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  1. Money matters. Higher Socio-economic status begets higher socio-economic status. Sure there are an infinite number of factors that come into play when determining whether or not someone will be successful, but on average, those from well to do backgrounds have a better chance of "making it". Better schools in better neighborhoods. Broader exposures to ones world for education. Opportunity to use ones time to expose themselves to other things instead of work. More hobbies (music, sports). Heck, even the ease of going to school in nicer quality clothes can impact ones development. Alone, these are small things, but added together, and of course those from families with better means will have a leg up. Of course those from less well to do backgrounds can do great, and those from rich parents can fall flat on their faces. At the end of the day, we are individuals and can make or break ourselves. But NEVER underestimate the effect of what gives us the tools to get us where we are. We are the products of our upbringing. And if success and happiness is all you have ever known, odds are you will continue to see it. If the opposite is true, odds are again, you will continue down that path. Sometimes it isn't money that is instilled into us, but the ideas of hard work and enjoying what you do. But often, hard work leads to money. Overall, I think that as a product of our past, we gain the gifts given to us. Generally speaking (and of course there will be lots of exceptions) if those who raised us to do well, we will. So, on average, if one comes from money, they are more inclined to succeed.
  2. I'm studying to be a doctor...how could I not self-diagnose? Pretty near impossible not to think about what I think is going on using my own knowledge. As for sharing it, I do simply because I always preface it with a desire to be taught.
  3. I can. Simple answer, more people had crazy good stats and they didn't want to raise the cutoffs even higher to what would be near insane amounts.
  4. Reality is, there will be some people who will judge you based on appearance. Strike that, EVERYONE will judge you based on appearance, at least initially. If you look unprofessional from the get go, then you are already starting at a disadvantage with said patient or preceptor. You may wish to express yourself, but fact is, you are in a field where you are expected to (by some) look a certain way. Does it make sense to me, no. Does that change the fact that it happens, no.
  5. LOL, thanks for making my day. Pulling together. LOL Valued assistance.... LOL Need to support each other. Thank you Future doc. I have never responded to anything you have written before, but I must say, that was so cheesy....melts my heart, truly.....lol Ahem... (regaining composure) This forum is meant to share ideas and help people with the process of getting into/thru medicine. It is also a popular hang out spot, and place to meet new people. It is not to attack people, this is true. And there is no denying that you have been attacked on here future. Having said that, your post just now served no purpose other then to piss off someone else. It added nothing to the discussion (nor does mine, I'll admit). If you have a problem with someone, PM them in PRIVATE, be it Elaine or someone else. Your post above was amongst the most self-righteous ones I have ever seen on here. I have no idea if it was meant that way or not, and I choose not to judge...but good god, did you read that? I mean really??? Decorum???? Sorry, thats funny stuff.
  6. I suppose this deserves more of a response. Fact is, universities couldn't care less where you go. Go where you want. Each school has varying degrees of difficulty compared to others and within themselves. Ryerson rules if you want it to. Undergrad is about getting an education while you grow up, not about getting in a professional school. You should be doing your best no matter where you go or what your plans are, and frankly, saying that one school is better than another is childish and narrow-minded....o and incorrect. Furthermore, most people come from those schools for a simple reason...they are bigger and more often have programs that attract people interested in medicine.
  7. I don't know that this is a fair comment to make. I think there is a huge disparity on what we do and how much work we put into cases. I've been involved in cases, where the opposite is definitely true. We do way to much. Using literally boxes of blood for a patient who's been down for hours, and showing signs of DIC. Or the patients who repeatedly come back to hospital with severe congenital malformations and likely will not survive much longer and certainly without any quality of life, who get 1 on 1 nursing care and are full code. I think it is impossible to make even generalized comments about how much we do or don't give up on life.
  8. Why uhoh? It wasn't from the vaccine, he just wasn't protected from it yet.
  9. Easy, just rock your IM electives, and apply widely. When you interview, and in your personal letter, make sure you make it clear that you didn't realize you loved IM until you did it and compared it to other things. Program directors understand that we have to make choices early and that electives can go awry. Plus you have the fact that IM isn't that competitive, so if it is really what you want, you'll likely match somewhere.
  10. I agree with Blaax actually. This is different because of how simple the vaccine is to take. A free vaccine that is available to everyone to help protect those who could die from a preventable condition. This isn't some random bacteria, this is a very transmittable virus that travels easily and easily infects anyone in its path. If you are working with the aforementioned demographics, you are being irresponsible as a health care provider.
  11. I think it would be irresponsible of me to go to work without having had it. And all of this stuff about it being POSSIBLY unsafe is essentially a bunch of crap. Yeah, in theory there may be something that we don't know about, as is the case with every new vaccine. But the odds of something happening by not getting the shot are far far higher. As to NewfieMike's comment about the strain evolving....well it will do that whether you are immune this year or not, hence why you can get the flu again in your life despite having had it before. The reason to get the shot is to be immune for this strain. This has been studied countless times, and is the reason the vast majority of the health community believes in getting the flu shot yearly. They aren't doing it because they hope it helps,...they know it does. H1N1 is just the newest one to come along.
  12. I still think people should take that with a grain of salt. Accreditation was done at Queen's this year, and they believed that we are stretched to capacity. I, for one, and I could be wrong (I hope I am), still believe that adding 20+ spots is an overly ambitious number.
  13. I doubt they will increase spots much, if at all. The limiting factor for Queen's medicine isn't presently class room, it is the hospitals, and the amount of clinical opportunity in Kingston. That isn't suddenly going to change with the building of this new building. No doubt they will increase spots and ship students to different cities for different rotations, but that is an independent factor with the new building.
  14. I am pretty sure that it is near impossible. Note I said near. I know of one guy who was able to do a plus one in both ER and anesthesia. He had to fight with government for awhile to get it though. They didn't want to fund to separate +1s.
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