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  1. FWIW, I have several friends from high school that went into tech (while I went down the med school route). We were all around the same competency in high school (above average but not geniuses). I'm now in my PGY-2 year, and ALL of them are in the States now. The lowest earning among them makes 150k USD, and the highest makes 250k. If you're a bright student to get into med school early on (which is the only way to make this path break even imo), then you would definitely be better off financially having gone into CS instead. It's just the way it is. They all work way less hours than me too a
  2. They could have skipped years during elementary or high school. One of my classmates did a 4 year undergrad and finished our 4 year medical school at 24.
  3. Hopefully the US states that treated the MCCQEs as acceptable substitutes for the USMLEs will continue to do so.
  4. Include it, but you do you need to embellish it, just like any other entry. In medical school applications, generally the description of personal development as it relates to the CanMEDS roles from a certain activity is significantly more important than the description of the activity itself.
  5. Just to add on, the QE1 at least was a joke of a test. I studied for like 5 or 6 days and got a score way above passing. Most of my classmates had similar experiences. It's not something you'll need to study too hard for (especially now that you're a FM resident and will know a lot more at this stage). Also IMO, UWorld is overkill. I didn't touch it for QE1. I solely used OnlineMedEd + my notes from medical school + Toronto Notes. They publish a list of objectives that are covered on the exam, and I just went point by point and read summary notes on anything that I felt I needed a refresh
  6. Your situation was literally me, almost verbatim, last year. Not only did I match to my home school, but all of my closest friends from medical school matched to other places and I started having second thoughts about my rank list. I just want to share that a year later, I've adjusted to my program, made friends with my new co-residents and am at peace now with my decision. The grass always looks greener, but we all adjust and thrive in our new environment in our own way. Residency is an exhausting but rewarding adventure. Congratulations on this huge milestone and I hope you have the time to
  7. Most that I know applied to family medicine as a back-up
  8. From purely a med school acceptance optimization standpoint, you are correct that going to Saskatchewan for your CS degree would the best option if you don't mind living there since most Ontario schools do not provide an advantage to in province applicants. However, the reason you are doing CS is to have a backup, so consider if your job prospects graduating from there will be worth it in the CS industry? If not, then consider doing a more standard life sciences degree.
  9. I've seen it in the Durham region- Whitby, Ajax, Oshawa, Bowmanville, etc. I'm sure it's the same in other places I think most just did standard CCFP, I don't know about anything specific to EM. I know one did a POCUS course after residency but that's not necessary by any means.
  10. Do not get a general letter imo. Your letter should explicitly mention the specialty in question and why you would be a strong candidate.
  11. I've seen CCFP's working staff ER even in the cities just a 1 hour drive from Toronto, without the +1. And these were new staff too. I think doing FM then trying for a +1 is a no brainer compared to FRCP unless you want to specifically do academic medicine instead of community, work in downtown Toronto, or want to be able to practice in other countries i.e. USA in the future. In all other scenarios you can get away with just a CCFP and still do full time ER or a mix of fam med/ER/whatever else, and in most places without a +1 barring probably some/most academic centers and the large GTA hospit
  12. How competitive is the specialty that you're applying to? If you're serious about taking a year off, what would you plan to do during the year. Unfortunately I think if you take a year off just to chill, I would be worried about some programs falsely assuming that it was due to academic reasons or that you may not have the resilience to handle residency, which is in many ways significantly more exhausting than medical school. If you have a plan laid out and can explain your rationale in personal letters/interviews (e.g. if you're going for a graduate degree or some kind of unique employment op
  13. It is feasible in the right areas. I'm aware of GP's starting up cosmetics practices and getting patients even within an hour's drive of saturated markets like the GTA. Granted, it may take a bit of time to advertise and build up a client base. Most people who go into family medicine just aren't interested or aware in these so it isn't popular, but certainly doable.
  14. Umm, no chance it's that low. Those students are either lying or their classmates haven't admitted it to them (the latter is usually the case). If anyone's from a Canadian school where the administration have confirmed only 1 or 2 people in their class failed a block in all of clerkship, feel free to correct me. This is definitely not the case at my school. Clerkship exams, especially the US shelf exams for medicine and surgery, are no joke.
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