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    la marzocco got a reaction from targaryen in Which medical specialties do you think are likely to be replaced by AI's in the next 50 years?   
    Tbh uptake of AI in Canada will be slower than the US (esp. in a public healthcare system environment). Things we should get done first imo: (1) axe the fax and have interoperability between EMRs across hospitals and practitioners (and preferably across provinces) and (2) empower patients to have better access to information regarding their health. Lots to do before we even consider AI. Baby steps.
    Also.. when I read about Phoenix pay system.. and how they keep throwing money to "stabilize" it and now considering to scrap it altogether for something new.. yea.. AI can't come fast enough. I digress  
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    la marzocco got a reaction from targaryen in Which medical specialties do you think are likely to be replaced by AI's in the next 50 years?   
    Tbh uptake of AI in Canada will be slower than the US (esp. in a public healthcare system environment). Things we should get done first imo: (1) axe the fax and have interoperability between EMRs across hospitals and practitioners (and preferably across provinces) and (2) empower patients to have better access to information regarding their health. Lots to do before we even consider AI. Baby steps.
    Also.. when I read about Phoenix pay system.. and how they keep throwing money to "stabilize" it and now considering to scrap it altogether for something new.. yea.. AI can't come fast enough. I digress  
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    la marzocco got a reaction from Maggie19 in Low DegGPA (OOP)   
    I respectfully disagree. At this point, OP will be wasting money if they are applying as an OOP applicant. Low GPA is much less forgiving if you are in the OOP category.
    Imagine 10 OOP spots with 918 OOP applicants in the past cycle.  Imagine 94 IP spots with 861 IP applicants in the past cycle.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from Maggie19 in Low DegGPA (OOP)   
    3.6 is quite low for it to be competitive in the OOP category. The current cycle OOP candidates who were interviewed have an average cGPA of 3.93. Previous cycle was 3.94. 
    Unfortunately, the pre-req GPA only comes into the play post-interview.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from Meridian in ON/QC schools really THAT competitive?? + Misc Q's   
    Quebec is actually not that bad if you are IP. You should look at this table of relative opportunity across all provinces. Quebec is #4 in terms of relative opportunity, and Ontario is #10 (dead last in terms of province, i.e., excluding territories). Quebec may not be that bad of a spot to land and gain IP status. Granted 3 of the 4 Qc medical schools are in French. Are you comfortable with French? This is normally a big restricting factor and may change the relative opportunity for your specific circumstances.
    #1/#2/#3 are Atlantic provinces - you may need to check with MUN/Dal etc to see what their IP status considerations are.
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    la marzocco reacted to Meridian in ON/QC schools really THAT competitive?? + Misc Q's   
    Canadian Medical Schools are very competitive.
    If you can move anywhere, I would choose NB or NS which are In-province for Dalhousie with very good potential for an interview.  There is very little benefit to being in province in Ontario for the Ontario schools other than MAC.
    If you really really can move anywhere, consider Yukon or NWT territories as you would be considered in-province at many med schools.
    Note that most Quebec schools other than McGill teach in French language.
    What year have you completed in your B.SC and did you do full course-load in each year ?   Some schools will let you use a weighted  wGPA if you were full-time.  Look at U of T as example.
    Are you really sure you want to move to Canada prior to completing your current undergrad.  You will be paying international tuition rates until you have your PR.   And how confident are you that you can achieve PR before medical school ?
     
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    la marzocco reacted to hamham in Pediatric subspecialties income - why lower than internal medicine   
    If money matters a lot to you, you should not be in Peds. Period. 
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    la marzocco got a reaction from LostLamb in RCSI (Ireland) or UQ (Australia) for a Canadian   
    The odds for RCSI (or another Irish school) is definitely better. In the April 2018 CaRMS Forum report, 54.1% of IMGs from an Irish medical school was able to match back. Obviously, this is not saying you can't if you were to go to Australia since matching is largely dependent on the individual, but these trends do provide some context.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from homtaffie in OSAP Clarification   
    It will remain interest-free status. Just make sure you fill in the continuation of interest-free status form and submit it to OSAP. 
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    la marzocco got a reaction from freewheeler in Royal College Report on Employment Prospects of Specialists   
    Also, some studies using CIHI data have shown that 1.3-1.5 new family doctors is required to replace a retiring one. This was attributed to the growing feminization of medicine and the fact that more young physicians are not looking to spend every living second of their lives at work (culture shift). I agree that we need to do better in recruiting more students from rural backgrounds. NOSM is a great success story in that regard. Pay relativity will also help shepherd more students towards FM.
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    la marzocco reacted to tere in McGill and Calgary First Iteration?   
    Probably part of the issue is provincial regulations also - QC is the only province that I know of that strongly restricts where FPs can work - and Montreal is different linguistically and culturally from the rest of QC.  Plus FPs in QC have also earned less than many of their Canadian counterparts vs specialists.  Finally, McGill has also had more of a specialty vs general orientation in training with many more grads historically going to the US in comparison to other schools.  
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    la marzocco reacted to Edict in McGill and Calgary First Iteration?   
    I think the issue for McGill's match rate is the higher specialty rate which is likely in part to do with the types of students McGill selects. With that being said, a first iteration lower match rate is not necessarily a major issue if the students ultimately were happy to do 2nd round family medicine at the same rate as other schools in english Canada applying to a 1st choice specialty and backing up with family medicine. 
     
