Thank you for your response.
I see this and the comment below about me attacking a premed and the meanness of clerkship and questioning if I am truly a doctor etc.
I apologize - my intent on coming on this forum was that I was here when it first was started by Ian years ago as a premed. I went through medschool and residency and started working largely forgetting about it until I took a more active role in medical education recently. I realized in spreading to my trainees that it still existed so I thought perhaps I would come and offer a different perspective from the usual “are my stats good enough?”.
There do not seem to be a lot of staff doctors on here so I thought I could help med students and residents and fellows especially in the Toronto and GTA area help navigate what is out there as they start to search for a job and decided between academics/community etc.
Although I am involved in medical admissions I feel there are enough people commenting on helping pre meds and it was not where I would be useful.
I asked this question after speaking to a med student in my group told me she did this and was surprised others did not. I should have perhaps taken a gentler tone to this. I was offended at comments implying I had limited critical thought and having a pre med imply that they had a very educated opinion on medical education and what makes a good doctor.
To the comment that I can learn from “lessers” - I learn from my trainees all the time and that is part of the reason I have taken a more active role in medical education. I have perhaps lost sight of that here - however I will counter that I have not been treated on this forum as I have been in person in quite some time.
I had a premed student DM me and ask repeated questions about the job market for a urologist in the GTA and salaries. I spent a lot time time helping only to learn this was a person who had not even applied to med school yet. I assumed if you are asking specifics about the salary and job prospects in a sub speciality you are at least a med student if not a resident or fellow. This was disheartening to feel conned by this person wasting my time getting resources and contacts for them.
I may have brought some of the harsher tone on me and I take complete responsibility for this. While it’s somewhat hurtful to be talked to by a premed as if I do not know about medical education and they have a better idea and that I should learn from them about respecting opinions from lessers etc is honestly not something I am sure you would tell me if we met in person. However like I said I own this due to my initial tone and wish to stop any bad blood communication
I am not flexing or making myself feel better by saying I am a doctor - this is what I have been doing for years and it hoesntly isn’t that special to me as it is to people just starting medical training.
You refer to yourself as neither a med student nor a premed but a hopeful candidate. That is like a resident applying to cardiology saying they aren’t a internal medicine resident but a hopeful cardiologist. I would hope you would gain a little humility before you start medical training. If you aren’t in medical school then you are a premed.
I tried to contribute to areas I could help - providing information about Coronovirus as I am involved in a hospital committee here to help with the virus and I was around during SARS, trying to direct people about the job market in the GTA and also about how to setup electives and such etc.
I thought I could come on here and help others by having a voice that wasn’t on this forum. It seems I have failed at this and in the interest of not making things worse I will kindly bid farewell and continue helping students and residents in a format that I seem to be better at.
Good luck to everyone applying to medical school and those in their medical training. Hopefully someday we can work together either in a training role or as a colleague.