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  1. 3.9+ and good MCAT score and she has a shot. If her GPA is around 3.7, ideally some full-time classes are done to bring up the GPA a bit (this is assuming she will be more or less 4.0'ing every class). Unless she's at the cusp of admission it's probably not worth it as other posters have mentioned. As a FM the money won't be much better than a NP and the path is much more difficult. Possibly doing medicine would actually net her less money if admittance to medical school required her to take some years off for undergrad classes. Plus if you're settled down the stress of potential rel
  2. There are no direct entry programs right now to my knowledge though like you said there is talk about setting one up eventually. I believe if the American direct entry programs are successful, we may move towards the same model in Canada. Some of the program descriptions right now make it sound like a 2 year program but the first year requirements look like they're already met during DR residency (~4 IR rotations, PGY1 clinical rotations, etc.).
  3. I'm not sure anyone can give you a detailed comparison because few people have really done much work beyond a few sites at each school. It has been some years since I rotated through these places. Western: Regional West (Mt. Brydges): I had a great time as a medical student there. Residents seemed to get pretty decent ER/hospitalist at the regional hospital in Strathroy. A big selling point is that you can live in the main city and drive about 45-50 minutes to the hospital. Rural (Hanover): I had a pretty good time here as well. It's pretty busy/intense compared to an urban FM p
  4. Without knowing the success rate the data could be good or bad. It may mean more people are satisfied with their career choices, thus a smaller % of residents are switching, or it may mean fewer residents are successful switching. I suspect it probably means the latter. The government(s) should probably do a better job at providing funding for switching specialties. Having extra resident labour is a massive cost savings. Most PGY3-5s speed up service, and the junior residents even if they are slow are providing overnight call coverage protecting the attendings.
  5. As a medical student we did 12 hour days plus 5 call shifts of 24 hour call in the block. My daytime schedule was ~0600-1745. My medical school was known to have a bit of a tougher program, or at least that's what others told me. Average was around 75-80 hours per week as a student, with the worst being 90 hours if I happened to get 2 call shifts the same week. At my residency institution I rotated through off service and I did 11-12 hour days plus 5 call shifts of 24 hour call in the block covering ACS. My daytime schedule was ~0645-1800. The worst week hit just above 100 hours due to an
  6. Not directly related to your post OP but a well known LHSC (Western University) cardiac surgeon recently left his post for an American job. As far as I know there is no reciprocity between the Canadian and American boards in his specialty. https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/top-heart-surgeon-quits-claims-cardiac-care-not-priority-at-lhsc So yeah finding a job abroad happens, though in his case I'm sure his decades of excellence and publications helped substantially. Something else to consider here is that even when you reach your goal of becoming an attending surgeon with a job, the
  7. I'd assume most rural hospitals doesn't carry enough blood to keep the patient stable enough for the surgery. A rural hospital might not have anesthesiologist coverage either for intraop management. Plus with the proliferation of endovascular repair since the early 2000s, I imagine there have been fewer opportunities to keep their skills up with open repairs since most elective and ruptured AAA repairs probably get preferentially sent to the regional major centres for the option of endovascular repair. I imagine the only reason a rural general surgeon would attempt a repair is if they wer
  8. Most students who want FM are pretty relaxed about clerkship. I've met a few exceptions, and they are usually either those who are exceptionally type A (not that common in FM) or want to work somewhere where they may not have much backup (rural/military). It's more of a personality type than anything tbh. If you truly just want FM just work extra hard on your FM rotations in M3 and 1-2 other core blocks for letters. For your others you just need to survive (that is, still be on time, work hard, do a bit of reading, etc. but you don't have to go the extra mile). I agree with the other p
  9. I don't think there was an actual hour limit where I went (though you couldn't do call more frequently than what residents did). Overall I averaged ~70 hours on busy surgical rotations rotations and ~45 hours on more chill outpatient rotations. The absolute worst were 90 hour weeks, which were rare (this is all including call). On both IM and surgery I probably averaged 2-3 hours of sleep or so. OB 4-6 hours (usually because they didn't page you). In retrospect being worked hard was valuable in that there were no illusions as to how difficult residency would be. I feel bad for people
  10. Not really. If you were applying for something even moderately competitive many people would usually use at least half their elective time for their specialty of interest (and often more than that) because declaring your interest in that manner vastly increased your chances of matching to your desired competitive specialty in anglophone Canada. People who "went crazy and did 20 electives in plastics" were the norm in such specialties. The exceptions were those who did a few weeks and still matched.
  11. About 95% of Canadian graduates match after the two rounds. Of those 5% who are unmatched, a proportion either have red flags (i.e. repeatedly failed courses) or were aiming for highly competitive specialties without adequately backing up, and even a good proportion of them will match the subsequent year. You can feel assured that even if you are well below average in every single way, chances are you will still match the first round if you apply broadly and backup. I think if you are spending all your time studying and not doing well, there is probably some issue with your study method a
  12. It's up to the hospitals to decide if they want to accept your Canadian certification, and you'll be dependent on a visa. Probably not something you want to necessarily depend on but more of an option to consider if things continue to look dire in Canada if you reach your seniors years of NSx residency.
  13. Relax. Where did I say it has to do with FM itself? I already said I'm not as interested in FM as I am in my own specialty.
  14. I felt the same way in a sense. I knew I'd enjoy doing residency somewhere reasonable but doubted that I'd be very happy working somewhere that was too far from my home province. I ranked my specialty of choice within my province at the top, along with a few other programs further (but in locations I'd be happy living in). After that I ranked a few FM programs at my home program and in cities I'd be happy living in (which weren't many because I didn't have many FM interviews). At the bottom were the remaining specialty programs in provinces I'd be less happy to train. All in all this was
  15. It is a good study tool. UWorld, Boards and Beyond, OnlineMedEd were quite useful for me back in the day. I didn't bother with First Aid because that's the sort of stuff that ideally you already partially learned in M1/M2.
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