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  1. 3 points

    Assez basse Cru sur la LA pour Dmd

    Salut ! L’année passée, j’avais une CRU de 33,6 et j’étais 19ième sur la liste d’attente. Elle s’était rendu à 18 et je n’ai donc pas été admis l’année passée mais j’étais proche ! Tout ça pour dire que le Casper vaut beaucoup ! Je connais des gens avec des 35 qui ont recu des refus
  2. 2 points

    What is everybody using at med school?

    I've tried both and found that the iPad Pro has better hardware (Apple Pencil, longer battery, better display) and software (Notability, and although the surface has desktop Microsoft office with full features, I prefer the simpler mobile versions). With the iPad Pro, I was torn between using Notability vs OneNote. Notability has superior annotation, functional auto-sync to pdf, OneNote has better organization, infinite scroll in both x and y planes. So rather than choosing a compromise, I've ended up using both: Notability for in-class notes and OneNote for studying. Let me demonstrate what that looks like: Downloading the pdf/lecture file is easier on iPad (vs laptops) because you open it in the browser and tap "Open in Notability". This iniates multiple steps at once; it downloads the file, opens it in Notability, creates a pdf back-up in google drive that gets updated in real time as you take notes. All with one click. After class you get this: Then after class, you just tap the share button on the top left corner and with one tap save it in OneNote. Later when you're studying, you'll have room the ability to add additional subpages if necessary (Notability doesn't have this, see example below) and make additional comments/add resources on the side (see example below). You can also still annotate further: This system has worked beautifully for me so far. Let me know if you have any questions!
  3. 1 point
    Warning: Long Post...but if you've read any of my posts then you've probably already assumed this to be the case... One of the questions that seems to arise often is "With respect to the CaRMS process, how can I make myself a good/attractive candidate to (insert specialty of choice here)?" In the primary care residencies section I answered this question specifically for Emergency Medicine, but since the information is so generalizable I thought that it might be worth posting here, as well. The following is adapted from my other post: Some good ways to show commitment to a particular field: Memberships in Specialty-Related Associations Some Associations have free memberships for medical students -- join all of these! Others have reduced membership fees for medical students -- join as many useful ones as you can. This is a good way to get access to journals specific to your specialty area of interest (allowing you to keep up with current controversies, developments, etc). Memberships often also provide you with discounted rates at conferences. There is a specific section in the CaRMS application for memberships in and affiliations with professional associations. Administrative/Executive Positions National student groups (eg. CFMS) and local student groups (eg. your class council, your school's medical student society) are a good way to demonstrate interest in administrative/governance pursuits and advocacy. If your school doesn't have a club or interest group for the specialty in which you're interested, consider starting one. Advocacy Join advocacy groups and, if you're actually interested and will actually be able to commit to doing the work (and doing it well), then get involved in committees and help out. For Emergency Medicine, for example, there is the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians' (CAEP) Residents' Section (and medical student section). Research & Research Degrees More and more specialties are putting increasing emphasis on research, and having a research degree (MSc or PhD) can be a huge asset to your application. If you have a research degree and it's not relevant to the particular field to which you're applying, keep in mind that the methods learned, analytical/thought/critical appraisal skills obtained are transferable. If you took part in summer research projects, make sure you know the details very well. You will likely be asked about them. Journal Club If medical students are permitted at the monthly journal clubs then attend them! It's a good way to get to know about the hot topics as far as the academic side of your specialty is concerned. It's also a good forum for meeting residents and staff in what is usually a fairly relaxed setting. Letters From Academic Staff These can be especially helpful if the staff person has known you for more than just "an elective" or "a chart review project." If the staff person has known you for several years and can vouch for your interest, enthusiasm, work ethic, then their letter will be heavily-weighted. Volunteerism This area is often neglected by medical students. Plenty is done to get into medical school, but then it tends to falls off the to-do list. Teaching It's kind of tough to get teaching experience, but if you have the opportunity to get involved in tutoring, for example, consider it. Teaching is part of every physician's job at some point or another. The "students" can be patients, colleagues (Grand Rounds), residents, medical students and the general public (public