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  • Posts

    • Regardless of whether or not they bump people's grades, you still need to be comfortable writing an essay in French. That might be a distinguishing point for people who are boderline in terms of their comfort level with french. (Ex, someone that completed french-immersion or 4 years of highschool french classes and has a bilingualism certificate but hasn't used french day-to-day in 4 years). Whether this is specifically relevant for OP, who knows? Probably not if they are perfectly bilingual.  Pick the program that you would be most competitive in and that you are okay with actually doing. Arguably the French stream is slightly less competitive as the required academic averages are lower (its still competitive though... obv). However, if you arent completely comfortable doing all the requirements of med in french... maybe dont apply to the french stream. This is just like not aplying to MD/PhD if you arent completely okay with taking 3 years off to do a PhD, despite there only being about 100 applicants for that program a year. 

      If the language truly doesnt matter, i think the only other consideration might be class size. The french class is TINY. Like... slightly bigger than a high school class level tiny. This has positives and negatives. If you like that sort of environment over being in a bigger class, maybe french is right for you. 
    • True I feel ya. One of the general surgeon staff with whom I worked with was pretty cunny, and asked me to go home past noon, as he said that I wasn't paid overtime lol  Tough residency lives to all of those doing surgical specialties, stay strong!
    • just stating the official rules, how it is actually done is a different story  As in, at UofT, you aren't even allowed to leave until 12pm
    • Humm... I am off service resident, and I stayed until noon post-call in surgery. For general surgery residents at UofT, the expectation is that you stay beyond noon to help out, hence, you are never post-call lol 
    • I now feel a bit bad that I didn’t send my med student (small site. I’ve only had the one) home early on any of the days he was working with me. 
    • Yeah that is in the PARO rules. It was the same for other blocks I took at Ottawa as well.  For the extra call shifts As an exception to Articles 16.1(b) and 16.9, residents in a hospital department, division or service may be required to work up to an additional three (3) call periods over a six month block period (July 1 to December 31 and January 1 to June 30), but only if needed to replace a resident who is forced to miss scheduled call days due to unexpected, short-term sickness, being on a vacation for a period of two (2) consecutive weeks or more, or being absent in other circumstances beyond his/her control or due to emergency. For the staying to noon: Where a service provides PARO with advance notice that the service cannot relieve residents of their responsibilities within the time set out in Article 16.4(b)(ii) below, residents working on that service shall be relieved of their responsibilities by no later than 1200 hours on the day following their in-hospital call, and Article 16.4(b)(ii) does not apply. A service’s decision that Article 16.4(b)(ii) does not apply cannot be the subject of a grievance or arbitration, but will be addressed through the committee process set out in Article 16.4(b)(iii) below I mean my point of bring out the fine print is just that even the fine print for call, even as much as we have made it better over the past 30 years still sucks even as it already is. Other than the people just flat out ignoring the rules everything at least on paper is following the contract. The problem is they are trying to combine a crap load of different specialties all with different requirements, all with different call experiences under the same simple to understand rule list. It is a huge problem. Some people call on average is relatively light - and you can be destroyed but the expectation is you would actually have some sleep during the night. Others have systems where the juniors are protecting the seniors even though they are on paper doing similar call shifts (because the seniors have to prepare for exams and are supposed to do say ORs pretty independently and thus cannot be permanent zombies). Others tamper call down, and those with almost for sure brutal nights tend to let out earlier (like CTU, ICU which have rules for that in terms max handover time, and in my case radiology which is almost always no stop at my centre at least - in 150 call shifts I had one where I had 3 hours sleep ha. It was glorious )  If they want to schedule more than the rules in Ontario they will hit the contract limits hard quickly - and at least on paper they have to follow those rules. It will be interesting to see what comes out of it. 
    • why are schools still so competitive given A) high tuition and debt and interest rates and  B ) saturation - would dental job field become that of teachers (B.Ed) ? ? 
    • They wanted to increase diversity among students - "a full retrofitting of the pipeline that trains and finances future doctors."

      Will it end up just being a subsidy for the wealthy?  Maybe - but 55K/year is without question a huge barrier for students from lower income households.  They've now done something really public that everyone will know about - NYU - the "free school" for medical doctors.  Maybe a few lower income household students will be more enabled to pursue medicine.  If only some students get subsidized tuition, it could also create resentment - this could have also been a factor.   

      In any case,  the money is from private sources, not the public purse, so the taxpayer isn't directly subsidizing the students.     
    • Not sure actually, maybe PARO does have that in the rules. All i know is that UofT surgery has a rule saying that their own surgical residents are not post-call until noon haha. 
    • Pourtant, le site d'Examsoft indique spécifiquement que les Surface Pro sont compatibles : https://examsoft.com/dotnet/documents/sitehelp/minspecs.aspx Dommage que tous les convertibles soient exclus, j'aurais aimé avoir l'option d'utiliser un stylet en mode tablette. J'imagines qu'on peut toujours avoir une tablette un plus d'un laptop conforme aux exigences... D'ailleurs, ce système de prise de notes avec iPad, Notability et OneNote semble pas mal:  
    • Sorry to bump an old thread, but if we do use personal examples in an answer, do they have to be from EC's? In other words would your answer be less credible or lacking in "substance" because of using experiences outside of the ABS sketch to tell a story?
    • Their site is out of date. The infinite passport visa is a new card that only came out a few months ago.
    • can be different. I suspect you might get some questions about why of course ha