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    Congrats rmorelan

    Just noted the updated signature. Congrats, man! Don't turn into a Red Sox fan. That's all I ask.
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    Research as a Med Student

    Hi everyone, First-year med student here. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the usefulness of pursuing research in med school in terms of CARMS applications/competitiveness for residency. Specifically, a few questions: 1. I've heard that research in any specialty is well regarded, even if it isn't the area that you end up applying to. What are people's thoughts about this? 2. Clinical vs. non-clinical research. Would a research project in Medical Education carry any weight? Thanks guys!
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    Med Life Crisis

    DMD vers medecine

    La majorité des universitaires/faux-cegepiens en médecine viennent de physio/ergo. Après ça, c'est pharmacie. Si t'es bin smart, va en pharmacie. Les connaissances que t'apprendra te seront TRÈS utile en médecine.
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    Undergraduate Course Load

    I am aware that Ottawa does not accept distant learning for the undergrad degree requirements. https://med.uottawa.ca/undergraduate/admissions/faq Some schools also require you take 3rd year or higher courses in 3rd and 4th year. Make sure your course order is structured in such a way that you meet that requirement. Also as dancemom states, some schools only count courses in your GPA that are taken during the traditional Sept-May term. Schools also have a weighted GPA where you can drop some low marks or use last/best 2 years for the GPA. You need to take full course load to be eligible for weighting. Again, plan your courses and load around that. I suggest you contact a few of the medical schools directly by phone and explain what you are doing and get direct advice from them.
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    Undergraduate Course Load

    Not sure which schools off the top of my head. Being an aboriginal applicant should generally help you, each school has a slightly different policy on how they assess aboriginal applicants.
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    Congrats rmorelan

    holy **** ! I was looking at the forums on my phone in the other thread and I couldn't see the sig. that is unreal! funny thing was when you mentioned emergency radiology prior to me reading it, it re-reminded me that I have those DVDs of Boston med i've been lugging around everywhere circa 2015. So flash forward now and I'm incredibly inspired haha and think I may have to crack them open and watch the first episode tonight. This is incredible and I'll leave it at that. (Although, if you do happen to make the natural progression of starting an instagram account as a medical superstar, I would definitely follow that haha)
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    DMD vers medecine

    Si tu veux aller en médecine à partir de DMD, tu te tires une balle dans le pied. C'est un programme très chargé où il est difficile d'avoir d'excellentes notes. Pharmacie serait un meilleur choix, mais encore une fois, tu prends la place de quelqu'un voulant vraiment être pharmacien.
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    U of T Frequently Asked Questions

    If you accept McGill, you are still able to get accept an Ontario school. You will however lose your deposit, but that's the only negative effect.
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    I'd also like to contribute to this! I was accepted to Schulich and felt like this was an important reason I received an interview. If you would like general tips/edits/etc., I'll do my best to help you out!
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    just a breakdown of exactly courses and GPA by year, MCAT scores and cross correlated with the various school policies. Evaluation of ECs etc also versus the school's general policies, and whether there are any additional factors to consider (languages spoken, geographic areas you grew up, financial resources to consider the US option....) the point is to develop an overall plan that maximizes the chances of your admission success while advancing any other goals.
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    I’ll keep you posted!! I’ve applied to four schools so here’s hoping!
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    November 2017 DAT Thoughts

    Generally speaking, it seems most people really struggled with this DAT in regards to the PAT and RC sections. i smell a massive bell curve. P.s. dat crusher’s RC is not representative at all lol. However, kudos to them for having a practice passage which was almost identical to passage 2 on RC.
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    Submit them. You can still make it in schools that look at latest undergrad, 2y, 3y, etc. If you get caught you are absolutely done. In terms of fairness it's also a really shitty thing to do. I've failed a class, I've gotten a whole bunch of C's, still ended up getting in.
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    Supplemental and volunteering

    Since we can't go backwards in time (wish we could) there's not much one can do. If you find it comforting, I personally am a huge fan of applicants who worked more than volunteered. I think volunteerism is a good thing but it is 100% overrated. Having done both, I think I learned SIGNIFICANTLY more working in a fast food restaurant than bring patients their cloths post-surgery. Also, a decent adcom should look at your file and notice your Msc (combined with dals "beautiful" 5 year year rule) , which would explain your "lack" of volunteerism
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    IM vs EM?

    I gotta say there are some major fundamental misunderstandings about what EM, IM and FM are as specialities in this thread. These specialties in various ways are at differing ends of the spectrum. However, all of them are team based. I highly suspect those making such comments have spent very little time in the ER... EM in a nutshell is the speciality of acute medicine. EM is about putting out the fires and dealing with the worst of the worst. The nightmare situations. Everything it does is geared towards finding things that will kill you in the next 24hrs. It is not uncommon to receive patients who are basically dead, or soon to be dead in the next few min to hours unless you do something immediately. Once these things are found the major focus becomes keeping you alive for the issue can be definitely fixed, be this the OR or PCI etc. EM docs resuscitate, start lines, intubate, consciously sedate, reduce bones, do LPs, and lot of EM docs are qualified with US. EM does all these things regularly, sometimes all during one shift. Furthermore, in EM you need to read CT scans and plain film XR with confidence. EM docs are readily able to do a thoracotomy or start a surgical airway or place a chest tube, do a pericardiocentesis, or paracentesis at all times. Few specialties demand an expert level of proficiency in all these tasks. Sure, patients are not doctors so they often come in with minor issues that are not life threatening. But still, EM is geared towards making sure even these "minor issues" are not life or limb threatening. When identified as truly non-threatening we fix the minor issues if it is quick to do so or redirect the care of the patient to the family MD if long term care is needed. Chronic care, significant counselling as expected at the FM or IM specialist level, continuity of care etc, all of that is less emphasized in EM. All of the above are defining characteristics of EM which are unique to this speciality. On the issue of team work... The Emerg only functions because of a team. There can be dozens upon dozens of very sick patients in the ED. The ED doc must work very closely with the RNs, probably more so than in IM and FM. Multiple patients are always unstable. The RN is your eyes are ears. I have asked for OT/PT and SW several times a month. We have security guys which can be very key in the ED. They literally saved my butt a few times. We have the desk clerk which coordinates the whole circus. If any of these people are missing you will know it in a hurry and the quality of care would plummet. The ED is by definition a team. Thinking anything else is just misguided fantasy.
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