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  1. 19 points
    Did the admissions committee go on a vacation?
  2. 7 points
    bearded frog

    ranking process

  3. 5 points
    I just called the admissions office and they said there won’t be a written portion this year
  4. 5 points
    Right away your highness.
  5. 3 points
    Personally if someone says they can't write a great letter, I wouldnt get one. That's them diplomatically saying they don't want to write one.
  6. 3 points

    uOttawa 2020 interviews

    You are right! Invite/Rejection: Invite (MD) Time Stamp: 07/02/2020 - 3:44 PM Location: IPStream: EnglishwGPA: 3.85Current year: Completed undergradECs: some research, some long term volunteer with specific populations, worked a few jobs that were leadership positions.
  7. 3 points
    Time Stamp: 10:03 Invite/reject: INVITE IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN (Y/N): N 2YGPA: 3.92 MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): 129/131/130/ Essays (X/8): 8/8 Hey all, I rewrote the CARS twice just to meet Western's cutoffs (used to be 130/129), and now they ended up lowering it to 127 LOL! Essays.. just tried to be diverse and describe what I did, learned, and how it applies to medicine. Had a meaningful personal story to share too. I hope this is the one!
  8. 3 points
    TIME STAMP: Sometime this afternoonInterview Date: TBDResult: Invite!wGPA: 3.88MCAT: 123 CARS (Was not expecting an invite with this score, at all...) ECs: Pretty average in my opinionYear: 4th year UndergradGeography : IP
  9. 2 points
    Moi honnêtement je pense que c’est une bonne chose. Ça permet de plus focuser sur la personnalité et sur la capacité d’adaptation et de raisonnement et pas seulement sur la capacité de la personne à avoir de bonnes notes. Je trouve que c’était absurde de devoir avoir une cote de presque 35 pour seulement être CONVOQUÉ à l’entrevue! J’ai toujours pensé que ce serait mieux de faire une combinaison de notes et de test sur les capacités situationnelles (comme casper) de la personne afin de faire la convocation à l’entrevue parce que de juste appeler aux mems ceux qui ont 35 et + je pense que c’est pas représentatif...
  10. 2 points
  11. 2 points
    I don't think so, probably that the applicant has a substantial travel distance. It's still pretty early in Feb to be filling the second last interview date.
  12. 2 points
    There is always a chance until you receive a rejection letter. It may be weak (no one knows), but it exists. Good luck !!
  13. 2 points
    Status : Invite (MD) Time: noon Location: OOP MCAT: 516(128 Cars) GPA: 3.86 Year: Graduated 2018, currently working (4th time applying, 2nd time interviewing!) Ecs:1+ year medical office assistant, 3+ years cancer research with two pending pubs, VP for 2 university clubs, 2 personal start-up businesses, average awards (just undergraduate academic awards), multiple academic tutor/mentor experiences
  14. 2 points
    **Copied from previous threads** As has been stated, this thread isn't for discussion, but for stats only! TIME STAMP: XX:XX Result: Invite / Reject wGPA: MCAT: PS/VR/BS/WS ECs: Year: UG (what year), Masters, PhD IP/OOP/International: Letter of EC: Yes/No
  15. 2 points

    Mcgill Interview Invites/regrets 2020

    I got the interview for McGill Dentistry. If anyone is interested by practicing for the MMI in French, please contact me I have lots of questions to practice!
  16. 2 points
    Please stop overthinking. This happened the year I interviewed - I did not have the interview tab and others did. Turns out, the ones that did in my year were the ones who had applied and interviewed in previous years. It had no bearing on who got an interview during that current application cycle.
  17. 2 points
    bearded frog

    CASPer Test Answer Length

    I've actually scored casper, and would suggest NOT leaving the third question blank. Everyone gets 5 minutes and you are expected to manage that time. If you're still on the 2nd answer by 3:30 or 4:00 then jump to the third one, write a quick sentence or two, and go back to finish two if you have time. Even just answering the question with one line at least is worth something, whereas a blank is nothing. You get one score for all three questions in the scenario, but two great answers and a blank doesn't look as good as a great answer, a good answer and an ok answer.
  18. 2 points
    Grey's anatomy lol https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/most-greys-anatomy-doctors-would-have-lost-their-medical-licenses-by-now.html/
  19. 1 point

