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  1. 1250 a month for a studio but as a resident. I paid 500 a month as a med student sharing with a fellow student for a 2 bed 2 bath.
  2. USMLE is becoming pass fail next year. It would be interesting to see what happens to IMGs after the change.
  3. There is some truth to your statement about having some downtime especially during call for most specialties. But there are many specialties and rotations where you don't even have time to use the toilet. It's kind of hard browsing social media when you're being paged 10 times an hour while trying to get through urgent imaging studies as the only radiology resident in the hospital. And it's not like you can wipe out your phone in the middle of being scrubbed into surgery to browse the web. Also keep in mind, while you;re scrubbed into surgery, your pager is going off 2-3x an hour sometimes mo
  4. That's funny, we just had a bowel perf from a colonoscopy a couple of weeks ago that had to be repaired.
  5. What makes ophthal a difficult surgical residency? Their OR days are often not that long and they don't round on majority of their patients. Some residencies even have dedicated residents to do urgent care clinic/consults from the emerg. Do agree on the job market though.
  6. Are you sure they werent complaining about their resident salaries? I dont think ive heard of many residents complain about the salary of an attending. Residents get paid like 60k with 5K raises every year for 10 hours a day M-F, working usually 2/4 weekends a block, and overnight call (ranging from 5-6 calls a month in house to 10-11 calls for home call) all of which are specialty and block dependent.
  7. You can also do critical care in 6 years in anesthesia as well.
  8. Not even equals, you'll have coworkers who are more senior than you. And usually the chair of the department has power over you. Ive seen some pretty nasty disagreements within specialties and between specialties in both academic and community sites.
  9. The latter. It's like working a 60 hour a week job on top of school.
  10. You can try the States with that GPA. But with a 3.6, your chances are slim to get into a Canadian school. Depending on your breakdown, you may stand a good chance at universities that take your best 2 years (like Western) or last 2 years (like Queens). But admittedly, there are very few people that get into medical school with that kind of GPA. Maybe like 2-3 a year to places like McMaster and University of Toronto. Must also admit, I haven't looked at admission criteria for schools in almost 6 years when I applied. The information I provide may be outdated.
  11. Becuase your grades are too low. Unless you have a super super super favourable GPA conversion scale. (emphasis on the super)
  12. It's because residents work too few hours for too much money. I am sure they'd hike up the prices to increase their profit even if the money was coming from whacking baby seals (yes I am bitter about this exam). Gotta get that bonus somehow. If the petition is to believed, 50% of the exam being pure profit is absolutely ludicrous (aka $6 million dollars for the current iteration). Next year it will be a hefty 11 million dollars assuming costs will be the same.
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