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  1. Looks like McMaster convo is usually late May. Between end of May and July 1 you have 4 weeks, which in theory should work. But in case of surgical complications or unforeseen delay in surgery, might be risky. Also how confident are you that you will recover well enough to start residency on full steam. But then again when u start residency it's very hard to get more than 2 weeks off as vaca, unless you plan to take a more prolonged LOA for medical reasons. Bit of gamble either way, no correct answer here, you have to weigh pro and cons.
  2. Yeah it's basically true. Pick something that's not crazy intense and even better maybe some flexible scheduling (aka don't go to UofT and pick a full year lab course that's only worth half a credit). Also if you have prior knowledge or work experience in some area that can be quite a leg up. Also consider which province you will go to and if it will give you IP status just by studying there, could be big advantage. Of course if you can get some scholarship $ for ur second degree that's always nice. Lots to consider.
  3. Looks like you know Ontario, examples would include Kincardine, Listowel, and towns around that size. Slightly larger cities like St Thomas and Woodstock depends, but certainly doable. Bigger cities >100K would be a challenge Disclaimer: this is only anecdotal evidence, I have no connection to any EM program/department.
  4. I think work experience is certainly valued. I am sure there are a lot of work related things you can do (eg. additional training/certification through work, leadership opportunities through work, research opportunities through work, volunteering through work). hobbies and sports are ok if it's something that you've been doing for a while and can extract substance from that experience (eg someone enjoys gardening, and participates in a community garden, writes a blog about gardening, make youtube videos about gardening, teaches gardening to other people etc). If it's something super
  5. 1) try switch within the same university (usually more realistic) 2) try switch to a different university/program (hit and miss) 3) finish the residency, and try to match again (eg 2nd iteration) or apply for training through provincial programs (eg ON has a re-training program) 4) finish the residency, or go through part of it, and try to match to USA/other country for desired specialty. It is not advisable to drop out of a residency without a backup plan. If you consider switching, best to do it around PGY2. Usually easier to switch from competitive for less competitive s
  6. Just read an interest concept: home depot index (similar to Big Mac index). 2x4 price in 2015 was $2, 2019 was $5, now in 2021 is $8, might be better gauge of inflation than the fake CPI mainstream media feed the plebs everyday. Move over cash, here comes lumber as hard reserve.
  7. I'd be very curious to find out as well (PM if feel uncomfortable explaining here). I know AFPs can be lucrative if the work is shared amongst small number of people, but then that's very hard earned money, not ideal for long run, maybe ok for short run if building up capital. Also very interested to know if anybody here use their PC to invest in medical building or diagnostic lab (again feel free to PM),
  8. I would consider that clinical experience since you are interacting with patients. Sounds like it's quite varied and I think you can probably come up with a lot of positive points from that experience. I think in the US they have more leeway, but as long as you explain it well I think the Americans will understand. As an undergrad volunteer it is very hard to actually do "clinical" things, because of regulations and liability on the part of nurses, doctors, hospital etc, maybe unless it's part of research.
  9. The situation reminds me of New Brunswick. I believe for many years NB's fee code was lowest in the country, and that resulted in a significant exodus of physicians, from 1992 to 2019, NB used issuing of billing numbers as a way to "manage" the supply of physicians and where they can practice. This was lifted in 2019 but has already left NB with a bad reputation and will probably negatively impact recruitment for the foreseeable future. Looks like AB might be going down the same path as NB.
  10. I am not involved in dentistry, but I second what the above poster wrote. Personally I use the 2 books by Tim Paziuk as a general reference for financial literacy. I find they are easy to understand and are geared towards MD/DDS. I think if you email him he'll send you the PDFs free of charge.
  11. Yeah might wanna include a bullet proof vest and armormax windows as a sign on bonus.
  12. If anyone is doubting whether inflation will rise or not, just read this: https://financialpost.com/news/economy/inflation-fears-take-back-seat-as-bank-of-canada-turns-focus-on-jobs-recovery Basically they'll let the economy run "hot", aka euphemism for trading inflation with higher employment. Basically everyone's buying power is going down, interest rate will stay low, asset prices will skyrocket. Government debt will slowly disappear because of inflation. Everyone will have a job, it's just you won't make enough to pay for stuff that are getting more expensive (loo
  13. You made a good point about the TN visa. You can still go to US on a J1 and try to work in a rural area to get waiver, or try to get institutional H1B sponsorship (usually limited to large academic centers). Anecdotally I know of ENT people working in US (large cancer center) without US board certification, on an institution sponsored visa (not sure what type). I am not sure if board certification affects billing for these people or not. So overall getting medical license in US is easy, but board certification varies by specialty. For example small rural places in US desperate for
  14. I agree with previous posters. Try emailing the PD or someone in the program you have contact with. Be succinct but courteous. Programs do screw up sometimes, so you never know if they got your name mixed up between interview and reject list. Also other candidates may decline interview or switch time slots, possibly creating new open interview slots. So even if they put you on a "waitlist" it creates some chances. Somewhat unrelated, but I know people who were rejected for fellowship / job, but kept in touch with the person in charge (aka. ask them to keep their CV in file in c
  15. Out of curiosity I looked at OMSAS data (which is only up to 2018), almost had a dissection, the number of applicants has skyrocketed while # of seats is stagnant. # of applicants will increase just with population increase, but seriously no increase in seats for all those years? Can't fathom what it's like to be a premed these days. Older timers who got in with 3.8 GPA probably look dumb as doorknobs compared to people these days with 3.99 and not getting interviews lol. I guess our system is "supply managed" well by the government eh.
