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  1. I don't know a single surgeon who drives a lambo, but I do know of some who drive fancy cars around the same level. These aren't your average surgeon however and none are new grads, and they do put in longer hours than almost any other doctor, something closer to average 70 hours a week.
  2. Definitely doable, but I would imagine that you need to talk to your school's career counsellors and lay out what you can and cannot do electives wise. Study hard for step 2 scores because that is crucial as you will be an unknown quantity.
  3. You have to remember though that lambos and ferraris are only one way to spend your money. Given a 700k a year income i'm willing to bet more surgeons would choose to spend that extra money on a lambo than family doctors would. Also I have to say that the average family doctor does not work the same number of hours as the average surgeon usually because family doctors have that flexibility that many surgeons don't have.
  4. I think it closes the gap, but I would be remiss if I didn't agree with his point that exposure =/= mastery. The expectations for an on service vs off service resident are different and the way most family medicine programs are structured, they aren't meant for mastery, mainly exposure.
  5. That would be a path not often taken. I don't think it would be impossible, what specialty are you thinking? I think it would obviously hurt you a bit but I don't think it would be a dealbreaker. You really need to check if your medical school is okay with this, because they need to allow you to remain a medical student, otherwise you can't do electives in the US. You should also talk to Canadians who've matched to the US and ask about their experiences. If there is a will there is a way like they say.
  6. I would choose FM, Fam docs definitely do not only take 150k take home, even in the worst case you could work as a hospitalist and make 250k with no overhead and there are plenty of jobs like that in the GTA. It sounds like FM is the better option for you, I don't think the additional salary of IM would even pay off for you until maybe your 50s and that is assuming you don't land a FHO.
  7. What might be better is to do a literature or systematic review. Those don't usually require access to data and it involves going through the published literature instead which is much easier to abstract data from. The other great thing is that these papers typically are more likely to get published and often go to reasonably good journals. The other added bonus is you really get a good lay of that specific topic by the end of your project because you've spent so much time looking through the literature. If you don't have too much time to commit, I would suggest a case report or case seri
  8. It's done more for medicolegal reasons at times.
  9. Damnnn.... savage. reminds me of those taxi medallions
  10. Honestly, all it really says is the residents aren't that happy with the program. The program won't actually ever lose accreditation, can you imagine what would happen if it did? IM residents are the backbone of all teaching hospitals. Ironically enough, it is often a good sign because these kinds of things serve as a wakeup call to admin and if any heads roll it's usually the program's teaching staff and not the residents. Usually by the time the new residents join, the program has been improved.
  11. It really depends on the program. I would say most programs are not like this, i.e. residents do not have a huge role, but there are some programs where senior residents or residents can be asked to provide input or given the opportunity to provide feedback on rank lists.
  12. For surgical rotations: Below average - asks to leave early without reason, can't read the room in the OR and asks so many questions that the staff have to tell them to shut it, told to read up on something and doesn't read up on it, asks questions that show they have not been paying attention Average - shows up on time, does what they are told, knowledge as expected for a clerk and asks appropriate questions Above average - asks insightful questions that show they are reading, eager and volunteer to help the team, has a team focused mentality and gets along with the team, dilig
  13. What were you going to do this year if you didn't do the masters?
  14. Definitely the basics, the reason? You don't learn it again. Everyone should have a basic understanding of GI anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology. People use drugs like octreotide, maxeran, PPIs all the time, they ought to know why and how they work. You are meant to learn that breast milk doesn't contain iron in residency if you are going to be a family doctor or pediatrician (besides its not even that difficult to remember, you don't need to spend 3 hours on it). Residency is the time when you learn the practice relevant bits, building a house without a solid foundation is
  15. My two cents is that I did both dissection in undergrad and prosection at Mac and the anatomy curriculum at Mac was woeful. The prosected specimens were damaged and dried out and structures weren't identifiable. We spent a rushed 1 hour running through chest x-rays in MF1 and that was the end of CXR teaching until a brief teaching in the IM core clerkship. What I was most disappointed with was that the anatomy lab spent more time and effort teaching non-MD students and undergrads than MD students. Taking the optional dissection course at Mac meant you went in a lottery with all health pro
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