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    MDLaval got a reaction from la marzocco in 99 percent of McGill medical residents vote in favour of strike   
    Not only McGill's residents voted for it. The FMRQ got a "yes" vote from 97% of all the residents in the province of Quebec regarding the possibility of a strike.
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    MDLaval reacted to JohnGrisham in 99 percent of McGill medical residents vote in favour of strike   
    I'm just bitter about the rent and tuition I pay in comparison
    Really Quebec is smart. They use the language barriers to their benefit of curtailing excess immigration and have a large rental housing stock etc. The daycare programs too. Its the perfect storm of benefits all around, the beauty of equalization payments to their bellé province. 
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    MDLaval got a reaction from ginster in Interview Results DMD   
    If I'm not mistaken, when I applied we did hear back from the DMD admissions office a few days earlier then what was the target date on the website.
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    MDLaval got a reaction from FailureToThrive in Applying to Multiple Specialties   
    I know someone who applied to Gen Surg, Vascular and Plastic. Nothing else. The person is a very strong candidate (for sure in QC since you don't need to do all your electives in one single specialty to be competitive), but still, no backup and you never know what will actually happen.
    I also know someone who only applied to Anesthesiology, no backup.
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    MDLaval got a reaction from Snowmen in Stages d'été SARROS   
    Oui, ils l'admettent de façon ouverte. Par contre, je voulais juste démontrer que c'est possible d'en obtenir un même si on n'est pas de la region où on applique.
    Je suis complètement d'accord avec toi. C'est vraiment contradictoire avec le supposé objectif du programme.
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    MDLaval reacted to Snowmen in Stages d'été SARROS   
    C'est effectivement possible mais presque tous mes amis ayant appliqué et obtenu un stage l'ont eu dans leur région d'origine et les personne-ressources qu'ils ont vu admettait ouvertement qu'il y avait du favoritisme pour les gens qui retournaient dans leur région.
    Évidemment, pour moi cela représente un non-sens pour un programme supposé attirer les gens vers la pratique en région...
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    MDLaval got a reaction from skyuppercutt in program ranks lists???   
    It clearly says:
    "February 7, 2018 at 14:00 ET
    DEADLINE: program rank order list
    Programs must submit their rank order list through CaRMS Online by 14:00 ET. If programs do not submit by today, PGME offices can submit on their behalf."
    However, if you're talking about applicant's ROL, then yes the final list must be submitted at the latest on February 15th  at 14h00.
    And the "IF" regarding PGME means only that IF programs do not submit their list, PGME "CAN" submit the list (which is quite different from should/must/have to and doesn't equal to say that PGME have access to programs list, unless programs fail to submit it or choose to ask PGME to do it on the program's behalf).
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    MDLaval got a reaction from Ania008 in Stages d'été SARROS   
    C'est faisable. Je connais quelqu'un qui a fait un stage SARROS dans les Laurentides et la personne n'est pas originaire de cette region-là. 
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    MDLaval reacted to skyuppercutt in program ranks lists???   
    Here's a site with some information: https://www.carms.ca/en/
    On the left there's a section that says "Match Timelines" and there are some dates there. 
    February 7, 2018 at 14:00 ET
    Deadline: submission of programs rank order lists
    Depends on the school. I'm pretty sure that each school has a system for scoring and ranking applicants, but the PD can 'veto' certain candidates or really push to have others join the program. So in a way I guess they do, but it's probably school dependent. 
    ROL goes to CaRMS. I'm pretty sure the only people who know it are the PD and anyone who the PD wants to know i.e. other staff involved in the process and some senior residents. I would be very very surprised if PGME gets it as well. I heard rumours that if someone is unmatched CaRMS will let the PGME of a school know who the students are, but I really don't think they see the ROL. I could be wrong tho
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    MDLaval reacted to Organomegaly in Show me the positive! What do you love about being a med student or a resident?   
    Things I love
    1) Accumulating a vast fund of knowledge -- Not many fields will offer the opportunity to learn so much practical material. From the basic sciences of pharmacology and physiology to their application to clinical medicine, one of my favourite parts of being a medical student is assimilating theory in a way that positively impacts patients. I love when theawareness of a mechanism of disease clearly guides the therapeutic options for a patient, and this in part specifically inspired me to pursue internal medicine. The "book to bedside" , quite simply, can be amazing. Reflecting back on the first day of medical school and now in my final days of clerkship, the amount of learning has been phenomenal.
