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  1. Agree with others that it’s doable with a non-science background, but a lot depends on what you’re capable of and it can be a real struggle for some. I managed (and not at Mac) - I did spend some time doing pre reqs and ended up studying for the full MCAT, which helped me build a tiny amount of science knowledge before I started… and while it helped in some ways, I actually found much of it the science stuff aside from biology wasn’t actually particularly relevant or useful for medical school. Others have asked this, but I do feel like it’s important to emphasize considering whether y
  2. UofA also has a re-entry program, although details are sparse. You need to have been in practice at least 5 years though, and it’s subject to rotating needs. I have encountered a couple people who did this in my training. https://www.ualberta.ca/medicine/programs/postgraduate-medical-education/applicants/apply-for-residency1/re-entry.html
  3. I can’t comment specifically on dentistry, but I assume there are parallels to med here. Policies for how repeated courses will be assessed varies, and so you likely need to check with the school. But in general, repeating courses is often not that helpful as many schools will simply include both attempts at the course in your GPA calculation (rather than replace it). In medicine, this is also frowned upon by some schools. It IS possible to improve your GPA. The route many in med take is to do another undergraduate degree, or at least a couple years of one. The effectiveness of this depen
  4. Also just want to highlight that I think this is great generic advice - it’s a good reminder of the many ways in which medicine is just like any other job.
  5. I have started doing this too - I always start a rotation or shift with a quick “how do you like to do things, how do you want to review, how concise do you like things” to try and get a sense of there style and I have found it really helps. And for things like opioids, or anti depressants/anti-psychotics, etc, where I know people have such strong personal preferences, during review I will often preempt comments with something like “I’ve seen a lot of variation in prescribing practice for __, I am interested to know how you approach it” and then we discuss it, and if needed I change th
  6. Agree, nothing wrong with the format! It’s simple and easy. And would also be happy to contribute - this community has helped me a lot!
  7. I think it’s inaccurate to say family doctors never make a rare diagnosis or won’t be able to. Like @bellejolie says, GP’s bread and butter may not be the weird and wonderful. But GPs can see unusual stuff with a fair amount of regularity, and often are the ones to initiate the workup, even if they may might not always ultimately cinch the diagnosis. I have seen some weeeeeird diseases in family practice.
  8. I guess part of what I was getting at was that the first two years didn’t really feel like medical school for me, and by all descriptions what I went through was pretty classic in-person medical school. But it was not all that like what I imagined it would be! I didn’t actually start feeling like I was training to be a doctor until clerkship started.
  9. I went to western medical school before and then during covid, and am now a resident. Covid started mid way through my clinical years, so I had a mostly hybrid experience (‘school’ stuff went online, Clinical was in person). My personal assessment is that, in terms of prepping you with clinical knowledge, zoom isn’t too much different, and in some ways it is better. Before COVID I barely went to lecture, especially after 1st semester of first year. Mostly watched pre recorded lectures from previous years and did self-directed studies, and only showed up to in-person things that I absolutely ha
  10. It might help you, but it might not. It depends on the EM programs you’re applying to, how you use it and how it helps you do your job, etc. Just having it on your CV may or may not be worth much. Whether self-study will be enough for you, or whether you’ll find value in certification, is up to you. Even if you do a bootcamp and get your certification in short period of time, integrating ultrasound into your practice and feeling confident and being fast with your scans takes practice and regular use. You can’t get that in a weekend. I would recommend you start with the self study and just
  11. I don’t think there’s a tonne of value in doing the courses before residency. It won’t make much (any) difference to you matching, especially to family. ACLS is covered in residency, and as others mentioned other courses may also be covered, but you generally have to wait for residency to do them. We got ACLS covered only if done in the few months before residency started, and everything else only after start date. If doing these courses is important to you, then ask about them when looking at family medicine sites - my program covers ACLS, ATLS, PALS, yearly BLS renewal, NRP and CAS
  12. I usually just have a * and footnote (or other formatting, e.g. sometimes I use bolding) to denote ‘presenting author(s)’ if there’s a presentation involved in a larger project/publication/abstracts. That way authorship order is separate from presenter.
  13. You may have more luck and less regrets trying to seek a leave of absence from your program (although 2 years is a long time), either from your current school, before carms, and thereby delaying graduation, or from your residency program once you match.
  14. Program dependent. Some, but not all, programs disclose the weighting of the letter in the program description on CaRMs. Put the most effort into the programs you most want to attend, and perhaps less in those you’ll be ranking last. Keep in mind that because of CaRMS being virtual, people can afford to submit a lot more applications than in the past, and attend more interviews. Many family medicine programs are having to be more selective as a result - interviews aren’t guaranteed. I know several people who got far fewer FM interviews than they expected. Leaving time to prepare for intervi
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