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  1. At the Albertan schools, you get paid 20K per year and you do not pay for med school tuition. I'm sure that there are some scholarships that you apply to that would help you get more funding, but I haven't looked into it in great detail. If you choose to do it in residency it is: 60+k/year. It's almost a 40K difference per year. In general, from my prospective, although funding is the biggest difference, I don't think that finances should be the biggest determinant about when you choose to do a degree. Do it when you feel most comfortable about doing it.
  2. I don't know much about the riskiness of doing a Phd in residency, but I feel that it really is dependant on the individual, and their mentors as well as how teachable they are. It does not have to be risky if you have the right attitudes, mentors, etc. I personally know individuals in surgical specialties who finished their Phd during residency and they were quite successful, but they were VERY hardworking individuals.They also finished it in 2 years instead of 3. BUT, I surely don't know much about the topic because I only did research work for one year prior to medicine and I did it in the area of health inequity, and from speaking to mentors a lot of them encouraged me to pursue Phd in my residency and none of them told me that it was risky doing it in residency, but I should explore this further.
  3. I don't think many people will pursue a Phd during residency unless they were already keen on research and have some form of research background.
  4. The funding factor is the biggest difference, and that's why I'm leaning towards pursuing Phd during residency .
  5. Advantages during residency: - The clinical investigator program (CIP) allows you to pursue a PhD in your subspecialty while getting paid ur regular residency salary. From my understanding of the program, you still have to apply for funding though, but the school will top off your funding if you were unable to secure enough funds.I highly recommend looking into CIP. I thought it was a super cool program when I heard about it. - When you do it in your residency, you research work is more specific to your clinical work, it may be a bit easier to get a staff/academic position. Advantage during medial school: - you 'll be more competitive applicant for CaRMS for some specialties. - You get to do a lot of research work during meds, which can be super exciting. - you get a break from all med school related activities/ get to focus on your own independent work and doing your own thing.
  6. I'm really interested in doing global health/international electives and practicing medicine in resource poor settings/ underserved areas, but I was wondering how doing international electives may affect my overall use of my elective time? Would it be viewed negatively when it comes to Carms because I may not be able to obtain reference letters or make connections for my residency application? Or am I overthinking it (?) Just wanted to hear your experience about doing international electives in med school, if anyone has done them and if they found them to be a good experience(?). Did it allow you to learn how to practice medicine in underserved areas ? What challenges did you encounter?
  7. Of course Your psychology research will make you stand out ( more so than the typical tissue culture research) Best of luck
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    What are my chances?

    At UBC, once you finish your Phd you will be considered an IP. One of my really good friends got into UBC as an IP candidate after finishing her Phd Your Phd will help you a lot at UBC by giving you IP advantage. At U of C and U of A, you will probably score above average in your ECs and they will drop your lowest undergrad year. Just try to diversify your ECs even more + make sure you meet the min. MCAT cutoffs. At Queen's they count the last two years of your GPA, so again you will have a good chance. I'm not familiar with other schools, so hopefully someone else comments. You are doing great work, keep up with it, and you will eventually get in Best of luck and Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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    Dermatology as IMG

    I know IMG graduates who matched to derm at U of T. It's doable
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    Family Medicine VS Dermatology

    How much lower is the income if you don't plan on practicing cosmetic dermatology ( just medical dermatology)?
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    cGPA calculations

    I don't know if rules have changed, but last year they did not count
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    Competitive GPA?

    I was interviewed ( and accepted) with a GPA lower than yours Once you get an interview, it is all about believing in yourself and showing confidence Best of luck
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    Queen's Reputation?

    Agreed !!
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    Queen's Reputation?

