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Everything posted by Hellothere77

  1. I mean this is definitely the safest strategy, but it also reflects a gross attitude in medicine that you should always be meek and apologetic to your seniors, and in turn fosters poor treatment of your juniors down the road if you internalize it (cough cough every gen surg senior ever cough). Like any social situation, you have to feel it out. If the person you are shadowing is talking to you and trying to involve you don't be afraid to speak or be embarrassed that you're inexperienced. If they actually get annoyed at you for daring to ever make your presence known, I would question why
  2. Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
  3. It's changed since then. They were taking IMGs in psych who never learned French throughout residency, and at some point they realized that was a terrible idea in Montreal. They do part of the interview in French now to ensure that communication is adequate for psych. And yes, you're right, the school as a whole does a terrible job of giving applicants a realistic picture of what is expected in terms of language.
  4. Some staff ask you if you're comfortable in french before assigning patients, some students mention to their staff that their french is weak. It's not a formal request, it's just part of working in a team with hopefully understanding people. While it's a bad idea to plan on never taking french patients because there are rotations when this is not possible, and there will be people who get pissed off at you, they're also extremely understanding if you just put some effort in. There's nothing wrong with presenting a patient and just letting the staff know you weren't completely sure about the qu
  5. If you can muddle by with patients, even if you have to do a lot of pointing and google translate, you'll get by. They'll accept people with 0 french and then when clerkship comes around the university will "expect" fluency, which is obviously idiotic. How anyone could actually become fluent in a year and half while simultaneously learning medicine is beyond me. Very few staff/teams will care in a hospital setting. There are a ton of IMGs at McGill who speak no French, so if you can give it your best shot they'll be happy, and that covers the bulk of your rotations. In clinics however, it
  6. no one is going to blacklist you, but yes the group will be set up by a member of one of the current classes. they're all named 'McGill Medicine Class of 202X' on fb so you can just keep an eye out for when 2024 is formed and message them, if you're super eager
  7. Congrats! All the acceptances say that, it's just that you fill out the proper forms, immunizations etc. like any other school.
  8. Just a note to the pre-meds who gave thoughtful (and correct) responses and then were attacked and belittled by the OP, this is what you will experience constantly in clerkship. Good practice, especially if you believe the OP that he/she is a physician. One of the charming perks you'll get to experience once you've been accepted.
  9. Publications aren't the only thing that matters, but there are many competitive specialties in which some amount of research is pretty much expected. Also I personally think that because of the elective change (maxing out at 8 weeks in any discipline) research might become even more important. If you can't distinguish yourself by doing a ton of electives in ophthalmology and making good impressions on different programs, having an impressive research portfolio might fill that role instead. Maybe I'm wrong, but I see that as a possible outcome. Something will have to fill that void when th
  10. Depends entirely on the program. The thread you're talking about was for family, and when you treat a large volume of people in a clinic setting you need to be comfortable in French and they should have told them that. If you're working in a hospital right off the bat everyone is more understanding of language difficulties. As mentioned many IMGs come with no french (and leave with virtually no french) and it's fine. Also for family and psych strong communication skills in general are important. For surgery, communication skills are not nearly as important, so it makes sense that you can
  11. Anyone know about McGill Internal? I've heard some things but can't find anything concrete
  12. As the previous poster pointed out, rads and anesthesia jump to mind. I suspect anesthesia might not be your cup of tea either, because you'll probably find yourself in situations where you have to chit chat with colleagues etc., and you don't really have your own space. You're on the other side of the drape, but the pace of work is not something you can control. Also there's some research, but the field isn't changing by leaps and bounds, they've pretty much been using the same drugs for decades. Rads fits with most everything you mentioned, so I'd definitely explore that first. It's ver
  13. To francophones literally everything is about language politics, and their rights being horribly violated by anyone who has the audacity to step foot in their province without being fluent in french
  14. I would go to the school that's furthest from your parents so you can avoid not becoming an adult before med school that way.
  15. Anesthesia is very procedural, you have to intubate and do epidurals/blocks while impatient surgeons "joke" about how long you're taking.
  16. I didn't follow that hypothetical at all, but Med-P and IP are completely separate streams. One waitlist has no effect on the other, and no candidate can apply to both.
  17. You want to be the one pediatrician who spends half the time with their patients that everyone else does? They're not "less efficient" because all pediatricians just happen to love chatting at the water cooler, it's the nature of peds. If you're zooming in and out you're doing a lousy job. Parents need a lot of advice and reassurance and if you don't give it to them because you're trying to fit in more patients than every other pediatrician then you're not efficient, you're a bad doctor.
  18. They gave exemptions 3 years ago but then stopped. I haven't heard anything about them re-instituting exemptions, even though they definitely should since it's a silly waste of time for anyone with previous research experience.
  19. Pretty simple, being a jerk and/or not getting along with your interviewers or the team if you did an elective there. Remember they're choosing new residents they're going to spend 2-5 years with and possibly more. If they have two similar applicants, they'll go with the one they got along with and have an easy time talking to. Without trying to sound too corny, there's not much you can do about that just be yourself (your professional self). If you try to hard to come off a particular way it might have the opposite effect, don't be scared to show your personality.
  20. Yes absolutely. Everything I said is for med students. Some staff might not have the most fluent French, but if you're working in Montreal you have to be able to speak French. The hospital being English just means all charting is in English and if you call someone for a consult you'll be speaking in English, but the patients are the patients. You speak whatever language they're most comfortable with as a staff, and as I said if you're working in Montreal you have to be comfortable with both. When you're in the hospital staff are understanding, and if you didn't catch what they were talkin
  21. 1) I don't have the stats (not sure if anyone does) but there are plenty of people in the class who don't speak French. Many grew up elsewhere but were born in Montreal so they have in-province status, and a bunch from the west island barely speak any. For LFME they ask you if you can speak French and try to accommodate. It's not a guarantee, but most staff will be understanding especially as a Med1, and won't give you French patients. Also keep in mind a lot of French-speakers also speak English. For some people LFME also ends up just being shadowing, it really depends on who you're plac
  22. No, you just accept and pay the small deposit, then if you get into an Ontario school you can accept that and withdraw your acceptance from McGill (losing $50 or whatever... and then losing another 50k cause you passed on Quebec IP tuition ).
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