Well the question is, how hard is it to become a doctor? In Canada? How many years does it take? What all does being a basic Physician entail? What are all the options for specialties? Do you have to do a specialty? How much net income and you expect? And anything else potentially useful I may have left out.
I’ll be off work due to illness and out of the gym as well for the next month or longer. So with that being said I have alot of time on my hands and im looking into potential careers. Have to do something productive right?[/quote]
Well, in Canada it is extremely difficult. Not to say that it’s impossible, but the admission process is very competitive. To get into any med school in Canada, you’ll need a university average of low 90’s as a minimum, loads of volunteer experience, extra-ciriculars, and proven leadership ability. Some schools require writing the MCAT. The interviews have become pretty clever in that you cannot rehearse for them and give some sort of canned answer. For example, they don’t ask “why do you want to become a doctor?” anymore. They make you think on your feet, and they gauge how you act in difficult situations. A recent admission question for McMaster (the best med school in Canada, IMO) involved showing the candidates a picture of five different types of plants on a windowsill. The question was “which one of these plants is you? Give 5 reasons why”. It sounds absolutely retarded taken at face value, like some hokey “trust building” exercise at a corporate retreat, but they measure how clearly and logically you can answer.
Getting in is the hardest part. The actual cirriculum is challenging, but not insanely so.
Specializing is always an option. Canada is short of a good number of specialists, including endocrinology.
Starting salary for a GP is usually in the ballpark of 120k per year. They recently lifted the salary cap for GPs (in Ontario anyway) so theoretically the sky’s the limit. You see a lot of GPs doing botox, laser therapy, and basic derm treatments as a way to supplement their incomes. Specialists make in the low 300’s to start, but have a salary cap in place (last I checked, anyway).
Lots of Canadians who can’t get into a school at home do so in Australia, New Zealand, the Carribean, or Ireland. Advantage is that it’s much easier to gain admission as a foreign applicant…downside is that they charge you an insane amount of money for tuition.
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I agree with just about everything you’ve said, I’m doing my premed work now and looking to head into the field, in the U.S. though. Basically to be competitive for the schools here, you need 3.4 and above, and 3.4 gpa is considered low. For a DO school you’ll need 3.1 and up, along with good mcat scores for both DO and MD. And like pimpbot said, if you can’t get into any schools in country then the carrib is certainly a good idea which have lower standards for entry.
However if you actually put forth the effort in your undergrad then having the GPA shouldn’t be a problem. If you can’t pull A’s in the better part of your courses then pursue a different career. I’ve found the most people who don’t get in are those who dicked off their first 2 years in school, or decided they wanted to do it after they got crappy grades thinking they’d be done after 4yrs.