|This is how it's going down.|
In Canada, it's insanely difficult to get into a medical school. As my friend Matt Ratzlaff once pointed out, and for which I have no documentation whatsoever: for every three perfectly suitable med school candidates in Canada, there is one position (a pretty good indication of how hard it is to get in can be found here, especially when you consider the time and resources every candidate takes to send in an application, and their limited options in schools). This is insane for a country that has a dire need for doctors. It's one of the few times where I am against the use of government funds to support education. Why are we subsidizing medical school? Sure, provincial control makes it so those who graduate don't have a mountain of debt, but it also limits revenue for institutions that could use that money to create more spaces. Medical school is a professional program that should rack up a lot of personal debt considering how specialized it is, as well as the expected pay scales. Almost every person I've ever met who wanted to be a doctor would gladly pay a preposterously larger sum to attend a Canadian university, partly because they want to go home, and partly because they don't trust a degree from the Caribbean. Up the tuition, open more seats. We'd be there in a heartbeat.
|But where are all the students?|
|Oh so studious.|
I guess in the end, what I'm saying is this: I would rather a doctor from a school system that's easier to get into but far harder to graduate from, than a system that's harder to get into but is easier to graduate from (this is not meant to diminish how hard medical school is for North Americans. I know it's incredibly competitive and difficult. Just come try it down here. You have to want it). Every doctor has to pass the same standardized tests, but some of them are going to work harder when they start their careers. If only the Ross brand better reflected this.
On a completely unrelated and more positive note, I've started eating plantain chips. On a scale from potato to banana, plantains lean a bit towards the latter, but when you fry them up, oh boy they're tasty. I've been eating them in droves, and I thought they deserved a shout out. If ever you get the chance, try them.