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  1. Intrepid86

    LMCC 2 Results

    Failing more candidates helps to justify the existence of the exam itself, because exams with historically high pass rates (like the QE2) often aren't taken seriously. Many have questioned why QE2 is even needed at all. It's been criticized as a relic of the general practitioner era, and that it doesn't make any appreciable difference to patient care or safety beyond normal residency training. Changing the exam and its grading could be a way, at least in part, to ward off those criticisms. Also, the more people who need to retake, the more money in test fees is generated. That being said, there are issues with raising the passing score, because these are supposedly exams to assess minimal competency, and not achievement. The vagueness and lack of utility of the feedback sheet is something they might get dinged for too, because it's a recurrent complaint among examinees that never really seems to get addressed. No one is certain what the exact motivations of the MCC are, but I would wager these are some of them.
  2. Intrepid86

    LMCC 2 Results

    As a senior family medicine resident, you are theoretically the most prepared person for this exam, however, even FM residents can and do mess this up, so you're not alone. I personally struggled with QE2 back in residency and had to repeat it, but did much better on the retake. If you haven't read through all the pages on the MCC site pertaining to QE2, then I suggest you do so, to get a better idea of the grading and level of detail they expect you to know. Congrats on CCFP.
  3. It is unlikely that this is about a simple examination failure. Regardless of pass or fail status, physiciansapply usually just notifies candidates to access their account to see their results once available, whatever those results may be.
  4. Where you go doesn't really matter. If you're truly good, then you'll likely do well anywhere, and vice versa if you're not, then you won't. When it comes to admission to professional schools, undergrad isn't so much a time for preparation as it is a time for performance. The bulk of your preparation is actually complete by the end of high school, where you've hopefully developed the right habits and attitudes that will serve you well later when it counts.
  5. Intrepid86

    Scared to start a relationship?

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained. In the end, the regret from not trying may be worse than the rejection.
  6. Intrepid86

    How can I be better?

    De-emphasizing objective measures in favor of a more "holistic" approach gives schools greater control over who they accept, often with the intended goal of achieving a predetermined, desired demographic profile. Shifting the definition of merit to get this outcome has posed problems, especially in the U.S., where schools have been criticized for such practices.
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    Where are you at underprivileged population?

    As the recent U.S College Admissions scandal shows, there is nothing inherently better about children of the wealthy and privileged. Many students still can't perform well academically or distinguish themselves despite having all the legitimate advantages money can buy. You can give an average tennis player the best possible equipment and private lessons, but they'll still lose to someone more talented and hard working than they are.
  8. Intrepid86

    IMG and CARMS residency

    I'm doing ROS in a mixed rural/urban area in Ontario. I like it and will eventually settle here. I didn't grow up in a rural setting though, so it's been an adjustment. Unfortunately, this adjustment is more than what most people are willing to make or even consider, regardless of how high physician needs an area is. There is no shortage of doctors in terms of absolute numbers. There might come a day when there's an adequate distribution of physicians, but that day isn't today, hence the need for ROS obligations, IMGs, and their ongoing participation in CaRMS. After completion of their contract, what proportion of doctors continue to practice in the area they did ROS in? If there's an actual stat someone can reference I'd like to know.
  9. Intrepid86

    NP vs. FP

    If you truly think there's no difference then be an NP.
  10. If you're prioritizing "research opportunities" in your decision making about where to go abroad, then frankly you're not adequately informed about the IMG route and what's involved. If you knew exactly what you're getting into, then research would be one of the last things on your mind.
  11. 1. Unlikely 2. wut? 3. Unnecessary 4. Not happening 5. lol
  12. Intrepid86

    Unique Situation

    There is no "cheating the system" going on. Everyone has to put in the work to become a practicing doctor, whether it's mostly upfront to get into medical school (CMGs), or later to match into residency (CSAs). No one gets away from paying the piper.
  13. The reasons for generalist training in medical school should be self evident. Not only can broad exposure promote interest and inform decisions to specialize in a certain area, but specialties themselves don't exist in complete isolation, and it's important to have a sense of what others do, their scope, and how they work together. A single rotation in medical school may be your only meaningful experience with something, and that's actually important, especially if you never see it again. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it's not. A one year rotating internship may have been enough to start general practice 40 years ago, when even insulin was new, and truly modern medicine was still in its relative infancy, but today one year is insufficient despite what some people may say. The CCFP is two years, and in the U.S Family Medicine residencies are three years, and the extra time does matter.
  14. Personally, I think the opposite is worse, namely when people come across as overly eager or painfully enthusiastic.
  15. Intrepid86

    Unique Situation

    As someone who went abroad, matched back, finished residency, and is now a practicing physician, I can say that any bias in favor of leaving isn't as strong as you may think. Successful IMGs who studied at international schools will often say that their experiences were great and life changing, but most will stop short of directly recommending that anyone become an IMG. Even though I made it, I have never promoted this route as a good or even reasonable option, because it is neither. It is a high risk, high reward gamble, and that fact is not truly appreciated by those who don't fully know what's involved.