    GIM FAQ thread

    Hey! Thank you so much for doing this! I lol'd at the pun *After typing this up, I realized it is actually quite long, so I apologize in advance. Feel free to PM me any answers that you think should be private. If instead of typing out an answer you prefer to chat, I could PM you my number and we can talk then I could post a summary of your reply for others to see* Right now, I'm a PGY2 in internal medicine and I am very much torn between GIM 4 year vs GIM 5 year vs maybe ICU. I feel that I am mostly leaning towards completing the 4-year GIM program and starting an outpatient clinic in the GTA (somewhere between Mississauga to Scarborough, so pretty flexible) with a group of other IM, GPs and peds residents. Ideally, I would also have a hospital appointment somewhere to do some inpatient medicine. I'm kind of at a loss of what to do though, especially that by now most of my co-residents have already booked all their electives for PGY2 and 3. Here are my thoughts and please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong (I've bolded my questions if that helps): There really is no big difference between the 4 and 5 year GIM programs other than the fact that the 5 year would allow you to work in an academic centre and maybe allow for more elective time to pursue an AFC like thrombosis. (Would you still be able to persue an AFC with the 4 year program?) Being in an academic centre allows you to have residents that can take call and you have easy access to several subspecialties that you can refer even slightly complicated patients to. This is a great plus, but comes at the cost of the academic centre taking a certain percentage of your billings (I heard this can be anywhere from 20-50%). Is that billing part true? Does the 5 year program have an exam in addition to the royal college exam that we now write in 3rd year? Billing, finding a community job and starting a clinic is otherwise the same between the 4 year and 5 year program. Is that true? I enjoy procedures and don't mind call (at least right now), but feel that as I get older I would rather not do overninght call, because it makes me feel that I'm shaving years off of my life. I am interested in ICU partially from the procedures point of view and partly because I've heard they can bill a significant amount From a procedure perspective, right now I'm very comfortable with paras, thoras, central lines and some chest tubes. I'm not sure though if I was in a community hospital doing an overnight shift (or moonlighting), if I would be able to intubate a decompensating patient with an even slightly difficult airway (All my glide scope intubations have been very straightforward) or float a temp wire for someone in heart block. Is this fear out of proportion with reality or is this a skill that I would be able to pick up over the next 2 years of residency? Is this even a skill I would need as an internist working in a community hospital? Many senior residents that I have spoken to have suggested that if I am consider a 5 year GIM program that I might as well just do ICU, since it opens up further avenues of employment. This doesn't seem like a bad idea, except when I think of why do the extra work as an ICU fellow? I looked up the billings of ICU attendings when the Toronto Star article was released and I was actually underwhelmed with a lot of them compared to what I expected/saw GIM docs make in a busy community hospital. Obviously this doesn't take into account other modes of funding and the fact that many only do a couple of weeks of ICU a year. When I asked similar questions on other forms. I've been quoted things like 300-500/year for GIM docs working in clinics 5 days a week before overhead. Is that inline with what you see/know? I get the sense that doing an ICU fellowship for the sake of being more comfortable with intubations and dealing with sick patients is overkill, especially if the billings are not as great and the lifestyle isn't as fabulous as that of a 4/5 year GIM doc. Any ideas or general sense of what the Job market would be like for a 4 year GIM doc at a community hospital in the GTA in 2 years? I know it's hard to predict, but I can't imagine it would go from "You will definitely find a job right now" to "We are 100% saturated as is the case with ortho" in 2 years? How difficult was it to get a job lined up and is that something you only really started to look into during your 4th year? Thank you so much in advance for offering to do this FAQ. I'm sorry again for asking so many questions. I am kind of at a loss of who to turn to, so seeing this post actually made my day, especially with the timing of it.
  20. 1 point
    I haven't seen anyone post here for the March 8th dates? Anyone else?
  21. 1 point
    Thanks so much for your response! Please do keep us posted if you call. Given the interview date is soon approaching, I really hope we hear soon!
  22. 1 point
    Out of all my friends (undergrads), only one has been rejected and he thinks it’s due to his low GPA (met cutoff but not competitive). So it does seem like majority of rejections will come in March again which sucks. Just give me my R already and put me out of my agony!
  23. 1 point

