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  1. No, you most certainly will not be a certified dermatologist going this route. The fellowship is non-accredited - the only way to board certification in derm is through a derm residency.
  2. You do electives in ortho, be friendly and work hard on electives. That’s all. Ortho is not competitive in Canada. But I’d recommend exploring all options when you start med school before committing to any particular specialty. Often times clinical practice differs dramatically from pre-conceived ideas of what a given specialty is like on a day-to-day basis.
  3. Probably not the best use of time as a med student, and unlikely to be very successful in this strategy. This is speculating, not investing.
  4. 2020 is a write off for most people in the world so unless you’re aiming for something very competitive, I’d take advantage of relaxing and doing whatever you want that’s not med school related, especially as M1.
  5. The difference is that in IM 90% of your reading will be related to things you’ve at least heard of during medical school, whereas in derm 90% of your readings are on things you never knew existed.
  6. IM and select IM subspecialties, surgery, peds, path...and a bit of derm in the first 2 years.
  7. Suture practice isn’t suture practice until you have a surgeon and a fellow staring you down as you fumble through closing skin for the first time. So I wouldn’t bother for now.
  8. Statistically it’s easier (50% match rate into derm/plastics for example). The difference is that The pool of applicants to those specialties are all gunners for the most part. It’s a little like asking what are the chances of winning an Oscar - well 1/5, but you have to be one of the 5 first.
  9. No need for PM. Med school is expensive. Life is expensive. The typical med student will rack up 150-250K in debt and that’s normal. Fear the debt, but also love it - it lets you live normally for the next 10-12 years. You’ll pay it off quickly once you’re done so don’t sweat an extra few thousand here and there.
  10. Derm, Ophtho. Those are probably the two where research is nearly a must, especially derm.
  11. What you need and what you want are two different things. Some people get through med school just fine with an iPad. Others have portable workstations fit for NASA. Apple vs PC doesn’t matter. Specs depends on what you plan to use it for. There are no software requirements for med school, and certainly no computational assignments.... and most research projects don’t require anything more than a basic computer unless you are doing large database machine learning or engineering modelling or something. Hard drive storage totally depends how much data you’ll be migrating over from your previous machine and if you tend to store photos/music/videos on your computer or not. Also, one computer for med school plus residency is like 10 years. Not realistic IMO. So in summary - what you need is very little. What you want for your specific purposes may differ.
  12. False but ok. 1) most derms regardless of province are clearing 400K billing, some provinces it’s closer to 700-900K for medical alone. 2) unless you’re academic, you WILL have cosmetic as some component which is on top of medical billing. 3) Derm is a volume business, not a big $ per procedure business, unless you do Mohs
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