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  1. deathvvv

    1st year resident take home pay

    BC gets even less, stop whining
  2. deathvvv

    Quality of Family Med programs

    I think overall most programs well prepare you well to work as a family doctor on an outpatient clinic basis. But if you want to practice rurally or want to increase the scope your practice, there are obviously programs better for that. For example, rural based program will give you more exposure to rural medicine (er, icu, hospitalist, obygn etc). However, opportunity is what you make of it. I interviewed at basically every FM program (except MUN and alberta), and the impression I got is that residents from every program are happy with their training and feel confident. I was in a big urban program for residency and I had colleagues who graduated and do rural work in NW territories and Yukon with no problems. So you can definitely get exposure to comprehensive family medicine in big urban programs if you are proactive in your learning. Not to beat a dead horse, but yes Calgary has a rep as being a sub par program (but still good as it is still accredited lol). But if you look at carms stat, it always have spots left over. And from what I heard on the interview trail, most people rank it pretty low unless they have geographic reasons for being in calgary
  3. Yes and No. While its true that you "can" get into med school from any undergraduate program, some program in nature are "structured" in such a way that it makes you more competitive. McMaster health sci is well known for this due to the fact that apparently it is fairly easy to maintain a high GPA (#1 criteria for med school), also with counselors and alumni that you can connect with to hone/improve your med school application/interview skills. Because of this, >80% of McMaster health sci ppl get into med
  4. I seriously doubt this would happen. U of T has one of the biggest (I think second biggest family medicine residency program after UBC) in Canada. So I doubt being family medicine/primary care hinders you at all. There is emphasis for being researcher/academically inclined but thats more the bonus you get during application for being a grad student. When it comes to interview/file reviews it depends on who reviews you. I have met plenty of u of t alums with little to no research experience at all. So its definitely not a deal breaker
  5. Im sure this question can be solved by going to the McGill med website and looking it up or emailing the admissions department
  6. both is relevant they are both useful and relevant equally in medicine (depends on specialty, one may be more relevant/useful than the other) do what you are interested in
  7. deathvvv

    Unhappy in medicine?

    http://www.joshualiu.ca/about/ maybe read about this guy went to U of T for med school, really fell in love with entrepreneurship. He finished got his MD, decided not to do residency, and became an entrepreneur full time. Doing well for himself and using his medical training in the field of medical technology and business.
  8. deathvvv

    CFPC Fall 2018 exam

    your school usually have "hand me downs" of old Samp questions, do those to get a taste of how prepared you are but otherwise, stick with family medicine notes/uptodate/ccfpprep.com, cover one or two topic each day and make sure you know it well if you do that and reflect on cases you see during the day and integrate what you learned, you should have no problem passing the Samp
  9. deathvvv

    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    Most people that I encountered in med school and onwards are genuinely nice people. I think premeds by nature are competitive and a lot are insecure. They mask that insecurity with arrogance and cockiness. With the process being very competitive and limited number of med school spots for overwhelming more applicants, there is a lot of that mindset as you described. However, once people get in I think a lot of that competitive edge is gone given that they had made it. Ofcourse, there are people who are jerks who get into medicine, but the interview weeds out the large majority of them and the jerks (who can't fake being nice) are few and far between, at least at the residency and colleague level (staff/teachers are another story :))
  10. unfortunately the number of spots is way too tight to allow for any room for error , especially with cmg applying to competitive specialties or having a change of heart in fourth year and applying to a different specialty that they had not done electives in. sure, the long term solution is to a) decrease medical school spots to ratio the 1.01 to 1 cmg to residency spot ratio or b) increase funding for more residency spots. both of which needs to occur at the administrative level and may take years if it happens at all. the only thing med students can do is to maximize their options. I agree that preclerkship does not prepare students well for USMLE 1. However, the first two years in Canadian med schools are pretty "chill" and there is summer breaks as well. There is no reason why Canadian students cannot study in their own time to do well on step 1 (pathoma, uworld). At worse they become more proficient in the basic sciences, at best they open up a fallback option in the states. If they aim for family medicine or psych in the US, they don't necessarily have to aim for the moon, anything around average or even below average in step one would land them a residency in the us
  11. It sure is dont apply there, leave the spot for another low tier applicant who wants to do medicine
  12. thats average, that means a significant amount of the class have lower that have gotten accepted even if you pull a 4.0, its not gona raise your GPA by much, but if you screw up , your GPA can plummit very little upside very big downside for just one school
  13. For USMD schools, you may have shot with "low tiers" that are canadian friendly ie Wayne State, GWU, georgetown, penn state, suny upstate, rosalind franklin, michigan state But with that said, you need to have BETTER than the average entrance GPA. So your 3.5 GPA may sink you as averge GPA for those schools tend to be >3.6 So I think doing an extra year and killing it make sense. Opens up UWO (maybe if they count that year and your first year of 3.8) and may push your GPA to above 3.6
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    Your basically only reasonable shot without doing another undergrad is western. Killl fourth year (like 3.85+ GPA, 3.7 gpa minimum) Do fifth year (same as above)- this gives you the chance to take pre reqs You can either apply in your fifth year (long shot- I doubt western will give you an interview with just one year of 3.7+) or the year after (where you graduated and works/domasters/volunteer- to beef up your resume more) rock the mcat (meet western cutoffs, ie CARS 130) and apply. Even with IP status I don't think ur very competitive with UBC because your low grades in the first 3 years are gone drag you down. In reality you probably need 85%+ to be competitive. If you apply in year 6, queens may open up to you. Their application is a black box, but I hear of people get in with last 2 years being 3.8+ and a good MCAT score. But yes, very long uphill climb. I would also take the next couple of years to explore alternatives to medicine
  15. From Western's admission website "Minimum GPA, as established by the Medicine Admissions Committee, must be met in each of the two best undergraduate years. GPA is calculated using the OMSAS Conversion Scale. So in your case you would not apply unless u do a fifth year and rock it. Also a gamble of a year. By the way, western change their mcat cutoff from year to year and one year their CARS went as high as 131. So in my opinion this is pretty high risk. Also, this is just to get to the interview. At that point you have a 50/50 shot of getting accepted depending on how you peform on the interview day. I would work on a long term strategy go maximize my chances
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