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  1. I think the original question was around why those fields were competitive. Money was one component that people raised. From that perspective I do believe it is important to convey the landscape rather than some case study on the theoretical max. That is as useful as saying FM is solid because you have the ability to earn 7-8 figures a year with weight loss clinics because Dr. Bernstein could do it. No doubt that there are many physicians in Alberta that are very successful however the majority of future physicians in Canada will not be practicing in Alberta. More importantly, I have my doubts
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  2. The dates were removed from the “Interview Weekend” portion of Dal’s med deadlines page. I’m purely speculating here but here are a couple guesses as to why that is: Dal is pushing interviews to later in the year to give themselves more time to set up the virtual interviews Dal isn’t having a dedicated weekend (perhaps due to limitations with the virtual interview format) and will be doing the interviews over a longer period of time Dal’s interview will be a series of answers that you pre-record similar to CASPer snapshot (reeeally hope it’s not this one). Again I’m just
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  3. Definitely, Derms get paid quite well in Ab. But don't forget, often in some practices the billing can be done through one providers MSP number. A local derm colleague who does locum in alberta confirms this, that their billings are done through the clinic owner's #, and then takes the overhead cut from the billings. This is likely very much the case for the docs making >2million in public MSP billings.
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  4. No way they make that much.... I know academic dermatologist /plastic surgeons make as much as any other specialist... lolI have never heard of those numbers lol
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  5. https://mazer.us/MazerLottery.pdf Dr. Mazer, a pathologist at Johns Hopkins University, wrote about you guys!
    2 points
  6. sally1999

    Invite Countdown

    Thanks for everyones' speculations lol like @justamom said it is keeping me sane. I am glad that there is a community online that understands what I am going through right now in limbo.
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  7. I agree 100%. Also, chances are they have decided invites they're just ironing out the details of the virtual format to include in the invite emails. I could see (Speculation) them holding interviews early 2021 and releasing acceptances in May like Ontario Schools, ESPECIALLY with a potential strike and the 2nd wave of 'rona. We should just let the chips fall where they may, getting stressed out over when is counterproductive to our outside lives, and on the mental health front. relax, take care of yourselves! self care is more important that ever in these trying times
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  8. McMaster sent out an FAQ to applicants this year where they directly stated that CASPer correlation with the MMI is weak (CASPer correlates with non-cognitive skills but not MMI performance)
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  9. At this point I'm done speculating. It'll come whenever it comes. For each of the last 6 week-days (all 5 days last week plus the Friday prior) I've been incredibly unproductive from around 11 AM - 2 PM because I've been constantly refreshing my email and this page. Just going to forget it about it for now. (and inevitably now it will come out tomorrow no doubt lmao!)
    2 points
  10. If you are working this hard in derm to get that high amount of public billings, you aren't going to have any time leftover to do comsetics.
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  11. FM in most FFS settings is not slower paced haha. I would take a day in GIM clinic over FM clinic any day. Better paid, more time to think and digest, and not rushing onto the next one. When GIM clinics are "time limited" it's because they want to make more money and/or they have a large list of patients they "need to see".
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  12. Hi Everyone! Just putting this up here to see if there are still those out there who have one or more transcripts marked 'Not Received'. I sent 4 transcripts in July and 3 of them have been received. This is obviously stressful because of the uncertainty but I just wanted to see if there are those out there who are in the same situation. I have a receipt and proof from the institution that it was sent in July. I don't want to bother the Admissions Office with this but I just have this fear that my application is going to be voided because some a transcript issue.
    1 point
  13. Hello. On my Dalhousie portal my MCAT scores have still not been verified even though I released them on time. I emailed adcom about it but they haven't gotten back to me yet. Does anyone have a similar issue?
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  14. keipop

    Casper test fail

    Désolé de pas avoir été clair mais 3 sous-questions, toujours la dernière haha! (3 sections complètes = 1/4 de l’examen, there’s no way tu vas bien scorer avec 3 sections de vides)
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  15. marsaturn20

    Invite Countdown

    I guess anything can happen in 2020. With the pandemic and this potential 'strike,' it will take a while before we hear back from the adcoms. Time for me to hibernate lol.
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  16. marsaturn20

    Invite Countdown

    I think based on the information provided on Dalhousie's website, it sounds like IP applicants are guaranteed an interview if they meet the cut-off (MCAT, GPA and CASPER). As for OOP applicants, the MCAT, GPA and CASPER are used as part of the initial screening, however I believe that the "connection maritime essay" is the main criterion used whether an OOP applicant is invited or not.
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  17. Assuming you did not graduate from a Manitoba high school, I'm pretty sure it can be any 2 consecutive years. In the bulletin it states "Applicants who have not completed High School in Manitoba or 2 years or more of study at a university in Manitoba should submit a scanned copy of their MB health card showing Manitoba residency of a least two years at time of application to Medicine." http://umanitoba.ca/student/admissions/media/medicine_bulletin.pdf
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  18. Pretty sure it can be any 2 years. I think you have to prove it somehow though, so be prepared for that.
    1 point
  19. they do generally ignore gov loans in their math - which makes sense as those loans are in a different class in many ways. other loans are fair game (and should be from a risk point of view)
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  20. Apologies, out of consideration for their privacy I wouldn't feel comfortable sharing even ballpark numbers. I will say they do well but not 7 figure well if that is at all helpful. There should be no worries about them starving or struggling if they are responsible with their money. Unfortunately, more MDs than I would like to see do live irresponsibly (sometimes paycheque to paycheque). Numbers are also only part of the picture. There are considerations like practice location and mix that also play into professional satisfaction.
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  21. Why would they care? As long as they are competent residents and do well for the field, I dont think they are concerned by motivations.
    1 point
  22. keipop

