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  1. 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.
  2. Very busy. Typically day starts around 6am and runs until 5pm when not on call. Mix of OR and clinic and ward work. When on call you are usually fairly busy as well doing consults and OR assist and call is frequent. It’s one of the busier rotations in terms of time
  3. Also please try to remember - influenza kills many more people than this ever will. It’s also unlike SARS not showing itself to be deadly to the young
  4. Depends on size of program and which speciality. yes these are stars. But often the interview for someone they really want doesn’t determine anything other than a flag to disallow someone
  5. I’m involved in the UofT one. It’s a standardized interview with two people usually. TBH the interview at UofT seems like a formality. Most people going in are because they have done electives and have letters. The questions are all every generic
  6. Lots of people I know at my hospital who are American trained as you folks. It’s not hard to find a spot
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    They make way more. If you looks t ICU a day 1 is 1k vs 330 in Ontario. I guess the key is that it’s Sask. Not a lot of people want to live out there so they need to keep docs happy. It’s not like the GTA where docs are begging for table scraps.
  8. I was in med school during SARS at UofT We are better prepared this time. it presents with a flu like resp illness - think influenza. Everyone with a febrile resp illness will be placed in isolation with N95 masks. A detailed travel history is taken. There is no specific cure. The key to treatment is time and supportive care including mechanical ventilation and ICU support. Containment is via BSP and making sure resp isolation is maintained
  9. Yes. I guess my point is -McGill is a big school -if you live in Ont you are already IP in Ontario -if you spend a year in Quebec now you are IP for both
  10. I made this thread because I don’t have a lot of knowledge at how McGill works and med school admissions outside Ontario. I was talking to some med students yesterday and one mentioned that she also got into McGill because she was considered IP. I thought this was a reasonable place to ask if there was an advantage to being IP and if you could easily obtain that
  11. I don’t have the time or inclination to argue with a premed who thinks they have an informed opinion on what correlates with being a good doctor or success is medical school. You are beyond words - you are trying to educate me, someone who has Finished med school and residency and works as a doctor and is involved in medical education about what is the changing skill set needed? good luck. If you ever make it into medical school perhaps you will learn to not think your “opinion” is more important than the staff and residents you are learning from. You basically said I have limited or critical thought at best. A person who is a staff physician. Someone who is involved heavily in medical education. Someone that if you got into the UofT you would meet during your first week. I have limited critical thought about what it takes to be a doctor? I even showed you a study and you told me you have informed opinion. Based on what? How are you informed without being a doctor? I have no words other than I hope you change your attitude and realize you have a lot to learn from people that spent years in training to be doctor rather than trying to educate them based on your “informed opinion” as a candidate
  12. I know many Internal medicine pathway 4 working easily in clinics and the hospital in the Toronto area. Not hard at all
  13. No I was genuinely wondering as it just seemed like to big difference and IP had much better chances
  14. Is this evidence based or just your opinion? I believe the evidence shows GPA is a very strong predictor https://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12909-016-0692-3 are you even in med school? What do you know of med school success or being a good physician as a pre med?
  15. I’m already a practising doctor. Not keen to do med school again
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