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    Snowmen got a reaction from Parmesan in Why it's important to have a plan B.   
    To be fair, that's not exactly surprising considering only 13% of Quebec's population is from a visible minority. Something else to consider is that once you're in medical school, it becomes hard to identify people who come from a wealthy background. For instance, a lot of people have inferred that I did because of the way I chose to spend my money (well, the bank's money...). In reality, I could hardly be described as being from a privileged or wealthy background.
    What you're right about is that people from a privileged background do still get an advantage even if the current system does help make the process more fair.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from zoxy in Why it's important to have a plan B.   
    To be fair, that's not exactly surprising considering only 13% of Quebec's population is from a visible minority. Something else to consider is that once you're in medical school, it becomes hard to identify people who come from a wealthy background. For instance, a lot of people have inferred that I did because of the way I chose to spend my money (well, the bank's money...). In reality, I could hardly be described as being from a privileged or wealthy background.
    What you're right about is that people from a privileged background do still get an advantage even if the current system does help make the process more fair.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Chiro94 in Licence(bac) bio en France et Licence bio au Québec comme pre med   
    Non. Toutes les notes universitaires sont considérées par les universités francophones.
    C'est aussi important de savoir que si tu es Français (ce que je présume) et que tu viens seulement au Québec pour les études sans avoir la citoyenneté/résidence permanente, tu n'es pas admissible aux programmes de santé contignentés comme médecine, pharmacie, médecine dentaire, physiothérapie, etc.
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    Snowmen reacted to bearded frog in Failing a clerkship exam after matching   
    I feel like there must have been some pre-existing issues or context, such as this being the last straw of a number of previous issues, for them to be this extreme...
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    Snowmen got a reaction from ThatMedGyal in Switching specialties last minute   
    As mentioned, your chances are really slim but 30$/program isn't much so I guess you should still apply (you miss 100% of the shots you don't take). On the other hand, I would prioritize ophthalmology or family medicine interviews over dermatology ones and I would make sure the time you spend on the dermatology letters and what not doesn't decrease the quality of your applications in the two specialties you should be focusing on.
    Like others have said, you really need to match this year or you're a bit screwed.
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    Snowmen reacted to robclem21 in Can you avoid certain preceptors in clerkship?   
    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 environment or else residency and the rest of your career will be a big challenge.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Understandable in How important is it to retain material long-term in order to pass the MCCQE?   
    Except a lot of what you learn in pre-clerkship is useless once you enter clinical rotations. Take a suspected acute coronary syndrome, for instance:
    What you'll learn in pre-clerkship: A ton of shit
    What you'll actually be using in clinical rotations: Basically ask at what time the pain started so you can interpret the troponins, read the ECG, look at the troponins. Done. Sometimes it won't be clear if the pain is cardiac in origin and you'll have to use a bit of SWAG (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) to decide but that's not something you learn in books.
    Another example is neurology. Being able to perfectly pinpoint a lesion is somewhat useless in the golden days of the donut of truth (with or without contrast) unless you want to be a neurologist (as long as you can roughly differentiate the rough level, ie: peripheral, cord, brain). In an ideal world, everyone would be able to locate a lesion but the real world is oh so different.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from frenchpress in How important is it to retain material long-term in order to pass the MCCQE?   
    Except a lot of what you learn in pre-clerkship is useless once you enter clinical rotations. Take a suspected acute coronary syndrome, for instance:
    What you'll learn in pre-clerkship: A ton of shit
    What you'll actually be using in clinical rotations: Basically ask at what time the pain started so you can interpret the troponins, read the ECG, look at the troponins. Done. Sometimes it won't be clear if the pain is cardiac in origin and you'll have to use a bit of SWAG (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) to decide but that's not something you learn in books.
    Another example is neurology. Being able to perfectly pinpoint a lesion is somewhat useless in the golden days of the donut of truth (with or without contrast) unless you want to be a neurologist (as long as you can roughly differentiate the rough level, ie: peripheral, cord, brain). In an ideal world, everyone would be able to locate a lesion but the real world is oh so different.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from anbessa21 in Any information on preliminary data re: first round 2021?   
    What is more significant, IMO, is the fact that there are pretty much no specialty spots left in 2nd round this year (outside of pathology obviously). This is especially true for surgical specialties.
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    Snowmen reacted to bearded frog in Side Gigs in Residency   
    First and foremost, in the grand scheme of things, the extra income from a side gig and the small additional dent in your LOC is going to be a drop in the bucket compared to your first year of staff salary, and essentially negligible in the grand scheme of things. I would def prioritize your mental health/spending that time relaxing/recreational activities/etc. over working. Burnout is real and depending on your residency you may or may not find any extra hours requiring you to read up on subjects, research, presentations, etc.
    That being said, if you find yourself bored, there's actual gig economy stuff like uber or food delivery, or more tailored to our skills in MCAT/medicine tutoring, advising, application prep, etc. Perhaps there are remote research/writing jobs for medicine related companies.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from indefatigable in How important is it to retain material long-term in order to pass the MCCQE?   
    Except a lot of what you learn in pre-clerkship is useless once you enter clinical rotations. Take a suspected acute coronary syndrome, for instance:
    What you'll learn in pre-clerkship: A ton of shit
    What you'll actually be using in clinical rotations: Basically ask at what time the pain started so you can interpret the troponins, read the ECG, look at the troponins. Done. Sometimes it won't be clear if the pain is cardiac in origin and you'll have to use a bit of SWAG (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) to decide but that's not something you learn in books.
    Another example is neurology. Being able to perfectly pinpoint a lesion is somewhat useless in the golden days of the donut of truth (with or without contrast) unless you want to be a neurologist (as long as you can roughly differentiate the rough level, ie: peripheral, cord, brain). In an ideal world, everyone would be able to locate a lesion but the real world is oh so different.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Distancea in Give up on plastic surgery?   
    Back in the days, you could do pretty much anything so the example @lovemedicinesomuchmentioned is pretty much worthless.
    While spots in plastic surgery may open up once every 10 years, this is mostly anecdotical and not something that should be relied on. Telling someone they have a realistic (let alone a "probable" one) chance of transferring to plastics is simply harvesting false hopes.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from heydere in Give up on plastic surgery?   
    Back in the days, you could do pretty much anything so the example @lovemedicinesomuchmentioned is pretty much worthless.
    While spots in plastic surgery may open up once every 10 years, this is mostly anecdotical and not something that should be relied on. Telling someone they have a realistic (let alone a "probable" one) chance of transferring to plastics is simply harvesting false hopes.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from frenchpress in How manageable are 6 consecutive days of EM shifts?   
    I've done stints in residency where I was working for 19 days straight (2 straight full weekends on call) so you should be fine.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from aray623 in How important is it to retain material long-term in order to pass the MCCQE?   
    I was getting angry reading this until I got to the second paragraph.
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    Snowmen reacted to shikimate in Flexibility and Paperwork in FRCPC EM   
    Haha the only readable ED notes are those written by medical students and PGY1s.
    One thing that's always readable, with big circle around it for effect is "left AMA".
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Kitara in Flexibility and Paperwork in FRCPC EM   
    The other advantage is that apparently your notes can be completely unreadable which makes it a lot quicker.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from shikimate in Flexibility and Paperwork in FRCPC EM   
    The other advantage is that apparently your notes can be completely unreadable which makes it a lot quicker.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from bellejolie in MCCQE 1 passing score   
    I was getting about 70% on those practice tests and ended up being about one standard deviation above average on the actual test (despite having moved the previous day and only slept 5 hours).
    The real value of those tests is the ability to understand how stupid and out of touch the questions are. If a patient is actively psychotic and agitated, you better counsel the shit out of him in regards to medication adherence!
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    Snowmen got a reaction from frenchpress in Flexibility and Paperwork in FRCPC EM   
    The other advantage is that apparently your notes can be completely unreadable which makes it a lot quicker.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Bumblegum in Is a mid-level creep a problem in Canada?   
    And the fact that an NP working in primary care ends up costing more per patient than a GP in the first place when you consider overhead and benefits.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Anoumdphd in Étalon Des Cotes Umontréal   
    J'ai considéré qu'il serait intéressant de former un étalon des cotes obtenues à l'Université de Montréal en utilisant les données obtenues à partir des cotes des gens du forum. Vous pouvez partager vos cotes avec une description détaillée de votre parcours (autres études universitaires, nombre de crédits universitaires et cote collégiale), et j'extrairai vos cotes universitaires lorsque possible. Si vous n'êtes pas à l'aise de partager publiquement ces informations, n'hésitez pas à me contacter par message privé. La confidentialité sera alors assurée! Il est important d'avoir des informations nombreuses car au moins 2 cotes sont nécessaires pour estimer la courbe et une troisième permet de confirmer l'évaluation.
     
