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Everything posted by RicardoKaká

  1. Generally speaking, if a manuscript isn't written/submitted or if you haven't presented at a conference etc, it shouldnt be included as research. Under employment, in the character section just describe what you are doing as succinctly and clearly as possible. Reviewers generally have a good sense of what you did if its written clearly
  2. I agree you will need a solid MCAT to help you out for Western/Mac/Queens. UoT may become slightly more possible after a MSc if your wGPA is ~3.8. Have you considered at all doing a 5th year? ECs generally wont matter unless you have the stats so focus on school and balance what you can, obviously dont do nothing but dont go overboard on the ECs either. Study hard this year and best of luck!
  3. I assume you are entering your third year of studies. Hopefully COVID situation improves but there may be a chance you don’t get visiting electives next year (current boat I am in). You can definitely get a letter in a 2-week rotation, just have to work hard, do extra work and show interest. generally speaking most people get letters on their elective rotations which are on average 2-weeks in length unless you are doing a CTU elective for IM, which in those instances are usually 3-week in length. Not sure what you mean by front loading. Although CARMS apps open early in 4th year, letters of references are not typically due until closer to the end of your elective period but generally you want to do your program of interest electives pre CARMS app deadlines. so in short 1. pray you get visiting electives if you are hoping to spend time out of your home school. 2. Yes you can get a strong letter in a 2-week rotation cheers
  4. Haha well vascular nor general surgery are the specialties I hope to pursue for the rest of my life (although I have nothing against them). Nevertheless, there’s always a story behind why a patient is presenting at this particular time, and sometimes we might not always agree with how they got there, but that is life and we just have to do our best for our patients no matter the prognosis or outlook on their disease that they may have. However you are right, there is a lot of administrative BS and frustrating things that we have to put up with, which is only made worse when you have to do these things in the middle of the night. I just finished my IM rotation and the amount of BS that my senior had to do on call which prevented them from sleeping was pretty ass and I did not envy it. Perhaps I will think differently after residency, but so far throughout medical school I haven’t once doubted my decision. I also definitely agree that medicine isn’t as glamorous as social media and TV shows can portray it to be. I would thus encourage all applicants to really self-reflect and think about what becoming a doctor entails, and the sacrifices you might need to make throughout the entirety of your training and career before jumping into it.
  5. I’d just like to share my two cents on this topic. My brother is 1-year older than me and works in business (has both his CPA/CFAs) and works downtown Toronto in finance now. I’m just finishing up medical school and did a MSc prior to starting. My brother earns ~200K in his field before taxes, is very wise with investing his money and lives a relatively frugal life despite his income. He also still has room to climb and make more money in his field but is complacent with his current income. He already has the funds to buy a home in the GTA if he so chose to do so today. He works probably 60 hours/week on average. I myself however am 150K in the hole and plan on pursuing a 5-year surgical specialty residency. Realistically by the time I pay off my loans I’ll be 35. Then making let’s say 500K/year for 30 years. I believe my brother will be wealthier than I will be by the time we both hit our 60s and he probably will have long retired by then. On the other hand, my brother doesn’t find his job satisfying and he works to live. He plans on retiring at the earliest age possible that will support his dream retirement lifestyle. My self on the other hand, love the career of medicine. I am also a workaholic by nature and think that medicine satisfies my work cravings as there is always unfinished work to do it seems. Although I am still only a medical student I feel a certain energy coursing through my veins going into work everyday. Constantly learning, and the ability to interact with compassion and empathy towards patients when they are at their most vulnerable excites me. Looking back, I always ponder if my work-ethic would have been better suited in business or engineering, but when I have these thoughts and compare myself to my brother, I don’t think I would be as satisfied with that type of work.
  6. Whats salary like for the average general otolaryngologist? How much average % overhead? I've read the profiles via the CMA but I have heard that those aren't the most accurate numbers. Thanks!
  7. Agree with other posters, wouldnt recommend doing this for numerous reasons. Many of my friends are fighting very hard to come back to Canada after going abroad. Super high expenses going abroad (tuition, living), numerous exams that require high scores to get back. More loops and hurdles and still less odds you get to practice as the type of doctor you want to be. Just go to university, enjoy your life and work hard. Life isnt just about getting into medical school and becoming a doctor. You have to enjoy the path to becoming one. This will in turn probably make you a better doctor anyway.
  8. Totally agree. I definitely think this situation will help some and hurt others. I truly think showing commitment to a given specialty (especially smaller competitive ones) may be looked at more favourably and may bear more weight when it comes to securing interviews across Canada since they may have to look more at the C.V. this year (I have heard in some smaller surgical specialties that the C.V. is not even read by staff, and mostly residents).
  9. We were told at UoT we will likely know whether or not visiting electives will occur by the end of the month
  10. Do we think some schools will go back sooner? UoT, Ottawa and Western for example are set to go back April 6 I believe. What are the chances these get delayed until July as well? I am assuming more likely than not, that most schools will be delayed longer than initially communicated. But jw others thoughts on this.