    Internal Medicine vs. Surgery

    I agree too. My thoughts would be to decide what you want to do with your life outside of medicine and then pick whatever job facilitates that life. I would strongly emphasize that if you have any desire at all to work in a certain location in the country, pick something with a good job market and lots of flexibility (family, psych, general internal etc). Picking something with a less than good job market runs a HUGE risk of being stuck working in a town/province you hate. Trust me, you don't ever want to be stuck in that situation. Work will get old quickly and you will still be stuck somewhere you don't want to be. If you want to have kids, these concerns should be near the forefront of your mind. Family support close by is immeasurably valuable.
  24. 1 point

    2020 admissions interview invites

    Me! Does this mean we’re waitlisted/rejected?
  25. 1 point

    New 8-week cap and CaRMS strategies

    I think people who are gunning for 1 specialty will do 8 weeks in their specialty and the rest in related but scattered to show their commitment. In my opinion though, the cap does allow you to go for 2 specialties more easily than before. Electives demonstrate interest and commitment, but they also give you reference letters. You can be competitive doing 8 weeks in 2 specialties to both specalties. You will lose some points on commitment potentially, but on the flip side you probably will be able to get strong reference letters in both specialties which in the past you may not have been comfortable doing if you felt like you need to do 10+ weeks in one specialty to show commitment. So overall, I still do think programs can tell if you are a 1 specialty kind of person, but this new system does allow you to be competitive to 2 specialties more so than in the past. The biggest difference, as far as I can tell is those gunning for 2 specialties now have a solid excuse as to why they only did 8 weeks in one specialty.
  26. 1 point
    2+1 EM is very (if not extremely) competitive. There are many reasons for this. Some of them are: (1) EM is becoming more and more popular each year for medical students. (2) Many medical students who apply to 5-year EM program, also apply to FM as a back-up. These applicants already have a strong EM application and now they have another year to make the application even stronger. (3) Many medical students go to FM with good intentions but for many reasons find out that FM is not for them. 2+1 EM options allows them to choose a similar but alternative career. Finding a job in ED of your choice is the easiest when you are the graduate of 5-year royal college EM residency. It is hardest when you only have 2-year FM residency. That means, 2+1 fits in the middle. Therefore, if you want to work in ED, definitely apply for either 5-year residency or go for 2+1 option. Just a few years ago, many community hospitals would let FM only physicians to pick up shifts in the ED. Some even hired FM only physicians. However, it is getting difficult. One of the community hospitals that I was considering to work in use to hire FM only physicians but they have now change their policy and now require at least 2+1. So in summary, 2+1 is very competitive. If you want to work in ED in mid-size city/large city, definitely either do 5-year royal college residency or 2+1. For rural hospitals and remote settings, 2 years of FM is enough to work in ED as long as you had good exposure to trauma/ICU/EM during your FM residency.
  27. 1 point

    Rejected- Need Advice

    Yeah the bottleneck here is still your GPA. While there are some individuals who manage to get in with those numbers, they are usually supplemented with graduate degrees, top notch ECs, stellar MCAT/CARS/Casper, and ultimately a knockout interview performance. Canadian med schools are quite a bit out of reach at the moment, so I would definitely consider either graduate schools or American med schools as alternatives at the moment.
  28. 1 point
    i think its possible just based off past few years threads... but this might just be me trying to make myself feel better lol
  29. 1 point

    Hope for a low MCAT?

