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    dooogs reacted to offmychestplease in If you like FM, is there any point in exploring other specialties?   
    There are almost no reasons to choose anything over than FM.
    Training time - 2 years in FM, and you're done that's it. For almost all specialties,  you need to do a fellowship/graduate degree to get a job anywhere/desirable location after so you're comparing 2 years VS 6-7+ years 
    Jobs- Everywhere, plentiful and flexible to move. You don't have to worry about being restricted to where you can live, or live somewhere away from family/friends which many people underestimate. You don't have to worry about being underemployed.
    Lifestyle- You have a chill 2 years in residency, Vs 6-7 years of much more difficult residency for everything else. And even when you're staff your lifestyle is better than pretty much all specialities. 
    Income- After 2 years, you will be making 300K after overhead in AB (50th percentile). If you want to really work hard, and are business minded/want to maximize potential 90th percentile income is 650K after overhead, 95th percentile is 750K after overhead, 99th percentile after overhead income is 1.1 million. Since you are done so much earlier than other fields, you can also invest money much earlier.
    Scope - There are sooo many niches in FM like sports med, rural ER, OB, hospitalist, cosmetic medicine, etc. You can work in these areas without further training and move around in your career. You aren't limited to a very specific field for the rest of your life. You also have many opportunities to do various +1's
    Matching- You can take it easy in medical school compared to peers who have to grind to research, CV boosting, etc and most likely get first choice location which again, people underestimate the value of that. 
     
    I will never understand how interest in a field takes priority over job opportunities + training time length + difficulty of training + location restriction + lifestyle etc for some people. I have to respect those people but I can't understand it. 
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    dooogs reacted to rmorelan in Radiology lifestyle & job market in comparison to other specialties   
    that depends on how you define a good job - I mean ha ANY radiology job is good on income fronts overall at least at present. 
    I would have to say yes though overall - 90% of us do fellowships not just to advance our skills but also to just get hired at all. Of course particularly at any academic institution where the jobs are organized for the most part around sub-specialities. Almost 0% chance of getting hired at one of those, or most major cities (if not all) without a fellowship. May be very odd exceptions. 
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    dooogs got a reaction from Nirvanesthesia in Radiology lifestyle & job market in comparison to other specialties   
    Hope you dont mind I add one more question:
    Is a fellowship or more necessary for a good job ?
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    dooogs reacted to Butterfly_ in Observerships in first year ?   
    We call them horizontals at Mac and all of them have been cancelled because of Covid. Admin is struggling to even place just my class (2021) in clerkship, so I doubt you'll be allowed to do them any time soon. When they do permit them again, the seconds years will have priority over first years.  Currently, the second years have had all their electives and horizontals cancelled because of capacity. They don't get to start until January 2021. Sorry to be a messenger of bad news, but on the bright side, you won't be missing out much. I barely did any horizontals myself and many of classmates haven't either. You can try to discover what kind of career you like by messaging upper years, residents and preceptors. You'll also get chance to explore during actual clerkship as well. 
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    dooogs got a reaction from DrOtter in Observerships in first year ?   
    Yeah that's true. I am one of those people that has no idea what to do so :/
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    dooogs reacted to scoobydoo1623 in Applying through the black student application program   
    Agreed - I 100% support BSAP and ISAP. Thanks for the balanced view. 
    Thus far, most people on this thread who seem to be talking favourably about BSAP/ISAP are already IN medical school (you can claim it hasn't changed pre-post admission, but I guess we'll never know how true that is). I just thought this is an important context to point out because at the end of the day, I see yesandno 's comments rooted in past rejections, moreso than anything else in my opinion. We all know how TOXIC pre-medical culture is, and the desperation it cultivates amongst us to gain admission, particularly in Canada, where the acceptance rates are already incredibly poor. He/she/they probably just wants to get in, and I have a strong feeling that if yesandno was already in, maybe he/she/they would not be so vocal about his/her/their concerns around BSAP/ISAP. Each and every one of us have to be honest with ourselves and with each other. Many of you were desperate pre-meds at one point, and I find it hard to believe that most of you, as PRE-MEDS, would be selfless enough to be completely agree with BSAP right off the bat. This is borne out in the evidence on perceptions of special admission streams in the literature. Look it up. 
    I'll be honest: I had the same initial thoughts when I heard about BSAP as a non-Black applicant a few years - and we can't forget NOR deny that A LOT of non-Black applicants did (atleast, the ones that I've spoken to). Yesandno was just brave enough to be vocal about it. BSAP's introduction had plenty of people, who are also disadvantaged in some form, saying: "what about me?" However, I spent a lot of time learning, growing, educating myself, through friends and literature, and I've since been a full supporter of BSAP. I took some time to examine my own biases, which was driven by being a non-Black person, but also being in a toxic pre-medical culture (which is already toxic for EVERYONE, but perhaps moreso for Black people) where we need to get in or die. 
    It takes some time, but happy that alot of posters here gave incredible insight for yesandno and OTHERS to think about. It takes a lot of empathy and sympathy to understand others and their point of views (even if implicitly racist), but at the end of the day, it's the same empathy and sympathy that this profession calls for. It's been a productive conversation here! 
    TLDR: Don't forget that perhaps, in addition to implicit biases/racism, toxic pre-med culture may also play a large role in people's view on BSAP. Sample many pre-meds and I bet you yesandno is not standing alone in their views. Productive and HONEST conversations are the way forward!
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    dooogs reacted to UwoToUo in Does anyone ever get an interview/acceptance with a wGPA in the low 3.8s?   
    UofT: attempts to address issues within a historically disenfranchised community by adding healthcare professionals that those members are more likely to trust/listen to, and/or are culturally competent to do so bc healthcare is recognized as a universal right
    yesandno: makes it about himself

