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  1. I've never heard of Mohs surgery - is it being done in Canada?

     

    It's basically a procedure where the tumour is excised by the dermatologist who is trained as a Mohs Surgeon (requires a fellowship after dermatology residency). The dermatologist acts also as the pathologist and views all of the slides of the removed tumour to ensure that the tumour is completely resected. If there is any remaining tumour, he or she will go back to the exact location of where it remains and remove more skin. It is meant to be conservative, while ensuring complete removal of the tumour. It is definitely becoming the standard of care.


  2. I'm purely speculating, but it might be that these physicians from India are willing to accept a lower fee than the average, in such allowing the Sask government to hire more doctors with the same amount of money. This will help with the shortage of doctor, and austerity issues too.

     

    Does anyone know if that, in-fact, is happening? There are a tonne of Canadian IMGs who I'm sure would GLADLY have a return of service agreement for getting licenced in Canada. Sounds pretty messed up to me...


  3. does your cosigner actually have to be someone without even a mortgage? seems kind impossible to find... anyone here have dual citizenship and access to american loans as well? seems like they have a significantly higher interest rate - almost 7 percent... maybe its really worth tracking down a cosigner!!

    congrats to everyone who has been accepted so far!

     

    may we see many more canadians on their way soon!

     

    My parents are my cosigners. They both have mortgages and we were able to be approved. The max they gave me was $150 000. At the time, the max for Canadians in Canada was 200K. Not sure if that has changed now. I am a US permanent resident and Canadian citizen and have access to US loans as well, but they are really expensive 7-8% interest so I am trying to stay clear of them. If you use federal loans, interest begins to accrue on the entire loan which is given to you upfront immediately (unlike an LOC where interest occurs on the balance only). Also, no payments are required on the federal US loans, but the interest you accrue is added to the amount you owe and also accrues interest.


  4. An orthopod told me once to incorporate immediately after residency. Because if you incorporate before marriage your business cannot be touched by your divorcee. He's on divorce #2 right now. lol :rolleyes:

     

    Lol, with equalization of assets the amount of money/assets each partner entered the relationship with is considered in deciding how to divide everything up. So that's probably why he said that... :P


  5. I doubt anyone can answer your question but you should go over to ValueMD and ask there.

     

    As for your app, are you sure it was personal problems that caused you to have a 2.8 GPA and that isn't just a convenient excuse? Not trying to be rude, but without some proof that you have what it takes to succeed at medical school I would hesitate to go abroad. I apologize for the unsolicited advice but I thought I'd just give you some things to consider before you make such a huge and risky commitment.

     

    Totally agree. It is extremely expensive to go abroad and it is very, very difficult to come back. You have to be extremely motivated and driven and then have to jump through many, many hurdles to find your way into clinical practice. Not looking to put you down, but to stress the challenges you will be facing and give you some food for thought.


  6. If you're thinking about substance abuse prior to even beginning medical school, how do you think you will choose to deal with a tough medical curriculum when things are intense? It's easy to really get carried away with drugs trying to enhance your performance, and it's all silly. You don't need to do drugs to succeed in medical school. Some people actually do need these medications for their daily lives, but if your only reason for looking at this is to boost your grades, then you are about to take part in setting a dangerous precedent for yourseslf.


  7. There are many that do every year! I don't have the 2012 numbers but below you can see the 2011 results:

    http://www.carms.ca/pdfs/2011R1_MatchResults/1_Summary%20of%20Match%20Results%20R1%201st_2nd%20Combined_en.pdf

     

    Now the important thing to remember is Canadian grads of US schools can participate in both matches. However, the Canadian match is first and if you are picked in Canada, then you are automatically withdrawn from the US match. If you look at the results from 2011, 22 of 35 matched, 13 did not.

     

    Why did the 13 go unmatched?

     

    1. Perhaps some were aiming for a very competitive specialty and only ranked that specialty because they preferred to try to get into a US program rather than having a back up in Canada.

     

    2. As a Canadian grad of a US school, you have a bit less opportunity to network with program directors in Canada (unless you do electives there)... so this puts you in a little bit of a disadvantage.

     

    Overall though, you can match in the first round and many do every year. The chances of matching though depend on how competitive the specialty you are applying to is and how widely you apply.


  8. Decent shot at mid-tier schools with those stats, provided that you apply early!

    English isn't a problem, as long as you indicate on the application you will be taking them (list them as 'future courses')

    The 2nd year courses won't be an issue

     

    The crucial thing is applying early. You are able to submit the application as of June 1st. Because the US operates on rolling admission, an early submission ensures you are among the first people reviewed (when no school has given out any interviews or acceptances yet, so you have a much higher chance of getting one). I cannot stress how important it is to apply early! Your MCAT score can hurt you if you apply late.


