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  1. @rmorelan Yea, I suspect there is at least 50% additional cost for total cost of attendance at a tier one Caribbean school (AUC, SGU, Ross, Saba, and one more I can't remember). It was insane how the Director of Admissions (!) was essentially promoting their school as an affordable Caribbean school option. A couple other pieces of information I gleaned that I should have included in my first post: -Majority of attrition occurs in the first 3 semesters, whether for academic or non-academic reasons. Even collecting one semester's tuition from these students must be so lucrative for the school. -when you are "deemed prepared for clinicals" (!) you interview for each of your core rotations, and rotations require various minimum GPAs to attend. I actually asked does that mean you have to fly out to every school for clerkship interviews? The answer is maybe, it depends on the site. Another time you'll need $$$. -the director of admissions pointedly told attendees not to pay attention to anything they read on online forums, blogs, etc. Final piece of advise: apparently Ross info sessions give you fully paid multi-course meal (again, why is the Director of Admissions of another school promoting this?), and we were encouraged to sign up for one just for the dinner! If you have free time, and are curious, these sessions are worth attending. I asked a few of the "hard questions" referencing how different this academic path is from North American schools, in part to see how the director would respond and in part to help inform the other attendees.
  2. For curiosity's sake, I attended a Caribbean med school info session with someone who was similarly curious and considering attending one. It seems the minimum all in cost for one of the second tier schools is $306K USD (includes tuition, housing, food, travel, clothing, etc. for the entire 4 years). Thought this might be useful to some here considering that route to med school.
  3. I know I am a broken record, but....Honestly, go home. There's times in the future where you'll wish you could go but cannot. Enjoy it now.
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    USask Med vs UManitoba med

    One thing off the top of my head is that if you’re interested even vaguely in Peds, there is no children’s hospital in SK but there is in MB. Otherwise I have no further input.
  5. Kylamonkey did that, she was even mentioned in a macleans article if I recall.... you seem to know what small town living is like—and if you likely have a job, why not do it? It’s another adventure...just read the IP criteria for all the schools with a fine toothed comb. Good luck from one previous Ontarian to Albertan who took the chance on moving 10 years ago. I don’t regret the move at all. Most spontaneous decision of my life, but extremely fruitful (got into med school and met my spouse out here!).
  6. @Donald_Duck Fair enough. This may moreso be school dependent and not trend generalizable across every school given different curriculum and emphases in preclerkship training. I am not against encouraging good study habits and good grades. I’m glad the faculty is reaching out to help those who aren’t performing. In fact, I think it is the faculty's responsibility to identify and support those who are struggling. Also, P=MD isn’t part of the culture of the school I attended. I guess it’s an Ottawa/Eastern Canada thing? cheers, LL
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    Addictions med: family or psych?

    Just coming off of a rotation in addictions, I met both psychiatrists and family mds working in the field. All the psychiatrists work in multiple areas of interest, ie. some sort of inpatient and/or other consultative practice so if there are no shows they can attend more to inpatient matters. If they don’t work inpatients, they have busy outpatient practise in a related but not strictly addictions population. The family docs seemed to be involved in multiple outpatient practises (detox centres, concurrent disorders) in addition to outpatient addictions consults. In terms of scope, I’d say the family docs dealt mostly with pure addictions management (medical and psychosocial and psychotherapy) and if there was a psych comorbidity they’d consult or liaise with psychiatrists. There’s lots of opportunity in FM plus 1 yr addictions training. If you’re more interested in psychiatric comorbidities in addition to addictions medicine, and want deeper training in psychotherapy, psychotherapeutics, then it is worthwhile to build those skills through a 5 year (plus, if you want to do a fellowship—don’t know how important this is given there’s lots of elective time in psych) program. I think billings vary based on what you’re doing/seeing and split of time—more medical consults are faster and thus can see volume vs more psych consults which are longer but pay commensurately. No show is variable—anywhere from 5-25% is my guess—that means having a diverse practise to compensate for variability.
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    Worried About Debt

    As long as you have the credit limit to pay for your various licensing exams and flights/hotels to get to exams you'll be fine. The important thing is to become an attending to be able to pay of the debt
  9. About 5 years ago, we got about 188 every 2 weeks for about 11 months. I doubt it's changed much!
  10. I’m not sure where this information comes from, as I certainly haven’t heard of this “fact” and in fact I know of some med students who were excellent pre-clerks who failed to match to their higher ranked residency specialty, and several who did not match at all. @Sissi do what works best for you. Perhaps let your workplace know that you may not be able to sustain long term employment depending on how you find the workload as time goes. Personally, I echo the above statements that you have plenty to keep you occupied and you also need to maintain your sanity—these being the 2 big reasons I did not work during Med school. At the end of the day, you may be able to balance the two, or med school may suffer, and it is up to you to decide your priorities best, LL
  11. What about a K-1 visa? (or maybe I watch too much 90 Day Fiance/TLC)
  12. This is completely anecdotal: I’ve met and know people who graduated from RCSI who got residencies in US or Canada. I’ve never met a UQ grad. Maybe it’s because UQ is newer? However, to me this means something in the ever worsening odds in the IMG match.
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    Low First Yr GPA,

    Your story is familiar to me. I faced similar frustrations in first year. During your reflections this summer, make sure that Med Sci is what you want to do. I only learned by 3rd year that I was happier In a more general degree that allowed me to continue with upper year sciences but explore other interests. My grades improved when I wasn’t bogged down with only sciences. Good luck on your path!
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    Gap Year in Toronto

    Last I looked some of the bio sci grad programs at uOttawa have year round admissions (I.e. CMM).
  15. Ah....that explains my sudden lotto ticket buying behaviour on the brink of pgy5!! glad I’m not alone.