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  1. Yeah that’s pretty much it. We don’t have in house anesthesia/Sx after regular OR hours and no ENT coverage so if we can’t get an oral tube we cric and fly them out.
  2. Much more confident and competent in stuff like central line insertions; abdominal (or any) paracentesis; pretty much anything that benefits from ultrasound. Most all our other ed docs won’t even attempt that stuff and just wait for IM to do it. I’ve also seen them get some pretty difficult intubations including a bad throat bleed a little while ago. Any traumas or resus I’ve ever been in with this person always go smoother as well.
  3. So anecdotal and only one example but I work as a RN in a rural emerg (we see around 30000 patients/year) and probably our most competent doc in terms of procedures is a recentish fm grad ( no + 1) who did his residency in a rural fm program. They are excellent and myself and the other nurses have the most confidence in them especially with procedures, over any of our other docs including those with much more experience and the +1’s. In my province the EHS can also call life flight from scene as well if they think it warrants it in consultation with their oversight.
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    Undergrad course load question

    Okay. So I’ve spoken to admissions myself about full course loads before and they’ve said that as long as the last 2 years are full load it’s fine. You could always send them an email with your planned layout in courses/ year and see what they say?
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    Undergrad course load question

    https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/core-units/admissions/admissions/course-load-requirements.html As long as you have a full course load in the last 2 years AND it’s all part of the same degree you should be fine. Though do you envision your financial situation changing and being able to not work as much for the last 2 years? Because those are the ones that actually matter for your gpa. You’ve already said that even 24 hours per week was too much with a full course load. Is your plan to save enough money by working in your part time years to pay for those + your last 2 full time years?
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    Competitiveness of NP Programs

    Hey, I’ve looked into NP schools inside and outside Ontario. They don’t really give out statistics of how many applied vs accepted. From what I’ve gathered, meeting the minimum requirements definitely doesn’t guarantee admission. It also depends on your stream of choice. Neonatal and Pediatric streams are more competitive than Family or Adult, with family being least competitive. Also some schools are more competitive than others, I’ve heard that U of T NP for example the average GPA for accepted applicants is in the 3.8 range. I believe most all NP schools in Canada require the equivalent of 2 years experience which must be completed before starting the program. You don’t actually have to take 2 calendar years to do this though. I’m not sure if applicants are assessed competitively based on their straight hours of practice or if it’s simply a cutoff. May depend on the school. As far as i know, Peds/Neonatal programs “highly recommend” the hours be in those fields.
  7. For those suggesting NP, you will be extremely hard pressed to find a NP program who will admit a 2.3 nursing gpa, I don’t know of any in Canada honestly (I’m a RN who is debating between NP and MD). Most programs require a 3.0-3.5 minimum. And usually the minimum won’t get you accepted. I don’t actually think that’s an option for OP anyways. OP in my opinion if you want to pursue med in Canada or US you will need a second undergrad or enough full time credits in a 2nd undergrad to improve your gpa to an acceptable level. Even overseas/carrib schools will be hard to get accepted with a 2.3.
  8. Only admissions can really tell you that. The equivalent of 30 credit hours each in the last 2 years is the standard requirement however they do make case by case exceptions for special circumstances or programs. 28 seems like a strange number of hours?
  9. Could you break down your gpa by year, and what exactly is your cGPA? That would help with suggestions. I can’t really speak for suggestions on programs or length because I didn’t go to school in Ontario. Working full time and attending university full time while trying to get a 3.85+ gpa will probably not work out. Not even taking into account scheduling issues you’ll have. You could probably work part time/casual but your priority needs to be gpa and full time course load, that’s why you’re considering this and will be shelling out the cost. I’m a second degree person and don’t at all come from money so I know that could be stressful to hear/do.
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    Advice and opinions wanted: Masters degree - Pharmacology

    I wonder if a MSc in pharmacology would give you a tiny bit of an edge in applying to some residencies when the time comes. I think anesthesia has a pretty large pharmacology component. And obviously FM and IM + sub specialties too. I’m purely speculating here. It wouldn’t hurt you though.
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    UofA Indigenous Student Admissions Thoughts

    Dalhousie does the same thing and has for a while. All Indigenous Maritime, and African-Nova Scotian applicants are offered a seat provided they meet the minimum cutoffs in each area. I also agree that it’s absolutely the right thing to do and is needed. And it shouldn’t be thought of as “token seats” in any way imo.
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    Taking a break...

    I took an accelerated nursing program after my 1st degree and have to recommend (maybe with some bias) option 2. You may also find that if you study something you like i.e healthcare related, you may naturally do better. I’m graduating from nursing next Saturday with a 4.0 gpa, after also doing many of the things you described in my 1st degree, and finishing with less than a 3.0. Nursing can be a lot of material and some subjective grading but it’s entirely possible to do very well. And with a nursing degree you can still apply to MD if you do well enough, or NP, or go into nursing/healthcare management. So many different possibilities there. And if you wanted to have a career as a staff nurse in a specific field, that’s great too. Saying that, I also agree with the others and will say please just do whatever will makes you feel the best. That’s always the best option.
  13. Definitely not. Nursing isn’t a traditional premed but schools don’t care. You might get asked in a panel interview about why the switch. Nursing gives great patient/clinical experience and most importantly the soft skills that schools are looking for. Should really help with essays and interviews.
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    Paramedic during Pre-Med?

    Hey, so unlike the US, med schools in Canada don’t really require or expect you to have physician shadowing or have reference letters from physicians. The vast majority of people aren’t going to have that. They more want to see that you have knowledge of the physicians role in the health system through your own research, and have some experience interacting with people experiencing health challenges. Most people’s letters of reference will come from their managers, professors, principal investigators for labs they work in, or their volunteer coordinators. So don’t worry about working or volunteering in a setting where a physician would be able to write a LOR.
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    Paramedic during Pre-Med?

    Yeah I agree, I don’t think it’s very popular. Most traditional premeds get their medically related experiences through volunteering or sometimes research. You may want to check out volunteer medical responder, it requires less training and is something you could do casually, especially on weekends. Basically you provide the first aid services for community events. Another option if you really wanna try to get some clinically related employment is to try and get a position as a personal care worker/orderly at a long term care facility. Usually you have to be some sort of allied health student to get these jobs, but I know of a few people in kinesiology and med sci who have gotten them. Frankly, some of these places are desperate for casual evening and weekend workers and it all depends on how you sell yourself and your skills and experiences.