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    Physician political orientation

    Right, except it isn't exactly a free market in the US if supply (of doctors) is artificially limited by the state, essentially by limiting the number of spots in residency and blocking the opening of new medical schools. So a proper free market should drive physicians' wages down if it weren't for state intervention and lobbying by the AMA. At lest that's the Milton Friedman argument, which I think makes a lot of sense.
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    Physician political orientation

    I don't see why you couldn't compare, unless you're implying physicians are just more efficient than others...? $/act is just an alternative way of determining compensation ; if a bricklayer charged per brick layed he'd also be doing a high volume of acts in a day's work. In the end, wouldn't you agree that the market determines compensation, whether it's $/act or salary?
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    How to research

    I want to say something in defense of fishing expeditions, being that I'm somewhat of a fisherman myself. I think the main issue with them is the abundance of poorly conceived experiments and misuse of statistics . That criticism is welcome and necessary when it's deserved. Unfortunately, I've found that a lot of the criticism I've faced or been privy to all too often come from a more ideological place. I once heard a prof outright question the usefulness of screens and large-scale studies as he believed any results from these experiments could (and thus should!) be obtained through traditional reductionist hypothesis-driven methods. I personally could not write a paper in way you prescribe. Not that it's not a perfectly valid approach, but I feel it leaves too little room for serendipity. What happens when your results bring you somewhere you hadn't anticipated? Also, there's the very real - and unfortunate - problem of what do you do with negative results.
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    Physician political orientation

    Don't you think this applies to physicians too then? If the physician is claiming competitive compensation based on the current market, shouldn't the Hydro One exec be able to claim equivalent compensation to his peers in the private sector? I've worked in biomedical research in the public sector (academia). I definitely think most profs/PIs definitely earn their pay. Especially considering what they have to get through in order to get a position : increasingly long PhD and post-doc (more often post-docs) with no guarantee of a position down the road. No truck load of slackers in this sector : it's publish or perish, with a large majority in the latter category. I agree with you that an efficient public sector should be a priority and that some salaries are excessive. On the other hand, indiscriminate cutbacks create a culture where people are overworked and the means to provide adequate services are lacking. This then heightens the perception that government is inefficient (and that people are not doing their jobs or are lazy/overpaid). If you're of a cynical bent, you might even argue that conservatives enact these indiscriminate cutbacks because they know this plays into their hands all too well...
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    PhD Friendly MD Schools

    In Quebec, Laval and Montreal have specific categories for PhD grads. Your GPA can be a bit lower than other groups but I think publications and research experience need to be competitive. Out of province spots are quite limited though in both cases.
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    Physician political orientation

    I have a couple questions for you right-leaning folks: I often hear this idea that higher taxes hinder industry. While it seems obvious to me that extremely high taxes will have that effect, it's much less clear that there would be a negative impact following slight or moderate increases. Is there any clear evidence that moderate tax increases directly stifle growth? Also, aren't there numerous counter-examples of periods of sustained growth where taxes were also much higher (for instance the 50s in the US - income tax rates above 90% for top bracket)? I'm also curious to know if you think that market conditions (supply and demand) provide an adequate justification of physicians' earnings? I'm not trying to make any point here, just genuinely interested in hearing your ideas.
  7. So where do you get the idea that Quebec is always complaining if not from Canadian media?
  8. Did you mean to say all Canadian media does is complain about Quebec's complaining?
  9. You're right that QC receives the most, this is an easily verifiable statistic. What's often left unmentioned is that it is also the 2nd most populous province (transfer payments factor in GDP/capita). If you look at transfer payments/capita, I believe QC is 6th. I think its unfortunate that Quebec is always singled out on this issue. I've yet to see an editorial from a significant media outlet attacking MB or NB on this point for instance. I've heard many QC nationalist leaders (esp. fiscally conservative ones) decry the transfer payments situation. Some have said it's a national source of shame. I think a lot of the resistance to the idea of independence comes from fear of the financial consequences for QC, and losing the federal transfer payments is definitely part of that.
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    Book recommendations

    The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee A fantastic read approaching the topic from both a historical perspective and the author's own experiences with patients. He also delves into more recent advances in molecular biology/genetics in way that I though was really engaging.
  11. While I'd like this to be true, I've seen too many examples of summer students' work going unrecognized for me to be able to agree with you. All too often, summer students will end up in the acknowledgments (or will go unmentionned) rather than on the authors list. Unfortunately, many PIs simply don't remember their summer students and some grad students/post-docs view adding extra authors to a paper as diminishing their own recognition. An earlier poster indicated that you might be looking at 6 months time for a basic science paper. While this is possible, the average is more like 4 years for a full length paper in a high impact factor journal. Especially if when you take into account the whole editorial and revisions process. Now who's going to remember that hard working summer student that got a neat initial result 4 years ago... If authorship is important for you, I'd definitely make sure to discuss the issue with your PI and the grad student/post-doc in charge of the project beforehand. If getting authorship in a timely fashion is important, then look to be integrated in a project that is near completion or, better yet, in revision.
  12. Je viens d'être admis en 1ère année (background PhD en biologie moléculaire). Ça m'intéresserait d'avoir tes recommandations de lecture. L'anatomie et la neuro sont pas mal loin pour moi!
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    Convocations entrevues MD 2018

    Ça a de l'allure: Je viens d'avoir ma note en % de l'UdeM pour les MEM: 73% ce qui correspond à 537.6 à Laval. Contacte isabelle.tremblay.13@umontreal.ca
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    Étalon Des Cotes Umontréal

    Si ça peut te rassurer, je viens d'être accepté dans le contingent PhD à Laval et à l'UdeM. J'ai pas ma CRU de l'UdeM, mais celle de Laval est 28,988. J'ai été refusé d'emblée à Sherbrooke et McGill pour cause de notes au BAC trop faibles. Ma compréhension du processus de sélection à l'UdeM est que, une fois passé l'étape de présélection basée sur la CRU, c'est que ton dossier de recherche que compte pour la sélection aux MEMs. Si tu ne l'as pas déjà fait, regardes ce qu'ils exigent pour le dossier de recherche à Laval (c'est similaire à l'UdeM). D'après moi, le plus important c'est les publications, présentations et distinctions académiques. Bref, ne perds pas espoir et concentres-toi sur ta recherche!
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    Convocations entrevues MD 2018

    À cause du système de flags, c'est possible que l'UdeM ait retranché plus de points que Laval pour une entrevue qui se serait moins bien passée. C'est just de la conjecture. P-ê aussi une différence de conversion. Faudrait voir avec d'autres personnes qui ont eu leurs scores en % et sur 600. Pour ma part, j'attends toujours mon score en % de l'UdeM.