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  2. I do not think Canadian family physicians are overpaid. The us is definetely underpaid. Yes, when converted in CAD us family docs make more. But you also have to take account for that you live in the US and spend USD. In desirable locations (cali, nyc), 250 k is nothing once you take out taxes and cost of living. So your spending power does not necessarily increase significantly. Second, there is way more medical legal problem and the stressors of being sued daily is a big negative IMO. Thirdly, in the US family med tend to be a dumping ground for the uninsured and medically complex. So patien
  3. BC discloses all physician salary on their blue book. You can google it and see how much family docs make in bc. Overall (I don't have raw numbers with me), but Ontario docs makes about 15-20% more than BC. Prior to pay raises this year, the most common visit code billed (100 code in bc vs a007 in Ontario), BC pays you $31 for a 15 min standard visit and Ontario pay for 34. Also Ontario has the FHO model which is capitation which pays you for the number of patient you roster, but BC has a bunch of disease bonus codes. So the pay will vary depends on your clinic structure and payment model and
  4. I think overall most programs well prepare you well to work as a family doctor on an outpatient clinic basis. But if you want to practice rurally or want to increase the scope your practice, there are obviously programs better for that. For example, rural based program will give you more exposure to rural medicine (er, icu, hospitalist, obygn etc). However, opportunity is what you make of it. I interviewed at basically every FM program (except MUN and alberta), and the impression I got is that residents from every program are happy with their training and feel confident. I was in a big urban p
  5. Yes and No. While its true that you "can" get into med school from any undergraduate program, some program in nature are "structured" in such a way that it makes you more competitive. McMaster health sci is well known for this due to the fact that apparently it is fairly easy to maintain a high GPA (#1 criteria for med school), also with counselors and alumni that you can connect with to hone/improve your med school application/interview skills. Because of this, >80% of McMaster health sci ppl get into med
  6. I seriously doubt this would happen. U of T has one of the biggest (I think second biggest family medicine residency program after UBC) in Canada. So I doubt being family medicine/primary care hinders you at all. There is emphasis for being researcher/academically inclined but thats more the bonus you get during application for being a grad student. When it comes to interview/file reviews it depends on who reviews you. I have met plenty of u of t alums with little to no research experience at all. So its definitely not a deal breaker
  7. Im sure this question can be solved by going to the McGill med website and looking it up or emailing the admissions department
  8. both is relevant they are both useful and relevant equally in medicine (depends on specialty, one may be more relevant/useful than the other) do what you are interested in
  9. http://www.joshualiu.ca/about/ maybe read about this guy went to U of T for med school, really fell in love with entrepreneurship. He finished got his MD, decided not to do residency, and became an entrepreneur full time. Doing well for himself and using his medical training in the field of medical technology and business.
  10. your school usually have "hand me downs" of old Samp questions, do those to get a taste of how prepared you are but otherwise, stick with family medicine notes/uptodate/ccfpprep.com, cover one or two topic each day and make sure you know it well if you do that and reflect on cases you see during the day and integrate what you learned, you should have no problem passing the Samp
  11. Most people that I encountered in med school and onwards are genuinely nice people. I think premeds by nature are competitive and a lot are insecure. They mask that insecurity with arrogance and cockiness. With the process being very competitive and limited number of med school spots for overwhelming more applicants, there is a lot of that mindset as you described. However, once people get in I think a lot of that competitive edge is gone given that they had made it. Ofcourse, there are people who are jerks who get into medicine, but the interview weeds out the large majority of them and the j
  12. unfortunately the number of spots is way too tight to allow for any room for error , especially with cmg applying to competitive specialties or having a change of heart in fourth year and applying to a different specialty that they had not done electives in. sure, the long term solution is to a) decrease medical school spots to ratio the 1.01 to 1 cmg to residency spot ratio or b) increase funding for more residency spots. both of which needs to occur at the administrative level and may take years if it happens at all. the only thing med students can do is to maximize their options. I agree th