    It is all speculation of course, but it seems the MCAT is assessed competitively post interview based on this forum and stats that are posted. There are a few individuals who posted last year that had great grades, high total score for non academics, and above average interviews that were rejected. Both of the people I saw that fit this description had below average MCATs (less than 505). Could have been poor references or been red flagged, but it's likely their MCAT resulted in them being rejected. People definitely get in with lower scores, and there may be more leniency with rural and remote applicants, but MCAT scores do seem relatively important. Again, this is all my guess and I could very well be wrong. Don't give up hope either way, anyone who was offered an interview has a shot!
  30. 1 point

    DMD THREAD 2020

    Parfait, merci beaucoup!
  31. 1 point

    Preparing for the DAT

    Awesome that's exactly what I'm doing right now. Thank you
  32. 1 point

    Montréal meetup to practice MMI

    Also interested to join! I'm at McGill and can book rooms!
  33. 1 point
    I would hazard that it wasn't assessed competitively, as I was offered an interview with a 2yGPA of 3.73
  34. 1 point

    Starting from the bottom at 30

    hey @colta you definitely have the right attitude and that's 99% of the battle to be honest. I am 30 and have a low GPA from many things happening in undergrad and basically just not knowing how to adult after growing up in foster care. I have worked as a nurse for over 6 years, and am now working in remote and Northern areas of Canada in hopes of increasing my points in that realm, and am self-teaching myself everything to write the MCAT hopefully within the next 2-3 years while working full time shift work at hospitals, volunteering, and trying to maintain a happy life with my partner and our 3 fur babies. I know I have an uphill climb with my low GPA especially, but I'm hoping with all my ECs and health care experience that if I knock the MCAT out of the park I'll have some options ... (hoping for UBC as I'm from BC). If all of that doesn't seem to be working, I'll take some more courses to try to bring up my GPA over time and hope for an acceptance before I completely run out of pennies haha! Best of luck to you on your journey, and the thing is... if you say you can't do it, you're right. But if you say you can do it, you're also right. I don't have kids yet so not trying to pretend I'm in the same situation, just your post resonated with my journey and I'm always here to chat and vent because it's a long and very emotionally fueled process! But I know for me, it will be 100% worth it when I get that acceptance letter. Side note, be sure to find some things that keep your head on a bit straighter when everything seems to be falling apart at the seams so you don't trick yourself into quitting... for me it's thinking back to seeing a 40 year old accepted at UBC and thinking to myself "okay great, I have 10 years to get this done" hahahahaha.
  35. 1 point

    Retaking 127 CARS

    I don't know what will happen to the CARS cutoff in the future but recently the trend has been downwards. When I first applied to the school the cutoff was 130, when I got accepted it was 128 and now it's 127. It seems like they're trying to focus on EC's. We do have a new Dean of Medicine taking over however, which may change things. If you have a solid shot at other schools, I wouldn't write the MCAT again for the reasons you mentioned.
  36. 1 point

    Interview Prep Buddy

    I just got an interview invite for UoC. I live in Calgary and would love to form/join an interview prep group. Anyone interested?
  37. 1 point
    Could you add a section for the MCAT to the template?
  38. 1 point
    Hey, I would be interested!
  39. 1 point

