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  1. Yet judging from past experience, very few programs do this apart from maybe UofT or UBC family. OP definitely should backup if they can see themselves doing family over being unmatched. You probably won't have the strongest application but have a reasonable chance of matching somewhere. Just apply broadly. My advice is to apply broadly, you never know and honestly 40 bucks is way cheaper than the opportunity cost of waiting it out another year.
  2. The typical IMG who gets into something as competitive as Gen sx as an IMG is a CSA new grad or 1 year out of graduation with (optional) strong step scores 250+, strong MCC and NAC OSCE scores, research, connections (whether that be through family or through networking) and electives. If you are a true IMG, the best way to break in is to do research for at least a year with a staff and shadow that staff, it will make you more competitive. Some of these IMG spots are even filled internally, i.e. they have a candidate in mind they have worked with before. The most lenient residency progra
  3. I don't see anything wrong with it. The system is set up in such a way that makes this the reality. When you make people study something they don't want for 4 years just to prove they can handle med school this is what you get. I've met a lot of people who've been burned by doing things as "they were meant to be". People who took hard courses that were interesting, people who did electives out of interest rather than for the specialty they were applying to etc etc..
  4. There is no question its true, but with that being said, theres no other way to attract people into the specialty, before there were these benefits, people flocked to specialties. Now, they still do but to a lesser extent. With that being said, I do have an issue with the short training time. I think training is too short. The possibility of doing 3 years of med and 2 years of residency and then staff a clinic or even an emerg all on your own is a bit too little training I think, but that's just me.
  5. The issue is the 40 hours a week you are working right now. As a PA, you get to clock in and clock out, but once you are a physician it isn't just seeing the patient, there is endless paperwork, phone calls that add on to those hours. I don't think it is worth it in your situation from a financial and from a lifestyle point of view. The entire process of med school and residency could very well take 10 years or so and during that time you will be in the net negative income wise. These are crucial years in your life during which you may be trying to find a spouse, have kids etc. If you invest r
  6. While I do agree clerkship does tend to be worse than preclerkship, residency is variable, so is clerkship and additionally, the kind of workload is different, clerkship and residency is more hours heavy while preclerkship is more study heavy.
  7. I think Australia is not a bad place to go, if you want to immigrate there its not bad. I know one person who is there and hasn't come back. We get Aussie fellows who are australian by birth and from speaking to them their system is pretty decent actually. Training is longer there, but it is also more chill, it definitely seems more like moving up the ladder there whereas here idk why but our residency system in NA is concentrated pain followed by reward.
  8. It truly is a bit of both. With that being said, I think the best solution for now is just to keep the number of medical students steady, our population is growing by something like 300k a year in Canada and that means that overtime there will be more demand for healthcare. We don't want a situation either where we have another MD shortage in 10 years time. Right now, the main issue with jobs is a mismatch between certain specialties and jobs and also a rural shortage of doctors. One of the issues is, your pay is basically the same no matter where you live, whereas in the US, doctors in unders
  9. All you need to know is that for them to come back to Canada it will be just as hard if not harder. They will have to go through a very challenging and difficult process. It isn't easy to be a doc in the UK either, training is longer there.
  10. Its not easy. U'll be an IMG either way. Honestly, the question you should ask is US or Australia. Your chances of coming back to Canada for residency is similar but u are probably more likely to be able to get licensed and come back from the US once you do an ACGME residency. There's no question Australia has some pros going for it. Usually you get to go to a brand name school, you get the MD, but on the flip side, people do get to stay but its unclear in what capacity. In some Australian states they get last pick and do their internships rurally, but its unclear what happens after
  11. more like crying in a range rover vs happy in a merc or crying in your private jet. If you put in as much effort, could've gotten into med school, you'll likely do much better financially. Alternatively, you could have a more relaxed life and still have a nice job. Its also not all about money, its about where you live, your work environment and how much time you have off and a whole skew of factors. I'm just saying, if getting into medical school is a walk in the park, it might be worth it, but otherwise, idk, if you really really want it, sure, i guess. It's your life.
  12. If you're down to take the risk, go for it. Honestly, i'm a big believer in taking the risk once you've understood the pros and cons. Another big risk big reward option is to move to a different province. Other people can probably talk more to the details of this, but essentially in some provinces if you study there a certain number of years they will consider you local and as long as you went to ontario for high school you usually don't lose your ontario status (which only matters for Mac to be honest). If you did high school in south west Ontario you get local benefits for western too.
  13. Unfortunately medicine is one of those careers that isn't very friendly to career changes. I think your best bet is to do a 2nd undergrad, or go abroad but theres risks to both options. The safest thing though is to forget medicine as the other options are really quite risky. I mean, if you think about it, your highest GPA is 3.5, and in order to get into med from a 2nd undergrad you need a 3.9+ in both years realistically. You are already a longshot at McMaster, Ottawa and UofT even with a 2nd undergrad its going to be tough to be frank. Unless you lived rurally, NOSM isn't an option either.
  14. Have you considered other career options? Your best option is either 2nd undergrad like others have said or go abroad, probably to Australia or the Caribbean.
  15. From what I know vascular does most of the PAD work, but i'm sure it is center dependent.
  16. Generally speaking I like Ontario's system of a school for each type of candidate. The high MCATs used to go to Western, High GPAs to Ottawa, High verbal/CASPer to Mac and the overall holistic schools were Queens and Toronto.
  17. Wow, that is a raw deal, didn't know this was a thing... Its amazing because as docs we never talk about finances but in reality the decisions we make are worth thousands even in residency.
  18. The rest are the same honestly, the top students from every life science program particularly at one's containing medical schools are equally represented and the ones from schools that don't have medical schools are smaller in number but that is likely due to less interest more than anything else. If you are a medicine or nothing kind of high school student. Try QuARMS, then mac health sci. Then if you're still desperate for an edge my advice is to go to western or go out of province and find a province that will give you IP status by attending university there (this isn't a guarantee as
  19. Read doing right and I would also sign up for some mock CASPer questions on websites. Do not underestimate CASPer, that is probably the biggest mistake people make. You can easily tell the difference between someone who clearly wasn't prepared vs someone who prepared well. Try a few sample questions and time yoruself first. When you start preparing for CASPer you'll realize how quickly your brain comes up with decisions but how slowly your brain comes up with the reasons that got you to your decision. That little mental exercise is what you need to work on for CASPer.
  20. Definitely go, even if its not that fun for you, at least you know its not fun for you. Usually only first years go anyways.
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