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    la marzocco reacted to ploughboy in Being in your 20s   
    Youth is wasted on the young.
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    la marzocco reacted to blah1234 in Med school at age 30+   
    I've mentioned this in other threads but I was also a professional before entering medicine. I would advise against entering medicine in your 30s. I say this even though I enjoy what I'm doing now. This is because I have seen too many colleagues both young and old grow to find that medicine wasn't the ideal job for their life goals and become bitter and disillusioned. Sometime this takes 20 years other times it only takes 5. The system is designed so that by the time you understand if medicine is a good fit it is too late to leave (debt, age, etc). I'm not saying medicine is the only route that requires such sacrifice but it is one of the few that require a large amount of time and money invested. If I wanted to optimize for money I would've been much further ahead at my old job at this point. I think the only thing I gained was some more social prestige if any. It is very difficult to describe the challenges of training (clerkship, residency, fellowship) to prospective students and I feel we do a disservice to students by not showing them what the actual path entails. 
    I don't think medicine is the ultimate career that will bring everyone satisfaction. It is a good job for some and a bad job for others. Honestly, I can say now that I probably would've been just as happy in my old profession now that I have done both. If I could go back in time with the knowledge I have now it would be hard to convince my younger self to go through medicine again haha. It's a meaningful job but there are other jobs that also bring meaning to yourself and to society. 
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    la marzocco got a reaction from Maggie19 in cap on number of surgeries at a hospital   
    Surrounding the surgeon period. Let’s be cognizant of implicit gender biases.
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    la marzocco reacted to rmorelan in How competitive is med school?   
    Ha, you joke but goal visualization is a well known powerful tool after all
     
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    la marzocco got a reaction from medschool40&cool in cap on number of surgeries at a hospital   
    Surrounding the surgeon period. Let’s be cognizant of implicit gender biases.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from NutritionRunner in cap on number of surgeries at a hospital   
    Surrounding the surgeon period. Let’s be cognizant of implicit gender biases.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from frenchpress in cap on number of surgeries at a hospital   
    Surrounding the surgeon period. Let’s be cognizant of implicit gender biases.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from orthoooo in cap on number of surgeries at a hospital   
    Surrounding the surgeon period. Let’s be cognizant of implicit gender biases.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from IMislove in What are the big differences between Canadian medical education and American medical education?   
    I think all schools including Quebec are now pass/fail. Sherbrooke was the last one to change I think a year or two back.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from thesupreme in cap on number of surgeries at a hospital   
    Surrounding the surgeon period. Let’s be cognizant of implicit gender biases.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from DrMeme in 2019 CaRMS unfilled spots   
    Normally comes out in early/mid-April when the CaRMS Forum happens. Need to wait until 2nd iteration is done first.
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    la marzocco reacted to MDLaval in Prérequis math avec crédits universitaires hors québec   
    Je connais des personnes qui avaient fait toute leur formation hors-Québec et ont été accepté sans avoir besoin de refaire/faire des cours de physique/math etc. Ça va vraiment dépendre de comment ton dossier va être vu/interprété. C'est impossible pour n'importe qui sur le forum de te donner une réponse avec 100% de certitude, que ce soit "oui, tu n'auras pas de problème" ou "non, tu devras prendre/reprendre de math/physique etc". Je te suggère de contacter la Faculté et/ou le bureau du registraire afin d'avoir une réponse officielle. 
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    la marzocco reacted to NLengr in Medical LOC denied   
    The 47 cent dollars kills me every time I think about it. It makes me double enraged when I then see the government wasting so much of the 53 cents they take. 
    To make it triple irritating, I get regular remarks from nursing staff about how I make "the big bucks". Meanwhile, while I worry about paying back my debt and saving for retirement, they talk about how they need to get a bigger cottage, a third ATV or a second boat. (That was literally a convo between three nurses standing in the OR while I operated). And they are younger than me....
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    la marzocco got a reaction from LittleDaisy in Lines of Credit for Medical Students (Scotia is the best option)   
    I was told that it will be interest-only payments during the 24-month grace period. Then it becomes a traditional loan, which can be amortized up to 15 years, if I recall correctly. There exists an option to maintain the approved credit limit as a revolving facility by converting to a professional LOC for business. 
    Example: if your student LOC limit was $300K; and you only used $100K by the end of residency. You are obligated to interest-only payments on the $100K for 24-months post-residency. After the 24-month period, they then convert the sum into a traditional loan and amortize it over 15 years max. Since your original student LOC limit was $300K, you still have $200K of room left, that $200K can be converted to a professional LOC for business. 
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    la marzocco got a reaction from IMG2015 in Family medicine advice   
    Quebec does not have IMG/CMG streaming, hence all positions are called competitive. IMGs apply to the same positions as Canadian graduates in all disciplines in Quebec. To do so, you must be pre-approved by la Conférence des vice-doyens aux études postdoctorales des facultés de médecine du Québec. You also need to contact CMQ to be granted for equivalence for your MD abroad.
    There are many unfilled francophone family medicine positions in Quebec in the past few years (like many many many spots). So I do not think you will have a problem matching to FM in Quebec if you are francophone, even as an IMG. Good luck!
     
     
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    la marzocco got a reaction from haenurplaza in ATTN: Newly Accepted Applicants!   
    Yup. Hardly spamming.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from avocado_toast in ATTN: Newly Accepted Applicants!   
    Yup. Hardly spamming.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from ballsortahard in ATTN: Newly Accepted Applicants!   
    Yup. Hardly spamming.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from IMislove in ATTN: Newly Accepted Applicants!   
    Yup. Hardly spamming.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from thesupreme 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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