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  1. In my opinion: If you have 1. money and/or 2. European passport then yes it's worth considering. In other cases, I would think a bit harder about the financial investment. If you can work really hard and maintain good grades in undergrad, you could get into a Canadian school. On the other hand, if you want to save yourself the trouble of writing the MCAT and another 2-4 years of school (many go on to do a Master's before going to med school in Canada), then you might want to consider Ireland. I would also look into the UK. What's your background? Do you have an EU passport?
  2. How do med schools support maternity and paternity leaves? Is it possible to defer a term to have family time? I'm guessing since MD-PhD students sort of go between medical and research years, it wouldn't be a big deal if someone wanted to even defer a full year and do research part-time or something to give them more time at home?
  3. Want to echo mac health sci again. Mac Health Sci is this unique program suited to prep students for a career in healthcare, this does not have to be medicine. The point of the program is to create an environment which fosters this. The classes focus on applying things to real life, the faculty are helpful, the program is closely tied to the med school, and there are enormous amounts of opportunity (in research, shadowing doctors, TAing, doing extra cadaver work, joining pre-med health groups, community involvement) which are sort of only known within the healthsci community and other mac stud
  4. Just remember if you fail after a couple application cycles and then think of maybe going to the USA MD or even DO, they do take into consideration rewrites! Writing 3 or more times (even if the final score is good) could really impact chances at some US schools.
  5. Some general tips: 1. Incorporate activity where you can - be it biking or jogging to work or using hospital staff gyms at the end of your shift. 2. Breakfast IMO is THE most important meal of the day, incorporate every food group and eat a large meal so you can function through the morning - the busiest time usually. 3. Pre-cook one night a week. 4. Just try to "balance" in life. Having a day off each week is key. 1 day of 7 you are allowed to relax, go to yoga or the gym, watch a movie. 5. Sleep as much as you can. lastly, it is really hard to start an exercise routine if you're not
  6. had a couple of good high school friends (who have remained life long friends) who are now docs, get into health sci at mac and go straight to MD after UG. Every single person in their class got into professional school of some sort, same goes for 95%+ of classes above / below. pros: 1. they teach you basic sciences at a more clinically oriented level, when you take Bio101 in the biology department your prof will be a PhD in some biology topic which may or most likely may not relate to real life in any way, they may teach and test a lot of mundane / overly complicated / detailed and useless
  7. I have my own feelings about the Cdn application system, it's not going to change. I really think residency should be merit based on step scores and LORs and students who go abroad but do the electives and get higher board scores should be ranked higher. I think this should apply to all canadian citizens despite where they chose to study (some do go to the USA or UK as a choice actually, because of other research opportunities or personal reasons). I think if you hold a Canadian passport, complete training at an accredited university, and get the highest board score, you deserve to be right up
  8. there are many youtube videos about people's experiences at RCSI to help prep for the upcoming interview
  9. Perfect example of a country doing what is best for its own people (Canada could learn -> open more schools and consider a normal two-tier system to give those hard working residents a future for a job). The only thing I can say to maybe give a positive spin is that many Irish med school grads try to leave and seek opportunity elsewhere like USA because of the appeal of the lifestyle in America and higher pay compared to Ireland. So for all those who graduate, some will leave, leaving the possibility for at least a few jobs that will need to be filled. The bigger concern is really the
  10. Cultural norms shift with time. Things we accept or promote today may be seen as foolish in the future and vice versa. Imagine interviewing for med school 50 years ago and an ethical question came up about LGBT population for instance, I guarantee the range of responses and acceptable answers would be very different. Were people 50 years ago horrible insensitive creatures? no, just had a different cultural context, upbringing, historical context. Have to respect and empathise with the fact that people just grow up in different "norms". You can discuss pros/cons/risks of procedures of treatmen
  11. Just curious as to how much independence people got on their research placements in the downtown hospitals? what types of studies did you run? did you learn the necessary lab skills in undergrad or were the hospital labs open to teaching you? just want to compare research experiences and if people thought they got something good out of it (beyond having the internship on their resume). I know some students just sort of helped out researchers in the lab but didn't really get to do anything on their own
  12. I've also done some teaching years after going through UG myself and some things I notice that make life much much easier today: 1 how the online world has exponentially grown to provide so much teaching material, study groups, forums to discuss classes (which are the bird classes, rating profs, old tests etc). yes I was around when the internet began but today does not compare to how we used it a decade ago. My fave being the videotaped lecture. Kids today don't have to show up on campus 8-4 like I did and squeeze time in the library. You can hold a job or research or work on ECs then stu
  13. no. if you fail at something academic you should be taking the necessary strides to improve it, score better and be a better applicant. Might even question why you're applying right now? say you mess up on boards exams or mess up an intubation as a doctor...are you going to sulk in the corner thinking you're a failure or toughen up, learn your stuff, practice and move on with the next one? the only way this could remotely work would be say you got hospitalized or a close relative got hospitalized and you were stressed / lost study time which cost you a grade...but you were able to reb
  14. Great thanks for the feedback! Also, at this stage I'm just going to look into things that I think may interest me more in the future, but would anyone suggest if certain environments are better? should I try to observe something with a lot more hands-on work like ER (thinking suturing, casting) or surgery or maybe somewhere where there will be more hx taking / medication management etc like internal medicine specialties. Although I work in healthcare, I know my niche well but just thinking about this I realize that I know very little about some medical specialties and the day-to-day s
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