seminars). We've all been taught by preceptors/professors/attendings who have employed a variety of different methods. We've all had bad teachers, good teachers and incredible teachers. It's to your advantage to gain teaching experience and to start to develop your own teaching style before you get to residency and are thrown into presenting at academic half-days and rounds. Electives Going away (out of town) for electives can help in many ways -- (1) You get a sense of how medicine is practiced in different settings and an idea of what you feel works and doesn't work; (2) You get an opportunity to meet physicians, in your specialty of interest, from across the country and start to establish links; (3) if your out of town electives go well then the letters that come out of them are evidence that you are able to fit into more than just your local program (where everybody already knows you). It also shows true interest in/commitment to the specialty for you to spend money to take part in an out-of-town elective. People generally don't leave home to do electives in areas in which they're not really interested. All of my "backup" electives were in town. Case in point. Conferences Good for your own learning (current research, upcoming interventions, current controversies/issues). Not free. Core Rotation Show interest during your core rotation and let your preceptor(s) know that you are interested in that particular field. Be honest with them with respect to your background, abilities and goals for the rotation. Let them know what you have and haven't seen so that they can let you try out what you have seen and understood and so that they will also remember to call you to see what you haven't had a chance to see. They also might include you in activities that aren't typically part of the rotation experience for student interns/clinical clerks. Through those activities you'll also likely get to meet some of the staff and residents. The more areas in which they can evaluate you or that they can include in their assessment of your abilities, the better will be any letters of reference that you receive from them. Take interest and do well on all of your core rotations. It'll put you in good standing should you end up continuing on with residency or even practice at the same location, and will make life much easier for you. It also looks good if you're reviewing a case with an attending from your specialty of interest and have another attending from a different service interrupt and actually acknowledge you by name, just to say hello, make a joke or update you on a case that you saw together previously. Obviously you don't need to address all of the above to get a position in your desired residency program, but if you want to be sure that your application stands out for all the right reasons then these things are definitely worth looking into. I'm the type to do everything that I can and leave as little as possible to chance. I didn't want Match Day to come and go, leaving me thinking "Maybe if I had just done..." Think About The Royal College Competencies This is really one of the easiest ways to organize yourself and your application (i.e. the Royal College competencies that are the core for training specialists). The College feels that by the end of your training you will be an effective physician if you fill all of these roles: -Medical Expert -Professional -Communicator -Collaborator -Manager -Health Advocate -Scholar If you demonstrate real progress in/committment to/fulfillment of all of these roles then consider yourself a strong applicant. Gone are the days of the physician just being a Medical Expert. It's not enough for the general public anymore and it's not enough from the College's point of view, either. I don't have a copy of the CFPC core competencies/objectives of training, but that's probably worth looking into if you're interested in a career in Family Medicine. Be honest in your personal letter. Be honest regarding your accomplishments, abilities and shortcomings. Show that you have a well-researched and mature understanding of what it means to have a career in (insert your preferred specialty here). Start your application early!!! Don't wait until last minute or even for the CaRMS webstation to open up. You can start writing your personal letter(s) now. One of my preceptors (who actually wrote a letter of reference for me) gave me that advice, adding that "some people don't realize how important the personal letter is, and it definitely shows." Any other contributions or tips from others who matched this year or in previous years?
  4. 1 point
    ha, the only issue I have seen people run into is previous bad credit. Sometimes that requires some working through things Other than that is this a NINJA loan No Income, No Job or Assets ha, I love that term. So yeah mostly but is required is simply an acceptance.
  5. 1 point

    Queens Waitlist 2018

    Yea, y’all put WAYYYY too much weight into Facebook lol. I mean if you wanna give up hope before the class full email go right ahead. I’m just going to keep living life as planned, hope you do the same.
  6. 1 point
    Essentially, being alive and able to sign for it.
  7. 1 point

    Étalon de cotes USherbrooke

    Le gars qui a parti cet étalon là est un mythomane. Il a fort probablement inventé toutes ces données.
  8. 1 point

    Use Of Extracurricular Activities?

