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  1. Thank you so much for your input everyone! I also come from a non-physician parents background and do not know anyone in medicine so I feel quite out of my depth. What resources should I use to educate myself on this matter? I am really starting from 0 here, just as an example, I have no idea what the difference is between a fee for service model vs pay per patient.
  2. I also see something in-person for Tuesday, but that might due to the schedule not being finalized yet?
  3. Thanks so much for your answer @rmorelan! So, even most doctors who work at a hospital are not considered employees (thus, don't have those benefits)? Do emergency doctors qualify as employees/are on a salary? If not, who are those few doctors that are employees? Would it be correct to assume that their annual income is smaller compared to non-salaried doctors since they get benefits? Sorry for all these questions, I just want to know what I'm getting myself into
  4. Thank you @SnowmanTheSWOMEN My schedule on Elentra has been updated for the first week and it does not correspond to that hybrid model as there seem to be some activites at RGN throughout the week. Not sure which one to follow
  5. Hi everyone, This may seem like a dumb question, but could anyone explain how benefits, pension, and retirement usually work for physicians? For example, what is the difference between a doctor working at a hospital for 30 years vs one that has a private clinic? I think that in Quebec most healthcare workers can get up to 70% of their salary (average of the 5 best years of income) depending on the number of years they worked before retiring. Does this apply to doctors as well? How do things work in Ontario? Thanks!
  6. That's great! Where can you see that? I've not been able to find it Also, does anyone know if we have any in-person activities on August 31st? or perhaps when we might get info about the hybrid curriculum... or anything else for that matter hahah
  7. I really hope so too, especially since I doubt that they will reduce our fees even if the ceremony doesnt take place
  8. Anyone else interested in filing a class action lawsuit for emotional distress and financial loss? On a more serious note, I am also dissapointed at the way the university has handled things. I think that, at this point, it would be best if they had optional in-person activities regularly and they scheduled (in advance) a few mandatory sessions for the entire 2020-2021 academic year. While I understand that the adminitration is trying to do their best and this situaton must be frustrating for them as well, it is important to consider that it may not be in the best interest of students to move to a different city where they do not have a support system and pay rent on top of that when we are still not sure how many in-person activities will be able to take place.
  9. McGill also looks at a 2-year undergrad as equal to a 4 year one. They will simply take the degree with the best GPA as basis for admission
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. @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
  13. 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/
  14. @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
  15. @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
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