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  1. Your social circle matters. If you find the right group of people, you'll have a good time. If you surround yourself with assholes, you will be miserable. Unfortunately, there are a lot of assholes in Med school. Medicine attracts them like crazy, and schools do a poor job of screening them out during the application process. Locate them and avoid them at all costs as they will distract you from your primary objective, which is to match into your desired field. These 4 years will determine what you will do for the next 40. Don't lose focus, and don't forget what you're there to do, which is to match into what you want. This should take priority over everything. I know a lot of people say to relax and take summers off, but I think this advice could not be more wrong. Start getting involved with research and events immediately, and do everything you can to match into your field. You're not there to find your soulmate or best friends or that other crap; actually I would strongly advise against getting involved with anyone from class romantically. A lot of people say that you won't find out what you'd like to do until a few years into medical school. From my experience, this is only true for a minority of people as most people have a pretty good idea of what they want to pursue already coming in. So pour all of your energy into that right now, because chances are you're going to stick with it. Think about the match. That's all there is to it, everything else is secondary. You can worry about everything else once you've matched. These are the most important 4 (or 3) years of your career in medicine. Don't waste them. This is not the time to relax, despite what you would have thought.
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    Whats the point ?

    I agree with everything that's already been said, the average person alive today in an industrialized country lives a higher quality of life than even the most powerful medieval or ancient king or emperor. But I think it's important to remember that things don't always trend upward. For example the Ostrogoths would have looked at the Roman architecture under the lands they conquered and seen essentially alien technology, or the nomadic tribes that came after the assyrians seeing giant empty cities with massive walls that looked like they came from a different world. All is to say that the continued march towards progress is a recent phenomenon, and we shouldn't take it for granted. But I don't think it's helpful to be all doom and gloom either, as I think it's more likely that we continue to progress as opposed to fall backwards.
  3. What are your thoughts on the future of rads in say 10-20 years? Do you think there will still be such a demand in that timespan? I hear a lot of doom and gloom talk about AI as it pertains specifically to radiology. Rads is something I'm interested in so sorry if this is off topic, you can reply by pm if you want
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    Feeling alone in med school

    Well, I became "friends", more like acquaintances with a group of people from my class until one day one of them kicked a homeless guy's cup walking on a street in downtown Toronto while the rest of them laughed... only time in my life I wanted to get into a physical confrontation with a group of people at the same time. Needless to say, no longer friends. A lot of kids in the class are not quite as morally bankrupt as this, but show a dangerous lack of understanding about the unique issues facing working class Canadians because of their backgrounds and their pampered upbringings, which makes it really hard to form meaningful relationships with them.
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    Feeling alone in med school

    OP I come from a low SES background and this is something that I've been going thorough in medical school. Realistically I've found that it's impossible for me to form a meaningful connection with most of my fellow classmates that come from higher economic classes. This is because they have such drastically different life experiences and outlooks on issues that matter to me due to their privileged backgrounds. For this reason, after a certain point I stopped trying to form deep bonds with people that came from these backgrounds, and satisfied myself with having a cordial relationship with them. In terms of finding these deeper relationships, what worked for me was finding people in the class that came from a similar background. My closest friends are amongst this group in medical school. But I didn't exclude non-medical students. For example I play a lot of basketball and I managed to form strong friendships through that shared activity as well. It helps that the demographic that plays basketball tends to come from a similar background as myself, so it's much easier for me to find people I can bond with when I'm mingling with a demographic that's similar to me from a socioeconomic standpoint. Basically, my advice for you is prepared to look outside of the medical school class to find your closest friends. Unfortunately, because of demographic differences, I will never be able to form many close relationships with people in the medical school class, and if that's something that's important to you, then I think you need to shift your attitude and prepare for the possibility that it's something that's not going to happen.
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    too late to even consider derm?

    Ah yes, another person who suddenly finds they are deeply $$$$$$$passionate$$$$$$$ about Derm or plastics. So genuine, so fantastic. I know people with stellar applications who focused on matching into derm from the moment they went into medicine. They still were not successful, some went unmatched entirely. One matched because he had a personal connection. matching into ultra $$$$$passion inducing$$$$$ residencies like derm or plastics is not so much about your resume as it is about your connections. So if you know someone, go for it. If not, have a solid backup ready and/or prepare to go unmatched.
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    Interview thank you letter?

    The entire medical school application process is insincere and an attempt to sway admission decisions.
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    Working in med school..?

