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Everything posted by rmorelan

  1. ha congrats people - make them count!
  2. yeah just to add for the most part you won't have any flexibility in your schedule etc once in medical school that you are really control until residency, and there you will have minor scheduling powers to arrange vacation etc. For the most part you won't have a lot of control relatively speaking for quite a while. You can take a look at schulich's schedule for an idea here: https://one45.schulich.uwo.ca/webeval/one.php?outputter=calendarOutputter&purpose=displayPublicOverallCurricCalendar&group_id=69&sched_type=public_curric&one45_public_access=
  3. bribing an admissions official is cause for blacklisting and/or expulsion! (if I was one of course )
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    They wouldn't review that sort of thing with applicants in my experience. They have no reason to, there are risks in doing so and it would result in more work for them if they did. This is all a very rare event as well - they aren't running around blacklisting people.
  5. ha, admins are "cold" but not cruel
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    Officially resigned

    Hey - good luck with the next steps etc.
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    Ophtho and FM+EM Backup

    True but it is still really competitive - last year as an example there was roughly a 65% success rate. Two years before that it was worse if I am remembering this right. That isn't ophtho bad but it is worse than most other things.
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    Ophtho and FM+EM Backup

    It is hard to get - there are many more people that want it than spots for it (say around a 60% success rate on average). I think that is in part because people that backed up with family but really don't want family see a route they can take to do something else. Plus it is only one extra year so some people talking to me about it have a "why not?" approach to it as well.
  9. I will also add that when it comes to really small specialties like that one it is really hard to answer competitive questions in a practical way. all it takes is some random year where to use this again as an example 7 other people decide in the entire country that this is what they want and suddenly the match rate is on par with the most competitive fields in all of medicine. You cannot control that factor. These sorts of random blips happen all the time Similarly there can be other years where no one seems to want it. Basically looking at average competitiveness can be a real challenge as it can be a misleading statistics in small fields. I don't think that is really something to panic over - this is all part of medicine - because we are all rather specialized we are stuck in a sense with a higher level of risk than we would ideally want. You can back off and do something less competitive that hopefully you will still enjoy - at the risk of wondering what it would be like to do what you really where hoping to do with your life, or you can go for it, work hard and hope for the best. As much as I am not a gambling sort of person I prefer the later - and as an example in my field there is a very small market in Canada so I am ha a bit nervous about that myself.
  10. I will see if I can get some people in the forum with more experience with the EI system to comment. Based on what they have said in the past then yes you would be as you would have worked the prereq number of weeks prior.
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    Does Undergraduate school matter?

    Usually bioMed is a Bsc degree. Health science can be also a Bsc or a BHs (or something similar). Things are always perfectly standardized. (like a degree in computer science ha can be a Bsc, BMath, BComp, or BA as another example of just flexibility in the system).
  12. I am shocked! that all being said if you had to spend money on something education is probably the most logical thing to spend it on. That is where your future country and ha that includes the tax base is coming from.
  13. Definitely while you may have some particular reason for wanting a particular field it really is hard to say if that really is a good match until you have exposure to it. At my medical school re our surveys 70% of the students made up their mind as their end field only after most of the way through clerkship. Until then they just didn't really understand fully what the job was. That is normal and ok (although unfortunately the entire CARMS and interview system don't exactly make those sorts of adjustments easy etc).
  14. That is the route as I understand it You can take a subspecialty training area in paediatrics out of interest as well and if you are free to move around find a job with effort that way as well. Not risk free but since you have the core paediatric residency to fall back on you have some protection. Ha, I will say it is easier if you have a job pretty much lined up.
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    Struggling in Med School ...

