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What are some pros and cons of a three-year family residency program?
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What are some difficulties faced by physicians during the pandemic?
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What are issues that people living with addiction face during a pandemic? What are some solutions to these problems?
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In Ontario, patients will soon be able to read the medical notes their physicians write about them. What are the implications of this change?
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A friend who on the basis of religious beliefs is anti-abortion has just had an argument with their daughter who is pro-abortion rights and is asking you for advice on how to handle the situation what would you do?
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Describe a time when you found that you had “too much on your plate”.
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Bill-C7, which amended the Criminal Code to permit MAID for individuals whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable, was recently passed in Canada. What impact do you think this will have?
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Describe a time when you felt you were treated unfairly. What did you do about it?
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The government wants to track citizens across the country in order to maintain public safety in the face of a pandemic. How would you advise the government to do this?
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Do you think physicians should lie or withhold the truth from their patients, even if its for the patient’s own good? What are some benefits to telling the truth?
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When do laws deviate from ethics?
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In Ontario, pharmacists are able to prescribe certain medications to patients now. What are some pros and cons of this change?
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It is not uncommon for medications to have various adverse side effects. As a physician, how would you help your patients navigate those side effects? How would you determine whether a treatment option is worth any adverse effects or risks?
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What characteristics do you think are important for a physician to possess as members within a team and why?
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During your shift, you notice your preceptor is intoxicated. What do you do?
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What is the biopsychosocial model of medicine and what role does it play in the field of medicine?
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What is one major healthcare issue that you believe needs to be addressed in the Canadian healthcare system?
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You are a family physician and another physician at the clinic is dating one of their patients. What would you do?
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Why do you like our school over other schools?
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What are some pros and cons to health system family medicine models that pay based on how many patients the family doctor sees?
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Discuss your perspective on how social media is being used in the context of medicine.
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Describe a time when you disappointed your parents/grandparents.
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Have you ever almost quit something but then changed your mind? Why? What did you learn?
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From your file, I can see that you have a lot of experience doing 'x experience'. Please describe your strategy with 'x'. What is the most important lesson you learned?
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If you were a doctor and you had a patient that was unsure about getting their children vaccinated due to things they had read online, how would you counsel them?
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Experimental medicine can introduce hugely effective new methods of treatment for pathologies that previously could not be treated. Do you think experimental medicine research should be done with children? Why or why not?
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What are the three qualities you believe would make you a great physician?
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If you were the manager of a seniors home how would you address an employee coming to work with symptoms? What would you do if this was during an active outbreak?
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A proposed bill would require all individuals to vote in federal elections or face a $100 fine. What do you think about this bill?
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Describe a time when you stood up for someone.
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Recently truckers have gathered to form a convoy in protest of certain decisions made by the federal government. What are your thoughts on this demonstration?
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The Cannabis Act 2018 came into action across Canada. What are your thoughts on how this Act has affected Canadians?
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Discuss one extracurricular experience where you had an impact on another individual?
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You are on clinical rotation with Dr. A and admire how highly professional and compassionate they are with patients. However, you notice that after patient interactions, Dr. A makes jokes about their patients with other physicians and residents. Dr. A notices your shock at this and mentions that "everyone does this” and “as long as you are good with the patients in person, it’s just private fun". Do you see any issues with this behaviour? Would you say anything to Dr. X? What would you do if Dr. A refused to change their behaviour?
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Dr. A is an exceptional surgeon, with by far the best surgical outcomes in the country. However, Dr. A is also highly prone to inter-professional conflict and is frequently disrespectful to patients, hospital staff and students. Do you think exceptional results justify problematic behaviour? If Dr. A threatened to quit in response to any required professional-development or sensitivity training, do you think that this would do more harm than good to patients? Why or why not?
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Our health care system is supposed to be comprehensive, but it does not cover many services offered by optometry, dentistry, nutrition, and other components of health. What is your opinion on this and what is your solution to improve it?
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Describe a time when you many have lost your temper.
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Describe a time when you learned something new.
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How would you go about convincing a parent who does not want to vaccinate their newborn?
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You are a student in an advocacy group. You feel like another student in that group routinely dismisses the ideas of others and is often stuck in their own perspective of what is best. Do you say anything? If so, what do you say? What would you do if they left the advocacy group as a result of your discussion?
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You are a physician and you have been treating a patient in the hospital for several days. How would you handle this situation?
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Tell me about the last time you were upset.
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You are a medical student on rotation in the emergency department with Dr. A. A patient comes in complaining about pain in their hip. Dr. A gives them some medication and the patient very quickly appears to improve and leaves the hospital feeling better. After the patient leaves, Dr. A reveals that the drug was a placebo and that that particular patient comes in often with a pain complaint that "has no pathological basis". Dr. A says that in cases like that, a placebo can be enough to help patients feel better and that telling patient it is a placebo would ruin the effect. What ethical issues do you see here? Would you say anything to Dr. A? Should you report this behaviour?
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Social media platforms have been restricting content that is deemed discriminatory and offensive. What do you think about these practices?
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What do you think health inequality means? What does health inequity mean? Have you ever felt treated unfairly in your own life?
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If you were a med student and you are working with a resident who has been nothing but nice to you. But you saw them yelling at another resident, how would you react?
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Describe a time when you doubted yourself.
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Let's say you are a physician and your clinic is already running late. You see one of your patients who has been struggling recently and would require a longer appointment time to sort out their problems. However, your clinic is already running late and other patients are waiting. What are the ethical implications in this situation and what would you do?