     
    *Sorry for run on lol, but more seriously I recommend we all keep thinking holistically. Perhaps if we’re not knowledgeable about the plights these groups face today, stay on the sidelines and let others that are better versed/experienced direct these types of discussions. Word of advice - you claim elsewhere you are interested in this topic and that’s why you’re discussing it, that’s great but reserve your initial conclusions or judgements until you understand the issues more. Also I assume you like science, and esp with a complex issue like racism, there has to be the possibility you don’t know everything and that you could be wrong. Ofc don’t view everything through a scientific lens but maybe it could change the way you think about societal issues to a degree? What you’re doing now is a little untenable. Or if you’re just trying to vent, we’re not your diary.
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    dooogs got a reaction from UwoToUo in Does anyone ever get an interview/acceptance with a wGPA in the low 3.8s?   
    I am genuinely surprised that you have never seen/heard of people being discriminated based on their skin. I'm not a visible minority but I have seen it happen countless times. I can only imagine how dehumanizing it feels. Of course being poor sucks - it's another layer of difficulty. Now add being discriminated because you aren't white and you are also poor. These people are living much more difficult lives than I can ever imagine (even though I am not rich). We need doctors that can serve underrepresented populations 
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    dooogs reacted to rmorelan in Does anyone ever get an interview/acceptance with a wGPA in the low 3.8s?   
    Canadian Human Rights Commission disagrees with you (I mean you can argue against their conclusions of course - but I point out the the primary Canadian institution to for analyzing such things has drawn a conclusion based on the evidence it believes it has. "It is time for all Canadians to acknowledge that anti-Black racism is pervasive in Canada" would be their opening quote on the matter). 
    This loops back to the thought processes we discussed before - everyone can see in isolation having a race based admission rule is unfair (so is Western's geography for SWOMEN, or Ottawa's language rules about english vs french). I would say it being unfair again in isolation should be treated as a fact - the question is whether in either the move corrects for another form of unfairness in a collective assessment to be globally fair  (you believe there is no competing unfairness, i.e. no systemic racism however - that is a point to debate), or as another possibility whether even if it is unfair in the broader sense there is another consideration that still takes precedence - as we often have unfair rules for the individual to the benefit of society (some would argue in this case even if it is unfair to a degree it still should be done because having a demographically balanced population of doctors is valuable and serves the public interest in an important way - just like again the intentions of Ottawa and Western's rules to name just two examples are to serve public interests).  
     
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    dooogs reacted to Wachaa in Any family med docs regret switching careers as a non trad?   
    Forget the admissions process just for a second.
    Even if you got in today:  You'll stop getting a salary from your current job ($71-80k X  6 years, plus whatever your partner needs to take time off to look after kids), plus you'll owe around $150k of tuition when it's all said and done = ~$580k as a conservative estimate. That's not including costs of moving if you have to move or if your partner is unemployed as a result of the move.
    If your dream is to own property, I don't see how being a rural doc allows you to attain that sooner PLUS have the time to enjoy it.
    i mean it’s fine if you want to be a rural doc and help people, do what you have to do. But if you just want the property and you and your partner have the freedom to move now, just do the math yourself.
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    dooogs reacted to premed72 in Asking for ref letter...   
    It was lowkey the wrong thing to say dude.
    This is coming from experience as a MSc student and having a supervisor 
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    dooogs reacted to Med2be in Spending LOC on fun   
    I bought a new truck on my own a few months back, but transferred it to my LOC for a lower rate  I have friends in med that used it to backpack europe. You do you!
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    dooogs got a reaction from ShadesofCyan in Spending LOC on fun   
    Being an "older" incoming med student (mid 20s) I share some of your feelings.
    For me something I cannot compromise is my next two summers. I want to have them off to travel. Its important to me and I was and still am very sad I wasn't able to do it this summer.
    I worked my ass off every year and summer so far (bachelor, master). I will have to spend money to do this. It's the first time since being out of high school that I'm not gonna be making any money... it's scary but I would live a life of regret if i didnt spend part of my 20s travelling 
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    dooogs reacted to rmorelan in Spending LOC on fun   
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    wasn't that high for me to take the test (although in your last year you can just throw money at some problems that stop you studying - ordering in food, house cleaning, laundry services.....I know people that just make all other distractions go away at however high cost). 
     