  13. It sure is dont apply there, leave the spot for another low tier applicant who wants to do medicine
  14. thats average, that means a significant amount of the class have lower that have gotten accepted even if you pull a 4.0, its not gona raise your GPA by much, but if you screw up , your GPA can plummit very little upside very big downside for just one school
  15. For USMD schools, you may have shot with "low tiers" that are canadian friendly ie Wayne State, GWU, georgetown, penn state, suny upstate, rosalind franklin, michigan state But with that said, you need to have BETTER than the average entrance GPA. So your 3.5 GPA may sink you as averge GPA for those schools tend to be >3.6 So I think doing an extra year and killing it make sense. Opens up UWO (maybe if they count that year and your first year of 3.8) and may push your GPA to above 3.6
  16. Your basically only reasonable shot without doing another undergrad is western. Killl fourth year (like 3.85+ GPA, 3.7 gpa minimum) Do fifth year (same as above)- this gives you the chance to take pre reqs You can either apply in your fifth year (long shot- I doubt western will give you an interview with just one year of 3.7+) or the year after (where you graduated and works/domasters/volunteer- to beef up your resume more) rock the mcat (meet western cutoffs, ie CARS 130) and apply. Even with IP status I don't think ur very competitive with UBC because your low grades
  17. From Western's admission website "Minimum GPA, as established by the Medicine Admissions Committee, must be met in each of the two best undergraduate years. GPA is calculated using the OMSAS Conversion Scale. So in your case you would not apply unless u do a fifth year and rock it. Also a gamble of a year. By the way, western change their mcat cutoff from year to year and one year their CARS went as high as 131. So in my opinion this is pretty high risk. Also, this is just to get to the interview. At that point you have a 50/50 shot of getting accepted depending on how you peform on
  18. Fair enough. To be honest I feel like there is nothing wrong with the current accreditation system. Now carms spots for cmgs that's another matter (but that's more resource availability rather than accreditation). I don't think they need to shorten the lmcc. But be more like the USMLE where they move lmcc2 to fourth year after carms (which is basically like vacation anyway). This way the basics are still fresh for all med students and they are not so far removed into their specialties that they don't know how to work up a vaginal bleeding during pregnancy lets say.
  19. 3.5 will put your out of the running for every Ontario school besides Mcmaster. Is your CARS130? If so, you may have a chance at McMaster if you do well on the CASPER. But even then its a longshot. People who gets accepted to McMaster generally have GPA 3.8+ CARS >130+ and really good extracurriculars. Your downward trend probably puts you out of the running for Queens and Ottawa and Western (who take best2/last 2 years). If you are out of province and have extensive ties to the maritimes you may have a shot at Dalhousie and memorial but I wouldn't bet on it. Chances are you need to do
  20. I think it is reasonable to make it a 2 day exam. MCQ exam of lmcc part 1, then lmcc part 2 on the second day. Or alternatively, have lmcc1 at end of third year and lmcc 2 during fourth year after carms. I find the CDM section of lmcc 1 pretty useless and could be removed. The lmcc 2 covers that clinical decision part anyway. Also please elaborate, in what way would you propose to split the US vs Canada system?
  21. Actually, I do think there is a point to the lmcc2 exam. I think that there should be a standardized exam to test minimum levels of competence in physical exam maneuvers and clinical reasoning and patient interactions. But I do agree with you it should not be tested during residency since every specialty have their own graduating exams. I think that it is a remnant of the old system and basically free money for them. I do think that the LMCC 2 should be combined with LMCC 1. Basically like the step 2 CK/CS component and administered during clerkship (3rd/fourth year) to show that you have the
  22. there is no point it is a money grab, plain and simple
  23. that still leaves a hefty 4 million dollar profit
  24. Haha in my first year I lived in a 400 square foot shoebox in downtown vancouver and drove a used carolla. even living like a hermit i still racked up 10 k in debt with the crappy bc residency salary #vancouverlifestyle
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