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  1. They literally have stolen thousands of dollars from Medical Students with the AFMC portal for the last 5-6 years. Probably how they are able to afford to create this program. Looks good and all but they will recoup the money once the applicant is in medical school and applying for electives. I’m pretty sure AFMC has been posting profits of several million dollars just based on the elective portal. This is a way for them to appear like the good guy and protect their gravy train.
  2. I suspect these are people who got 0 interviews in these specialties. They then rank all the programs they applied to because there is literally no downside. However, people generally feel uneasy ranking programs they didn't interview at higher than programs they did (even though the CARMS algorithm works best if you just rank based on your preference).
  3. This may sound harsh but based on the comments you have been posting, the most helpful thing you can do this summer is reflect on your attitude and try to be more open to feedback. Your attitude and blatant disregard for other people’s suggestion because it does not line up with what you wanted to hear or because you somehow feel like you know better than people who have gone through the process before is concerning and will invariably cause you trouble during your training. This is exactly what every residency program wants to avoid.
  4. It’s definitely not an ideal situation. My recommendation is that you try to make your manager understand the importance of this date. If she still does not allow you to take the day off then your option is to resign or tell them that you will be unable to make this shift and that you are willing to take any repercussions. Then highlight that you are giving them several months warning.
  5. Medicine is not “unique” or “rare”, it’s another career just like any other. This mentality coupled with a social media platform is a recipe for a truly cringey content. If you want to match to anything competitive or be respected within the medical community, I would strongly suggest against this.
  6. Agreed. My advice was more for others who would stumble upon this page. For OP, if you are in survival mode then you need to do what you need to do for self preservation.
  7. If you want to do something competitive, I would caution against this. Residents talk and demonstrating a good work ethic on rotations you are not interested in is a good predictor of a hard working residents. Conversely, doing poorly on rotations you are not interested in is a red flag. I can confirm that on the selection committee for a small competitive specialty, this did play somewhat of a role. That being said, don't burn yourself out. Wellness is important and ensuring you are healthy enough to continue to succeed is important.
  8. I agree. Although the conversation is slightly tangential, I believe that the points made in this thread paint a good picture of the various opinions and points of consideration when selecting a 3 vs 4 year school. I understand your perspective but I think this is important information for people to consider now to make an informed decision. I think this thread has actually been fairly balanced in terms of discussing the various factors that are at play in applicants medical studies. While possibly intimidating, I think this information is important in the decision making of students.
  9. I have been involved in teaching and medical curriculum design for my specialty from very early on. Unfortunately, just because you feel the curriculum needs an overhaul doesn’t mean that someone else values the status quo. As a resident you have limited power in this regard aside from volunteering your time. Further more, I think there is significant bias in what gets taught based on other factors influencing the curriculum. At my school we had 6 weeks course on OBGYN and 6 weeks of clerkship. 6 weeks of PSYCH in preclerkship and 6 weeks in clerkship. ENT, DERM, OPHTHO got 2 weeks combined (w
  10. I agree that there is no metric that would point towards 3 year graduates doing worse in these situations. My main concern is that I think our current system is failing to educate clinicians on the basics for many specialities and that a 4 year program has more room to try and improve the situation. This also is way I am against letting students focus on what they think is important for their future career goals as I don’t think medical students have the required perspective to make those choices.
  11. I agree that not everyone needs to know about Ophthalmology, but I would say that more specialties than you mentioned would benefit from Ophthalmology teaching. My list would include Family, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Internal, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Plastics, ENT. If you look at that list, that would compose 60-80% of what people match to. My expectation of what a physician can communicate to me is very low. The amount of consults I get that someone doesn’t know how to check pupils or a vision is disappointing. This is a problem not only with 3-year graduates but al
  12. Yeah my point was that your school of graduation does not make a difference from an objective standpoint during file review. But I do agree with the point made that it is more challenging to be on par with other applicants from a CV perspective when you have one less year to build your CV and no summers. I agree that the major specialties seen in medical school are usually revisited in residency if relevant to your specialty. But there are certain things that everyone should know about each specialty that can get lost if you don’t have a minimum amount of teaching in that specialty. I thi
  13. I agree that 3 year programs is not a factor that is looked at explicitly while doing file review for CARMS in my experience being a file reviewer for the last two years for a competitive specialty. My point is merely that by cutting a year of medical school, you will invariably get less exposure to things like Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Pathology etc. Things like Embryology and Anatomy that are important for certain specialties will not be covered in as much depth either. Will this make a difference in most of your day to day practice, probably not. But I would argue that these are imp
  14. I agree with Zoxy. I commend the effort of UofC to be transparent with their data. Unfortunately this survey has limited validity. I don't think it's far fetched to say that having an extra year of training makes most average applicants better clinicians in the short term. If the extra year was useless, we would have more than two 3 year schools. Its the same way that many American Specialities (Ophtho, Neuro etc) are Four years instead of the five years in Canada. Mid career it doesn't make a difference anymore, but for recent graduates...the Canadians are much more competent.
  15. I prefaced my statement with “In my Opinion”. You are welcome to disagree. As I’ve mentioned previously, I think you would be hard pressed to get anyone to agree that the LMCC is a good metric of competency. It’s a poorly designed exam that provides little information on the competency of the practitioner. Furthermore, I’ve stated that residency equalizes the playing field so frankly the remainder of the metrics you mentioned are inconsequential. My main point is that a three year program puts you at a disadvantage from a clinical standpoint when compared to 4 year schools. However this is not
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