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Everything posted by Snowmen

  1. Except the people who get in with a really low GPA have unicorn ECs like the ones mentioned above, which you definitely don't. I don't mean to be rude, but people need to be realistic at some point. You have neither a good GPA or good ECs from what I could gather from this thread. You need to work on improving those instead of scouring the internet to find a loophole to apply.
  2. It's just a pass for CMGs but nobody knows what a pass is in terms of percentage.
  3. Hello folks! My MCCQE1 is supposed to be a week from now but I don't know whether I should take it or change it. I had a school exam on the 1st May that is modeled after the MCCQE1 where I did well after a month of studying (got an A-) but I just haven't had any motivation to study since then so I barely did anything. I'm also moving during the same week which isn't helping at all. I did some practice exams from the MCC as well as a complete practice exam and I usually end up around 70% for the multiple choice questions and 75-80% for the clinical decision making questions. I'm guessing that it's more than enough for a pass but it's hard to say since we don't know what the passing score is in terms of percentage or how representative those exams are compared to the real deal. Should I take it in a week as planned and risk losing 1300$ or move it to a later date and prepare better?
  4. It's about on par with most other surgical specialties which are all awful. They technically weren't lying.
  5. To not match to FM in Quebec, you'd have to actively try not to considering the amount of leftover spots every year. Hopefully that doesn't change with the increase to the medical school spots recently announced.
  6. Just as bad if not worst although it seems to be opening up a tiny bit according to the senior residents I spoke to.
  7. I thought they only did a single surgery? Oh wait, maybe 2: Laminectory with fusion and laminectomy without fusion.
  8. The competition comes once you're looking for an actual job. Also, while it isn't competitive in Canada as a whole, it is ridiculously competitive in Quebec (2-3 applicants ranking it first/spot depending on the years). Something to keep in mind if OP is in Quebec. Ironically, this means that ortho is even less competitive in english Canada (ie: it isn't even very competitive in Canada as a whole despite Quebec skewing the numbers).
  9. For people at my school, it's generally been a shit show although most have been able to complete the exam albeit with multiple disconnections and other issues.
  10. Pro-tip: Ask the attending if they want the suture cut too short or too long. God-tip: If the attending is cutting your sutures, tell them they cut it too short or too long. (Disclaimer: Only do these once you know the attending well enough to know they'll think it's funny, I'm not responsible if you fail your rotation.)
  11. Are you talking about the practice exams you can pay for that have 100 MCQs? So similar question type and difficulty level?
  12. Pretty much the only year ever that Sherbrooke students don't get screwed over by beginning with electives...
  13. As a Montrealer, it's completely false that you could do residency at McGill and not speak french. They may be "english" hospitals but they still have a large proportion of french patients that can't be avoided and even if you could avoid seeing those patients, your training would suffer since, for instance, you'd completely cut yourself off from some subspecialties for which the MUHC or other McGill hospitals are referral centers.
  14. They've basically decided they would force people into the FM spots that are left every year at CaRMS. This isn't a victory, but rather the government deciding that they will have greater control over where people practice.
  15. I personally don't think that an exam alone is a good way to select applicants since an interview tells you a lot about someone, and especially MMI. On the flip side, I'd say that the need to absolutely select applicants with strong social skills perhaps is overblown. Sure, you need to weed out the ones that have no social skills whatsoever to the point of that being a personality problem. For the rest who are by definition average, I think empathy can actually be learned. This is all coming from someone who got in with average marks and a very high MMI score so hopefully I wont come across as biased. This whole debate about empathy and what not reminds me of the other thread about medical students supposedly become less empathetic as they advance in their training. In fact, I do believe they become much more empathetic. The issue is that people are very quick to mistake sympathetic people with empathetic people. I would say that people actually tend to become less sympathetic and more empathetic which is a very significant distinction. Being sympathetic can cloud your judgement and is something that is a big disadvantage in medicine while truly being empathetic (ie: having an objective understanding of someone's emotions, experience and values) is not as flashy but is much more useful. Also, I'd like you to change your username. Thank you.
  16. Simons is my go to place. Lots of choice and good quality for the price. As mentioned, you won't need a lot of dressy clothing during pre-clerkship.
  17. Also, you need to get into medical school before worrying about residency.
  18. The average pay for physiatrists in Quebec is around 435,000$. The thing is, it would be difficult to only do rehab without doing procedural work as well. For instance, if you're a spine injury rehab specialist, your patients will pretty much all have spasticity which means you'll also have to be a spasticity specialist and do botox injections. Also, you'd probably be expected to follow up on your discharged patient and therefore follow them for the ongoing management of their spasticity, amongst other things, and end up doing more botox. Now, you can obviously decide to focus more on the rehab aspect. If you did decide to go that way, I'd say you can expect to earn below average income for physiatrists but also have less overhead. I don't have any hard data but I'd speculate that this would probably amount to around 300,000$-350,000$ in Quebec (before overhead).
  19. Normalement, ça ne devrait pas trop être un problème à condition de t'adresser à un spécialiste des étudiants en médecine et que ton conjoint aie un revenu adéquat. Par contre, à moins que tu sois 100% sûre de vouloir aller en médecine de famille, j'aurais tendance à te suggérer d'attendre la résidence. En effet, ce serait dommage d'acheter une maison et de devoir la revendre dans seulement 4 ans à cause d'un déménagement pour la résidence.
  20. It's a 5000$ increase/year because of the promotion from R1 to R2 to R3 and so on and then there's a ~2% increase to the actual salary every April because of inflation and what not.
  21. I asked a friend, he told me it was a tiny bit over 1500$ every 2 weeks but that he received a 5000-6000$ tax return after the first 6 months of R1 (because of the lower annual revenue from working only 6 months and tuition tax credits).
  22. C'est le salaire brut. À ça, il faut rajouter les primes de gardes et d'enseignement qui sont versées aux 4 semaines donc ça revient à environ 59 000$ brut de mémoire. À ça, il faut déduire les impôts, les contributions au régime des rentes, au RQAP, etc. et les contributions aux assurances collectives. Je ne sais pas à combien exactement le montant net revient mais j'imagine que des résidents sur le forum pourraient le dire. Il faut aussi considérer que l'impôt est un peu moindre la première année (considérant qu'on ne gagne pas d'argent pour les 6 premiers mois de l'année).
  23. Correct me if I'm wrong but I feel like the nerve block (code 00255, 500 per semester) and paravertebral block (code 00267, 500 per semester) restrictions wouldn't make that much of a difference when it comes to chronic pain. Aren't epidurals and facet joint injections (both under fluoroscopic guidance) the real money makers in chronic pain?
  24. An awful clerk with research is still an awful clerk.
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