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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
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