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  1. I wasn't debating the impact that those roles can have on a macro level. I was questioning the added value (if any) provided solely by an MD degree without any additional residency, research, or niche training. At the end of the day, medical school provides only the very basics of medicine with the main focus being basic pathophysiology, basic pharmacology, basic anatomy (if any), and with little to no training in research, basic science, clinical relevance or practice, or public health. I think the value of an MD alone with no additional training does not provide the knowledge to make an
  2. If you are going to go this route, why bother pursuing an MD at all. It's an ineffective utilization of time, tuition money, and limited spots for people interested in clinical work. Going this route, you would be better getting a PhD and at least becoming an expert in something that you will be able to meaningfully contribute to a role/company. Frankly, with only a 4 year MD degree and no residency, you have essentially no practical medical knowledge, and no area of expertise that would make you an asset in any medically centred role. At least in Canada, an MD without residency training
  3. Why not do 2 years of FM and apply to the FPA (+1 anesthesia) programs. You may not be able to practice anesthesia in a big academic centre, but there are certainly lots of employment opportunities outside the city where you can do prob 80%+ anesthesia and still do some other stuff on the side.
  4. 1. In pre-clerkship, study just enough to pass exams. There is no difference between the MD who gets 100% on all their exams, and those who just barely pass. There is no way to learn all the material in medical school (it's just too much volume) so focus on whats important for each of your exams and move on. The important information will become clear in clerkship. 2. Everyone studies different. What worked for you in undergrad may or may not work for you in medical school because of the volume. Be open to adjusting how you learn. 3. Explore all specialties. Most new medical students
  5. I agree that you would think among a group of smart, keen medical students, that everybody would display those qualities, but no, everybody does not do that at all. I think being a strong clerk is 80-90% attitude and 10-20% knowing your stuff. I can't say its 100% attitude because honestly, you should know some medicine and be able to talk about the content of your rotation, but attitude certainly makes up the bulk of what residents/staff are looking to work with. Show up early, work hard and complete your assigned tasks, take interest in what you're doing and take responsibility for
  6. This would be the definition of ignoring. I know its strange to back off of doing stuff after spending so many year working hard to get into medical school, but the next 6-10 years of your life will be an absolute grind and its important to take any time you can get off to pursue personal interests and give your mind and body a chance to reset. It doesn't really matter what you can or can't imagine. This is advice from people who have gone through it. I can comfortably tell you 100% of people who don't study the summer before medical school have no regret.
  7. This is how you burn out... Why ask a question if you're gonna ignore all the great advice everyone gave you to relax and do nothing.
  8. You should get references from people who can speak to your personal qualities and attributes that will make you a good medical student and physician in the future. Typically, someone who you have followed around for a few hours is not the best person to provide this type of reference letter (unless you have interacted with them in a way that they can speak to the important CANMEDS roles based on things you have done). I have seen them before and they are the weakest letters. There are no set number of hours for shadowing that are important for your application or for a reference letter. It's
  9. To be honest this problem sounds a bit immature and whiney.... Like others have said, unless this person was verbally abusive or blatantly targeting you during a small group session, you need to develop thicker skin and learn to work with people who you don't "click" with. That is part of being a mature professional (in any career). There are many times in medicine that we encounter preceptors, admin staff, patients we don't click with and you can't simply avoid these people and run to work somewhere else because it's slightly uncomfortable. Learn to work with them in a professional envir
  10. The short answer is, it probably doesn't matter. Both seem like good opportunities that will provide good personal experiences that could contribute to a well-rounded medical school application. What is more important is which option you are more passionate about and are more interested in doing. I have reviewed applications for medical schools and served on interview committees and to be completely honest, I have yet to be impressed by any single applicants research or clinical volunteering experience. Clinical volunteering and research are great to show your interest in the field of med
  11. In general, my experiences in dealing with junior learners has been very positive. As @Butterfly_ said above, I do find most to be very hardworking, polite, and respectful towards staff and residents. Obviously with anything there is variability in personalities, but overall I don't notice that they are less personable. I also think that whats equally important is the way that seniors and staff interact and treat this new generation of learners. There are many different ways to show respect and humility. If we treat junior medical students as equals (seems obvious but not always is in thi
  12. I would love to know where you are getting a house for less than the limit on a med student line of credit....
  13. all documents are reviewed pre-interview and constitute your pre-interview score. That is then combined with your interview score for final admission decisions. Referees aren't necessarily contacted for all applicants, but can be contacted at any time before offers of admission are sent out.
  14. I think maybe your expectations are also a little bit unreasonable here. I don't think anybody is "mastering" a skill in 4-5 minutes, regardless of what your classmates are telling you. Consider that it takes many residents and staff surgeons their entire residency and well into their career to master anything. Who cares if it takes you 15 more minutes to get good at something, when the grand scheme of things when you spend 80 hours a week in the hospital for 5+ years. That 15 minutes is a drop in the bucket. To answer your question, you master any skill in medicine by doing it over and over a
  15. You have no obligation to disclose this. Just apply for jobs and if you get in to medicine then quit. I am sure your employer would be understanding. If not, you don't owe them anything. If you have a job and a company decides they don't need you anymore, they wouldn't hesitate to let you go...
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