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  1. Laval prend toujours plus de temps que les autres à créer le groupe, parce que les initiations prennent un peu plus de temps à organiser et on commence 2-3 semaines plus tard que les autres! Mais ça va surement arriver fin juillet/début août et tu pourras stalk les têtes que tu verras pour les 4-5 prochaines années
  2. Hey, changer d'université en cours de doctorat est impossible. Mais tu peux appliquer aux programme de résidence où tu veux, donc si après ton doctorat tu désires aller à McGill pour ta résidence, cela sera très faisable selon le programme de résidence et la « compétitivité » de ton dossier.
  3. Oui, c'est un particularité d'Ulaval! Avant de passer les MEMs tu dois mettre tes préférences de lieu d'externat!
  4. Avez vous reçu par la poste le cahier du participant?
  5. I would without hesitation. I think it's very important to recognize how doctors' high salary are becoming a challenge in establishing trust with the population and soon with patients and other health professionals. We can justify an above-average salary (around 100k) with the arguments raised above, but not that high a salary. Human beings are greedy in nature, it's normal, but it's not acceptable when it starts preventing us from delivering quality care that is as accessible as possible. The salary doctors defend right now cause our whole health system to be held hostage to the high fees we demand. I'm down anytime to see our paychecks cut in half so we can hire more doctors, other health professionals, improve our infrastructures and start having health prevention&promotion policies that finally have some meat in them. I would gladly drop the "self-employed" status, let them handle the retirement savings etc. and have a much lower salary. I'm in it for the hourly rate salary if it means I get to spend the time it takes with my patients. I would prefer anytime to be in the middle income bracket but wake up knowing I get to work in an environment that makes it easier and feasible for me to truly help my patients that require lots of follow-ups and longer consultation to finally target that behaviour change they need to not end up in the emergency with clogged up arteries and glycemia through the roof in a decade; to not have to enter a room and know that for 8 minutes I will probably give half-a**ed advices to an overwhelmed patient that probably wont have the motivation I should have helped him get to apply those changes. And not having to head to a sinking health system and try to patch it up with glue and paper. Even though I can respect the idea that for some the salary is a very important component of the profession and that it is justified by the length of the program, the academic costs (which aren't high in Quebec, so I cant speak on this one) & de liability. But on a practical and ethical point of vue the idea of maintaining our salaries that high doesn't add up. And I tried to debate it the other way around, but it just doesn't hold up with our own deontology, not if the patient's wellbeing is our number one, sinequanone priority.
  6. Oui, ça a de la valeur. Mais déjà les universités francophones, il n'y a pas de CV ou d'essai personnel, alors bien que ton parcours est fort intéressant, ce n'est pas quelque chose qui sera considéré dans ton dossier à la première étape de sélection pour te rendre aux entrevues. À McGill et Ottawa, ton CV et tes expériences personnelles sont considéré dans le premier tour de sélection. Aussi, je ne veux pas dévaloriser la richesse de ton parcours, mais dans les universités francophones, une bonne partie des candidats dans ton bassin d'appliquants (universitaires) ont eux aussi de l'expérience clinique, avec des patients, dans un milieu hospitalier. Dans les universités anglo et franco, la quasi-totalité des candidats ont eu de l'expérience avec des patients que cela soit sous forme de shadowing, de bénévolat, de voyage humanitaire ou de recherche. Bien évidemment ton expérience semble plus riche en profondeur et en termes d'autonomie et d'"accountability", donc c'est clairement un avantage, mais ce n'est malheureusement pas suffisant pour te rendre compétitive. C'est important de se rappeler que ce n'est pas ton vécu en soi qui t'avantage, mais la perspective que ce vécu a créé en toi qui t'aidera à te démarquer. C'est à dire que simplement voir dans ton CV que tu es nutritionniste pour MSF n'affectera que légèrement la qualité de ton application. C'est la maturité, les valeurs humaines que tu feras ressortir dans ta candidature (essais personnels, entrevue, CASPer, CV, etc) en les justifiant par tes expériences qui te permettront de te démarquer. Une personne qui travaille chez McDo peut s'avérer être beaucoup plus compétitive qu'une personne avec un post-doc en immunologie parce que dans sa candidature, l'introspection qu'elle a fait de son parcours est plus riche en qualités humaines désirées en médecine. Bref, pour répondre à ta question de si ça rajoute de la valeur: ça rajoute la valeur que tu lui donnes. Utilise ton expérience de manière adéquate, ne l'imagine pas comme une carte privilège du monopoly mais tisse la subtilement et habilement dans la construction du caractère que tu présentes à ceux qui évalueront ta candidature. Bonne chance et bon succès dans tes démarches!
