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  1. In my med school, we have cumulative exams for everything we have covered in med school every three courses. Yesterday, when I looked over my notes for the contents I covered last year, I realized that I have forgotten some of it... it's incredibly sad because I put in a lot of effort when I was learning it the first time. I was wondering how can one study efficiently to not forget content? How do you maintain good long term memory? Do you have to constantly do practice questions? or read over your notes periodically? How do you incorporate that in your study schedule?
  2. Or is it just restricted to the dermatologists and plastic surgeons?
  3. I use anki osmosis and kaplan question bank, yet I still forget things . I just don't know how I will function as a clerk ( I will start clerkship next year in my school). I'm also a slow learner which make things worse because I don't have a lot of time to review things that I covered last year. If someone has effective strategies, please enlighten me?
  4. Most optometrists have to work few years /establish their own business before they make 250K.
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    MMI Prep Help

    Congratulations on your interviews, that's amazing The biggest advise I 'd give is to truly be yourself, and to not be afraid of judgement. You have to be confident and secure in yourself to be able to show the interviewers who you are as a person. I think what you need to practice more than anything is confidence, even in difficult scenarios and when you are afraid of judgement. What do you think will help with your confidence? - If it 's knowledge, then read more. - maybe it is your internal dialogue, if that's the case then start to change it. Do not think I will turn red or be nervous embarrassed when I'm put on the spot. Think: I will do well and present myself well when I'm put on the spot.. Your thoughts will change your behaviour - start to develop self- confidence and start to NOT care about what others think. - Don't let your introversion be a hindrance, instead celebrate it It makes you a more reflective person :). Accept yourself for who you are. I know tons of introverted people in med school ( most of my friends/SO in med school are introverted). My mentor in med school and the surgeons I'm currently shadowing are introverted. So, introversion is clearly not a hinderance. When you are practicing for the interviews you will get so much input from other people ( some will say you smile too much, and others will smile you don't smile enough, some will say you look serious and other will say you don't look serious enough...etc), don't listen too much to this kind of feedback because it will make you doubt yourself. You have to realize how you normally act , and act that way in the interviews. That's all it is... Good Luck!!
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    Extremely lost, What to do next?!

    International med schools are a viable option. My brother went through the IMG route after high school and he matched to a competitive specialty in the US. International schools are definitely an option worth considering, if you are willing to work hard. Having said so, it is still a very difficult option given the amount of debt that you will have once you finish med school. My brother says that if he would go back in time, he would stay in Canada and try to get into Canadian med school so he would stay close to us and save money.
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    More females than males in medicine?

    There is a study showing that females doctors are better than male doctors.. but the study has had some critique: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2017/02/04/the-study-that-said-female-doctors-are-better-than-male-doctors/#327e0fa93f92
  8. I bought Kaplan Step 2 question bank for $200 and it is been helpful so far . Toronto Notes also has a question bank .
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    Why do people want this so bad ?

    I understand your sentiment, but a lot of individuals go into medicine because they love the subject matter and they are service-oriented individuals. I'm a first year med student ( so I might be naive), but so far I have been loving medicine a lot and I honestly can't imagine doing anything other than medicine/clinical work. I love how I can help people, take care of them, listen to their concerns, and just be there for them. I love it when I can make a patient's day better :)!! I also love the potential for education/ teaching, and making a difference in the lives of your students and inspiring them to be great people/physicians.I also love how you can do research and make a difference at a bigger scale. No other career option offer you that much flexibility ( in my opinion) !!! At times, medicine can be overwhelming and a lot of work, and there is a lot of uncertainty in the process of becoming a doctor, but I still think it is one of the best professions (in my eyes). I'm very grateful that I got into med
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The funding factor is the biggest difference, and that's why I'm leaning towards pursuing Phd during residency .
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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
  25. 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.