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  1. Well you didn't have to tell me I'm ugly
  2. No, some people do look for spouses on Tinder. My problem with Tinder as a guy in a city with more men than women is that the great girls get snatched up quickly, and unless you're a model, it's terrible for your self-esteem. I think I get 2 matches/month, and those fizzle fast.
  3. I came out of a relationship right before starting, and I'm still single. Conversely, I have classmates who entered med school single and are now happily not-single. Then there are those who are unhappily single (and probably some who are unhappily not-single but aren't broadcasting that). Basically, getting into med school doesn't make things any easier/harder. It ultimately depends on you. The biggest issue will be that it can be hard to meet new people when you're in med school, but if you're in a new place, it's definitely easier to meet other people.
  4. Let me assure you: if you can't find a spouse before entering med school, it doesn't get any easier once you're in
  5. Unlike in Canada, where you need to have passed the CCFP exam to work as an FM, it's not necessary to have passed the ABFM exam to work in family medicine; however, many employers may require it, especially if they bill insurance. More underserved areas generally won't care. Six months residency = six months living in the US, not six months doing a residency. So you could challenge the exam as soon as 6 months after moving to the US were you able to find a job that sponsors you for a visa without requiring ABFM certification.
  6. Actually, I'd asked an accountant at BDO a variation of that question: what if I move to ON, don't fully exhaust my tuition tax credits, and move back to AB? AB considers the unused provincial amount to be equal to the unused federal amount. So you will get AB tax credits moving ON->AB but not vice-versa. Which blows, since I have ~$200k of those and kind of wanted to do my residency in Toronto/Montreal/Vancouver -- none of which have provincial tuition tax credits anymore as of 2019.
  7. A quick search of each province found that AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, PEI, NWT, YT, NU will require one to be a licenciate of the MCC to get a license for independent practice (non-provisional). I presume that means you need to have passed MCCQE1 and 2. It seems SK allows provisional registration (requires supervision until you pass the MCCQE2) for non-LMCCs, as does MB. So that leaves BC (allows CCFPs but not FRCPSCs to substitute USMLEs for LMCC), NB (doesn't mention LMCC at all for regular licenses in their regulations), NS (USMLEs may be an allowable substitution for the LMCC?), NL (doesn't mention LMCC as a requirement for regular licenses in their regulations?) as provinces that allow one to get a full license without completing both MCCQEs. So I guess if you wanted to start working in one specific province right away, one could go to one of those provinces, get a full license, and then get a full license in your desired province (except Nunavut) under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement on the basis of your first license.
  8. I use a Surface Pro, no complaints. We don't use eclass in med; we use medsis. Lecture slides are posted as powerpoints/PDFs (some professors will post synposes as .doc files), which can then be downloaded and printed/inserted into your program of choice (eg evernote, onenote)
  9. Based on some of these replies, it seems prudent to point out that if you intend to sit back and let things happen like some have suggested, chances are nothing's going to happen... Past performance being a predictor of future performance, if something were going to happen by doing nothing, it already would've at least once in the last 8+ years. Also, being in med school isn't quite the aphrodisiac you'd think. If someone's interested in you already, it could help or hurt; if they weren't to begin with, it changes nothing. All that being said, there's nothing wrong with being 21 and having never kissed a girl. We all grow at our own pace, and just because it's at a different pace than others' doesn't mean there's something wrong with you. You've undoubtedly grown faster than others in different domains. Still, it sounds like it's something that bugs you, and that's understandable. I've heard it said that relationships are like oxygen: they don't matter unless you don't have any. It's tough looking around and feeling like you missed the class on relationships, but it's like everything in life: with practice, you can get better at it. But how do you practice when you don't know where to begin, right? Try breaking this large problem down into multiple smaller ones. So step 1 is being comfortable talking to girls at all-as friends. Step 2 is asking out a girl you're interested in - I'm not sure if the nervousness really goes away. This one's important, because if you're not clear, then she may think you just want to be friends, and that's not fair to either of you. Step 3 is spending time one-on-one in a non-platonic context. And so on.