    Elective performance. That was 99% of our matching algorithm. Key features: 1. Work ethic 2. Fit/likeability. 3. Knowledge base re: specialty Everything else counted for very very very little.
  9. 1 point


    Le tableau n’aide pas vraiment, dans le sens qu’on garde toujours le même rang et qu’on n’est pas mis au courant des désistements de la LA. Le mieux c’est de faire un suivi avec Isabelle Tremblay selon moi. Par ailleurs, les mouvements de la LA sont très aléatoires d’une année à l’autre, mais un facteur important est le nombre d’offres faites initialement. Je me demande personnellement s’ils ont fait plus d’offres que l’an passé la permière journée. C’est une possibilité vu que mon rang est beaucoup plus élevé que l’an passé malgré des statistiques relativement très similaires.
  10. 1 point
    This is one of the bad things about PBL--its almost impossible to evaluate. Some preceptors at Mac would zone out completely and give everyone basically the same eval. But some would essentially evaluate based on how much you talk. If youre in a group of ~8 students, you sometimes have to force yourself to say a bunch of bs that doesn't add anything just to increase the percentage of time you are talking. Harder than you think if there are 5-6 extroverts in your group. Also it goes without saying, but talking more in no way correlates with how much you learn in a PBL setting.
  11. 1 point

    Waitlist Movement Discussions

    Wow thank you I didn't know they would tell us did you phone or email?
  12. 1 point

    marge de crédit MD

    Ils offrent de meilleures carte de crédit (spécifiquement la American Express Gold), et généralement les choses sont plus simples selon mon expérience mais ça dépend beaucoup des conseillers. Aussi, RBC donnait la carte de crédit gratuite pour une seule année quand je magasinais alors que pour Scotia ils "commençaient" par donner 4 ans mais mon conseiller m'avait dit de juste demander et ça resterait gratuit pour la résidence/fellowships and what not si j'étais sympathique.
  13. 1 point

    Chimie 1982 udem

    Chimie organique I par Stéphane Girouard
  14. 1 point

    Médecine 2018

    Ça vaut vraiment la peine de persévérer pour le dernier admis, la cote n'a pas été diffusée mais la moyenne des convoqués était de 31,2 cette année.
  15. 1 point

    Backpack colour

    Yes, red would be ideal!
  16. 1 point

    Backpack colour

    Can it please be red
  17. 1 point
    I also agree that putting it together as a clinical experience paints a better picture of the position. How many shadowing hours do you predict to have? Some schools are really keen on having dedicated shadowing hours thats different from other clinical activities.
  18. 1 point
    Congrats to all those who were accepted (welcome to the fam and make sure to join the FB group!). To all those who weren't accepted, I know the disappointment, frustration, sadness as I went through 4 years of that before I was accepted. If you're considering of reapplying and need advice on your application on how to write a better NAQ, how to improve the MMI interview or just want to chat, feel free to PM me!
  19. 1 point

    Un choix de programme

    salut pour monter tes notes, 1 an de nutrition je te le conseille vraiment, car ya bcp de cours general donc tu ressens moins le coté nutrition. Les cours de nutrition sont pt boring si tu n’aimes pas ça , mais c’est du par coeur donc si tu t’y mets c’est très faisable d’avoir A/A+.
  20. 1 point

    Queens Waitlist 2018

    Waitlisted second year in a row. although am handling it much better, i just cant get over how confused I am by this whole interview process. My interview went smoothly, 3 of my MMI interviewers felt impressed by what i said (one even complimented my performance). Other 3 were good. Panel was smooth, answers were thoughtful for the most part. Its just so frustrating knowing there is not much i can improve on.
  21. 1 point

    Paramedicine at UFTSC? EASY???