    Se préparer au cégep

    I am doing a surgical residency in a small specialty. There were 80 applicants, only 40 were interviewed for just 3 residency spots. The entire process, at every stage, is very competitive. You will have a chance at Cegep, if it does not work out, another shot after undergrad. Then, you need to be persistent as it usually takes 3 cycles for acceptance on average, for some it takes less time, for others, they apply for 7 years or more! That is why persistence is so very important. It is difficult to attain consistently high grades! I was far from the brightest lightbulb in the class. Learning took me longer than most However, I balanced my courses with what I considered easy electives. My electives had multiple choice questions based upon the texts, so I didn’t have to bother attending lectures and used that time more efficiently studying the text. I only attended 2 lectures for one course and re dived the top grade of the class. I was self-taught! I. Related a strategy that worked for me. I applied the same strategy in med school as I was accepted to a French speaking school and my French was awful. I attended 2 lec5ures in 1st year, could not understand anything and stopped attending lectures. Again, I taught myself. In small groups, the preceptors always complained about my awful French, never bothered to discuss with me susubstan e matters. It took me much much longer to learn and I was always studying, otherwise, I had no life. I was highly motivated and was selected for a fantastic residency in my view. So, it all paid off. As hard as undergrad was, as hard as med school was, this was nothing compared to residency. You learn to become super efficient and to accomplish in a day which would have been impossible before. And the work load and responsibility only increases. So when you ask what was the most difficult, aside from actually being selected at each stage, it is everything, the learning, retaining, the heavy work load, the increased work load, ding treated like dirt sometimes by those above you and knowing how to deal with it. It is impossible to maintain a long term relationship unless the other is super understanding, supportive of your am irions, understands that this is the priority and comes first always, the person can to be a distraction as this would only have negative effects on your journey. And you must have confidence in yourself, always have humility and be nice, the latter two are very important. You can have all the attributes and be an idiot in dealing with others and this will derail your career! So, start with the first step. Now, help a student who has difficulty, befriend someone who is bullied, go out of your way to do a kind act every day. Do your nest in school, ask questions of the teacher so you understand fully what is being taught, take good notes, use your time well, don’t just goof off in front of the TV or play games, make yourself more knowledgeable, be aware of current events, communicated with lots of different kinds of people and you will learn much and be better prepared in life generally and for the interview whenever it happens.
  40. 1 point

    Mcgill Interview Invites/regrets 2020

    Hello guys, it's approx. 8am and my statut is stil "ready to review". Do you have an idea when it will come out? Thanks and good luck
  41. 1 point

    Open studies or Grad school?

    As someone that has taken and completed grad studies, I'd recommend you do something to advance your career. If you are purely doing open studies to improve your GPA for med, you may find it was a stagnant option. With grad studies, this will benefit your application in many areas. Your application will be looked upon more favourably, you will have publications, research experience, reference letters, an opportunity to improve your GPA (UC adds on your graduate GPA as an additional year which is a much easier / faster way to boost your GPA compared to open studies). However, I'd recommend you do something that you're actually passionate about, even if its not directly related to med. Get an industry job and make some money / gain experience. Many applicants that have actually worked and come back to med have been very competitive applicants, despite their lower GPAs. Just my two cents
  42. 1 point

    Phd2Md's Advice On Interviewing Well

    Hi everyone, This community has been a great resource for me, so I've been looking for a way to give back. Ever since D-day (aka May 10th for my fellow OMSAS warriors), I've been getting lots of PMs about interview skills. Partly because I got multiple offers, and partly because on my A/W/R posts I noted how well the interviews went. Rather than answering each PM separately I figured I'd make a post to point people towards so that others might benefit in the future. I'm not an interview god, I didn't know how to interview before I started, and I wasn't confident in my skills going in. However, the people I practiced with did compliment me quite a bit, and during my interviews several interviewer remarked on how well the conversation was going. I'm pretty sure that interviewers aren't supposed to give you any sort of feedback, but mine did. At the end of my Western interview, my interviewers spent about 10 minutes talking about how perfect I am for Western and vice versa. During my U of T interviews, one interviewer ended the conversation by saying "good job buddy", another by saying "you're an amazing story teller", and another with "this was the most engaging conversation I've had today". So while I'm not a natural interviewee, and I was quite nervous about the whole interview process, things went well. Bellow is why I think it went well for me. It may work for you, it may not. This is a case study with n=1. There's nothing magic about it, there are no secrets. There are, however, golden basics rules. Follow them, they work, and don't tell yourself that you can skip the hard work and figure our how to interview by "cramming" for a week. For MMIs: -Find a good medical ethics book (ie: Doing Right, and some basic CanMEDS resource) -Find a good person (ie: a med student or anyone who interviews well and can give feedback) -Read the book, practice with the person (realistic role play), take their feedback and edit your answer. I couldn't always find someone to practice with so sometimes I would pretend someone was in the room, time my self, and hope others didn't think I was hallucinating. -Wash, rinse repeat on a regular basis (I did 1-2 hours per day for a few weeks). Only time will make your comfortable, confident, and cunning at MMI. See attachment for the Big List of MMI Questions, do as many as possible. For traditional interviews: -List ALL of your interesting personal stories (including ABS) -create a cool narrative (even if its short) for each one -incorporate a CanMEDS characteristic into each one (don't force it, it should be obvious from the way you tell the story) -Look up the top health/social news stories of the last 2-3 years and develop an opinion/narrative about those -Practice with someone (realistic, timed, role play), or alone (but still outloud) if need be -Wash, rinse repeat on a regular basis (I did 1-2 hours per day for a few weeks). Only time will make your comfortable, confident, and cunning at traditional interviews. See attachment for the Big List of Traditional Interview questions, do as many as possible General: -Start doing realistic practice early, even if you're still new to interviews, and do it frequently. -In my opinion you should start prepping for MMIs before you prep for traditional interviews, because the MMI "mindset" (fair, balanced, thoughtful) will be invaluable for traditional interview questions. -If you can walk in confident and calm, you've won half the battle. Practice this every time your practice interviewing. -Learning to interview well is a life-changing experience. It teaches you how to connect and interact better, it teaches you how to summarize sell your personal brand in a short period of time, it teaches you how to see what's important in someone else's eyes, and as a PhD student who is about to defend, it taught me how to make my research meaningful to pretty much everyone. Best of luck to all the MD hopefuls. If you have questions, please post in this thread instead of PMing me. If you have a question, chances are someone else will too, so it saves me from having to answer it multiple times and helps more people out. Plus, someone else might have a better answer than me. PS: I don't know who the original compiler/poster of these "Big Lists" is, but if someone does please link them so they can be credited for their awesome work Big List of MMI Questions.pdf Big List of All Traditionl Interview Questions.pdf
  43. 1 point

