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  1. Damn well this is concerning... I was planning to write the USMLE during my summer of M2 but I think now I might strongly reconsider until my 4th year or something
  2. Maybe you know something that I don't but how is this good news for Canadians writing for the puposes of a fellowship? From all the residents I've talked to, the goal has always been to "just pass".
  3. Is there an option to choose or not to disclose your USMLE score? So if you intend on just passing it, PD's won't even know you took it?
  4. Bumping this to ensure that things haven't changed as I am planning on writing the USMLE this summer
  5. In my opinion the MCAT is much more about knowing how to apply concepts at a deeper level than mere regurgitation and requires more critical thinking than just knowing brute facts. You need to understand the logic of the MCAT and two companies that helped really drill that into me was EK + Next Step From what I recall a few years ago when I took it, a lot of the answers could be deduced from the passage and question stem and didn't require a lot of outside information. Even if you were to miss all of those random discrete questions that have no relevance to the passage, you "shouldn't" be scoring <500. I think the real issue that needs to be addressed is to know how to think critically about information that is given to you and apply it. Current MS2 and now realizing it is quite relevant to medicine in the sense that the patient is essentially telling you what's wrong with them (giving you all the information) but you have to think critically about what each symptom/sign means.
  6. At my school in Ottawa, These types of skills are usually part of extra curricular workshops. Had I not gone to any of them (like suturing, intubation, cast setting, dissection, etc.) I would have had 0 procedural experience. You will gain more comfort working with your hands during those workshops and it is very stress free. It took me forever to learn how to suture and to do hand ties. I had trouble mapping what I saw from my instructor to my own hands but with time it gets easier.
  7. I think you misunderstood what I said. Even if a physician is stripped of all their day to day chores and have it replaced by robots that are 100x more efficient, someone will still need to be held accountable; be it a physician, an engineer, etc. If robots start to mimic the function of a physician, or any other job for that matter, they will also mimic their legal liability. But robots are property and they don't have any legal status. So if a robot causes harm like a surgical error, you have to sue the one who has made the final decision to approve of its use during the case. And correct me if im wrong, but i'm pretty sure the final call will be up to some doctor. Long story short, you can probably eliminate most of what a physician does - sure, but that won't eliminate the job - just change the nature of their work. In the context of AI, most of their work will probably be in managing the new technology that is afforded to them. Like many have said though, I don't think our generation has to really worry about this during our working lifetime. Pagers are still being used, paper charts are still being used; the latter just starting to get phased out atleast in Ontario
  8. Speaking in practical terms, a robot will never be an independent provider. Can you imagine suing one for medical error? Someone has to and always will be responsible for the final call (i.e. a supervising physician).
  9. I never go to class and listen to recordings. I don't take handwritten notes and use a 4 year old laptop paired up with 2 external monitors to increase productivity. It's very tempting to buy the latest and greatest in med school but looking back on 1st year, if you don't plan on changing your study hanbits from Undergrad, new hardware won't magically make you a better med student.
  10. You can absolutely do research in English - there is no exclusivity! I think that doing research in French would be "easier" simply by the numbers since many English stream students don't speak French and probably wouldn't contact a french supervisor. Think about the French stream as having access to everything that is English PLUS the French stuff! If you have any other questions you can feel free to PM me; happy to help. For what its worth, I collaborated with an English student on an english research project so yeah, totally doable
  11. I feel like this should be noted in the email sent out to applicants. In such an emotionally charged situation some might act out of impulse instead of looking for this type of thing
  12. I had that worry and can tell you that it is 100% do-able. I'm in the French stream and I study the material primarily in English but apply it in French (this is something you need to do especially for group case-based discussions, patient interactions, speaking to physicians etc). I'm like you where I did my undergrad in English and so my brain is almost completely hard wired to think an reason in English. Its therefore easier for me to learn in English first before translating it in my brain to French rather than to learn it in French the first time - if that makes sense. To further add to that, some of the best ressources out there are almost only in English and especially for Cardiology, its even recommended that we buy Lilly's Cardiology (which is only in English). Its extremely frustating and confusing to learn something in French first and then have to cross reference it in English online. The MD program in Ottawa is by definition, a bilingual one and most of the French class is comfortable in both languages. you'll be just fine and you will not regret it one bit. Just wait and see.
  13. I think the others have raised a lot of good points and you do have to be careful on how you word it (very general advice here and none of us can offer specifics unless we know the story). Yes, it is true that we all have biases and what not but if this story is really why you want to become a doctor, then just tell it as it is. I don't have a traumatizing experience that motivated me to become a doctor but I can tell you that the first 2 times I applied for interviews, I didn't truly know why I wanted to become a doctor and i'm pretty sure it showed with dispassionate answers. On the 3rd shot I knew exactly why I wanted to become one, communicated it with the appropriate amount of passion and I believe that's what got me in. We shouldn't be perpetuating this stereotype of hiding from our true selves. We expect our patients to be just as genuine and vulnerable in their interactions with us. This is my personal opinion - but just say what you feel needs to be said. No prep books, no trying to "refine your answers". Speak in your own words to show case who you truly are. Faking it till you make it will only get you so far and in this case - it might hurt your chances of admission
  14. The youngest med students will typically be 21-22. Don't treat 5,6,7 or even 10 years of being older than the average matriculant influence what you will be doing for the next 30+ years of your life. Its just silly in my opinion.
  15. Here is blunt and direct advice: No, you're not too old.
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