    2) You experience what it is like to be human and suffer -- Throughout medical school, I have been exposed to tragedy. There is no other way to put it. I once saw a patient in clinic who appeared to be in stable condition. We recommended routine follow-up for her condition. Two days later she presented to the emergency department all vital signs absent. A catastrophic complication of her illness had occurred and we would have never predicted it. I have seen families grapple with taking their loved ones off life support. I have seen young patients clinging for dear life in the ICU. Patients respect you and look to you for guidance. In the process, you learn so much about what it is like to be human and vulnerable. Many find this aspect of medicine to be draining. It can be. I think the beauty of it is that you can be there with people on some of the most important journeys of their life.
    3) You experience the joy of a cure -- It is a well-kept secret from pre-meds that medicine offers little in the way of cure. We can stabilize and manage chronic illnesses, and do this daily. Yet, occasionally in medicine there comes an opportunity where can offer something more definitive. A C-section for a fetus with non-reassuring heart rate, and the joy of a mother's face when the baby is out of the womb and on the mother's chest. It is a surreal type of joy. When you use the right medication to help a couple who has been struggling to get pregnant have a baby. Selecting the correct medications to control the pain of an acute myocardial infarction and prevent catastrophic cardiac complications. When you pick the right anti-psychotic and the psychosis of a loved one dissipates. Even though these are simple treatment scenarios, the results are tangible and in a way that feels magical. I look back at them in the context of the patients I have met in my training and can't help but smile that the patient got so much better.
    4) You meet so many people -- Be it patients, families, colleagues, allied health or whomever it may be. Medicine is a highly social field. Some of my favourite experiences have been with other students and the great fun we've had outside of the classroom. I made at least a dozen new friends on the CaRMS tour for my discipline, and medicine will bring you to a lot of new places you have never been before be it on the elective tour, the interview tour or for your residency/job placements. It has been a hidden gem of medical school that I got to accumulate all of these new experiences.
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    MDLaval reacted to Birdy in Show me the positive! What do you love about being a med student or a resident?   
    “I would like to rent this house.”
    ”What’s your income?”
    ”Uh, none. But I’m a medical student.”
    ”When can you move in?”
    - how we rented our current house. 
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    MDLaval reacted to Mithril in Show me the positive! What do you love about being a med student or a resident?   
    Yeah, that pissed me off too. It happened very rarely though. I think only once in gen surg.
    The best staff to work with during my residency was when I did a radiology elective. Those guys took me out to eat lunch every single day for 2 weeks.
    When I did my rural elective in residency, my rural preceptor bought me breakfast and coffee whenever I did an overnight ER shift which was 2-3 times a week.
    Now I work at a clinic with my former family practice preceptor and he still buys me lunches from time to time. I should probably not mention to him I'm buying a Model S soon. I like the free lunches.
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    MDLaval reacted to Al22 in Medicine + Dentistry Interviews   
    Yes, when you interview for both  they may ask it in a general manner in one of the station, something general like "why do you want/what'd make you a good candidate to work in health science". I am not really allowed to say more
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    MDLaval reacted to indefatigable in Applying to Multiple Specialties   
    A lot of places allow/encourage 2 weeks electives which effectively doubles the number of places that people go to.  Also having core rotations first is better since you get experience BEFORE the crucial electives which are where you get an opportunity to show your suitability for a specialty.  If you do your electives first it may be more difficult to demonstrate your strength as a starting clerk since you probably won't know as much.  
    I guess this was a feature of the old UdeS curriculum.  Fortunately, it seems to have changed.  
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    MDLaval got a reaction from Med Life Crisis in Applying to Multiple Specialties   
    I know someone who applied to Gen Surg, Vascular and Plastic. Nothing else. The person is a very strong candidate (for sure in QC since you don't need to do all your electives in one single specialty to be competitive), but still, no backup and you never know what will actually happen.
    I also know someone who only applied to Anesthesiology, no backup.
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    MDLaval reacted to Organomegaly in Applying to Multiple Specialties   
    Many people also don't listen or refuse to attend the appointments so they don't hear something they don't want to hear. 
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    MDLaval reacted to gellycell in -   
    As HoopDreams discussed, I've also had both blind and real attempts at applying for medical school. The first two times I applied in undergrad, I honestly had no heart for medicine. Becoming a doctor was my mother's vicarious dream, and because she wanted it, I grew to hate it (long story short: I had a helicopter tiger mom). Of course, those attempts failed.
