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  1. The latter. It's like working a 60 hour a week job on top of school.
  2. You can try the States with that GPA. But with a 3.6, your chances are slim to get into a Canadian school. Depending on your breakdown, you may stand a good chance at universities that take your best 2 years (like Western) or last 2 years (like Queens). But admittedly, there are very few people that get into medical school with that kind of GPA. Maybe like 2-3 a year to places like McMaster and University of Toronto. Must also admit, I haven't looked at admission criteria for schools in almost 6 years when I applied. The information I provide may be outdated.
  3. Becuase your grades are too low. Unless you have a super super super favourable GPA conversion scale. (emphasis on the super)
  4. It's because residents work too few hours for too much money. I am sure they'd hike up the prices to increase their profit even if the money was coming from whacking baby seals (yes I am bitter about this exam). Gotta get that bonus somehow. If the petition is to believed, 50% of the exam being pure profit is absolutely ludicrous (aka $6 million dollars for the current iteration). Next year it will be a hefty 11 million dollars assuming costs will be the same.
  5. Residency goes by quickly. Faster than undergrad, faster than medical school. You'll be so busy most of the time you won't have time to mope. If you are really invested in your relationship with your girlfriend, there are ways to make it work. You have 4 weeks of vacation to spend with each other as well as taking a couple of personal days to see each other on weekends sounds nice even if short lived. Plus there's things like skype/facebook messenger/whatsapp for the times you need her through the week. You will slowly adapt to a new life in your new city and make new lifelong friends. I would know because I was in your situation at the beginning of residency as well. I was homesick every day and it only hit when I started living here but slowly but surely I got used to it, made new friends and started a new life. I still am not happy being far from home, but it's a lot better than when I arrived.
  6. Yes, program X did not rank you.
  7. You could but the overhead will still be super expensive unless you get more and more ophthalmologists in your group but then you also get less OR time.
  8. Its the other way around. The program doesn't rank enough applicants. I don't even think the program interviews enough people. A lot of my classmates failed to get interviews at Ottawa even though they received interviews at more traditionally competitive programs like Toronto and Mcmaster. It hasn't just been a one-off thing either, it's been happening consecutive years. I am starting to wonder if its on purpose or if the program is overestimating its own desirability. But the program does pick up second rounders so I am guessing the latter.
  9. There are Saudi/International residents not just in surgery but also in primary care specialties including family medicine and pediatrics who do get through residency just fine. And even the surgical specialties have clinic where they often have to deal with francophone-only patients. Honestly, my advice would be to try to transfer if you can (which will be difficult as your funding is with Quebec) but if you can't, family medicine is only 2 years. Maybe try learning some French or ask for a translator/nurse at your clinic for those 1/3 of patients that only speak French. Plus, when you're off service in the hospital, its much easier to find someone who can translate for you. When you do your electives try to aim for a more anglophone community if you can. Also, it seems like you know people who are in your situation, maybe ask if they have any advice or words of wisdom.
  10. What family med stream are you in? CLSC metro? I am also a resident at McGill and an anglophone. What I have noticed thus far is that yeah there's definitely a lot more francophone only patients than you would expect fromn what they put on their CaRMS website. But it seems like most people are able to pick up a working proficiency in about a year and a half, it's actually quite remarkable. There are also many residents who speak only english or their native language who have completed residency successfully at McGill so don't worry, you are not the first. It also helps to find co-residents who are in your situation and are facign the same issue. (most of my friends I have made inr esidency thus far actually dont speak french).
  11. Isnt that a special type of IMG tho? Funded by the Saudi Arabians with the stipulation that they go back.
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