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  1. As a PhD student in the Faculty of Health Sciences, I can say that Dean Philpott is committed to equity and diversity. They are trying to increase the number of Indigenous applications to all the health professions with a devoted Indigenous pathway https://healthsci.queensu.ca/academics/edi/prospective-indigenous-students but I haven’t heard of any quotas. I am a member of the Dean’s EDI table, for what’s that worth.
  2. Take your professional courses. Dietetics is an amazing back-up plan if it takes you a while to get into medical school, or if you never get in. Anecdotally, I know at least 2 graduates of Guelph's Applied Human Nutrition program, and at least 2 graduates of Western/Brescia's Dietetics program who were later accepted to medical school. So it is definitely possible. At least 2 of those 4 individuals obtained their RD designation before being accepted to medical school. As I said, it's a great health care back-up plan. No doubt there are many more from other programs who have also made the
  3. Yep. Queens decided today to move all graduate courses online as well as undergraduate ones, and they are cancelling spring convocation. They suggest doing research remotely wherever possible, and maintaining distance between people if you need to be in a lab. Summer courses at Queens are cancelled.
  4. The only information that Queen's has provided is an FAQ on the Faculty of Health Sciences website. I'm not in medicine (just in the Faculty of Health Sciences) so I don't have the email sent from the head of the School of Medicine, just the email from the Dean of Health Sciences:
  5. At Queen's, Undergraduate medicine and Nursing classes are still continuing, as are rounds and grand rounds. Seems every university is taking a different approach. From The Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's: Queen's also has an FAQ for students working in clinical settings:
  6. From Queen's: TRAVEL Effective immediately, the Faculty of Health Sciences is suspending all academic or work-related travel outside Canada for faculty, staff and students. Individuals considering personal travel outside Canada are advised to consider their decision carefully at this time. Your travel may be disrupted and/or you may be required to enter quarantine on return. ONSITE CONFERENCES AND EVENTS Given that protection of the healthcare workforce is of paramount importance, extra measures have been recommended by our local public health auth
  7. Dietetics can be a very satisfying and rewarding career. The one downside is the lack of advancement unless you become a clinical practice leader or want to go into management. That said, when I was working as a dietitian (before I returned to university to complete a PhD), I was working full-time in primary care. I’ve never worked in a hospital or in private practice, but worked in primary care, in Community Health Centres and Family Health Teams. My salary reflected my education (I had a master’s degree) and so I was at the top of the pay scale for primary care dietitians. As for the a
  8. I didn’t study BioMed at Guelph, but rather Applied Human Nutrition. I had plenty of friends in BioMed though, and they all loved it. Guelph, overall, is just an incredible place. Beautiful campus, best campus food out of all Canadian universities, and tons of supports available for students. BioMed students have the option to take a human anatomy class where they do dissections (students also have the option to take the prosection anatomy course if they aren’t interested in dissection). My friends who were in BioMed really liked that it was relatively easy to get to know the professors (if yo
  9. Yes, even within the same institution they don’t care, in my experience. For master’s programs, I was accepted into two different master’s programs at the same univeristy (and several master’s programs at other universities). I’m currently doing a PhD, and I was accepted to two different PhD programs at my current university (as well as to PhD programs at other universities). None of the programs cared that I had received acceptance to other programs, even within the same university.
  10. While it has changed quite a bit since I graduated, my class at the University of Toronto (MPH Nutrition and Dietetics) had at least four of us who were non-traditional / second degree students. I was definitely the “most” non-traditional, having had several years of work experience before returning to university to complete my second undergraduate degree. I’m not sure about the other MPH programs at UofT, and the program director and associate director have changed in the Nutrition and Dietetics program since I graduated, so things may have change recently. When applying, make sure your
  11. This is completely anecdotal, but the only IMG CSAs I’ve worked with (5 in total, out of a larger number of residents rotating through the centre where I worked prior to pursuing a PhD) have been Irish grads. I don’t know if that’s because the family medicine program here locally prefers Irish grads over other IMGs, or if there is some other reason. I am not in Toronto, but another Ontario city with a medical school.
  12. Anecdotally, the two Mac Health Sci grads I know *personally* did not go to medical school, but rather physiotherapy and veterinary medicine. Obviously a lot of Mac Health Sci grads get into medicine (and choose health sci because that is their goal) but students in that program certainly don't universally make it into (or even desire) medicine.
  13. What types of courses do you enjoy? Math, science, psychology, sociology? Courses where the answer is either “right” or “wrong?” Courses where you do lots of writing? All of those will determine which program you will enjoy the most. Do the minutiae of biology interest you? The social determinants of health (which are huge by the way)? Are you better at lab work or writing papers? Examine your strengths and weaknesses, and choose your program based on those, combined with your actual interests (you tend to do better in courses that you actually enjoy).
  14. Yes. In Ontario CHC physicians qualify for HOOPP pensions. You do have to be willing to spend the time with very complex patients, and really understand and GET the social determinants of health, or you will be frustrated and not enjoy CHC work. You can’t bill extra for paperwork (whether government-required paperwork, i.e. disability applications, or private paperwork, i.e. sick notes). I, personally, found CHC work to be much more rewarding than “standard” primary care work, because I was truly making a difference in my patients’ lives. Others, who are more focused on earning $ may not enjoy
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