  10. Based on the experiences of a classmate who deferred due to pregnancy and doesn't regret it, I'd hop on the deferment train. Alternatively, if you feel you could do it, you could look at finishing the first block and then taking a leave of absence after that.
  11. It's hard to follow though, at least for me. I haven't figured out yet how to reconcile the "this sucks" I get when shadowing one attending and "I love this" when shadowing another...from the same field.
  12. A couple of our classmates were in the same boat (lived away from AB for a few years and got into the U of A). From talking to them, I've garnered some things that could influence you either way: Ability to live back with family - if you move in with the 'rents again, you could get free food/etc and a bunch of stuff taken care of...but that can put a crimp in your social life. It can also be a bit harder to socialize this way if you're not that close to campus, since people will often hang out with their neighbours (not because they don't like those who live further away, just because it's more convenient). Furthermore, living closer to home, you might feel obligated to visit your extended family or hang out with your parents/siblings more often vs attending a med event = FOMO even if the event wasn't that great. If you move out, it could cause some resentment with your family depending on the dynamic. Tuition/cost of living - U of A is much, much cheaper than U of T Dating - Edmonton skews more male (so if you're male, you could find it harder to date); Toronto's probably more balanced and may be more minority-friendly? Layout - U of A has the hospital right next door to Katz which is great for shadowing. I can't recall: does U of T have a similar setup? Class social life - Since we only have ~160 people, and it's a single campus, it's easy to get to know everyone if you want. Conversely, a lot of people drop off the grid when they realize they can vodcast Weather - Edmonton is frigid. Toronto is... Toronto. Travel - Toronto has YYZ, YTZ, BUF, YOW all pretty close so that it's easy to get somewhere quickly and maybe cheaply during spring break. Edmonton has YEG and YYC which may/may not be quick or cheap. YYZ is connected to union station via a train that runs >1x/hr, YEG to century park via a bus that runs 1x/hr. Non-academic events - Edmonton isn't bad, but... it's not Toronto. Public transit - If you or your destination is on a public transit line, you're golden. This is true for both Edmonton and Toronto, I suppose, with the caveat that Toronto's public transit seems to be better. But in Edmonton it's "free" (U-Pass). Is it free in Toronto? Matching - I dunno, is the U of A better here or are we about the same? Supposedly if you want derm, the U of A is a great place to study since you can actually shadow derm from day 1, which may not be possible at other schools. I'm not sure how it is in Toronto
  13. I'd honestly suggest UBC over U of C given that your husband is living in Vancouver anyways. The ability to lean on your support network -- who is physically there -- when things are getting tough at school can't be understated. It can be stressful to have to keep up with family/friends if they aren't close to you during school. Additionally, if you want your husband to keep that job with a pension long-term (i.e. if you want to match to UBC for residency), your best bet would be to go to UBC for med school. UBC has a reputation (at least at the U of A) as being really difficult to get electives at for non-UBCers. If you can't get electives, it's harder to match vs someone who's had the face-time with local staff. As an ex-banker, I'm sure you can appreciate that the value of a pension and happy relationship is much greater than $70k/4yrs ;). Conversely, OP loses $20k in tuition if they go unmatched for a year if they decide that they absolutely don't want to do family med. Or a pension (which is probably greater than $170k post-tax) if they match outside of Vancouver and the husband has to move. Or more if the relationship breaks up because of the distance + stress.
  14. I suspect that the problem with plastics is that opening your own clinic has a high barrier to entry: you need both equipment+staff (=high start-up costs + ongoing costs) and patients. Private patients would have to seek you out directly, so unless you have something like a residency from Harvard/UCLA, it would be difficult to get revenue > costs. Supposedly the market for cosmetics is pretty saturated in Canada.
  15. The Royal College released a report today on specialists' employment here: http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/health-policy/employment-study-e A lot of the worst specialties are surgical, but there are also some IM (medical biochem, heme, nephro, GI) specialties in there. Unfortunately, they didn't list statistics for all specialties, only 14 of them. It was interesting to read the testimonials though: one anesthesiologist reported that the market in anesthesia is saturated (though in the absence of data on anesthesiology, which wasn't one of the "worst" specialties for employment prospects, it's difficult to determine how accurate that claim is).
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