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  1. People make the "don't go into medicine for the money" argument because the math has been done many times, and compared to someone like an engineer or a banker you don't get ahead financially usually into your 40s (or sometimes much later... e.g., consider a US family doctor with $250k debt and high malpractice insurance costs in a big city). I won't re-hash this since you can easily look up these analyses. Something that also needs to be considered is that it's not really fair to make a "average doctor" vs. "average engineer" comparison. To even get a position in any med school you have to be
  2. Well as @ChemPetE said, they were done their MD at 23 and so makes sense to be finished residency at 28... certainly not impossible. I finished my 4-year undergrad at 21 and will be completing my MD at 24, and residency at 29... and I took the standard time to complete high school so someone could be done at 28 if they had an accelerated primary education.
  3. You probably have an excellent shot at getting in. Whether you want to actually go down the MD/PhD route and still be a trainee until you're 40 is another question altogether...
  4. That document is not very useful because it gives the impression of admission being significantly more difficult in provinces with multiple schools (i.e., Ontario) and easier in provinces with single schools. This is because the same applicant will apply to every single ontario school through OMSAS and because of the high population, it will seem like that there are way more applicants for each seat. A better document to look at is this one: https://www.afmc.ca/web/sites/default/files/pdf/CMES/CMES2019-Complete_EN.pdf Table F-14 shows that the % of Canadian applicants who received a
  5. Absolutely agree that everyone should have a reasonable backup plan. Ultimately, if someone really wants to serve the community and make a difference in the field of health, it is possible to do so in of the numerous allied healthcare professions or even in other realms such as advocacy, law, public policy, etc. If someone has a "med school or bust" mentality, then there were probably other reasons for wanting to be a physician (i.e., wealth, prestige, etc.) - which are completely fine, but I get annoyed when people are disingenuous about it. However, I don't like the metaphor that gettin
  6. I honestly think it’s just a myth that UofT is significant harder than other schools. It’s the sort of thing that upperclassmen have passed on to freshmen who take it as gospel and pass it to the next class of students. Not to mention that Ontario high schools (esp. the private schools which are basically “pay to win” at this point) have hyper inflated grades. I think a lot of students come in thinking they’re the shit just because they got a 95% avg and then are shocked when they score 60%on their first ochem midterm after having studied one night like they did in high school. Oh and
  7. Med school rank makes no difference unless you're interested in flexing. Otherwise, match rates are about the same and your decision should really be based on which school would work best for your learning/goals. Few things I will add (based on personal experience - so I'm biased): 1) Living in calgary will probably not be as exciting as vancouver, but the mountains that are a 1hr drive away from here are beautiful so depends on if you're an outdoor-sy person. 2) I'm not sure about the whole "worse curriculum" thing; doubt there's any evidence to support that assumption. A bette
  8. It's a highly academic speciality, so they value research. The best kind would be in radiation oncology of course, but research in other oncology areas, or even in anything else can be valuable, especially if you have productivity to show for it (i.e., publications, presentations at national/international conferences). Research is also a good way to network with staff and residents and score a sweet reference letter come time for CaRMS applications. Rad Onc used to be crazy competitive in the states until recent years. In Canada, not so much. I think if you show genuine interest and put s
  9. This is absolutely true. I posted it merely as a means to say that there is no evidence to suggest that program directors are of the opinion that UofC students are any weaker than students from other schools. And it was an anonymous survey that reports aggregate results from ~100 programs, so while I think it definitely would still be plagued by the problem of giving out too many "stronger than most"s, there's less of a pressure to give out bloated evaluations because it's not going to be affecting any individuals application nor can it be traced back to the person giving that evaluation, as i
  10. I'm not quite a whiz with the data as BeardedFrog is, but I think most of the data he referenced can be found online. For example, UofC med publishes outcomes for their graduates on their website: https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/mdprogram/about/governance/national-ranking-outcome-measures Most relevant to your points may be this survey of residency program directors regarding the performance of UofC graduates compared to graduates of other medical schools. Other data such as match data is easily available through CaRMS and also I summarized some of it in a previous post
  11. I'm quite surprised to hear this considering that all Canadian medical degrees are recognized as legitimate (including Mac) by the UK's general medical council which is the body that regulates medical licensing/practice. It may have been some sort of unlucky circumstance due to problems at one specific hospital/institution (or perhaps this occurred a while ago?) but in general Mac graduates should not have any issues completing fellowships or even getting licensed for independent practice in the UK.
  12. Just a heads up to all the waitlisters... in most years they never actually fill up the max 15% OOP slots, which is good news if you're IP (and doesn't really matter since you're OOP as seats are filled competitively so if <15% OOP matriculate its because many higher-ranked OOP applicants got in elsewhere and chose not go to UofC).
  13. A lot of students live near campus. It's honestly so gosh-darn convenient when you can just walk 10mins to your 8:30 small groups or physical exam sessions rather than waking up early to commute. Living farther away and driving is another option, but while its convenient, parking is fairly expensive (and there's also a waitlist it's difficult to get a spot right away in your 1st year). I imagine that for the incoming class many things will be in-person in July and by September (barring some vaccine-resistant variant outbreak) you'll be back to full in-person. So, it would be worthwhile t
  14. Luck plays a big role for most applicants I think. For someone with a 4.0 GPA, 521 MCAT, and amazing extracurriculars/life experiences, it's really that they have to get terribly unlucky or actively mess up in some part of their application/interview in order to not get an offer at least somewhere after a cycle or two. But most applicants don't fall into this category. For most applicants, even the ones with competitive stats, it takes some element of luck in order to get an offer because it's difficult to distinguish yourself from others when you're in the middle of the pack and there is
  15. Based on your username, perhaps you went unmatched? If that's the case, I'm really sorry to hear it. I can see how the Limpkins (class of '21) were at a substantial disadvantage because they had just started clerkship when COVID hit. I guess we will wait and see when the match numbers come out, but as someone already mentioned, it may really just be a COVID-related phenomenon. Historically, UofC has had a substantially lower % of applicants rank FM first compared to most other schools (see below) Also, despite both having a high proportion of applicants not ranking FM first an
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