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Everything posted by FeministKilljoy

  1. I'm married to one... Fun times! Said no one ever...
  2. It's very sad to see a leader of a major political party in one of the world's most powerful countries bring the level of discourse down to insults and name calling. It's very unbecoming, and it sets the tone as to how we treat and relate to one another. I bet you that most republicans are quite mortified by their new leader's behaviour. #drumpf2016
  3. Bingo! Gender constructs in our society are super, duper interesting and is the root of gender-based violence. If anyone wants to learn more, look into Jackson Katz's work on masculinity and violence. http://www.ted.com/talks/jackson_katz_violence_against_women_it_s_a_men_s_issue?language=en
  4. I'm sorry, what? So then how we as a society manage back when women weren't allowed into universities, let alone medical schools, before they figured out that our little lady brains are just as capable as men's brains? 'Social consequences'. I can't. I think women will just have to settle and marry down, I guess. Or marry each other?
  5. The stats are a few years old now, but you see the trend from 7 years ago. http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/how-many-get-in/ Your sex/gender expression aren't taken into account when you apply to any program, be it Medicine, Dentistry, Physio, OT, Pharmacy, RT, Nursing, etc. But overall, women make up approximately 60% of the student bodies at universities in Canada. Health care is generally a female-dominated field, including Medicine. http://www.macleans.ca/education/uniandcollege/women-in-canada-embrace-higher-education-statcan-survey/
  6. It's about damn time. Mix together a history of colonialism & slavery + institutionalized racism + minimal social safety net + weak gun control and here we are. Imagine how bad things could get if a person who bases their entire political platform on racism and hate gets elected President. Oy vey!
  7. I'm not sure if I can answer your question. But something to think about... We are QUITE fortunate to be living in Canada and have access to Canada's social safety net. I come from a lower SES as well, but I had access to health care and tuition was affordable when I attended University, and through hard work and perseverance I was able to obtain my degree, get myself a well paying, secure job, and have a comfortable lifestyle. In the US, you need a sh*t ton of privilege to be able to afford health care and obtain a post secondary education. So all of this to say, poor is a very different experience when you're living in Canada vs. living in 'murica. Not to discount your experience. Just food for thought.
  8. I'm originally from an urban centre in the prairies but I moved to NW Ontario in my early 20s where I put down some roots for a few years, met my husband, etc. I applied this year and was accepted (but I'm also Aboriginal and Francophone, which also likely have a role in my acceptance). So don't lose hope! Try this year and see where it goes, but if you're unsuccessful, try again in a few years, after you've put down some good roots in your community and have demonstrated some leadership roles. Best of luck!
  9. If you take a patient-ceentered approach to health care, your role is to keep your patients safe and to arm them with the information to make the best decisions for themselves - many of which you may not agree with. At the end of the day, your patients will be making their own decisions. You can choose to support them, or you can choose to alienate them by pushing your own agenda.
  10. There is no system in place to help couples out. Depending on what your partner does and what area you would like to practice in and how competitive it is, it may or may not be an uphill battle. If you or your partner is specialized or even sub specialized, it does become challenging as you don't necessarily have the luxury of choosing where you live/work, especially in today's job market for physicians in Canada. You might want to be mindful of that when you are choosing specialities as a clerk/preclerk... but you also don't want to hold yourself back in terms of careers as a medical student... It's a fine balance. What I have found is that it may be more challenging if you want to work/live in a larger centre, especially considering today's job prospects for physicians, but smaller, underserved communities may welcome you guys with open arms... Food for thought. Having 2 highly ambitious people in a relationship does get challenging when trying to satisfy everyone's needs and career aspirations. It takes some compromise and sacrifice, but trust in the end that it will work out in some fashion. Best of luck
  11. Also, the United States is a terrible place to live and practice Medicine if you're into socialism. My lover is experiencing major job search troubles but would rather be underemployed than stay in the US in order to work full time.
  12. Ding! Ding! Ding! Winner, winner! Chicken dinner!
  13. Well then maybe you would benefit from a break from applying to medical school to work and travel and live a bit? Only you can really answer that question... I can tell you that I wasn't ready for medical school when I was a uni student over 10 years ago. And when I returned to school at 30 with the goal of applying to med school, I ended up changing my mind and going a different path because I didn't feel ready. Fast forward a couple of years and here we are. At the end of the day, medicine isn't the be all, end all of the universe. If the application process is draining you, it's okay to take a step back and reassess. That's great self-care.
  14. I'm in my 30s and I will be starting medical school in the fall. I have been working in health care for almost nine years and decided to make the jump to medicine in order to widen my scope of practice. Ultimately, 29 isn't old... Nor do I feel old. I have life experience and ++ clinical experience, and that will be my strength when I return to school in the fall.
  15. No. Your mother is controlling and trying to manipulate you. Do you want to spend your life trying to please others? At some point you have to look out for your needs and your own happiness.
  16. I'm a silly rabbit and am registered for a course this summer. It's a topic that is of great interest to me and I couldn't pass it up. Combine that with moving back to Canada later this summer and I might be regretting my decision in a couple of months. aside - my favourite medical jargon word is dysdiadochokinesia. Try to say that 3 times fast....
  17. Another reason why some of the older surgeons haven't retired is that there isn't any incentive to. Given the crappy job market, new grads are being offered the call of these senior physicians, therefore there is no reason for them to retire. It's further perpetuating the cycle. It's terrible.
  18. Oh for sure! As an aboriginal applicant, McMaster allows us to defer the MCAT until after the application. I had no idea about this and ended up adding McMaster the day before it closed! It was a calculated risk on my end and I wouldn't recommend it to most applicants.
  19. The fine folks at Prometric didn't understand what I was doing or why. I reckon they don't see many McMaster applicants in America!
  20. I did that! So you can actually just skip ahead to the 2nd section, which is the CARS section. And then skip through sections 3 & 4. I was out by 9:30am!
  21. I know of surgeons at McMaster who do this... It can be done. I have friends who studied Physiotherapy at Mac and lived in Mississauga and commuted. Having a transponder for the 407 helps.
  22. Time Stamp: 9:44am Accepted/Waitlisted/Regrets: Accepted GPA: ECs: Aboriginal, Francophone. Allied health x 9 years, multiple leadership roles (student council, health care). ++ volunteering over the years (sporting events, sexual health). Sports: half marathons, Caribou Charity Ride, Sibley ski tour, cultural dancing group as a teenager/young adult. Decision (will you accept your offer)? Likely decline in favour for my first choice school. Haven't yet pulled the trigger though. Campus: West Edit: Just pulled the trigger. I declined my offer for NOSM. Best of luck everyone!!
  23. I'm getting ready for our trip to Miami this weekend!! We leave tomorrow at the a** crack of dawn, and return Monday evening. I'll be so busy running around, getting groceries, picking up the dog from the kennel Tuesday that hopefully I forget about checking my e-mail that day. Now where did I hide my drinking pants?
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