  7. I use iStudiez Pro. Except for the name it's a great app, mostly as a premed since you can enter your notes and it automatically calculates your gpa. I liked having that option. I used it to keep track of anything school-related. Assignments, due dates, exams with time/location, classes and the subjects in the classes, teachers' contact information, group projects, etc. They sync on mac&iphone and also with google calenders. I keep my physical planner and rewrite assignment/exams briefly, write my daily/weekly to-do lists and appointments. I usually take a few hours at the beginning of the semester with the course outline to enter everything so I don't have to worry about it for the next 16 weeks and update it when necessary.
  8. Je n'ai pas vu le groupe facebook dans le courriel envoyé sur capsule il y a les instructions pour rejoindre le groupe des initiations!
  9. Salut Melilla! Je te conseille d'aller voir cette section du forum: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/forum/66-general-quebec-discussions/ Tu y trouveras beaucoup d'information sur les discussions déjà créées. Je peux partager mon expérience avec toi. Après mon cégep, j'ai aussi dû faire un bac universitaire avant d'appliquer en médecine puisque ma côte R était trop basse pour médecine. En général la gpa pour changer de biochimie à médecine avec un bac complété est supérieur à 4.0/4.3 (si tu étudies à UdeM) soit avoir une moyenne supérieure à 85%. Mais tu as d'autres programmes que tu peux faire et qui peuvent être plus avantageux que biochimie (physio, ergo, nutrition) qui sont mieux côtés. En fait, il y a beaucoup de facteurs à prendre en considération donc je te suggère vivement de faire le tour du forum dans la catégorie "general quebec disussions" et si tu as des questions n'hésite pas à venir me voir en privé!
  10. Merci pour toutes les infos! Je me demandais c'était quoi une "mention d'exception" ? Aussi, l'échec/réussite s'appliquerait juste à l'externat, si je comprends bien? On reste noté au préexternat?
  11. Durant mes années de cégep, j'ai participé à un projet qui avaient pour but de sensibiliser les élèves du secondaire à leur réussite en sciences de la santé. Je me rappelle que le premier questionnement que mes co-présentatrices et moi avions eu était de savoir si l'IFG des cégeps changeait quoi que ce soit à l'obtention d'une bonne côte R ou bien si certains cégep étaient un meilleur tremplin pour médecine. On en avait parlé avec un conseiller d'orientation de notre cégep. Il a été assez gentil pour nous laisser voir les statistiques d'admission qui sont compilées par le MELS. Ce sont des informations qui ne sont jamais partagées avec le public pour des raisons x. Mais le fait est que peu importe le cégep le taux d'étudiants admis en médecine était plutôt constant. Dans les cégep de Montréal (maisonneuve, bois de boulogne, ahuntsic, dawson, mariannapolis) le nombre d'étudiants admis semblaient varier de +/- 3 étudiants entre les cégep. Et chaque année les chiffres changeait un peu, par exemple parfois bois de boulogne avait 1-2 étudiante de plus que maisonneuve et l'année d'après c'était maisonneuve qui en avait 1-2 de plus. En bref, selon les données que j'ai pu analyser, le cégep semblait avoir une influence non-significative sur les possibilités d'entrer en médecine. C'est de cette observation que je conclue que la côte R ne dépend que très peu du cégep en soi. En bou de ligne, si ces statistiques nous apprennent une seule chose, c'est que l'essentiel est le travail que l'étudiant fourni et que les éléments externes influencent que très peu sa réussite. Le seul élément extrinsèque à l'étudiant qui peut le favoriser/défavoriser à mon avis, et sa provenance du secondaire, puisque certains secondaires forment beaucoup mieux leurs étudiants pour les sciences de la santé que d'autres, malheureusement.
  12. Well personally, I never ever had a problem with blood or watching any kind of surgeries. I had friends in medschool show me some pretty gruesome stuff, and it never did anything to me. I have donated blood a zillion times without being affected the slightest. Until one time, I was doing a dietetics internship in dialysis and I got to watch a nurse perform a routine dialysis for a patient. And honestly, it's practically nothing at all. A needle is inserted in a patient's arm and blood start being filtered. But when the nurse inserted the needle in the patient's arm, I looked up and saw her eyes, and saw she was in pain because she had had so many dialisys sessions before that her skin could barely stand being pierced over and over again. All the area was blue. And then the blood started rushing in the tubes to be filtered. And then I started feeling weak. I felt like I had cotton in my head. It started getting super hot. I kept seeing her face contorted in pain and her blueish skin in my mind and I felt for her, for what she had to endure. I felt so bad I couldn't listen to the nurse's explanations. I pretended having to go blow my nose and I walked out of the room to get some fresh air. I did not understand what was happening. Then, I went back feeling fine again. And then he started injecting things again, and I knew I couldn't stay, so I left. I entered the bathroom just in time to vomit everything I had in my stomach. I never vomited like I vomited that day. It was tsunami-like. Sorry for the details, but you can see how affected I was. And I got extremely worried because, I knew I wanted to go in medschool and I never had such a reaction to blood, so wth was happening to me. And I talked about it with my parents who both used to be doctors and they told me it was a normal feeling. That from time to time you may get sick, but the more you'll do them the less you'll be affected by them over the years until it feels very natural. I think what triggered this reaction was imagining over and over again my patient's pain. My hypothesis is that when we get to see it on films, or even in real life but without knowing the person behind the surgery, we dont feel as empathetic and we're less likely to be uncomfortable by the procedure. But when, you associate a face, feelings, emotions it becomes all too real you're cutting up a human being and it can be quite overwhelming. I try, momentarily during those procedures, to cut out extraneous information I have about the patient. Like while being respectful, all I see is flesh and blood, no human behind it. But as soon the procedure is over, it's back to seeing the patient as a whole of course. I'm not sure if that helped but that was my experience!