    IP status

    I called them, they said some applications are still in process, but they will reach out to us if they find any problems. So hope everything works out haha
  44. 1 point
    ah yes twitter my favourite scientist
  45. 1 point

    Commencer sciences nat l’hiver?

    Allô! Ne t'inquiètes surtout pas pour ça, parce que même si c'est vrai que l'indice de force de ton groupe pourrait être un petit peu plus bas qu'en automne, la moyenne va probablement être plus bas aussi vu que la matière est censée être EXACTEMENT la même (puisqu'il s'agit du même cours ahahah). Donc, tu vas quand même pouvoir te démarquer du groupe et avoir une bonne cote R au final anyway. De plus, t'auras une session au complet pour te préparer pour les MEMs, ce qui est un méchant avantage comparé aux cégépiens traditionnels qui sont débordés de projets de fin de session et d'examens finaux durant la période des MEMs (donc tu pourras t'enrichir sur le plan de relations interpersonnelles en travaillant ou en faisant du bénévolat dans un domaine qui te passionne, ainsi que faire une bonne rétrospection sur tes expériences et ta personnalité au complet, ce qui peut s'avérer très avantageux lors des stations où il faut parler de toi-même durant les entrevues!) Sachant que les MEMs ça compte pour plus que 70% de ton score final, je dirais que tu seras plus avantagé même (oui, je sais sur les sites c'est marqué 50% MEM, mais les scores MEM varient de 200 points (de 400 à 600) et la cote R À PEINE 5 points (de 35 à 40)... donc, si on se fie à notre bonne vieille règle de 3 on a 33.3% d'écart versus 12.5%, qui donnera en bout de ligne environ 73% MEM, 27% cote R)
  46. 1 point
    By the end of the 4 years of Dental School, most Canadian trained dentists are far behind clinically and theoretically compared to their Australian and American counterparts. Experience and education are almost exclusively what makes one a good practioner. So if the Canada does indeed want to invest in their best, brightest and highest caliber, then by your logic, they should exclude Canadian trained dentists from that list.
  47. 1 point
    Hey everyone, I'm trying to fulfill the 2nd physics requirement for McGill (I have all the other prereqs) and the admissions office said I could take a 2nd physics online through Athabasca. But, there are three 2nd physics courses offered by Athabasca. Physics 205 (Physics for Scientists & Engineers II): https://www.athabascau.ca/syllabi/phys/phys205.php Physics 201 (Introductory Physics II): https://www.athabascau.ca/syllabi/phys/phys201.php Physics 202 (Introductory Physics III): https://www.athabascau.ca/syllabi/phys/phys202.php Has anyone been in the same boat? And does anyone know which of these three courses McGill accepts as a 2nd physics? Thank you!
  48. 1 point
    Applied + (PT or OT?): McGill, McMaster, Western and Queens (OT + PT)Accepted: McGill OT + PT, Queens OT + PT, and Western OT + PTWaitlisted: Rejected: McMaster OT + PTGPA: cGPA 3.44 (3.54 @ McGill) subGPA 3.73Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: My Queen's essays were strong - 600 hours of PTA/OTA experience in a TBI clinic, 600 hours of PTA experience in a private MSK clinic, 60 hours of PTA experience in LTC, 200 hours of research assistant experience, working with older adults with dementia, 1200 hours of recreation department volunteer experience in a LTC facility, and a season working as head coach of a high school girl's rugby team. I'm assuming my CASPer score was strong, given my acceptances at McGill and Western with a lower GPA. I practiced for the CASPer by finding every possible practice question online, and giving myself 5 minutes to actually type the answers, which really helped with my time management. I will be accepting my offer to Queen's PT, so wishing those on McGill, Western and Queen's OT waitlists good luck! Hopefully you hear good news soon. As for future applicants - don't let a GPA in the 3.7s put you down!
  49. 1 point

