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  1. PT had a higher admittance percentage at many medical schools. I would not have gotten into PT at my alma mater, like medicine if i didn't have strong MCAT and non-academics to compensate for example.
  2. You can say the same for other fields like physiotherapy(though its cheaper and shorter, but often need 4 yr undergrad) and optometry(4yrs, but requires full undergrad, and often costs way more since most people have to go to the US for their 4 year OD).
  3. Keep trying other banks, Scotia and CIBC may be better able to support. Unfortunately, this is something she should have sat down with the parents before applying to see how their financials would fare (you always need a co-signer for school outside of canada). Any well off relatives willing to also co-sign to help out? very unlikely but never know. Deferring will be your only option if you cant secure a loc, hopefully the school accepts! Getting a US loan is likely going to be a no-go in her situation, you will need an american co-signer.
  4. MTU sucks everywhere, and your preceptor sounds like the students in med school that people roll their eyes at. Don't let your first 3 months paint the whole picture -its a transition, and you will get better. Then you will be a resident and feel incompetent again, but it too will get better. IM has so many options and so many variations with who you work with, weather its MTU or consults/community IM etc etc.
  5. Where did you get the impression that residency was otherwise? Sorry for whomever led you astray! But would disagree that it's a calling blanketly, as many people run into issues by putting it on a pedestal. It is a job, one that has often strange/perceived-inhumane requirements to progress etc.
  6. Residency is not really even a great approximation of what it is like being a full-fledged attending.
  7. Exactly! If all you talk about is EM, procedures, acuity....that *may* be a redflag for some FM programs if you don't at least show some interest in longitudinal care and the rest of FM care.
  8. Be honest, and respectful, and if you wish provide some transitionary time to help them through any change-over issues. But do what is best for you. Sounds like a great company, one that I would expect to be understanding - even if it might come from far left field! I worked significantly for the months prior to medicine and moderately in the first few months to wrap things up. But wouldn't recommend the later, unless you absolutely have to (i.e. your boss is your best friend outside of work too etc etc).
  9. Most mid-sized programs that put you into a hospital where you aren't required for solely service, like big urban centre, and you are the first-dibs resident on site. That said, even motivated students in big urban centres can craft it for themself - just a bit harder when theres 20 other residents/fellows around.
  10. Agreed. For reference, I believe medigeek is doing FM in the US, where it is 3 years, and generally more in-patient heavy. And they sound like an individual who is up for a challenge and wants to be competent in a broad scope of FM, and not just an Urban-FM doc who refers out when things get tough. You can find many Canadian 2 year FM residency programs that also train you to a strong extent like this, in many mid-sized, semi-urban/smaller centres. Where its only FM residents. Frankly, you do more call, you have more responsibilities etc, you learn more. If you want to just practice urban clinic, without any hospital work, you can get away with taking the easier path within residency...but its alot harder to upskill afterwards, when you aren't in a supported environment. Do that extra CVC, spend that extra time with IM attendings managing complex patients, so that when you do work in a FM clinic, you'll be able to save time and pick things up quicker for subtle abnormalities, or subtle presenting complaints, that many would otherwise shrug off until they develop further. 2 years isn't a long time, but it's really individual - some people feel like they have a good enough basis after 2 years and want to get going and learning more as they go. Others feel uncomfortable still handling 3am ward calls for post-op fluid abnormalities etc. Which is fine, because not everyone in FM has to go into hospitalists, or inpatient fields that would necessitate handling those types of patient problems.
  11. Because in Canada, they don't want Family doctors going into only niche-focused areas with laser precision. We know many will do just EM, or just hospitalist, but they ideally want people who will still do full-scope family medicine clinics and primary care. There is nothing wrong with going into EM or doing mainly hospitalists after a FM residency, programs just want to be able to say they are recruiting the best applicants who will want to do full-scope practice. Its a moot point when we need FM docs to do all those roles anyways, so by someone "only" doing EM or hospitalists, isn't as if there isn't a need for that as well! So it's just optics and semantics, in a zero sum game.
  12. I definitely can appreciate the viewpoint! I certainly think there is a potential use-case, but i wonder how likely it is for those in PEI to want to do so for the 50$/hr? My only experience is my colleagues, in a big centre, and as I said, they are making 130-200$/hr seeing 4-5 patients a day, and fully-booked 2 months into the future..so certainly they aren't struggling to agree to half to one third their rate after overhead.
  13. Make sure you apply to schools that actually take internationals/Canadians, it shouldnt take more than a few hours to search through this forum and schools admission statistics on their websites...to make the list.
  14. Be mature, be humble, don't be cliche, and be honest with your experiences and "why medicine" - doesn't have to be anything fancy. Schools like to see mature individuals, who know their strengths and weaknesses, and like to see growth.
  15. Disagree. Once you have decent stats, it is more so strongly dependent on if your personal statement and non-academics will catch their eye. OP give it a shot if you can get all your required documentation in ASAP - it is getting late, and you likely wont be "complete" until late august probably, but worth a shot. I hope you have more non-academics than what you describe, or a strong personal statement. Otherwise, you may be better off waiting until next cycle.
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