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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from takasugi in Surgical specialties with good job prospects?   
    50% match rate and a looks requirement
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from procrastinating in Things you wish you knew before you started med   
    I must add that your story is an exception. It's not the rule.
    Failing to prepare=preparing to fail
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from Tullius in Things you wish you knew before you started med   
    I must add that your story is an exception. It's not the rule.
    Failing to prepare=preparing to fail
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from JigsawMD in Surgical specialties with good job prospects?   
    50% match rate and a looks requirement
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from Haribo7173 in My Experiences Being Unmatched   
    I have a problem with the whole concept of backing up.
    I went into pathology, which is admittedly very easy to get into, so I didn't back up. But I didn't really like anything else and customized my CV towards path so I wasn't worried about it. 
    But I asked myself, if I were to have applied to something more competitive, would I have backed up? Probably not.
    Your only choices for backing up are really the lab fields, FM and psych. IM is no longer a feasible backup.
    The other fields that are fairly easy to get into like FM, psych, and certainly path, aren't liked by everyone. I, for one, was miserable on both FM and psych and could not envision a career in either. Backing up with them would be a potential endpoint in frustration and burnout, probably as bad for me emotionally as not matching at all. I'm sure a lot of people who don't back up have a similar argument.
    Consider that an applicant is far more pragmatic than I and decides to back up with something fairly easy to match into, but despises it the same. That person will have to lie in an interview about how they are interested in said field. I would have a problem boldly lying about that, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Consider the CVs of people interested in something competitive vs not. The former will be far more impressive on paper. On balance, were they to lie well enough in the interview/statement to convince the easy-to-enter program to let them in, they'd be taking a spot they don't even want from someone who does want it, solely to prevent themselves going unmatched. Are we encouraging applicants to lie about interest in less desirable programs solely so they don't go unmatched? 
    Consider that an uncompetitive program sees an competitive applicant with all of their electives and research in something competitive. They might opt to not even interview them. This is what happened to Robert Chu. Surely that program does not want to be used as a funding source, only for their resident to either leave with the money, or stay but be miserable the entire time. I'm in pathology and I've seen both outcomes. It's pretty common in my field. But you can never tell who's lying and who isn't.
    The final issue I have with the match is that it only happens once. If all applicants to a field were excellent, but one was 1% less than all the others, that person would be hooped. In most other fields in the world, you can prove your worth and come back. Carms doesn't afford that opportunity, and I find that somewhat illogical and anticompetitive. It isn't the best thing we have out there either. The rotating internship system was better.
     
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from LittleMonkey101 in Best Undergrad major acceptable for Dalhousie   
    Youre thinking idealistically and are coming across as holier than thou. that kind of attitude will get you sunk so quick in life.
    theres a big difference between working hard and working smart.
    undergrad is  useless in medical school. its only purpose is to provide a gpa for applications.
    with that in mind, the smart move would be to take the easiest program with the least time spent on labs and class.
    you could spend your time working hard for that 4.0 in engineering, staying til six pm every day doing physics labs, or you could spend far less time in kinesiology for the same grade, while adding more holistic extracurricular bullshit to your application and studying for MCAT with all the free time you have. the latter is clearly the better option as it is a more efficient use of time.
     
    in a just world, med app committees would account for degree difficulty but they do not. to them, hard engineering is the exact same as a communications degree.
    the ideal of hard work begets success is nice to believe, but it is not so simple. efficient use of time is the key to success.
     
     
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from teresa17 in Another IMG lawsuit against R-1 streaming in the pipeline   
    Stop using the term CSA. It's racist.
     
    CSA sounds sexy, like studying art in Florence. It's an attempt to prop up this group above the mostly brown skinned IMG contingent. It's smoke and mirrors.
     
    IMG sounds bureaucratic and coldly accurate, and most importantly doesn't differentiate by race.
     
    They're the same thing. IMG is the proper term.
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from Tullius in MCCQE Part 1 Thoughts   
    The mcc part 1 is a mess of an exam. 
     
    The usmle is a tightly crafted one.
     