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Describe a time when you did something you were not proud of.
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Describe a difficult decision that you had to make.
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What role do genetics and genetic testing have in the Canadian healthcare system?
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Describe a time when you felt excited. What happened?
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What are your thoughts on universal basic income?
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What do you think is the biggest "problem" with the Canadian medical system? How can we fix this?
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A drug formulary is a list of generic and brand name prescription drugs covered by your provincial health insurance. With a finite provincial budget, how would you determine which drugs should not be included in the drug formulary (not covered by health insurance)?
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What is the Jordan principle? What are some long-term benefits of this principle to a child’s life?
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Systemic issues exist in the provincial health care system. Discuss one of them and how you would address it.
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What is your opinion on medicine and research?
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One of the patients hands you a basket of baked goods and wine for the holidays as a gift. What would you do?
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Your friend tells you that he wants to take an "Introduction to Spanish" course to boost his GPA even though he is a native Spanish speaker. Native speakers are not allowed to take the course. What do you tell your friend?
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Explain our Canadian health care system at a level appropriate for a high school student to understand.
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People infected with COVID-19 variants are experiencing a spectrum of symptoms with some suggesting that it can be compared to the flu or common cold. Some believe that the risk of vaccination side effects (e.g. inflammation of the heart) may outweigh the risk of contracting COVID. Discuss your stance on vaccination decision making when factoring side effects and contracting the disease.
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Compare and contrast between public and private health care.
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Describe a time when you had to be a leader.
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Public celebrity cases like the recent Depp vs. Heard case have shown how powerful and biased the ‘Court of Public Opinion’ can be. What kind of effects do you think public opinion can have on the legal process, if any? Do you think that certain court cases should be kept private and out of public view? Why or why not?
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What is your opinion on doctors being suspended or facing consequences based on their social media posts?
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What do you think are the long-term benefits of the Jordan principle, for the indigenous community on a population level?
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What is one currently feasible change you could make to improve the condition of indigenous and rural healthcare?
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What role should privacy play in telemedicine and electronic health records?
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How would you deal with the death of a patient?
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Resident physicians are employees but also still completing their training. What are challenges that resident physicians face?
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Why is support for physician work life balance important for the care of patients?
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During COVID-19, the Maritimes created an "Atlantic Bubble". What do you think about this decision by public health?
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A lot of people you work with have noticed that many random things which they own are going missing. It appears that some personal items that are not extremely valuable have gone missing over the course of the last two months. Regardless, many of your co-workers are concerned. What suggestions would you bring to an upcoming meeting with your co-workers about finding a way to address this issue?
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Orphan diseases are diseases whose rarity means there is a lack of a market large enough to gain support and resources for discovering treatments for them. What is your approach to treating orphan diseases?
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Medical schools across Canada continue to switch between in-person and online delivery of medical education. Discuss the impact of online medical education.
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Describe a time when you had to deliver bad news.
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Most Canadians have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Why do you think some Canadians are choosing not to get the vaccine?
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What are some ways to reduce healthcare inequalities in Canada?
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Imagine you were a medical student and now you observed a resident behaving rudely with a patient. What would you do?
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Why do you want to go into medicine?
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Describe a time when you had to say “no”.
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Your little cousin needs to complete 40 hours of volunteering for his school. He thinks volunteering is useless and serves no purpose since you don't get paid for it. What would you say to convince him of the benefits of volunteering?
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During your final exams week, your grandmother calls and tells you she feels lonely. What would you do?
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In healthcare, mandatory vaccinations has been met with mostly support. With COVID-19, mandatory vaccinations and booster shots have been further explored ethically and pragmatically. Discuss your perspective on mandatory vaccinations for COVID-19 compared to others (e.g. flu).
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Describe a time when you made sacrifices to excel at something (can be any activity).
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A 16-year-old child wants to have a procedure done but their parents disagree with this. What would you do as the teenager’s physician? Do you have to listen to the patient or the parents?
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Imagine you were an attending physician who overheard med students complaining about how a resident had treated them badly. What would be your responsibilities in this situation and what would you do?
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Imagine you are a resident and you had a patient that came in with a medical reason that was causing them lots of pain. You have properly given them narcotics according to the guidelines, however, the next day they still are complaining of pain. How would you handle this situation?
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You started your clerkship rotations coincidently with your best friend. In your conversations, he often mentions patients by name and gives details on their conditions as well as their behaviour. What are some ethical issues that may arise in such a situation?
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Aside from the Medical Expert role, select another CanMED role and discuss why you think it is the most important one for a physician.
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You have two patients who have been admitted after a serious accident. Both require immediate attention in order to survive. One patient is 20 years old; the other is 60 years old. Which life would you save?
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Describe a time when you improved on a weakness.
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What problems lie at the intersection of indigenous people's relationship with government operated healthcare in Canada and rural communities?
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You are a family physician. You notice bruises on your patient, a 10 year boy. What would you do?
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What is the most important issue facing health care today?
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Medical school applicants come from a variety of different backgrounds, with volunteer and leadership experience ranging from small local initiatives to worldwide advocacy trips. Do you think medical schools can fairly compare volunteer and leadership experiences that are dissimilar? If you were in charge of medical school admissions, how would you evaluate applicants’ co-curricular experiences?
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There have been more medical students and physicians participating in activism. What is your perspective on our role in activism?
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With AI slowly creeping its way into the healthcare field, what are three pros and three cons of AI in medicine?
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You are a doctor working ER intake during a particularly busy shift. What do you do?
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