    I had the undergrad final year OMG-I-have-a-life-sci-degree-and-don't-know-what-to-do-with-it freak out before I decided to take over my life, move out, and pursue a master's because I wanted to gain more research and life experience so that I could potentially work in industry R&D. Funnily enough, the experiences I gained while pursuing a new goal and just doing what I enjoyed ended up leading me towards medicine.
    So you really never know in life whether it's really the last time or not.
    I always find it a little amusing when early 20-somethings talk as if their life is over because they didn't achieve their goal yet and they're already so old at 21. We all walk at different paces and turn at different roads. As the Knights Radiant say "Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination." Gonna keep on keeping on doing the best I can and deal with whatever life brings me! Current plan is to find a more stable job somewhere once March results come out (if it's a rejection) and try again, but maybe my next experience will make me think otherwise. Who knows? Excited to find out either way!
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    MDLaval reacted to HoopDreams in -   
    Difference between a serious application and a lottery ticket 
    I think there is a difference between a 'real' attempt and a 'blind attempt'. In my case, I knew that my grades from my first undergraduate degree were not competitive. Yet, I applied once after my first undergraduate degree, once during my master's and once after my master's. Now this counts as three attempts, but to be fair, they were almost like buying a lottery ticket. Right now, on the other end, I have almost completed a second degree with 3.8ish GPA. From now on, I believe every attempt is serious. In that case, if it doesn't work out, I am planning on going on with my life, pursuing other passions. But I will still apply every year. 5-10-15 times, I don't know.  You have to keep moving forward
    I think the key is to realize that your life has to move forward. It personally took me some time to realize that. Having a serious relationship, thinking about kids, buying a house, travelling the world, pursuing sports competitions? I was too busy for that. That would be something I would focus on after being accepted to medical school. The problem is, putting your 'real' life goals on hold for your career can make you bitter and unhappy. And truth is, the moment you are waiting for might never come. And even if it comes, medical school doesn't solve anything. What I learned
    You should not put any aspect of your life on hold, hoping that being accepted to a medical school will solve everything. Don't put passions, dreams, relationships on hold, because you are too busy for your application cycle. You will never have more time than right now. It doesn't get easier during medical school, during residency, during practice. Good luck!
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    MDLaval reacted to JohnGrisham in -   
    The only situation where you would not apply anymore is if your MCAT expires and you really dont want to retake it. 
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    MDLaval reacted to JohnGrisham in -   
    There's no reason you can't keep applying while working on other paths. Continue on with your life in the meantime, and when/if medical school works out: great. Otherwise you shouldn't let your life be put on pause otherwise.
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    MDLaval reacted to rmorelan in Rank List   
    exactly - which is why you should simply rank every place you want to go in the order of preference completely and absolutely with no regard to how they would be ranking you. The algorithm is quite elegant in that regard from a certain point of view. 
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    MDLaval reacted to Birdy in Good Luck Everyone!   
    As we’re a few days into interviews now and many people have an interview or two under their belts already, I wanted to wish everyone good luck while out there on the trail. 
    Remember to take some time to take care of yourself while we’re undergoing this process. It might be hard to find the time, but it’ll be worth it. 
    Safe travels, everyone. I’ll see you guys out there.
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    MDLaval got a reaction from Calopee in How happy are you with choosing medical achool and becoming a doctor? Êtes vous satisfaits d'avoir choisit la médecine comme carrière?   
    I would do it again and again. As many times as needed to be a physician.
    I loved med school and Laval, in particular, didn't have any problems and never felt burnout. The Faculty is very supportive and they do whatever is necessary to help med students, not only with school-related things but also with whatever you need. There are always resources available and you feel they truly care about you.
    I've always known what I wanted to do, why I want to do it and what my goals are. It's been a long ride but it's been fun.
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    MDLaval reacted to NLengr in Vascular Surgery vs Interventional radiology   
    The split is probably different at each center. Where I trained, there was never any IR doctors in the OR. If help was needed, it was second vascular surgeon who had more endovascular experience.
    I imagine a large part of it is how comfortable vascular surgeons are at endovascular techniques. The older ones wouldn't have had any training in it as a resident or fellow, so they probably are more likely to want to have someone with experience around (another surgeon or someone from IR). Younger vascular surgeons are probably much less likely to have another surgeon or IR in the room.
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