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  1. Hi everyone! I am an incoming M1 with a lot of free time at the moment, so I have been doing a bit of research to better understand the residency process. From what I understood, family medicine residents have their own CFPC exam while all other specialties have their specific Royal College exams. Since I saw many people mentioning how grueling it was to study for the Royal College exams in their last year, I was wandering how the CFPC exam compares in terms of difficulty/studying. Is it as horrible and difficult as people describe the Royal College exams? Or would you say that the 2 years in family medicine residency prepare you fairly well for the exam and you do not to have to study every waking hour of the day for a whole year for the CFPC exam?
  2. Thanks a lot for your answers! From what you're saying, I will likely need to put more effort for anatomy and physiology but other than it should be similar for everyone. Coming from a non-science degree, I am wondering how the time commitment might be different in medical school. How many hours per day would you say most med students study in general? Many say that while the material itself might not be very difficult to understand, it is the amount of material that is often challenging for 1st years.
  3. @whatisgoingon & @TheFlyGuy You took the words right out of my mouth! I did not mean to come off harsh, but I think it is important to consider the different ways in which students from low SES are disadvantaged throughout the whole process. The blog that I mentioned above goes into more details regarding the various challenges faced by those students, if anyone wants to learn more about that
  4. Here is a blog post that links to 2 studies that confirm the overwhelming majority of students come from a high SES background. Please be careful when making such statements as it perpetuates the idea that entry to medical school is equally challenging from students of all backgrounds when, in fact, it is not. https://cmajblogs.com/addressing-the-income-gap-in-medical-school/
  5. @offmychestplease Hi there, you echoed all of my concerns in your post... We have very similar backgrounds and I am also worried about being completely different from my peers, but this thread right now is very reassuring! I think I am also slowly learning that we need to start valuing ourselves: We are not less worthy because we come from a more underprivileged background. If anything it will help us understand and connect with patients from various demographics as a doctor. From what I have seen, med students as a whole seem to be very nice and approachable! Go in being yourself and I'm sure you will make tons of friends
  6. @DrOtter & @TheHappyMD & @FingersCrossedPls Your posts are giving me life right now. Thank you for speaking out. A lot of people are quick to criticize measures that "facilitate" the advancement of minorities and people from low socio-economic backgrounds without realizing that the whole system in our society is set to benefit them in all aspects of life. To anyone who is against affirmative action, please take a moment and reflect on the many ways in which you may have benefited from direct/indirect advantages: Have you grown up in a household where education was an after-thought? Have you had to constantly worry about paying for tutors to increase your grades? Have you ever considered abandoning medicine because you're terrified by the idea of getting into extreme debt due to growing up in poverty? Have you had to learn every step of the admission process on your own because your immigrant family is completely unfamiliar with the process? Have you been told by your teachers, advisors, and peers that you should not follow your dream of becoming a doctor because its not for people like you (whatever this means..)? In regards to medicine, simply take a look at this study on the demographics of Canadian medical students. It is clear that there is an over-representation of students from privileged backgrounds in medical school. Ask yourself why. https://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12909-020-02056-x
  7. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, everyone. This really makes me feel better. I'm committed to working hard, I just need to believe that its possible. @1D7 I actually did not need take the MCAT, which is another reason why I'm a bit nervous. I did reasonably well on all the prerequisites, so I'm trying to tell myself that its a good indicator for my science abilities haha
  8. Hi there! I think the best way to practice for the Casper test is to reflect on your past experiences and identify the main "themes" in each situation. I personally prepared for the test by creating a word document with a bunch of life experiences that I knew could come in handy for the test. Then, I tried out the official practice test and watched some YouTube videos about the different types of scenarios included in the Casper test. Good luck preparing for it!
  9. Hey everyone! I was thankfully accepted to an MD program this year and I am very excited to start! However, I am a bit worried because I have very minimal knowledge in science as I have an arts background. I was recently speaking to someone else who helped me realize that I should have no problem in med school if I am ready to put in the work. I would really love to hear the perspectives/experiences of other students who have gone to med school with no science background. Plainly stated, I am looking for some reassurance because I heard people mention that arts students are more prone to failure in medical school and I freaked out hahah Any study tips will also be greatly appreciated!
  10. This is all good! It means that you know what you want, get into med school, and you have many options of things that you could do in the meantime that will fulfill you. Don't lose hope. Work for it, but don't make your life revolve around it. You will have plenty of time in between applying and interviewing to do and enjoy other things
  11. @theevilsloth In my case, I chose to pursue something that I could see myself doing if it wasn't for medicine. This made me feel like I wasn't just wasting my time; I was working towards something that was potentially going to be my career. Regardless of your major, ask yourself what you like in life. Do you enjoy working with animals, children, the elderly? Do you see yourself teaching abroad? Do you love doing research and working in a lab? How do you feel about a masters in public health? Are you interested in doing another professional degree like law? If you are, then start out with an experience (e.g. a certificate or working in a law office) that can help you figure it. Obviously you have to take finances into account and figure out the logistics of everything, but the first step is to figure out what would make you happy. The idea is to really contemplate what else you could possibly enjoy in life and put your energy in that instead of being focused on the one and only goal of getting into med school.
  12. I just wanted to chime in and let you know what worked for me when I was feeling like that in the past: I found an alternative to medicine and focused on it while I continued to apply to med school. Even though I knew that it wasn't my dream goal/occupation, it fulfilled me and excited me enough to make me enjoy life in the meantime. Once I had completed my OMSAS application, I just focused on what I was doing at the time and gave it my all. This really helped me see that you don't have to put your life on hold until you get into med school. I suggest that you first take some time to relax and be kind on yourself. Then, consider if you want to continue working towards a career in medicine and, if you do, see how you can improve your application for the next cycle. After that, find something that you see yourself really enjoying outside of medicine and put your energy towards that the rest of the year. I hope this helped, wish you all the best!
  13. Just government financial aid and LOC! (hopefully some bursaries too hahah) I am pretty scared of getting into this much debt, but I guess most med students are able to manage it, right?
  14. Thank you @DocBrown95! I calculated a similar amount of debt (~180K), but I really want to try to keep it as low as possible haha
  15. Hi everyone Has anyone from uOttawa applied to these bursaries in the past? I would really appreciate if you could give me some insight regarding the whole process, the amount that one can expect to receive, etc. I am a bit nervous about the amount of debt that I might be in at the end of med school haha
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