    Casper test fail

    It’s all good fam, I left like 3 blank questions on my first CASPer and still managed to land a 85th percentile CASPer at McGill (med-P) last year so don’t worry about it too much if you did good on the rest!
    1 point
  23. Writing a note that's is 3 lines long and only comprised of letters and/or special characters is the only way they know how to communicate. We can't expect our surgical colleagues to give us a novel like our ID friends. I will accept finger painting though if they provide it.
    1 point
  24. blah1234

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    A large problem with this type of compilation is that it gives a current snapshot of a job market that is really only usable by medical students early in their training. That means these substantial number of students will be facing a job market that could be a decade out. So much can change in a decade. While I am generally a believer that things will slowly get more competitive for all specialties over time I do think that technology and funding changes could dynamically change the spots and needs for fields over that time frame. If anything I feel like the only useful categorization is
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  25. I agree. I know this is the case with certain high billers in Ontario. For logistical reasons you bill everything under one number (which is becoming increasingly frowned upon) and then the pot is divided up accordingly. There are 100% physicians out there that bill 7 figures individually but I do not think that's something most medical students will be capable of doing for a variety of reasons. This is anecdotal evidence but none of my friends Derm, Opthal, and Plastics do that well. We are quite close as I help with their financial planning so I know their situation decently well. You
    1 point
  26. OP is asking about their interview performance specifically, not the probability of being selected for an interview. So in my reasoning, provided that you're selected for the interview, which depends on GPA and CARS as well as CASPer, the CASPer performance will not be so predictive of MMI performance. Because if it was strongly predictive, McMaster would have re-adjusted the CASPer weight in their post-invite formula, since MMI would have accounted for 70% of the post-interview score anyway. The fact that they didn't and chose to go with the lottery showed that CASPer is not that predict
    1 point
  27. She thinks that you can write a note that isn't a string of four letter acronyms and you're only concern if the patient can make it to the OR or not... its kind of a dig at surgeons.
    1 point
  28. Thank you all for your responses... It eases my mind a bit to know I am not going through this alone. I will keep all these pointers in mind moving forward and I hope anyone going through similar struggles is able to find resolution as well <3
    1 point
  29. I just started medical school this year. Going in I was told that medical school is the place where you will meet a lot of new friends with similar interests and make memories that last for a lifetime. Even as I observed the upper year medical students over the last few years, they all seemed to get along well with each other and I always admired how they went on trips together, did activities together and were friends with each other outside of medical school. But more than half a semester into med school I don't feel the same way. I feel socially outcasted on a constant basis. Like I can tal
    1 point
  30. Choose people that choose you. Med school can be cliquish and even small differences between people in terms of background, life experiences or ethnicity can sometimes get exaggerated. There's usually an "in" crowd, but I'd suggest focusing on finding a few other people that genuinely accept you and want to spend time or really engage with you rather than trying to "fit in". Don't take it personally at all and just accept that people can be kind of superficial. Be open to having friends outside of medicine (or at other medical schools) as they can help provide balance to your medical scho
    1 point
  31. LostLamb

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    Possibly not in the two cities identified, depends also on what you mean about general psych. I understand your attempts to distill the information to its essences for medical students, but please trust those in practise who are trying to help.
    1 point
  32. This post is coming 13 years after the original, but it's never too late. The biggest problem with McMaster is the discrepancy between what they preach and what they practice. They claim to stand out because they accept more mature and unconventional students with non-science backgrounds. But if you take a look at their admissions trends over the last 5 - 7 years, you'll notice that they've fallen back into the baseline habit of being like every other medical school: Accept science students straight out of undergraduate programs. The advantage of that is having more uniform and monolithic
    1 point
  33. Result: Accepted (VFMP) off the Wait-list 6/8/2020 Geography: IP Early or Regular Deadline: Regular Timestamp: 3:45 PM PST aGPA: 85.1% ~22.5 AQMCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): 513 (128/126/129/130)Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): SFU Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 2015 ECs: ~34 NAQ last year. Various things: Volunteered at shelters, Big Brother, some clinical volunteering, NSERC (no pubs), helped the elderly, charities etc etc etc. My application included a lot of my hobbies as I tried to paint a picture of who I really am: I like wrenching on cars so I restor
    1 point
  34. Not sure I like these changes. Personally, I think U of T should decrease the weight they give GPA, not the MCAT.
    1 point
  35. Number of applications to a medical school is most often reflective of the minimum competitive metrics required for eligibility. McMaster gets the most applications (~5000) every year because they have a very low GPA and MCAT Cut-off and very easy course-load requirements (many nursing students who have multiple pass/fail courses, and those who had nontraditional undergrad courseloads are able to apply). Although the average CARS is 129 it hasn't stopped the flood of applications to their program. Queens has the second highest number of applications (~4500) because they do not post their
    1 point
  36. 4.0=Academically savvy? Not necessarily, especially if you are from Mac health sci.
    1 point
  37. I am very much looking forward to this. A person with a 4.0 GPA is academically savvy, yes we get it. But someone with a 3.8 would be just as capable of handling a medical school course load. I hope they impose a GPA cut off. That would be nice.
    1 point
  38. Are you guys seriously discussing submitting an academic explanation essay for a 4.0 --> .3.92 trend......with that kind of unreasonable logic, every single applicant should submit an "explanation" of why they got a couple more A's instead of A+'s in one year. I need to go back to hanging out with real people off of PM101 who don't complain about their near perfect GPAs.
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