    Internal medicine is the second largest field in all of medicine - that means the vast majority of your class going into that field will not have any special co-chairing experience related to it. If your school is average sized dozens of people will be going into internal medicine - only 2 will be a co-chair etc. Plus I will say from the other side having such ECs doesn't really matter that much in the application process if at all. It also has one of the highest match rates, i.e. it is one of the easier things to get into for sure. Now getting a particular subspecialty in internal is another matter mind you - their real challenging part comes later. I could go through each of those and point out how little that matters to get into internal medicine (preclerkship shadowing is nice for you to know what you are doing but not super exciting for actually getting into internal medicine as an example) but I think that might be targeting the wrong part of this. You are making things in a sense more competitive by thinking the bar is set where you need to do all the things you are proposing to get into internal medicine. Over time you will get a few preceptors that know you and support you - you don't need to shadow a ton of people. It can be a slowish process but that is fine. Preclerkship is to make sure you know the basic medicine so that you don't sound like an idiot in clerkship where things really count and matter more. I know it can be a bit scary starting off - particular as unlike premed times there are no real goal posts like GPA or the MCAT to guide you. I too was the first person in my family to go to university - it wasn't a barrier really
  16. Ha, I hated showing up early for exams all through out my training - just standing around with a bunch of other people all nervous etc. I usually showed up exactly on time and just sat down and started. Mentally that was what I thought was best for doing well. We do need to screen for unprofessional behaviour, as it is important. Still I am not sure that the proxies they are using always do measure that mind you. They may be measuring other important skills etc, but that is always the exact same thing. The term professionalism often seems to grow to include almost any behaviour the school doesn't like, to the point where the term begins to lose a lot of its important meaning. It also comes off as very paternalistic at times. In a professional setting doctors are often late as an example - and that ISN'T unprofessional in of itself. The question is why are they late - only with that can you answer things. Intent is extremely important here.
  17. ha, it is amazing how often unprofessional is confused with being inconvenient.
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    CFPC Fall 2018 exam

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    Does Undergraduate school matter?

    always viewed that as one of the primary reasons for premed clubs - if there is information out there to get, that can be used to help you - well go get that information.
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    Does Undergraduate school matter?

    not always unrelated as well - it is hard to do well in a program for 4 years that you don't like, in a city they don't like either. Can be done but it adds challenge.
  21. Thought this might lead to some discussion on the forum - I have been saying for ages on the forum that the landscape of doctor's income will change at some point and the high paying fields - of course my specialty of radiology is of course one - will be reduced. While today the OMA has acted on that outside in fact of the government directly - and will be reducing the fees of various fields to increase the income of others internally. I am still learning the details but if I am understanding this: The groups immediately impacted will include: Opthalmology Radiology Cardiology Gastroenterology The groups next on the block if there are no fee increases of 1.5% or higher include: Radiation Oncology Anesthesiology Clinical Immunology Nephrology Lab Medicine Vascular Surgery ENT Endocrine Nuclear Medicine Urology General surgery Rheumatology The groups who will see their fees remain flat for the next decade based on the plan, if no new money is injected include: Dermatology Pediatrics Medical Oncology Orthopedic Surgery ER Neurology which is most of the fields outside of family medicine and psychology (which are relatively lower paying). This move will I am sure have an impact on some people's specialty choices, and since some of the discussions on the forum revolve around income I thought I will mention all this - the idea long term is basically it is that roughly speaking an hours work will be worth similar values. It will also have big impacts I am sure on the hiring landscape - any one in a field being cut won't be looking to add any new warm bodies to the mix any time soon. Traditionally that means it will be hard to find work. I assume as well it will have a ripple effect on other provinces as well.
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    What do you think about this blog?

    hey thanks - it isn't all that straightforward for a lot of fields but family medicine in particular has extra complications it seems.
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    weighted GPA Formula

    not the same weighted formula mind you to be clear ha. The primary school that counts all courses in McMaster - and that school very likely is the one that counts GPA the least in their scoring algorithms. I don't mean to diminish NOSM - but rather point out that it is a very exclusive school because of its geographic requirements.
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    What do you think about this blog?

    I guess I would lumping most of the fees billed as a relatively small aspect of it. Ha, in the "ton of smaller things" group etc. You would know this much better than I - what fracture of a typical family doctor in Ontario would fall into each category of payment do you estimate? Obviously varies by place etc