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  1. Bernier!! Just Kidding . On a serious note, I used to think that Scheer was a shoe in to win but not anymore as he is being associated with Doug Ford and Steven Harper. It'll be close between Scheer and Trudeau, not dissimilar to Trump vs. Clinton's election. And i feel like a big issue will be pharmacare.
  2. No. It won't help you. I wrote mine last minute, literally the day it was due, so i know i have a couple good ones and a couple bad ones. I don't know which hit it off with the reviewer though. I don't want to send you down a rabbit hole with one of my entries. I can however help you out by reading your entry and then bouncing some ideas off you. I'm on vacation rn so PM me if you're interested in that and we can setup a time next week.
  3. Yes I repeated an activity but I discussed completely different aspects of it (relevant to the subheading it was under in the aABS).
  4. "For patients, the question remains: Are we getting good value? When a general practitioner bills $400,000 for looking after 1,300 patients while a nurse practitioner looks after 800 patients for $120,000 and gets better satisfaction on average, serious questions must be raised." source: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2019/07/03/what-next-for-ontarios-top-billing-doctors.html
  5. This is exactly what I meant earlier about the politicization of the issue. I think there is a general consensus that opthos and other specialties could use some readjustment in the billing codes. However we don't want to give the government leverage in using healthcare professionals as scapegoats for their lack of fiscal responsibility. Which is why we need to be so careful about public perception - we need to be careful how we talk around this issue and how much power we give journalists with their "opinion" pieces for "transparency purposes". The problem with interview prepping for med schools is it makes you an idealist often at the cost of being pragmatic. And i think that mentality spills over into forums topics like these sometimes.
  6. Politics is unfortunately at its crux all about pointing fingers at someone else. And I don't like doing that, especially when it comes to our important system of healthcare. But if I had to do it (and you may be right that it may be hypocritical), I would point my fingers at the absurd government spending in other areas outside healthcare (ie. Ford's love for convenient beer) and even within healthcare (i.e. hospital construction contracts).
  7. We have to balance income inequality among doctors with encouraging innovations in return for higher salaries. I don't like the politicization of this issue by The Star as it will lead to an unbalance and an unfair attack on the profession of medicine as a whole. Furthermore Ford is spending around $1 billion dollars so we can buy beer from Loblaws... ostensibly beer is worth more than healthcare to the people of Ontario.
  8. I actually know the top biller in Ontario through a friend - not that well though. He is a hardworking dude who basically has his own private hospital. Sure the money he makes looks ridiculous, but the number of patients he services (and the quality I bet) reflects the billings. So he is working within the legal framework why malign him and other top billers and the whole practice of medicine as a rip-off? Is it for more transparency? Give me a break. This is going to lead to more misinformation. People will think all doctors make millions, people will not appreciate why they make millions or how, and people will certainly form biases of different doctors based on their billings (higher billers might be considered more prestigious and better for example). Millions of dollars in billings sounds ridiculous....until you realize this person setup a private practice to make more OR space and meet the needs of patients in Ontario. I definitely advocate for some balancing in the billing codes to preempt the collapse of an unsustainable healthcare system, but this is something experts and the right people need to consider in an isolated non-political manner. When you let the public decide important shit....well just look at what has happened around the world... Trump...Brexit...Ford lol.
  9. I didn't read your whole post but i understood the sentiment. And ysera's first sentence is exactly what i was thinking. I think it is well known that the process is flawed - to the extent that there is an element of doing what needs to be done (aka "gaming" the system). Why do we need reference letters when they are subjective? Why do we only get 2 sentences to talk about each activity on our ABS when these experiences should be valued for their depth and not quantity? Why do we need CASPER when not everyone types at the same speed? I can keep going on but ultimately you can point out flaws everywhere and find unfairness conveniently depending on your perspective. I'll give credit to admissions in Canada though for having very different requirements among schools (CASPER vs. mcat vs. essays vs. ECs) which gives people the flexibility to still get in based on their own unique strengths. Also there is another debate to be had about the value of being able to jump through arbitrary hoops (aka competency) versus true character and compassion (but at the expense of competency). The good thing is, based on my own experience, 90% of people who get in are both competent and compassionate.
  10. Toad and Rainbow Road What would be your favourite city to live in if you had all the money in the world and could bring your whole family with you?
  11. Haha yeah I missed that comment. I still stand by what I said though - that threads like this are a symptom of a wrong mentality that many pre-meds unfortunately fall victim to. If you stay optimistic, you can relate to and find yourself more privileged then almost everyone in some way or another.
  12. I grew up in low-SES neighborhoods most of my life and I've found success in life whenever I learned to appreciate others who work hard to take advantage of their privileges rather than complain that they have certain privileges that I don't. By focusing on the positive it made me work harder and be happier. I really dislike these kind of threads because of the assumption that every low income person has it harder than a middle income person. This is true on average, but its a broad generalization. Don't assume that students from middle income or even high income families haven't built up their own share of resilience. Everyone has their own path. Imagine a high income kid who deals with parental abuse or domestic abuse at home. What about a high income kid who had to deal with cancer throughout undergrad? Is it really fair to judge them for having it "easy" compared to low income kid with a healthy, happy, and cohesive family? Sure statistics show that on average lower income families deal with more abuse, violence, health problems etc. But these are averages and you shouldn't give into them by unnecessarily comparing yourself to others whom you don''t even know the whole story about. Just do you.
  13. Great change. Reference letters are the stupidest part of this whole process. Absolutely no objectivity nor standardization across applicants.
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