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  1. What are your favourite resources for learning clinical skills? Physical Exams?
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    Offering Assistance with application does not even the playing field if it's unaffordable. It may actually create another layer of inequality amongst applicants. However, if it's affordable, it MAYBE useful ( to a small extent). I 've no data to support what I'm saying, I'm just speaking from experience. When I was pre-med student, I was lucky to have been able to afford MMI coaching, but at a certain point I started to think it was not very useful. I believe MMI coaching is useful for beginners who have no idea how to organize their response, but beyond that, I don't think it is super useful. If anyone is unable to afford MMI coaching but would still like to know what's the content generally offered in MMI coaching, I would be very happy to share my notes (feel free to PM me). Last year, I was accepted to all 3 med schools I interviewed at despite having a low GPA, and I actually barely practiced for my interviews in the months prior to my interviews. I just went with the flow and I followed no MMI script nor had any plans about how to respond their MMI questions ( as I used to do previously), and it worked out for me. You don't necessarily need MMI coaching to succeed in your interviews. P.S. I don't think MMI coaching is unethical. However, I do know a lot of people in my med school, who think it is unethical and not okay. Dr. Ian Walker ( part of the U of C admission committee) had a blog post on MMI Application services few years ago and what he thinks of it. Good luck to everyone going through the interviews process!!
  3. Or is it just restricted to the dermatologists and plastic surgeons?
  4. 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?
  5. Most optometrists have to work few years /establish their own business before they make 250K.
  6. 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?
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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
  10. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. The funding factor is the biggest difference, and that's why I'm leaning towards pursuing Phd during residency .