couple hundred thousand more in debt and astronomically more uncertainty should someone seriously contemplate the US or Caribbean, with visa issues, tropical storms (see Carib school not too long ago, that had their students on a cruise ship until they could find an arrangement with some DO school to share resources temporarily), the grind of the training process and then having to travel all over the place for rotations and having to constantly ingratiate your superiors as you hope for an eval that is more than a nondescript one-liner. There's also the burden of the Step exams that one would have to take and which have serious implications with respect to residency options. Doesn't sound like a particularly attractive lifestyle to endure as you continue to rationalize your doubts away in pursuit of that ever elusive carrot on a stick. Not everyone who goes to the Caribbean or US as a Canadian is going to become a well-remunerated surgeon, internal medicine subspecialist, radiologist, or dermatologist. And what about those fellowships or graduate degrees? The ability to choose where you want to work? I also don't have much faith in the prospect of utilizing student loans to profit from them. I'm sure it's possible, but would wager it is incredibly uncommon...not to mention another source of risk and uncertainty in addition to everything outlined above. I'm also not entirely sure where a Canadian undergraduate student would acquire a cool $400-500K CAD to finance such an endeavour. Not everyone would have access to extensive family funds to bridge the gap left by inadequate student loans or meet the criteria for the few scholarships available. And what about the exchange ratio of the Canadian dollar...this isn't exactly a rosy picture being built. The point isn't to be entirely risk-averse, but to be well-informed and comprehensively evaluate the situation at hand, prior to undertaking a risk that one must be personally comfortable with bearing and willing to endure the potential consequences of.
  14. Yeah, med school is definitely not worth going into anywhere near that much debt for. Much better off finding a job with a lower barrier to entry that you can clock in/clock out at, with less stress and the ability to leave your work at work, when you go home for the evening. Not to mention the ability to skip the many years of training before you are really competent at what you are doing or until you are making a sufficient income to pay off your debts, by avoiding medicine.