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  1. Tbh I think very few people actually enter medical school with a burning passion. The whole "I can't see myself doing anything else" shtick, in my honest opinion, is, more often than not, just premeds hyping themselves up to get that motivation boost to get themselves through the sleepless nights studying, the summer spent on the MCAT, the stress of applications, etc. I have a hard time believing it's even possible for someone to NOT see themselves being happy doing something else. Like, really? There are a million things you can do in this world and this is the ONLY thing? Unlikely! If you feel there's nothing else for you, in most likelihood it's more due to lack of exploration of other career paths or sunk cost fallacy rather than actual passion for medicine. So no, I don't think you need a burning passion to enter medicine. At the end of the day, how happy you will be in your career will depend on so much more than just raw interest for the nature of the work, and I'm sure there are plenty of very fulfilled physicians who would of course be capable of finding fulfillment in very different paths. It's a good thing that you're questioning yourself now instead of blindly charging in, and I guess my advice would be to not do it just because "man I've put in so much work already" or because "I have the potential of making more in this career than with my other options so it would be a waste to not do it". I'd suggest finding out as much as possible about the realities of medicine, that is, the current state of residency matching and the job market, the actual components of daily work in medicine other than the really cool stuff, etc. In many specialties, you'll likely have to move away from home in your 30s for the only job you could find; is that something you're willing to deal with? In many specialties, you'll have to juggle a tough balance between life and work; is that something you think you're capable of overcoming? Of course you can avoid a lot of these problems by going into a more flexible field like FM, but would you be happy with that, or would that be "a waste of potential" in your eyes? It's a matter of determining what in medicine you're after, and determining if that is compatible with the other factors that are necessary for your happiness in life. If the only thing you want in medicine is to operate on bones or brains but you also absolutely need to have quality time with your significant other and children, then yeah probably look elsewhere. Good luck with your decision!
  2. Congratulations on your admission! The schedule varies from week to week, and from block to block. Typically, mornings are filled with three 50-minute lectures from 8:35 to 11:25. Busy weeks will have a full load of 15 lectures/week, but on average I'd say you can expect 12-13 lectures a week. Afternoons are usually dedicated to 3-hour-long small groups (10-15 students with a preceptor discussing clinical cases) and histology or anatomy labs (2-3 hours). You usually get about 2 afternoons without anything per week, but this varies a lot. As for the time, I don't remember the last time we ended a day later than 4:30PM. All lectures are recorded, but rarely there will be technical issues and recordings won't be made. Luckily, in most of those cases, they just upload the recording for the same lecture from previous years, so no biggie. Finally, yes, anatomy labs revolve around dissections. You will be teamed with 2 or 3 other people and will work on one donor body for the year. It's a great opportunity and definitely a strength in McGill's curriculum if you care about that.
  3. Data from 2018 (I used tables 27 and 34 from the CaRMS 2018 data page, someone tell me if I'm doing this wrong lol): Ophtho: 35% of the residency spots were in QC (including McGill), while 34% of people who put ophtho as first-choice were from QC Ortho: these numbers are 15% and 41%, respectively OBGYN: 13% and 23% Peds: 18% and 31% For context, 31% of applicants in the CMG match were from QC (table 6). So only ortho seems disproportionately popular for some reason, but even then, it's not by that much. The problem with ortho, OBGYN and peds in QC, it seems, is just that there's a reaaally disproportionately low number of residency compared to ROC. And ophtho doesn't seem that much less competitive in QC from this year's data at all. But of course this year could've been an outlier, it just takes a few more applicants in these small specialties to swing these ratios wildly.
