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  1. It's not what I've seen of bursaries - a lot are in fact need-based or special qualification .. i.e. fitting the criterion (could be sex, age, region..) Standing out in med school is much less of a focus of most students, since it's now almost universally P/F. Even before P/F, I was told med school (outside QC) wasn't considered as gruelling as some pre-med programs, and that many found med school less work than undergrad.
  2. It's a good move by NS, but even there, I seem to recall an urban/rural divide. Despite the fact Halifax is much close to the regions than GTA to the North, I got the sense many preferred staying in Halifax. Dal also has a relatively high number of FM positions open after the first round from my recollection, so I suppose many of the spots may end up in the second round. Still, it's a positive move since outside QC there's a mismatch between supply/demand.
  3. Well how many people can score above the traditional Western cut-offs AND have a strong ABS? It sounds like Western is becoming "Queen's lite" - i.e. semi-black-boxish, with some hard-cutoffs but flexibility for selection with ABS. Could also be a boost in terms of money from more applications, but sure would be more than offset by extra costs involved.. All schools are beginning to look a little more similar in terms of their selection criteria - Ottawa with CASPER and now Western with ECs..
  4. Supposedly, the yield curve is flattening - i.e. long term yields are similar to short term yields, which means that the market is "predicting" lower rates and high risk in the future, possibly linked to trade uncertainty. This flattening is not usually a good sign and is linked to downturn. In other words, I'd be surprised to see many more rate hikes. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-bank-of-canada-buys-itself-some-breathing-room-on-interest-rates/
  5. It's now legal to distribute workable plans for 3-d printed guns in the US. I suppose there's very few barriers to owning guns there anyways, so this will basically only serve to make gun control even more difficult. Not sure about the legality in Canada, but this clearly circumvents conventional channels for gun ownership. I feel really safe now a2b4119d-a2ae-4e1d-b219-5c4267642fc4manifest-ios.m3u8 https://www.wired.com/story/a-landmark-legal-shift-opens-pandoras-box-for-diy-guns/
  6. That's surprising to me, since US students sometimes have to go through an intermediate match (e.g. transitional year) and often seem to have graded rotations (e.g. H/P/F). Given a relatively high unmatched rate, I would think doing "nothing" could risk putting themselves at future risk. I'm not sure after the CaRMS deadline that CMGs work as hard as before, since at usually at that point, things are set until interviews.
  7. Surprisingly, surgical residencies in the US have some of the highest MLE scores, but this is one of the criticisms. General knowledge is more emphasized in the Canadian curriculum and entering FM CMG residents do better than USMGs in US FM resident tests. It's possibly due to the fact that primary care is more valued in Canada than the US, and for FM at least, I'm not sure if the MLE is the best way to quantify aptitude for that specialty.
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    I'm done

    It's a societal aspect - easier to get into Ivy League, med school, honor society (one of many criteria residency PDs use)... No one even really questions the idea of Legacy admits, since it's so ingrained in society (in contrast to affirmative action which gives similar advantages). Otoh, the story of the Carrib grad with extremely high Step 1 scores, unable to land a surgical residency shows that there's a limit to the "objective" selection criteria that people seem to think occurs universally in the US and equate with merit. The OP is going through something which few other CMG goes through - that is med school in a second language. And he's struggling, which is a completely expected result (with research even on the phenomenon), but he's working on overcoming the barrier. Not only that, he's in a faculty which has much greater attrition and failures, despite exclusively focusing on academic ability for admission. To not consider the difference in context, would be akin to not looking at all the evidence. It's easy to blame the OP, for a potential blemish on his record, whose already struggling, but really there's not much the OP could do when admitted and matriculated that would have greatly changed the struggle - a second language environment is provably disadvantageous. Except for my earlier post, there's very little publicity regarding this issue. It's possible the OP may have to continue to work harder, even during clerkship or residency, due to his situation, but in my view, some leeway should be given. If the OP were to impress during electives and interview, like Bambi, then I think this aspect would be much more important rather than having struggled and overcome in a provably difficult situation.
  9. tere

    I'm done

    Besides Bambi's excellent point regarding residency selection, there seems to be this idealization of a "meritocracy" in the US. Besides the obvious political/industrial cronyism that the current administration is showing, consider that about a third of admittances to top Ivy Legacy schools are "Legacy" admits, i.e. based on family history/donation of attending a given institution. Not only are these students from better off families, with better means, these individuals also have lower admittance standards. Admittance to such institutions opens a number of career paths that aren't easily available to others. How's that for meritocracy? Regarding the OPs original question, I do understand the disadvantages that language differences can bring and have posted about this issue (see link below) which includes tangibles (like the academic part of med school) and intangibles (like forming connections). However, like Bambi said, try to focus on the positive, including looking towards the future, especially given at this point everything is speculation. Moreover, there's really no other choices but to go forward - transfers are almost non-existent within the system. While venting is understandable, I'd try to keep as upbeat and attitude as possible as this will help you overcome any possible "glitch" on your transcript. http://forums.premed101.com/topic/99477-med-school-in-second-language/
  10. I looked into this - it's almost impossible. Only a handful of schools consider transfers, and at least for me, I realized the particular pre-clinical / clinical structure at my current school would rule out any possible transfer.
  11. There's no way out at a certain point - I was facing mid-career uncertainty and underemployment, but I could see there could have been happiness on the personal side perhaps. So far, I've had a rough professional and personal start to a medical career. I never completely realized becoming fully proficient in a different language would be so difficult and the repercussions of that weakness/outsider status within and outside academic/medical environment.
  12. Try to talk to other people and look out for shared study notes. Most people don't study mainly from primary sources in my experience (takes time to figure out where to look, can be very wordy, ..)- I often did because it helped comprehension and my personal language issues of learning only in French (which when I tried found difficult, although did help improve fluency). But study notes would cut down your time a lot.
  13. tere

    First Aid, Pathoma

    Agreed and even the few parts that overlap are different than in Pathoma - it's a different way of thinking than what is emphasized (not to say there's not strengths in both - just found if at all counterproductive using during the curriculum here which doesn't focus on histology/gross pathology and didn't leave me with much spare time).
  14. I agree with the preceding two posters and also don't add a formal signature at this point, but to each his/her own. Used in the right context, formal signatures can add to increase professionalism, but as a student, I think there's not much gain, except in maybe very particular situations.
  15. tere

    Campus Mauricie

    Agree - this is exceptional. I've had mostly positive interaction with tutors, including a few senior faculty, but also related specialties, with mostly good evaluations. In my case, lack of native fluency in French has made tutorials in particular more challenging - oddly, some tutors are either extremely empathetic or seem to view it less positively (although not much to do to improve lack of fluency beyond what I've done - it's not something that's just a matter of putting in some more hours..). It also seems to have improved over time though, and there's less attention to the issue, but certainly may have prevented me from forming those rock solid connections. I suppose it just adds weight, unfortunately, in terms of intangibles, against the "med school in 2nd language" idea, which some other issues are mentioned here : http://forums.premed101.com/topic/99477-med-school-in-second-language/
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