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    la marzocco got a reaction from pakistani in Class Size?   
    Just for clarity, assuming that the international student did their degree outside of Canada, they are obligated to submit MCAT scores for McGill.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from metacarpal in Class Size?   
    Cheaper tuition is definitely a factor, but those I have met all mentioned "venturing out of a one's bubble" and seeing the Canadian experience. Not sure how much weight that is worth, but still interesting. McGill is no Ivy League, but its name still rings a few bells in the US when u do apply to residency in the US. Most Americans at McGill do match quite well back to the states. 
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    la marzocco reacted to Snowmen in MOH cuts overseas medical schools approved for practise in Singapore   
    Pretty funny that they would remove my school considering that:
    1) there's probably never been a single singaporean student here.
    2) considering the nearly non-existent spots for international students, there's pretty much no chance of that ever happening.
    Anyways, it's interesting to know but it probably will never have any impact on someone reading this board.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from tere in CaRMS 2019 Prelim Data   
    It is probably going to be as good as it is gonna get. Bear in mind that there were 53 additional spots Ontario created last year after 2nd iteration to clear the unmatched backlog. This meant less unmatched CMG from prior years applying to the 2019 match - i.e., less snowballing. Also, Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba kept the streaming in the 2nd iteration so this is also + since stats have shown that in 2nd iteration many IMGs match to previously CMG-designated spots. 
    My guess is that for the 2020 match, the unmatched numbers will go up again unless something meaningful is done - *COUGH* increase residency spots.
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    la marzocco reacted to PhD2MD in OSAP/NSLSC frustration   
    FINAL UPDATE
    It's been months of back and forth between the federal and provincial departments (both scratching their heads and blaming each other), and my local OSAP reps (who were really useless). As far as I can tell, things sat untouched for months at a time, until I got on the phone and pushed each of the 3 groups to start talking to each other aggressively. In the end, they finally realized that a PhD can be done before and MD, not just after, and awarded me about half the usual amount of OSAP for this year. They also reversed the interest charges that have been accruing.
    There's been a lot of talk in this forum about where the best place to keep your overall debt is...I've learned a lot about this + made a calculator + there are changes coming in the new budget...so i'll make a post about this soon.
    Thanks for everyone's help/suggestion along this journey
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    la marzocco got a reaction from tere in CaRMS 2019 Prelim Data   
    It is probably going to be as good as it is gonna get. Bear in mind that there were 53 additional spots Ontario created last year after 2nd iteration to clear the unmatched backlog. This meant less unmatched CMG from prior years applying to the 2019 match - i.e., less snowballing. Also, Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba kept the streaming in the 2nd iteration so this is also + since stats have shown that in 2nd iteration many IMGs match to previously CMG-designated spots. 
    My guess is that for the 2020 match, the unmatched numbers will go up again unless something meaningful is done - *COUGH* increase residency spots.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from tere in CaRMS 2019 Prelim Data   
    It is probably going to be as good as it is gonna get. Bear in mind that there were 53 additional spots Ontario created last year after 2nd iteration to clear the unmatched backlog. This meant less unmatched CMG from prior years applying to the 2019 match - i.e., less snowballing. Also, Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba kept the streaming in the 2nd iteration so this is also + since stats have shown that in 2nd iteration many IMGs match to previously CMG-designated spots. 
    My guess is that for the 2020 match, the unmatched numbers will go up again unless something meaningful is done - *COUGH* increase residency spots.
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    la marzocco reacted to tere in Feeling alone in med school   
    I've moved around a lot which makes it difficult to stay close to people.  Med school fits in the pattern, and where I am now for sure hasn't been the best place for me socially or on other levels.  
    I too get along with people and enjoy transient friendships while they're there - I have fewer expectations from people as I get older, which makes things easier - i.e. I get bothered less.  My friends from my youth are established and many have families, which is when people become more home-life focused anyways.  
    It's always great to stay open minded, and people can be surprising.  I have activity friends (i.e. shared sport interest, etc..), maybe more of a male-bonding type of friendship.  I also have some friends from med school, at different levels of closeness, but usually based on shared interests or experiences.  Clichéd, but a little goes a long way - I'm not sure I'll be where I am in the future, but that's the part of being where I am that I'll miss the most.
     I don't really think I have any kind of home town at the moment and not sure I would have one in the future either.  For me that represents opportunity on some level, but it's true that being in a place for a longer period of time does give a lot more chances to build social circles,... supposing it's a place where one actually would like to be.  
    In the OP's situation, pre-clinical will be over next year and then clerkship.  Like others have stated, clerkship is a whole new game and with away electives, there won't be much of the pre-clinical atmosphere left.  I would have enjoyed having more close friendships from med school, but at the end of the day, the whole situation is transient.
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    la marzocco reacted to guest2017 in M.D., C.M. Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted - Fall 2019 Admission   
    sorry for the late post, been busy pinching myself and crying all day!!
     
