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  1. this is not helpful. Unless OP gets a 131 at minumum with an amazing Casper, they have no chance with a 3.2...
  2. I don't have specific advice about courses of action to take but congratulations on your perseverance and determination. It will help you in medicine and more importantly life.
  3. I wish you didn't foul out at the end of the 4th when we needed you ):
  4. I began typing something but I stopped. This shows more about them than me is all I will say.
  5. I chose AB because that is where I am based. It is not too difficult being part of "that 10%" since half of FM doctors work part-time <30 hours/week...and many of the ones that work full-time don't know/don't care to maximize their billings. Even then, the hours needed to get into that top 10% are not comparable to the call and work hours of many surgeons etc. And this is not even taking into account many years of lost-income in residency/fellowship/etc. Your posts indicate that YOU think "the career is boring and unrewarding". That is your opinion. Many others don't think so + found a niche they love to practice.
  6. I agree with shikimate. It belongs in the lower "better list" of FRCPC specialties. Lifestyle is also good, much better than surgery but not as good as EM (since no call) FM or Derm.
  7. There are over 750 FM doctors in AB that are making $400,000+ AFTER overhead, 250 of which that are making $550,000+ on average AFTER overhead, about 40 of which that are making $1,100,000 on average AFTER overhead, and the top 3 of which that are making $2,000,000+ on average AFTER overhead. This is from government billings alone and does not include any private billings and/or business ventures like getting profit from the overhead that other doctors pay you if you decide to buy a clinic etc. The numbers are all here: https://nationalpost.com/health/leaked-report-offers-window-into-the-medical-one-percenters-and-growing-concern-over-md-pay-inequity/ It's quite funny the level of misinformation that a lot of people have regarding their perceived notion of "low fm" pay. Pretty good for a 2 year residency..
  8. 6/17 is not a bad EC score. EC's scores are extremely subjective to who is reading your file every year. Trying to fine tune those descriptions is futile. There are IP that get interviews every year with a 4/17 or 5/17 EC score. The issue is likely with your combo of GPA/MCAT/Casper not being high enough.
  9. ^This Everything I said above applies for: Neurosurgery, Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, General Surgery, ENT, Urology, OB-GYN (except for limited jobs part), Ophthalmology (except for attending lifestyle), Anatomical Pathology, Haematological Path, Neuropath, med microbio, Rad Onc, Public Health, Neurology, Radiology, Nuclear Med, Internal Med (except for the low payed "life style" sub-specs, or general IM). Everything except work-life balance for anything lab med mentioned. Specialities that don't fit most of what I said above (besides FM): IM Lifestyle fields like endo/rhem/geriatrics, General IM Derm EM Psych General Peds Physical Med In the above FRCPC fields jobs are much more plentiful, lifestyle is good to great for most except general IM, compensation is ok (IM sub specs) to amazing (Derm), no need for fellowship/graduate degrees in any of the above, but you also have to do 5 years of residency vs 2 which is a big drawback and need to work hard to impress for longer.
  10. no if you apply in third year they would look at both your first and second year marks, no weighting.
  11. Do FM 100% Do you want to chill in medical school with little stress not having to worry about any research/EC/etc, have the freedom to nearly guarantee where you do residency, do a chill 2 years of residency, get a job anywhere in Canada on the spot, not worry about doing graduate degrees/fellowships, have the freedom to explore many niches in family medicine, have a great work life balance, not spend gruelling years in residency, have the chance to get into many +1's if you want to (EM, Anes, Derm, etc), have a much more chill board exam, know you are actually making a difference to the number of Canadians who need a FM doc, and on top of that if you work hard are business minded and know what you are doing surpass the income of many specialists? If the answer is yes -> do FM. If you like stressing in medical school and scrambling for any research/resume padding you can get for CaRMS, and then further trying to impress in many years of residency/fellowship to get a job, and you like the feeling of having to likely settle for location where you do your residency since spots are more competitive, have to do 6-8+ years of residency (since you need to do a fellowship(s)/graduate degree(s) for nearly all FRCPC specialities, have to settle for living in places you really don't want to be just to get a job, like being limited to a particular body system/type of work, have a much worse work life balance (for most FRCPC specialities), like spending gruelling years in residency and fellowship while your FM friends are living life and making money, spend at least a year of life studying nonstop for the difficult FRCPC exam, and on top of that not only lose out on years of income while you are a resident? If the answer is yes -> do a speciality Many smart people in medicine recognize the above, which is why FM is getting more popular recently 43% of all graduating Canadian medical students in 2020 ended up in FM in the end after both rounds whether it was their first choice or not. (>50% of graduating medical students from the 3 French schools, 55% of Queen's grads, and 64% of NOSM's grads in particular went into FM for example) I'm not going to lie, I feel a lot of people are ego/prestige driven and "look-down on FM" which is sad that someone would discount all the pros of FM and cons of specialities just to be called a say "interventional cardiologist" even though they have to do 9 years of very hard residency and after that be left scrambling to get a job anywhere. Before anyone says this, I know there are people who value passion and interest for the field fist and foremost and I highly respect them, but no one can deny that at least part of why many people discount FM is because they perceive it as less "prestigious" than FRCPC. Everyone has different priorities but what I assume is true for many people is: work-life balance, lifestyle, training time, jobs, residency lifestyle, etc > passion for the field, "prestige of the field"
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