     
     
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    dooogs got a reaction from honeymoon in Spending LOC on fun   
    Being an "older" incoming med student (mid 20s) I share some of your feelings.
    For me something I cannot compromise is my next two summers. I want to have them off to travel. Its important to me and I was and still am very sad I wasn't able to do it this summer.
    I worked my ass off every year and summer so far (bachelor, master). I will have to spend money to do this. It's the first time since being out of high school that I'm not gonna be making any money... it's scary but I would live a life of regret if i didnt spend part of my 20s travelling 
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    dooogs reacted to Remyelination in Seriously, we need a revolution   
    This was too fitting not to post
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    dooogs reacted to piperacillin in Anki cards?   
    As someone who did Anki in pre-clinical, I'm not sure I would suggest anyone do Anking versus making their own cards instead. Anking was meant to be a comprehensive resource to perform well on Step 1. It also goes far deeper into certain subjects and much less deep in other areas than your school will. Step 1 is moving to pass/fail so there isn't a benefit of doing such a large deck even if you plan to write step 1 - there are significant drawbacks in the amount of time it takes.
    Definitely test it out, but it sounds like even American students are shifting away from large decks like anking. Making cards is time consuming but is honestly just like regular studying
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    dooogs reacted to gogogo in Anki cards?   
    As far as I know, we don't have one specific for Canadian med schools, but medical knowledge doesn't really change by country . Step 1 and Step 2 will cover such a vast ground that you'll have all the knowledge needed for pre-clerkship (I can't comment for clerkship--not there yet--but I hear that step 2 + UWorld is a good combo). The Step 1 deck will sometimes cover things that are very nitty-gritty and are obviously just for the Step 1 test, so you could always just suspend those cards (i.e., turn them off and not see them again).
    So, I still highly recommend doing AnKing even it it covers stuff you won't cover or details that seem extraneous (again, just suspend them). AnKing has been developed over years with many contributors and it would take a lot of your time trying to create cards. It'll provide you with a very broad and sufficiently in-depth understanding of pre-clerkship medical knowledge.
    Don't worry that by following AnKing, you may not be following your school's curriculum. A good compromise would be this: Imagine you've started cardiology at your school. Look through the AnKing Step 1 Cardiology deck and compare it to your school's curriculum. If you find that there is a topic your school really focuses on but AnKing doesn't, then add cards just for that. Like that, you can "fill in the gaps" where needed but also have the assurance that the rest of the deck is covering everything you'd need to know.
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    dooogs reacted to gogogo in Anki cards?   
    Anki is fantastic for learning. Look into the AnKing deck (or make your own, but I recommend the former). In the AnKing deck, Step 1 will cover every system's physiology and pathology. Step 2 will be more clinically oriented and is supposed to be for clerkship (so I recommend AnKing Step 1 to get a foundation). It's a lot of cards (25000+), so start soon and be committed to the reviews (otherwise, you will forget things easily).
    The biggest "issue" people point out about Anki is that it promotes memorizing little details that would only benefit on a multiple choice test. I agree with this *if* you just use anki as a memorization tool. So to counter that, whenever I do a card, I make sure to do a quick summary of the clinically-relevant/big picture stuff when I answer it. For example, if the card says "[blank] is a risk factor for coronary artery disease," I'll answer the question, but *in addition*, I'll quickly remind myself what coronary artery disease is and how it presents. You also have to constantly be making the big-picture connections between cards, otherwise you'll again just learn small facts without understanding the concepts. So do all the background reading needed and then go back to the cards to solidify that learning.
    If you do what I say above and do your anki reviews every day, I promise you'll be a top student during med school.
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    dooogs got a reaction from petitmonstre111 in Spending LOC on fun   
    Being an "older" incoming med student (mid 20s) I share some of your feelings.
    For me something I cannot compromise is my next two summers. I want to have them off to travel. Its important to me and I was and still am very sad I wasn't able to do it this summer.
    I worked my ass off every year and summer so far (bachelor, master). I will have to spend money to do this. It's the first time since being out of high school that I'm not gonna be making any money... it's scary but I would live a life of regret if i didnt spend part of my 20s travelling 
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    dooogs got a reaction from Maggiie19 in Spending LOC on fun   
    Being an "older" incoming med student (mid 20s) I share some of your feelings.
    For me something I cannot compromise is my next two summers. I want to have them off to travel. Its important to me and I was and still am very sad I wasn't able to do it this summer.
    I worked my ass off every year and summer so far (bachelor, master). I will have to spend money to do this. It's the first time since being out of high school that I'm not gonna be making any money... it's scary but I would live a life of regret if i didnt spend part of my 20s travelling 
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    dooogs got a reaction from DrOtter in Spending LOC on fun   
    Being an "older" incoming med student (mid 20s) I share some of your feelings.
    For me something I cannot compromise is my next two summers. I want to have them off to travel. Its important to me and I was and still am very sad I wasn't able to do it this summer.
    I worked my ass off every year and summer so far (bachelor, master). I will have to spend money to do this. It's the first time since being out of high school that I'm not gonna be making any money... it's scary but I would live a life of regret if i didnt spend part of my 20s travelling 
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    dooogs got a reaction from dopamineislife in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs got a reaction from pinkneuron in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs got a reaction from keipop in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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