    TIME STAMP: ~14h30 pm (heart attack since 9 am)
     Result: Admitted with condition !!!
    pre-reqGPA: 4,00 (redid my 4 basic pre-reqs at Athabasca, Thomson Rivers), old pre-req GPA was 3,01
    MCAT: Not submitted
    Feeling About MMI (please be mindful of NDA): This was my 4th time interviewing at McGill, so I felt confortable with the process (I could've basically rehearsed their ppt slide), so I was a lot more relaxed and went in there being 1000% authentic (cheesy I know but its true). Felt like I was great in 3 stations, 1 below average and the rest pretty average
    IP/OOP/International: IP
    Comment : I've been applying to med school for 7 years!!! This was my 4th interview at McGill, I was straight up refused all 3 cycles before being admitted this year with no WL. Anyone with refusals, I know it sucks, I know your hurt. You need to keep trying and you need to push through if this is what you want. If anyone wants to chat PM me!!!
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    la marzocco got a reaction from tere in 2019 NRMP   
    The advance data tables for the 2019 NRMP match just came out. 

    TLDR: Not much has changed in the past few years.
    12 matched -  most should be uCMGs (current and past) from 1st iteration of CaRMS - this level is relatively comparable to those of 2016. 3 unmatched 10 withdrew in the NRMP match - likely due to having matched in CaRMS.  Total number (29) is still relatively stable since 2016. 
     
     
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    la marzocco got a reaction from tere in 2019 NRMP   
    The advance data tables for the 2019 NRMP match just came out. 

    TLDR: Not much has changed in the past few years.
    12 matched -  most should be uCMGs (current and past) from 1st iteration of CaRMS - this level is relatively comparable to those of 2016. 3 unmatched 10 withdrew in the NRMP match - likely due to having matched in CaRMS.  Total number (29) is still relatively stable since 2016. 
     
     
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    la marzocco got a reaction from PhD2MD in How to minimize debt in med school/residency?   
    Coffee is a big one. You can easily make a cup of nice joe in the morning effortlessly - I have an automatic coffee machine that I start up in the morning as I wake up. I take my shower and it's ready to go. You can pick up some nice beans without breaking your bank. This is my morning routine at least  
    For food, I use a base like lentils, or quinoa, and then add different stuff for each day of the week, like chili-oil grilled chicken, rosemary-rubbed chicken, etc. I eat out Thurs/Fri b/c by that point I would be pretty sick of making or eating home-cooked foods. 
    EDIT: I always found that some med students see the LOC as a license to spend. It is not and banks do a good job convincing you that you can spend it on whatever you want. My LOC advisor even mentioned that I should use the money to go on vacation or buy a car if I don't need it for school! Eat well, live humbly, and treat yourself once in a while  Even when you are an attending, it is advised that you "live like a resident" for 2-3 years and be aware of lifestyle creep.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from PhD2MD in How to minimize debt in med school/residency?   
    Coffee is a big one. You can easily make a cup of nice joe in the morning effortlessly - I have an automatic coffee machine that I start up in the morning as I wake up. I take my shower and it's ready to go. You can pick up some nice beans without breaking your bank. This is my morning routine at least  
    For food, I use a base like lentils, or quinoa, and then add different stuff for each day of the week, like chili-oil grilled chicken, rosemary-rubbed chicken, etc. I eat out Thurs/Fri b/c by that point I would be pretty sick of making or eating home-cooked foods. 
    EDIT: I always found that some med students see the LOC as a license to spend. It is not and banks do a good job convincing you that you can spend it on whatever you want. My LOC advisor even mentioned that I should use the money to go on vacation or buy a car if I don't need it for school! Eat well, live humbly, and treat yourself once in a while  Even when you are an attending, it is advised that you "live like a resident" for 2-3 years and be aware of lifestyle creep.
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