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  1. 1. Get your P.Eng, 99% of applicants don't have it, practicing engineering is similar to practicing law and med - quit calling yourself an engineer before that 2. Do a grad degree, it will lower the cut off, broaden your options 3. Study for MCAT 4. Stay in Alberta longer to be considered IP 5. 79 is around a 3.2 ?
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  2. takasugi

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    I haven't heard about this. Wouldn't it be weird if they start timing you after you start talking? Is one of the interviewers timing you or some other person? Idk, doesn't seem true but I haven't interviewed at Western before so I don't know. I also think they would've mentioned that? They might cut you off if you talk too long though (but I think that's the case for any panel interview)
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  3. Thanks so much for your response! Please do keep us posted if you call. Given the interview date is soon approaching, I really hope we hear soon!
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  4. I do file review and write CaRMS letters. Only use references that will write you a strong letter. Treat this as a black and white matter. There are strong letters. Then there are weak letters. In reality an okay letter is useless. It tells the reviewer nothing. It’s not a red flag to have an elective without a letter. It’s actually common. Preceptors and file reviews know how hard it can be to have truly longitudinal experiences with a trainee. I mean, it wasn’t any different when we were in your shoes. We get it. I would say it is a red flag if a preceptor is cl
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  5. In my experience a focused history and physical means two things: it's efficient and you ask specific presentation and diagnosis relevant questions as part of it. As a med student you are still expected to do a "complete" history and physical for general specialties, and even as a senior resident I still (and am expected to) ask screening development questions on every child I see. Efficiency comes with practice, for instance you can do a screening examination of an infant in about a minute, all while im taking a history, and being flexible so as not to annoy patient/family. It takes a LOT of
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  6. Hey there, The science section for CDA manual was alot easier than the real deal (I took the Nov 2019 exam). CDA RC was kinda similar to the real deal but I'd use other RC resources to get well versed in different passage and question styles. PAT is abit harder on the real deal as well but honestly it wasnt too crazy - if you have a solid and consistent method to tackle each PAT section and can perform well under time constraints then you're good. At the end of the day, do as many practice tests and questions as possible (coming from any resource), review your mistakes, and you will be g
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  7. Had this conversation on the weekend with an in-law of mine who is a psych. Story I got was that even in Ottawa, it's not hard to find psych work as the demand outstrips the avaliable supply of psychiatrists. My in-law knew a person who just received a staff job at the tertiary care hospital in Ottawa without a fellowship.
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  8. They still looked at the scores. To practice in the states the threshold was to just pass.
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  9. Thanks PlsLetMeIn02 for the correction! All advice I had gotten about a masters was that it would not really change a gpa, so it's great to see someone further in their program actually getting a boost!
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  10. well we aren't salaried usually - so it is somewhat hard to be both overworked, and under paid. Usually the busier the service, correspondingly the higher the pay (at least in the same discipline). In the US and in the NHS you are salaried (I believe usually - exceptions are there) so over work is a real possibility. It is funny sometimes as a resident where we getting crushed thinking this is so painful, while the staff is just smiling away.... that doesn't mean we don't have other ways that funding cuts can be bad for us and the patient - removing support workers for instanc
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  11. I've heard that med is arguably worse due to the pervasiveness of being overworked in a publicly-funded system that always expects you to do more with less funding. Kinda like the NHS situation in Europe.
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  12. Of the 9 people I know who applied to UofT, 7 of them have not heard back yet. Of the 2 who heard back, 1 got an invite, and the other rejected. So, I think there is still a lot of people waiting to hear back (myself included).
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  13. Hey all, I used to benefit lots from this forum, and think I should pay back the favor. I am typing this between clinics, so please excuse the grammar error & typo. Last few years, I was selected to be a MMI interviewer of a Canadian medical school, I notice some common misceptions still fly around. I hope to share some of my thoughts while not breaching the confidentiality agreement. 1. Remember to relax, sometimes the interviewers are as anxious as you, we know how much it takes to get you an interview opportunity, and we want to make it count. Especially for the first sta
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  14. I generally agree with the notion that doctors shouldn't see their incomes lowered, but this right here is ridiculous. What a sheltered life you must've lived to think that this is people's reality, and that their current difficulties (or lack of financial success) is necessarily due to previous years of partying and travelling to the Caribbean having the time of their life [while you were slaving away at the lab or the library].
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  15. Dental incomes will become more and more disparate/varied as time goes on. The average will go down. The outliers will go both directions. This is only a natural consequence of low demand, high supply, saturation and corporatization. Take any numbers you hear and chop 15-20% off the top for self-reporting bias.
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  16. I would have a hard time arguing medicine's outlook is going up, but I feel it will take longer before its decline like Pharmacy and Dentistry.
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  17. Very true. I've heard a lot of good things from actual dentists as well. It just scares me when everywhere I go I see a dental clinic and I think of all the saturation.
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