    Queen's is a wonderful school with a structured curriculum. They have a great match rate to competitive specialties and the school's atmosphere seemed very supportive. When picking a medical school, I highly recommend picking it based on: (1) Where your support system is, living costs/ the amount of debt that you will accumulate at the end of your education, not based on the school rank. (2) The teaching style at the university and whether it fits your learning style or not. Best of luck
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    mccqe1 preparation

    I'm just a first year medical student at U of C and we don't write the exam till the end of med school. But I believe that a lot of students use the following resources: 1. Toronto Notes 2. First Aid USMLE Step 2 3. Canada Q bank 3. Medical Licensing MCCQE1 exam book. 5. UWorld USMLE step 2 questions. I did not write the exam yet, so hopefully another student who has more experience that I do chime in Best of Luck
  16. I know several brilliant people who went to Ireland because it is only 6 years of medical school and they wanted a shorter route. They are now working as internists, Cardiologists, and surgeons at various Canadian hospitals. People who choose to go to Ireland, States are NO less competitive than individuals who are doing med school in Canada. In fact, I would even argue that they are more competitive because they were able to make it here in Canada despite being labelled and stigmatized by ignorant people as an IMG.
  17. I am also quite introverted, yet I have made several close friends because I joined activities that I'm interested in and met with people who share similar interests. The best advice I would give is don't be shy and reach out to people and you will make friends. Don't hesitate to initiative friendships, and eventually you will find people that you like and don't mind being close to I go to U of C, so I have been in medical school for 3 months now and over time I interacted a lot with certain people and we became close friends. You will make friend eventually, just wait until you have to do school work together.. and over time, you will find your group of people Best of luck
  18. I got in after 3 application cycles; The first two ones I was rejected, but last application cycle, I was accepted to 3 schools haha. I don't think being a re-applicant is bad, unless the school red flag you or something. TLDR : I don't think schools care how many times you apply Cheers, EP
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    What's On Your Mind?

    I just sold my first oil painting. So happy
  20. Thank you for your advice, ZBL I really appreciate it because I am NOT familiar at all with the US system. I'm working on figuring out what I want, but it is difficult because I have not done a lot of the course content in school yet and I don't want to make a pre-mature decission. Hopefully, by the time, I do Course 2, I'll be more decisive. When I talked to my academic counsellor, she was telling me to still keep my options open at this point, and she was saying that even if I want Derm then I can still make it even if I make my decision to pursue it late in my first year. So, I definitely agree with you that my best chances is to do it in Canada.
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    (UofC) Anyone Willing to Read my Top 10?

    I can edit it, and u don't have to pay for my time. I have a midterm next week, but I can read it afterwards ( if you are still interested) PM me and I will probably read it on Friday of next week.
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    MCAT rewrite is it worth it?

    Your score is amazing, you don't need to rewrite
  23. I clumped 2-3 activities together, and I don't think it was a problem Best of Luck
  24. Thank you so much for taking the time to write the detailed response, Edict . I really appreciate it . I am actually studying for the USMLE as I am studying for my school exams, so it is not too bad. I will definitely shadow more to try to figure out what I really want and I will be doing more research about the different options for pursuing Derm in Canada and US ( If I am still interested in it and I can't see myself doing anything else).
  25. Thank you for your reply, Edict. I go to U of C and I don't think we can get an enrichment year . I was wondering if we have to do electives in the US if we would like to match there? I'm honestly mainly writing the USMLE in case I want to do a dermatology residency ( it is in my top 3 list of residencies that I'm currently interested in), but I'm concerned that I may not have enough time to build my resume for CARMS because I am still not 100% sure if dermatology is my top choice residency. I'm usually really good with standardized exams and I feel that if all I need to get dermatology residency in US is scoring extremely well on USMLEs, then I can definitely do that :). I feel that writing the USMLE would allow me to keep my options open. I also think that writing the exam while the material is fresh in my mind is easier than writing it later and possible having to re-study the material that I might have forgotten. It's a good way to review everything before clerckship. My dilemma is that I am currently interested in Derm, internal medicine, OB/GYN and I have not decided yet which option is what I really would like to pursue for the rest of my life, and I'm writing the USMLE to keep my options open.