    The difference is night and day.
    The mcc shouldn't exist. They serve no purpose.
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from Tullius in Matched into my 8th choice   
    this is the truth.
    in the states there are standardized indicators of competitiveness. flying around sucking up to program directors isnt really a thing there outside of derm.
    canada has it ass backwards.
    dont let thinking you need to do electives in the usa stop you from applying. you dont need to do electives to match there. its not like canada. its more reasonable and overall a better system.
    i hope more canadian medical students go to the usa for spite. we are so spineless tolerating this bullshit
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from RadHopeful in Canadian USMLE Step 1 writers from 3 Year schools (or 4 year schools): Tips!   
    I scored very highly. i took it after medical school so my vantage point was slightly different but i think were i to do it in medical school i would have followed the same plan.
    1. get the most recent edition of first aid and go through each of the chapters, making your own notes as you go along using three ring binders and lined paper. paraphrasing things helps you remember them and understand them. if you dont understand something, find a source like goljan, costanzo, etc and clarify it. FA is an outline of what you should know. it does not have the detail you need.
    2. get pathoma and annotate the appropriate FA chapters with pathoma lecture information. although it comes with a book i didnt use it, but as a student the pathology images contained in it may prove valuable. 
     
    NOTE: pathoma is good enough to recommend to every medical student even if they dont plan on sitting for the usmles. it really is that good. Praise Sattar.
    3. finally do uworld in timed random, NOT TUTOR and NOT UNTIMED, eight-to-ten blocks one day, with three days of annotation following. REMEMBER TO ANNOTATE! The explanations in uworld are the best you can find anywhere. with this pattern you can get through uworld in one month. i think its valuable to do uworld last, after FA and pathoma, because you can use it to test your knowledge and MCQ strategies as you will be simulating testing conditions. if you go into it at the start, it is useless for assessment purposes.
    4. do the uwsas and the two most recent nbmes throughout your uworld studies, with the last ones at the end.
    overall you can do it in four to six months. usmle is no joke and requires intense study and dedication, and the score is very important, doubly so as a canadian as trumps regime is cracking down heavily on h1b visas.
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from yonas in Going unmatched   
    pathology
     
    some of our strongest residents are the left-behinds.
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from Tullius in Cap in number of Electives   
    i oppose central planning in most forms, including this one
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from statsin in Community derm electives - is that a disadvantage?   
    The right answer is yes it is a huge disadvantage. Go academic center.
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from ourlastnight in MCCQE Part 1 Thoughts   
    The mcc part 1 is a mess of an exam. 
     
    The usmle is a tightly crafted one.
     
    The difference is night and day.
    The mcc shouldn't exist. They serve no purpose.
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from Pakoon in Surgical specialties with good job prospects?   
    50% match rate and a looks requirement
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from yonas in Gen Sx   
    There are two significant caveats to your story:
     
    1. You're in the Quebec system. It's a different game
    2. Nobody knows what you look like. This is important in a subjective system.
     
    Your story is an exception.
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from yonas in Neurosurgery vs Peds General Surgery vs Orthopedics Lifestyle   
    Success: do field not attached to hospital budgets (avoid all surg, rad onc, path).take usmles. 
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from QuestionsAbound in cap on number of surgeries at a hospital   
    o_0
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from frenchpress in Endocrinology?   
    diabetes and hashimotos arent going anywhere anytime soon
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from LostLamb in Endocrinology?   
    diabetes and hashimotos arent going anywhere anytime soon
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from LostLamb in Top 100 physician-identified OHIP billings released   
    its not incorrect tho
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from hamham in Where to look for job opportunities   
    Family, psych, FRCP (not CCFP) EM. Those are your choices. Pick one.
     
    Do not pick path. UHN and other hospital behemoths recruit foreign trained desperate pathologists who accept submarket salaries. the few private labs there, which pay fair fee schedule rates, are only accessible by word of mouth offers. Surgery too. You'll be doing locums and call until you get a spot somewhere, and even then you'll probably have to know someone or be hot.
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from DeeplySuperficial in Where to look for job opportunities   
    Family, psych, FRCP (not CCFP) EM. Those are your choices. Pick one.
     
    Do not pick path. UHN and other hospital behemoths recruit foreign trained desperate pathologists who accept submarket salaries. the few private labs there, which pay fair fee schedule rates, are only accessible by word of mouth offers. Surgery too. You'll be doing locums and call until you get a spot somewhere, and even then you'll probably have to know someone or be hot.
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from mariyaa in Matched into my 8th choice   
    this is the truth.
    in the states there are standardized indicators of competitiveness. flying around sucking up to program directors isnt really a thing there outside of derm.
    canada has it ass backwards.
    dont let thinking you need to do electives in the usa stop you from applying. you dont need to do electives to match there. its not like canada. its more reasonable and overall a better system.
    i hope more canadian medical students go to the usa for spite. we are so spineless tolerating this bullshit
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    GrouchoMarx got a reaction from yonas in Admitted but never kissed a girl   
    You don't want drama, and your sexual history is nobody's business
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