  4. Where did you find this data? And by electives in IM, does that mean the collective of all IM subspecialties?
  5. blah1234 already mentioned this but I want to re-emphasize the challenge of finding work as a pair. It's much easier to make it work if you're both already surgeons established in your careers in the same city, but if you're still earlier in your training, the chance for the both of you to find residency in the same place and then your jobs in the same city is not the greatest, depending on your field. I've heard of a couple who got together during medical school, went through surgical residency together, but had to part ways geographically when the only decent job positions they could find were in two different rural areas far from each other. I don't know if they're still together as a couple, but I can't imagine it being easy to see your partner at all, let alone have a kid, when you're working 80 hours a week and are 5 hours away from each other. So it's certainly a risky enterprise, and I'm sure it's worked out for many people, but whether that's worth it for you guys is up to you to decide. Certainly an issue to discuss as a couple before committing to your respective surgical interests; if you think you can work around that, then great! But if, for instance, none of you are willing to make sacrifices in your professional careers, and you also don't think you'd be able to stomach being geographically separated for many years instead of having a kid and happily living a couple life in your 30s, then I'd be more apprehensive. Best of luck!
  6. Wait, you mean like they literally only did one elective in competitive specialties and ended up matching? Or do you mean something else by stage? I thought that would be a rare exception, not something many people successfully do. Is matching in Quebec just less competitive in general? (sorry I know nothing )
  7. Congratulations on your acceptance! Lots of people in the class are just like you. For many, it's their first time studying in an English environment. So first, know that you won't be alone, and that you'll have a large group of people you can converse with in French and who can understand your struggles with language if any! Everyone makes it, so don't worry about it. You'll have plenty of chances to improve your English, and you seem to have a strong enough basis for that to happen smoothly and quickly. Don't be shy to talk during small groups and make mistakes, or even slide in French words every now and then haha people will understand and again, you won't be alone at all.
  8. Don't worry about it, they send out a form before orientation that will ask you to fill in your address after starting med, and the borough you're in. So you can just give the address you'll be at. They won't just assume you want to be near what the address on your application/file currently is.
  9. You can ask for language proficiency to be considered when they match you to a family physician, but there's no guarantee it'll be the way you want. Some of my classmates who indicated low French proficiency got matched to very French neighborhoods :/
  10. From one of McGill's emails on the matter: "We would like to issue a correction regarding the message about the National Electives Policy published in the February 8 edition of e-Digest. It stated that the maximum of eight weeks in any entry-level discipline “corresponds to the list of R1 programs that you can apply to through CaRMS”, but we should have stated it also corresponds to the list of R3 programs that you can apply to through Internal Medicine and Pediatrics." Really weird decision, since IM gunners will still be able to gun. But now of course the amount of applicants to IM (and to any specialty) will increase drastically, so it seems that people wanting IM get a really crappy deal: they won't be able to parallel plan, but now they have that much more people to compete against.
  11. Heard from other people in my class that 26 people went unmatched this year at McGill. Don't know how reliable this is though. But assuming this is true, given a class size of about 190, this is about a 14% unmatch rate. That's pretty scary, especially since things seem to be just getting worse every year, and the pace seems to be picking up. Honestly quite concerned what things will be like when the students just starting out now get to their CaRMS year...
  12. Congratulations to all who got an interview! Try to start looking into the MMI process and preparing early, time really flies! There are plenty of resources lying around the forum, so take advantage of that. For those looking for more MMI questions to prepare with, try googling "korean premed mmi questions", you should find a pretty big list. Psychologically preparing yourself for emotionally/socially uncomfortable/awkward situations and remaining calm under all circumstances are really key, so try yourself at these sample scenarios and whatever else you can find until you feel like you're ready to take on whatever they might throw at you when the big day comes around. Also very happy to see some familiar usernames from last year I really really hope it works out for you guys this year. To the applicants who didn't get an invite this year and are really disappointed right now, I hope you'll feel better soon. It's an unreasonably competitive process, so while you should take a step back and re-evaluate, especially when the stats come out later in the cycle, you also really shouldn't let this result affect your sense of self-worth. Most importantly, don't let this hurdle put your life on pause; keep living life to the fullest outside of medicine, and the rest will fall in place.
  13. I believe someone from here got in as OOP last cycle with a similar GPA, so yes apply, you do have a chance. No need to send in your MCAT score; it's not mandatory and only matters if your prereq GPA is low.
  14. In the last admission cycle, the average interviewee R score was about 37 for both med and dent. Given that the R score holds the most weight for the pre-interview consideration, you're definitely fighting an uphill battle, although I'd say there's still a slim chance to get an interview. Focus on writing your CV well (what you write for each activity is the most important part), and nail the CASPER.
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