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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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 :))
  4. 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
  5. It sure is dont apply there, leave the spot for another low tier applicant who wants to do medicine
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. deathvvv

    Voice your opinion about the LMCCII

    Fair enough. To be honest I feel like there is nothing wrong with the current accreditation system. Now carms spots for cmgs that's another matter (but that's more resource availability rather than accreditation). I don't think they need to shorten the lmcc. But be more like the USMLE where they move lmcc2 to fourth year after carms (which is basically like vacation anyway). This way the basics are still fresh for all med students and they are not so far removed into their specialties that they don't know how to work up a vaginal bleeding during pregnancy lets say.
  11. 3.5 will put your out of the running for every Ontario school besides Mcmaster. Is your CARS130? If so, you may have a chance at McMaster if you do well on the CASPER. But even then its a longshot. People who gets accepted to McMaster generally have GPA 3.8+ CARS >130+ and really good extracurriculars. Your downward trend probably puts you out of the running for Queens and Ottawa and Western (who take best2/last 2 years). If you are out of province and have extensive ties to the maritimes you may have a shot at Dalhousie and memorial but I wouldn't bet on it. Chances are you need to do a masters, I have heard of people with your GPA with amazing grad school performance get into U of T. Aside from that you probably have to think about USMD/USDO. If Canadian school is where your heart is, you probably need to do a second undergrad and kill it (GPA >3.85)
  12. deathvvv

    Voice your opinion about the LMCCII

    I think it is reasonable to make it a 2 day exam. MCQ exam of lmcc part 1, then lmcc part 2 on the second day. Or alternatively, have lmcc1 at end of third year and lmcc 2 during fourth year after carms. I find the CDM section of lmcc 1 pretty useless and could be removed. The lmcc 2 covers that clinical decision part anyway. Also please elaborate, in what way would you propose to split the US vs Canada system?
  13. deathvvv

    Voice your opinion about the LMCCII

    Actually, I do think there is a point to the lmcc2 exam. I think that there should be a standardized exam to test minimum levels of competence in physical exam maneuvers and clinical reasoning and patient interactions. But I do agree with you it should not be tested during residency since every specialty have their own graduating exams. I think that it is a remnant of the old system and basically free money for them. I do think that the LMCC 2 should be combined with LMCC 1. Basically like the step 2 CK/CS component and administered during clerkship (3rd/fourth year) to show that you have the basics down.
  14. deathvvv

    Voice your opinion about the LMCCII

    there is no point it is a money grab, plain and simple
  15. deathvvv

    Voice your opinion about the LMCCII

    that still leaves a hefty 4 million dollar profit
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