  13. I agree with snowmen, your first priority is the proximity of the cegep. Sure some cegep will have higher IFG that can raise the R score, but it will also be more difficult to be above average. Anyway R score is there to factor in differences you can find between cegeps, it's not perfect, but it's good enough so you don't have to worry about which cégep will get you the best R Score. What really matters is : 1. Proximity (don't waste time with transport you can use to study) 2. Resources offered (tutors, special rooms where you can work and ask question about a certain subject, libraries, clubs, other support tools) Visit the cegeps, talk to the students and ask about teachers, exams, ambiance, if the library is study friendly (some libs are never quiet), the resources they offer and if they ever used them. Like seriously, go find students and ask, dont get sucked in tours, director speeches, and cute booths about dissecting frogs/cats. Find the students and ask all the crunchy questions: bad experiences? what were they? And I want to say Maisonneuve is an amazing cegep. It is truly disheartening to see their reputation tarnish this way. I went there like 7 years ago, and just recently, I still talked to some of their administration members and professors. I have never seen people that devoted to make their students succeed. They will literally do all that is necessary. We have locals open 8 hours a day with at every minute a teacher there so you can ask every question possible. The students are amazing, not competitive to the point where you can no longer be helped or help others. Maisonneuve is a great cegep, but it's too far from you. In your situation, I suggest Dawson. Even with a lot of students, you can make meaningful interactions with your teachers. My first semester philosophy teacher and I still talk over coffee sometimes and my cegep was filled with 6000 students. Just be motivated and curious!
  14. I personally found it to be an interesting reminder. We can be proud and patriotic and still leave room to constructive autocriticism. Md Financial said the backpack was about the CMA's 150th anniversary, so I mean, in a way it is still linked to Canada's 150th celebrations. And CMA's history is also one of being involved with at-risk minorities. So I don't think it was that off subject, though I also understand why some might think it is. I'm actually more than surprised to see the reactions this has brought. No one is being told that because you want a red backpack and/or because you want to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary that you are being intransigeant to indigenous communities. It's merely a reminder and a way to bring awareness. If that doesn't interest you, fine just dont reply and post a comment on a different facette of the subject. As for the restaurant analogy, well it is held in a private setting, whereas this forum is a public space where anyone can contribute in any way they see fit as long as they are being respectful. To be fair, there is no right place to talk about those kind of subjects. They will always make some people uncomfortable, or bore them, or annoy them, or kill their fun. As for being involved with indigenous communities. That is a great and commendable act. I find that amazing. But it would be equally amazing to not discourage someone who tried to open a discussion about the social injustices they're living. I'm pretty sure they would be thankful for that too. And yes, it's just a backpack. Like it was just a seat in a bus, or just an apple that fell from a tree. From trivial objects can emerge amazing discoveries and history-changing events. I'm not saying this backpack is gonna start a revolution, but hey, if it can start a conversation on one, if not the most marginalized community in our country: it is a good thing. Telling someone that it isn't pertinent, that SJWs are invading again, that it should be discussed elsewhere, that it isn't about race/gender, that they are overreacting; well, it just stops all forms of debates. It's like taping someone's mouth and writing SJW on that tape. Anyone can be easily discredited and shushed like that, and change doesn't emerge without communication. Just because you don't want to be part of a conversation, that doesn't mean you have to prevent that conversation from happening. And even if you think the conversation should happen but elsewhere, there are respectful ways to say it. "Hey, you should create a thread about indingenous communities in Canada so you can have a more appropriate environment for that debate" is better suited than "take your unnecessary comments elsewhere", don't you think?
  15. Donc si je comprends bien, les notes du préexternat n'ont pas d'impact sur ta compétitivité au CARMS tant que tu es dans la moyenne (d'où l'exemple de 3.3/4.3 ?). Mais à l'externat on est noté aussi, donc les notes/évaluations à l'externat vont déterminer notre compétivité en plus des lettres de recommandation, c'est ça?
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