  9. For students who are interested in attending med school in the USA, I have a really great set-up with RBC. They approved my LOC relatively quickly (BMO gave me a lot of trouble). Importantly, they have a US bank that you can transfer money to from your Canadian Royal Bank account for NO FEE and the transfer is instant. The US Bank (RBC Bank USA) has a really cheap account ($3/month - fee is waived if your account balance is $700+; or if you have a balance over a certain amount on your LOC, you can get their premium US account for free which also gives you a guaranteed preferred exchange rate). If you talk to the account manager, you might be able to negotiate a way to get him or her to manually do the currency conversion for you and get you a preferred exchange rate too.


  10. The myth of admissions people check facebook is ACTUALLY true to some degree. I actually know people from there that check facebook. Not exactly a myth. :(

     

    It's not a myth. Some of them will and residency programs may check too in the future. Be careful what you post. Delete old immature postings and eventually google should update with the new info.


  11. Anyone know when PM will be fixed?

     

    We are currently trying to get a hold of Ian because none of us have access to admin ability to get to the bottom of the problem. He should get back to us soon. We are also aware of the user CP problem and are discussing ways to fix it. Sorry for the trouble this may be causing you guys.


  12. I signed up for the MCAT FOUR times before I actually wrote it....... it was a big mental block/hurdle for me and honestly, I truly understand the mental struggle with this beast. You can get an interview with a 9/9/9 at UofT as per their website, but really you can be even lower. I have an 8 in one category and still got an interview this cycle. And if you get a 10 or 11 in VR, you'd have a great shot at McMaster.

     

    Keep your head up. The road to medicine sucks i.e. tons of hurdles like the MCAT, interviews, letters of reference, etc. but you have to do what you have to do.

     

    And now lost__in__space is KILLIN it! Persistence pays off, just gotta keep fighing the good fight. ;)


  13. You CANNOT get into a us school without BOTH 1 year of english and gen chem. You need to take them at another school or you are wasting your money. That being said, if you have the prereqs, you are competitive for mid tiers schools.

     

    Not all schools require a full year of English. I didn't have a full year of English and I got into a few schools. At many schools a year of humanities or writing intensive credit will suffice.


  14. Hello OP,

     

    You should really evaluate your plans and figure out what is it that you want. The MCAT is a crucial part of the application. Reading about your stats, you have a decent shot at a lot of schools - but only if you write the MCAT! It's a huge test, but reallly is the only thing that will allow you to get your foot in the door at any school. Many people even have to rewrite the test, so while I understand that you are quite busy with your PhD work - I would urge you to really figure out a way to write the MCAT. Like lost__in__space, I (re)wrote the MCAT while I was completing my master's project and it was definitely a brutal experience (for a few months I spent all day in the lab, all night in second cup lol)... but it honestly had to be done! Nobody can tell you how competitive you are unless you have an MCAT score because it's such a huge part of the application. Good luck!


  15. Where do you go to school? Cuz this is certainly not the case at U of A. Of course, there's anatomy, but no one cares about your knowledge of the Krebs cycle or synthesis sequences. It's all very clinically geared. I have a neutral relationship with science and have not had any problems passing or issues with excessive boredom.

     

    Ulysses, you don't have to major in science - or love it, for that matter - to enjoy med school and be successful in it. I majored in Japanese Language and Culture.

     

    Step 1 cares! :P haha.

     

    Jochi brings up a good point though. It depends on your school. My school in the US is extremely heavily basic science based, but that's because the first (and most important) US licensing exam is like that.


  16. Hello OP:

     

    I wouldn't worry about what field you are from. There are majors from all over the place in medicine. If you want to pursue this career, however, you need to shake off this nervous feeling about the basic sciences. You have to put in a lot of time and energy to begin to develop the skills to master it somehow. All you will need is basic university introductory level courses. I realize that some schools don't have any pre-requisites for medical curriculum, but I really think that's stupid. Your life will be a LOT easier if you have taken some basic science work before starting. The important thing is to start somewhere. You might find a lot of the material difficult at first, so I don't think it'd be good to take all of them at one time (if you have no experience in any of them), but figure out a strategy to take them so that you will be able to write the MCAT and do well.

     

     

    I would set priorities on learning biology and chemistry first (foundations), followed by Organic chemistry and lastly physics. Try your best and see how far you can get, try taking prep courses before taking an actual course and try your best. Good luck :)

     

    Uh, this is backwards.

     

     

    You should learn math, then physics, then chem, then bio. The foundations of each one is based on the one preceding it.

     

    In my personal opinon, I do not think it matters at all how you begin. At least so far in my education, I have had to use very little physics, and I still think I understand a lot of medical science! The key thing is to learn the basics and use a lot of repetition! I started learning biology and chemistry before I had a solid background in physics and I don't think that hurt me in the slightest. Don't get me wrong - understanding some physics though is important (ex. resistance & blood flow), but I really don't think the order you learn things matters at all.

     

    Good luck OP!

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