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  1. If you have gone to a Canadian medical school, the MCCQE part 1 really is nothing to worry about. The vast majority pass, and the majority study for 2-4 weeks, some less, some more. It's not necessary to go crazy for a really high score as no one cares because it is after CaRMS. For IMG's it makes sense to study harder for it and to do really well. I believe schools use it, in those cases.
  2. You don't need any additional training, and I don't think there is an actual PGY-3 year for hospitalist training (there probably should be).
  3. Practicing evidence based medicine doesn't make naturopaths money. But selling potentially toxic doses of vitamins sure does...
  4. Key to differential diagnosis in my experience is working through categories and trees then building off that framework and filling in the details as you get better and see things repeatedly. It's pretty cool to see it happen. I'm still relatively new in training, but am trying to do this more and more. I think the repetition really helps stuff stick. This is why I think attendings harp on ... "having an approach to X/Y/Z"....
  5. I would really want to go to a rigorous family medicine program tbh. Family medicine is a short residency. It should be fairly intense to be competent, IMO.
  6. I would just work at a community hospital and make bank as an FRCPC 5 year anesthesiologist. Why bother with fellowship if you don't need it?
  7. Go for it, but just do it for the right reasons. There's a lot that goes into becoming a doctor and sometimes it's easier to tough out those times when you are younger (ie. 24 hour call that turns into 28+ hours without any sleep and dealing with egos and personalities in medicine can be emotionally draining. Especially if you worked in a field where you had a leadership role before and had predictable hours. A lot of that gets sacrificed in the training process).
  8. Wow being in your 40s sucks (at least in this chart).
  9. I think most actual doctors and residents advocate for more pay for the ever increasing work load and complexity of medical problems that they are ultimately responsible for. Difference is the idealistic people here are usually medical students, pre-medical students, or naive young people that really have no real life experience. Sure this might be judgemental on my part, but it's generally true. Once you are past the bullshit MMI stuff to get into medical school and go through clinical medicine, things and views change.
  10. Ophtho, and Plastics have pretty good lifestyles for someone interested in surgery.
  11. All the best trauma surgeons in Canada train in the US for some time IMO. Only way to get that exposure, sadly. I could never live in the US though.
  12. I think you are very competitive. Some of the best medical students in my class came from less typical premed backgrounds.
  13. Teaching might be a good option outside of nursing. Could also consider a masters program but I'm not sure how medical schools look at that. Ultimately you need to bring your GPA up, which I think is achievable, but will take hard work.
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