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  1. Stethoscopes are pretty much just a fashion accessory. I don’t think it’s ever worth upgrading your stethoscope unless you are a cardiologist or have a lot of disposable income.
  2. The MSPR serves almost no role at all. Purely there to look for red flags. Every school has such a different MSPR that’s it’s useless to use to compare applicants. Electives, research and connections are way more important.
  3. Genetics and Pediatric subspecialties come to mind as requiring a good grasp of embryology. Most surgical specialties will have a pediatric subspecialty that are generally heavy on embryology. Most congenital malformations can be traced back to embryology. That being said, embryology for the most part is not directly relevant to clinical practice.
  4. GIM is also either 1 or 2 years depending if you go through the Carms GIM fellowship or just extend your internal residency by 1 year. I believe cardiac surgery is also 6 years.
  5. Oshawa is affiliated to Queen’s and although it does not have a medical school, there is 5-10 medical students from Queen’s on rotation there at any given time. I doubt UofT would be allowed to open a campus there when everyone is already affiliated to queens. I think part of the family Medicine program is also based out of Oshawa.
  6. The biggest difference between Mac and Ottawa is the fact that one program is 4 years and the other is 3 years. This is so much more important than the theoretical home school advantage.
  7. Queen’s has the best set up for electives in my opinion. We have 6 weeks in 3rd year after you have completed 3 core rotations, and then you have another 8 weeks in September/Oct/Nov pre-carms and then you have 2 weeks in january. The 6 weeks in 3rd year are fantastic as it is easier to set up electives at that time as no other school has elective time that match with this. Furthermore, it allows you to test drive whatever specialty you are interested in so that you don’t realize in 4th year after doing a few electives that it is not a right fit and then you dont have time to fix your schedule to be competitive for anything else.
  8. I had to make this decision 6 years ago and chose to attend Queen’s. I do not regret my decision one bit. In fact, Medical School at Queens was the best 4 years of my life.
  9. Feel free to reach out if you find yourself having to make a decision in a few weeks from now.
  10. A few more important factors should be weighed in your decision. Do you know what specialty or area of medicine you are interested in? If the answer is no, or you are interested in something highly competitive (plastics, derm, Ophtho), I would strongly suggest not going to a 3 year program. There is a real disadvantage of not having any summers off. Furthermore, the elective schedule is less idea at 3 year schools and it makes it harder to make a good impression. I can only speak to Queen’s as I graduated from there. I absolutely loved my time at Queen’s. In my biased opinion, it is the best school in Canada. I have posted several times in the Queen’s forum as to what makes it a great school but here are a few points: 1. Collegiality: Being the smallest class in Canada, you get very close to all your peers. However, I think there is so much more to the collegiality on display at Queen’s. This extends throughout your career. People identify as Queen’s alumni and anytime I work with a staff that graduated from Queen’s there is instant bonding over this. Furthermore, even after graduating, our class stays in touch. I’m currently in a major city across the country from Kingston and we have a Facebook messenger group with all of the recent Queen’s grads to set up times to hang out or to help each other out. 2. Academic Excellence: I truly believe our curriculum is expertly designed to teach you all the things that are clinically relevant and that you will require going forward in Residency. We do very well on the LMCC Part 1, Part 2 and our match rate is consistently amongst the best in the country with several people matching to the most competitive specialties. 3. Clinical Teaching: Queen’s Faculty are all on alternative payment models in which they have a base salary. This means they can spend the time to teach you in clinic or in the OR without it negatively impacting their income. This results in a fantastic learning environment as a clerk. 4. Faculty: The faculty are fantastic and super supportive. The associate dean Dr. Tony Sanfilippo is a gem. He will have regular town hall meetings with all the medical students to keep them updated on everything going on in the medical school. I don’t know of any other school that has this level of interaction with the administration. 5. Kingston: Kingston is absolutely beautiful. It’s small but there is always something to do. There is 50k + students during the school year so it is always pact with people and buzzing with life. You are right on Lake Ontario and the St-Lawrence River so lot’s of water. A lot of history as well as it was the first capital of Canada.
  11. Sorry, misuse of the word operate. I am using it as operate=run a practice. So what I’m saying is that it is easy to set up a practice with only clinic days and no OR.
  12. How? Insurance pays for the whole bottle for each treatment. The remainder of the bottle would be thrown out otherwise. But instead they use it for other patients that are uninsured.
  13. I’ve seen certain physicians get patients with coverage for Botox acquire the bottle and then they keep the bottle and offer the Botox free of charge for patients who don’t have insurance coverage for it. This way everyone gets it for free.
  14. I understand all of this and I’m not advocating to be a hero-martyrdom. As a resident, there is often situations where you are the only physician to assess the patient and you report to your staff. I think it’s unreasonable in these situations to put your staff at risk (who may be older and more likely to have complications, and is arguably more useful to the system) when you could simply see the patient. Sure, if the patient has to be seen by the attending regardless, then maybe we don’t need 5 different people to see the patient. But there are many other situations where, as a resident, you will need to assess these patients. I agree that clerks should not see these patients as they are unable to provide independent care and are just exposing themselves unecessarly.
  15. I don’t think this is feasible. You are a physician, and whether or not you feel comfortable seeing a patient, it is your duty to provide care. If the proper equipment is in place (PPE) than you have no reason to compromise the patients care. Furthermore, the main exposure threat is with regards to patients coming in to clinics and are asymptomatic or have not been labelled as a COVID-19 case. Once they are identified, we have the proper procedures in place to prevent transmission.
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