    Informations importantes:
     
    Ces données excluent le bonus de 0,5 sur la cote de rendement à l'admission qui est offert aux étudiants ayant effectués 12 crédits à l'UdeM. Merci de donc préciser si vous avez reçu ce bonus. L'estimation du GPA minimal pour obtenir une entrevue est basé sur le GPA nécessaire à l'obtention d'une cote de 33,8 pour les baccalauréats connexes et 36,0 pour les baccalauréat non-connexes. Ces valeurs arbitraires ont été choisies en se fiant sur les données de 2015 et constituent une estimation conservatrice par rapport aux cotes de coupure de ce cycle d'admission.  
    Biologie (connexe)
     
    4,3: 37,2 | 4,0: 34,7 | 3,7: 32,2 | 3,3: 28,8
     
    GPA minimal: 3,89/4,3
     
    Note: Courbe parfaite basée sur 3 données sans données aberrantes.
     
    Physiothérapie (connexe)
     
    4,3: 39,1 | 4,0: 36,7 | 3,7: 34,4 | 3,3: 31,2
     
    GPA minimal: 3,66/4,3
     
    Note: Susceptible d'être ajustée puisqu'une des cotes utilisées inclue un bonus collégial qui pourrait ne plus être en vigueur. Il serait important d'obtenir la cote d'un autre appliquant.
     
    Sciences biomédicales (connexe)
     
    4,3: 38,6 | 4,0: 35,5 | 3,7: 32,5 | 3,3: 28,4
     
    GPA minimal: 3,83/4,3
     
    Note: Courbe parfaite basée sur 3 données sans données aberrantes.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from imz in Radiology vs Pathology Lifestyle After Residency   
    During clerkship, I was in the OR in the middle of the night for organ harvesting before donation and the liver looked like it was cirrhotic. We asked the on-call pathologist if he could check liver biopsies to see if it was viable. He asked if it could wait until tomorrow.
    I guess that gives you a clue about the lifestyle in pathology.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Cidez in Est-ce que vous avez déjà envisagé des études de médecine à l'international?   
    Faux, faux et archi-faux.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Naruto in How much time/break do we get between med school and residency?   
    It varies between schools (3 weeks at Sherbrooke for instance). You should ask more senior students at your school or directly email someone in your school's administration.
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