  11. This is what I am afraid of. Anyone else willing to chime in?
  12. Have not heard this being a thing. Will look into it though.
  13. Hello everyone, Had a question regarding elective planning for 4th year (currently a CC3). I have been interested in General Surgery and ENT since M1 and have done extensive networking and research in both fields to date. As of right now I have not yet decided which I'd rather pursue, and am pretty much divided 50/50. I dont get to do my cores in these specialties until next summer, and have to choose my electives before experiencing them in clerkship. Since I have the 8-week cap, I thought splitting 50/50 wouldnt be a bad idea, but I am wondering if that will hurt my chances for either specialty? So essentially: Option 1: Split 50/50 doing 4x two-week electives in both GS and ENT Option 2 (if I decide ENT is #1): Do 4 electives in ENT, 2-3 electives in General Surgery, 1 elective in anesthesia or radiology, 1 elective in CCU or ICU Would like to hear any feedback/tips on these strategies! Thanks!
  14. Would redo a second UG if you really want medicine. To have a decent shot, IMO need cGPA at least >3.8, or a nice weighted GPA to the Ontario schools. If you were to get a really good MCAT with a high CARS then youd have a shot at some of the other schools. Without the excellent MCAT, will need a high GPA to make up for that. So if high MCAT isnt possible, redo 2nd UG would be best bet. Id seriously consider how much you want medicine/how OK you are with doing a 2nd UG. Feel free to DM me if you have any more questions.
  15. 1) Rewrite MCAT - not sure when your last rewrite was but Id try to get that CARS up. Would open many doors for you based on your cGPA. 2) Potentially do a 3-year undergrad and aim for high marks (although this option would be pretty tough and $$$) Unfortunately your GPA is on the lower side, same with the MCAT - harsh reality of the Canadian med app process. You wont be looked at in the file review stage based on those marks. Alternatively you can try going abroad - this is also $$ and its becoming increasingly difficult for an IMG to match back in Canada - especially if you are not interested in FM. Feel free to PM me for more advice, however it looks like a stellar MCAT (~90%) would be required in your case to have better odds at interview. Best of luck!
  16. Seems like your best chances are Queen's/Western. If medicine in Canada is your top goal, Id maybe rewrite MCAT and aim for high CARS to get Western invite. I heard they may be possibly changing their application process to include ABS too so maybe they will lower their CARS. Anyway your stats screen Western/Queen's - although Queen's is more a blackbox. Hope you hear some good news, feel free to PM me if you have any more questions. I did a MSc and was offered a few acceptances across Canada after applying in my 4th year and receiving 0 - albeit my wGPA for most schools was ~3.93 and my MCAT was a 510 (probably my weakest component of my apps).
  17. There was also a medical student in Colorado who mass murdered dozens of people in a movie theatre. There are bad apples everywhere.
  18. Currently I am just struggling to find time between 9-5 during the weekdays to shadow due to school, ECs and research. I definitely see your point though, Ill try to find some closer-knit contacts within these fields and form more longitudinal relationships. Thanks for the advice!
  19. Thanks for your response Bambi. I have been following your posts and you give genuine advice for those interested in pursuing surgical specialties. I find it difficult to spread myself broadly but I suppose after CC3 perhaps I’ll have a better understanding of my interests and the system to help tailor my elective approach. Side question: how important do you think shadowing physicians in the two different fields are? Most of my colleagues are shadowing quite routinely. Although I did this in first year to get a better sense of my interests, in second year with EC involvement, research and studying for upcoming exams, I find it difficult to find time shadowing. Thanks again!
  20. Yes, Otolaryngology I was trying to preserve some level of anonymity, but I guess for the sake of the question, more transparency is required.
  21. Id do a low-yield practice test and check your baseline then go from there. As an engineer I'm certain you favour efficacy. Why do more work if you have to? If you have a high baseline, chances are you dont need to overprep for the CARS section. Some other resources to help practice and stimulate the CARS mentality are things like Khan Academy. There are lots out there. If you have extra $$ you can also look into NextStep, Kaplan, TPR, Prep 101 and buy some of their passages/tests. Id try not to use AAMC material and too many practice exams though. But doing 1-2 low-yield ones may help establish your baseline and future planning. Hope that helps - I did my MCAT years ago so I apologize if there are better prep companies out there these days
  22. Wondering thoughts on elective cap for 2021 graduates and elective location whilst pursuing two surgical specialties (GS + 1 surgical sub-specialty). As someone who is interested in two surgical specialties but doesn't have ties to any place in particular for residency, what would be the recommendation for elective selection/location? Currently I am equally interested in General Surgery and a surgical sub-specialty. Would it make sense to equally distribute my electives across the two fields and spread the electives across the country? Note: I am an M2 and thus things could definitely change depending on the programs/schools I am interested in, but just looking for some advice on how someone would organize their electives in the above scenario. Much thanks!
  23. Definitely. Anything is possible. My first year GPA was a ~3.4 on a 4.3 scale and didnt think medicine would happen for me. Fortunately schools are lenient will weight your GPA dropping a few of your bad courses, especially if they were in first year. Keep studying and keep pushing yourself, but enjoy the ride. Life also gets stressful in medicine. So take the time to enjoy the journey. If you keep working hard and keep pushing youll get there.
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