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  1. tavenan

    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.
  2. tavenan

    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.
  3. tavenan

    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.
  4. tavenan

    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.
  5. tavenan

    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.
  6. tavenan

    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.
  7. tavenan

    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.
  8. tavenan

    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.
  9. Western's previous over-reliance on quantitative objectives has resulted in some barely-functioning manchildren being in my class since year 1, and judging from the replies in this thread (legal action l.o.l), the new system is keeping many such people out, so I'm all for it. Perhaps it's time for an attitude adjustment and self reflection if you think you're entitled to anything in this game.
  10. Again I'm not sold on the premise that this relationship was consensual... Clearly a patient cannot give consent to the physician overseeing their treatment, it just doesn't work. It really doesn't matter how nice of a person she is, she showcases a pattern of reckless behaviour and a severe inability to apply critical thinking, traits that you really don't want to see in a physician. It very well could be a net positive for "society at large" that she lost her license. But at least I'm glad we all agree she should absolutely lose her license. I wish her well in other endeavours and hope she makes smarter decisions in the future.
  11. Everyone typing here is a medical student or a pre-med, so we're all naturally going to be nudged towards the physician's POV. But I think it's important to set aside our biases and consider other perspectives as well. In this case the physician got romantically involved with a patient, after some time abandoned the patient to become involved with a colleague, AND refused to further treat the patient. It isn't a stretch to say that this is emotionally manipulative behaviour, so I don't particularly have a problem with the language used in the hearing summary. And I'm not entirely convinced that a patient recently diagnosed with cancer can give consent to the physician overseeing their treatment, so I also have a problem with your characterization of the relationship. Overall we need to stop giving the benefit of the doubt to the physician here because she has displayed a remarkable lack of judgement and frankly reckless behaviour.
  12. Lol what are these comments. Imagine if this was a male physician or a less attractive female. Don't let the halo effect blind you, this is an open and shut case, she should lose her license. Don't sleep with patients, and a personal rule for me, don't date classmates or colleagues (the former is obviously infinitely more problematic than the latter). In this case this physician broke both rules as she broke off a relationship with a patient to start a new one with a colleague... Really have to question her decision making here.
  13. tavenan

    How to set myself up for success

    You'd want to look this information up for each individual school, I'm not a big expert in this area because I'm not a service member. But for Dalhousie, for example, you would be considered a IP applicant regardless of where you were posted. The exact requirement is: You have been on active duty as an RCMP police officer or as a member of the Regular Force of the Canadian Armed Forces for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to the application submission deadline (Section 2)
  14. tavenan

    How to set myself up for success

    If I were you, I would go into a relatively "easy" program to boost my GPA. Being in the military gives you a massive advantage as you'd be considered an IP applicant in MANY schools, and the fact that you served also gives you a huge leg up over your typical pre-med in terms of your EC's. Do extensive research into what ever program you choose and make sure it's not overly difficult. For example, If you were going to the University of Waterloo, I would advise you to go into Honours Science, and pick basically every "birdie" course they have to ensure you get a very high GPA. You can also try something like a Psych program which tend to be birdie as well. It's really up to you, but medicine is very accessible for you as long as you get a competitive GPA, which is why I think you should put less emphasis on doing a degree for a "backup" plan.