  16. You have to remember US applicants need significantly lower GPA and MCAT to get in compared to internationals, so the stats are likely misleading. You could try DO schools for sure, apply to as many as you can. Applying in September likely had a major negative effect. As early as possible they say. You should consider applying to some lower tier schools that are Canadian friendly, Wayne State for example. Your MSc and MCAT certainly are positives, but unfortunately overall GPA is still suboptimal. Next cycle if you want to apply again you should apply broadly, early, a
  17. That's why BTC and asset prices are like little rockets. They actually have an upper limit, like BTC at least has a 21Mil upper limit. Houses is limited by available land at that location. the amount of dollars government can create is only limited by how many zeros they can add, aka how wide their computer screen is. If you go to Japan you're instantly ¥ millionaire lol, but remember if you buy something it costs a few thousand ¥ too.
  18. Taxes won't rise, that's too obvious to people's eyes. Why take the effort to collect taxes when you can just add zeros on a computer screen. Inflation will rise, aka real interest rate will go negative. Aka stagflation. Pretty convenient CPI doesn't include housing and stock prices lol. The old dogma about taxes is already thrown out, here comes MMT.
  19. CMPA has a bunch of stuff on their website, which may be helpful. But keep in mind their position is usually very defensive, and usually bit idealistic. If you wanna learn more you should join the variety of physician FB groups, people will talk about scenarios they've encountered and how things went. There is no correct answer usually, it's like history, it's written by the victors. Sometimes good defense is the best short term offence. Aka try to de-escalate in the moment, but document strategically, report to the appropriate authorities, and make long term plan to discharge t
  20. I don't know about UT policy, but as long as it doesn't show up on MSPR or transcript I doubt it'll ever have any effect on CaRMS. Maybe if you fail 2 courses that's a bigger deal. Hard to say without knowing the official policy. Hate to say this but UT trolls their students (not just med students, but in general) wayyyyy to often, they make people's life miserable for the sake of making people's life miserable. People struggle more often than people realize. Nobody likes to tell other people they didn't do well on something, so everyone thinks every other person is doing perfect except
  21. So if u wanna match to most specialties, mostly it's personal interactions and LOR. This excludes ultra-competitive ones where yeah you gotta know stuff inside out just to get an attending to smile at you. So if you are like bottom quartile in your med class, no worries, not end of world at all. On your elective, do some reading, know the basics and some advanced stuff, but more importantly, earn some "street cred" in that program and specialty. There goes a joke about med school class: - the top 1/3 of class become academians with titles and salutations longer than their actual name
  22. What you feel is completely normal. You are doing fine; need proof? You just said you haven't failed any exams. Some people call it imposter syndrome, kinda funny name but good description. When you congregate with the top 1% of course it'll amplify your weaknesses. Here's an analogy, even the worst NBA player will probably beat out 99.9% of your average joe basketball player out there. Now here's the serious stuff: the volume of material is a problem, especially stuff you haven't covered in undergrad. So the key is to find a study method that quickly infuses the high yiel
  23. PGY4 will be difficult period, your expectation will be very high, and your workload will increase. At the same time you will definitely want to start studying for RC exam, and probably American board as well. Also a lot of fellowships start accepting applications in PGY4 so that's added burden for you. So it's critical at end of PGY3 or beginning of PGY4 you get a "recharge". Whether that's an easy block without call or a chill elective somewhere nice. 4 weeks around June/July would be ideal, nice weather, you get a pay raise as PGY4, need a positive start in PGY4 to build momentum for R
  24. If you can, do some community elective, preferably not too onerous, maybe smaller hospital. Academic center is all about extracting as much out of their residents as they can, that's why you feel like a hamster on a spinning wheel. Do a community elective, at a small hospital, maybe during the summer. 99% of time it's more chill, people are more friendly, and work is so much easier than academic centers. Like people in community hospitals actually have a life after work, they'll probably invite you to BBQ, maybe go fishing with you, or just sit and enjoy the weather. Get
  25. Lastly in residency there will be staff who make you feel bad, useless, make you think you gotta beg them for a fellowship or something. That's their game to get you to become their academic slave. It's all mind games. You gotta remember what I said earlier, YOU PASS EXAM = YOU GET BOARD CERTIFIED = YOU GET PAID THE SAME (or even more than those losers, if you are smart with billing and accounting). That's why it's so important to feel confident for your board exam. Never a bad idea to start studying early. Just like MCAT, find out early what's high yield, and start using all the resource
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