    Dropping out of Dental School

    My advice would be talk to somebody. Friends and family and also mental health support staff at your school. I think there are some mental health issues that needs to be addressed. Regarding your question, you don't "Drop out of dentisty to go into medicine", you have to get into med school first, which I can assure you is not guaranteed even if you got into dental school, in fact, chances are not very likely for you as they may question your motives for doing so and your dedication to your schooling if you have a history of dropping out after first year dentistry (assuming you are competitive GPA and extra curricular wise-which med school have higher standards than dental- on average) Secondly, the grass is greener on the other side. Do a little research and you will see that medicine has its own problems. Tight residency spots leading to many well qualified canadian med school graduates being unmatched. Lack of jobs in surgical specialties where many new graduates (after 4 year med school and 5 year residency) are under employed and have difficulty paying back their student debts. The government increasingly proposing cuts to doctors salary (cough cough ontario) or underpaying doctors (cough cough BC and Quebec) that many doctors have to see high volume or do niche medicine to make good money and lifestyle (leading to maldistribution of healthcare resources and long patient waitlist and timelines). Your problems do not magically go away when you just go into medicine. Also, if you are business savy, dentistry beats medicine anyday. I have heard of dentist making 1 million plus routinely. I rarely hear doctors bill for more than 1 million (unless you are some hot shot optho or plastics, which is the rarity in medicine)
  50. 1 point

    What is Internal Medicine residency like?

    It depends on what rotation you're on (i.e. CTU/GIM vs sub-specialty) as well as how many patients you have to see and how big your team is Typical CTU day for me: days start at 8 am (as an SMR more like 7 am) and goes until 5:00-5:30pm on a good day, 6:00-6:30pm on a bad day, with call every 4th day. At UofT we have a standard Mon,Fri,Sun, Thrus, Tues, Sat, Wed.... (with the cycle repeating again) call schedule for CTU. So for the Mon, Fri, Sun week you work about 95-105 hours in that week. For Thursday week you work 48-50 hours (because your post call Monday and Friday). For the Tues, Sat week you work about 80 hours. And for the Wed week you work 56-60 hours. There are some days where you leave at 4-430, but those are less common. Mind you this includes things like handover, morning report/teaching, noon rounds, team teaching, running the list and of course rounding on your patients. Typically on sub-specialty the hours are a bit better (but again depends on what sub-specialty and whether its purely a consult specialty or with inpatient responsibilities). Hours are 8/9am-5pm with call usually being more lenient about 3-5 call shifts in a 4 week block. This excludes ICU/CCU/Cardio. Which is usually 5-7 call shifts in a 4 week block. Hours are about the same as CTU.
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