    One of my friends was a MCAT tutor while in medschool and also tutored for interviews, though he was working part-time in these roles not full time. He matched into neurosurgery in Toronto, so it worked out for him. I guess it depends on how focused you are. He didn't really have any interests outside of the world of medicine so he didn't "waste" any time. Ontop of all of this he also founded a company with a couple of uwaterloo engineering grads to track patient date for movement disorder specialists. So all in all I think it's definitely possible to have a job, but like I said you have to stay focused with your time. I would not recommend it unless you're doing something exceptional that will help you get matched into a competitive residency.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Likewise to you sir. Please don't make assumptions about people, I myself am an immigrant, and it's not like I came here when I was an infant, I've spent more time in Iran than I have in Canada. Don't mistake my position on this very specific topic for a general dislike of immigrants. I still would prioritize Canadian trained medical students.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Never said this ?? Take a deep breath and type coherent sentences please. ok. Still doesn't change the fact that we should be prioritizing Canadian graduates who were trained in Canada. Being a Canadian medical doctor is not something that everyone in the world is entitled to. Receiving adequate health care is something that everyone in Canada should be entitled to. These two things are not the same. Ya, I happen to have family in the UK going through the medical education system. Try going to a UK medical school as a Canadian and then trying to practice in the UK. See how that works out for you. Thank you, I offer you the same wishes. Canadian tax dollars in the form of residency spots should be allocated to Canadian trained medical students first. Not a single IMG should be receiving residency spots when we have qualified CMG's going unmatched. I'm sorry if this common sense sentence seems odd to you.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    It's not a matter of who's better and who is not, it's a matter of having common sense policies. We are either a country or we are not, being Canadian has to mean something. It is pure madness to give any spots to IMG's when we have overly qualified Canadian graduates going unmatched. Being Canadian has to give you an advantage as our system is funded by Canadian tax dollars. No other country in the world treats their medical graduates this way. If being a doctor in Canada is so hard for IMG's, that should be something they consider in terms of whether they want to stay in their country or immigrate to Canada. As a country we have to give preference to our own citizens. I don't know how a rational person can accept a single IMG taking a residency spot when we have literally hundreds of excellent Canadian graduates going unmatched. I challenge you to find a single other first world country that faces this issue. Maybe you can't see this problem clearly because, as you say, some of your friends and supervisor might be IMG's. I'm sorry that IMG's are suffering, but I would rather help Canadians first and then see what's left for IMG's. If we can fill every single residency spot in Canada with a excellent CMG, which I believe we can, then that's what we should do.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    I'm more sympathetic in cases like yours where we have senior physicians immigrating from other countries to Canada, as opposed to wealthy students who weren't good enough to get accepted in Canada who left for Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. I think we should perhaps separate the streams to distinguish between these 2 categories. But I won't apologize for wanting to prioritize Canadian medical students in a system that is funded by and intended to benefit Canadians. We need to look to take care of our home trained physicians first, and then look to see what's available that can go towards helping IMG's. We DO NOT have a shortage of excellent candidates, so we do not need to be looking outside of our own pool of talent to recruit physicians. Simply put, we can fill 100% of our residency spots with CMG's and the quality of our resident doctors would not suffer at all.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    I'm not the one that's not staying on this planet for suggesting we prioritize Canadians in Canada. This whole discussion has been shifted in this way to make perfectly common sense proposals seem radical. No, if you're arguing that CMG's and IMG's who weren't good enough to attend medical school in Canada and left the country should be prioritized over perfectly qualified Canadian medical students, then you're the one not living in this planet. Again, I have no interest in helping rich well connected students use their connections and money to take spots from Canadians in Canada. It's like throwing Canadian tax payer money down the well. And unless you think there has been a serious degradation in the quality of Canadian medical school graduates in the past 10 years, you have to agree that the quality of the student pool is not the problem, as this issue of students going unmatched was basically nonexistent a decade ago.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Buddy I don't know what year you're in but I've personally witnessed too much nepotism and corruption leading to CMG's and IMG's with rich parents and connections landing spots that are coveted by excellent Canadians studying in Canada. There is zero excuse for this. A medical education in Canada or the US is NOT equivalent to a medical education in some Caribbean or European school. Your daddy's checkbook also should not determine whether or not you're going to be a doctor. If you want to practice medicine in Canada, stay here and go through the system like everyone else. I will always advocate for limiting ALL residency spots, which are funded by CANADIAN tax payers, to only CANADIAN medical students studying and paying taxes in CANADA. Anything else is utter madness. You make it seem like IMG's and CMG's are beating out Canadian students because they're somehow magically more qualified or are better candidates. From my own experience, this is absolutely positively NOT the case in the overwhelming majority of cases. You have so many excellent candidates for such few spots that you could probably randomly select a group of them and you'll still be good to go. Seeing as how this is the case, everything else comes down to preference. As it happens, my preference is to prioritize tax paying Canadians, whereas Joe the millionaire's preference is to write a $300K check for his son to go to the Caribbean and then have him come back and take a spot from a Canadian student. This will never pass in Canada though, as the rich and well connected have advantages in every other aspect of society, and have to make sure that they have an upper leg in medicine too. It's frankly sickening to see this. Corruption is absolutely deteriorating every aspect of our society, slowly but surely.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    We need to limit tax payer funded residency spots in Canada to Canadian medical students. There is absolutely no reason an IMG should receive a spot when Canadians studying in Canada are going unmatched. It's wasting hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars, and it makes zero sense.