    Advice from a med student graduating this year! It's great that you're starting to think about it now. I wish I had when I was at your stage, but it worked out in the end The best undergrad program to get into if you want to get accepted to medical school is health science at Mac. I recommend it, despite partially resenting students that come from there, just because they had it so easy compared to me (might get a lot of hate for that comment, but hey it's just my opinion). Apart from that, almost any school would allow you to get into medicine as long as you try hard and study your butt off. I would generally avoid difficult schools like UofT/Waterloo or difficult programs, like physics/chem/biochem/engineering, etc. That being said a lot of medical students both in my class and across the country have gone through those degrees and have done fine, so it's def possible. For you, it's kinda hard to say. If you're set on medicine/dentistry, then just make sure that whatever program you're in, you should always aim to get 90+ in any and all your classes. If you're kinda unsure what you wanna do with your life, then it's okay to explore (like I did) just make sure you ACE everything. I started off in business, did some engineering, then switched to bio and completed my degree. It was tough switching a bunch of times, but I always made sure to keep my marks up, so I had no issues when I applied. Interestingly, having gone through these various fields made the MCAT kinda easy for me. To summarize (didn't end up being a summary), here's my advice. If you want Medicine: 1) Pick the easiest undergrad program possible. 2) in your undergrad pick the easiest courses possible (helps to ask upper year students) 3) Make sure you get 90+ in all your courses (if not then aim for 85+; what I did was enrolled in extra courses (more than 5) take a look at what's needed, downloaded stuff for them, drop them BEFORE the deadline to drop courses and studied over the break and enrolled in them again the next term, so I killed it -> one less course to worry about; get past exams from upper years) 4) Familiarize yourself with the MCAT get resources and lectures and periodically study for it, then dedicate one summer to study for it a lot and write it, but not at the expense of your GPA, because GPA is king! 5) Get involved in extra-curricular activities, you don't have to go on trips to other countries and volunteer and stuff unless you like that. in my opinion it's a waste of your time and money and many of us know it doesn't actually help the other countries. there's plenty to do locally. Bonus points would be if you're involved with stuff related to indigenous health, homeless people, the ageing population, refugees, and stuff like that (we eat this stuff up like it's no one's business) 6) Read Kevin and Indira's Guide to Getting Into Medical School. There's a PDF floating around somewhere 7) If you are not sure, what you want, feel free to do an undergrad program in something you enjoy, just make sure you do great in it 8) Do some TAing, while in undergrad, we love people who like to teach 9) do some research if you're into that too, helps a little for some schools, helps a lot for UofT 10 ) start forming relationships with people who would write you strong reference letters for when you apply to med school, or who are chill and will let you write your own reference letter. This is pretty key. The person doesn't have to have to be a doctor (as in MD or PhD) but they should be able to write WELL and KNOW you. 11) Enjoy your undergrad -> these are your prime years, make sure you have fun, work out and be healthy. The have fun part, may not be possible, especially if you did your undergrad somewhere tough like UofT, but try your best! I'm running outta things to say, but I hope this is helpful for you. I'll add more if I think of anything else. Medicine is loooong road buddy, many people question whether they made the right choice or not. Personally, I haven't regretted it and still love it.
  22. 1 point

    Étalon de cotes USherbrooke

    D'après moi, kinésiologie est plus facile que biochimie. Les cotes sont pas similaires en plus.
  23. 1 point

    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!
  24. 1 point

    Should I take advantage of LOC?

    Should you get a 200K LOC at prime while you qualify for it? Yes, indeed, absolutely. Should you take money in and out of it each month unnecessarily? No, no, horrible idea. Actually, since you aren't required to make payments on your LOC during med school, this will have 0 impact on your credit score while costing you interest. Build your credit by using credit cards responsibly. If you need to borrow money, by all means use the LOC but don't use it if you don't need it. Having it will serve you well in the future though. You can use it in place of a mortgage, car loan, or small business LOC which would all have higher interest rates. For example, I never touched my LOC all through medical school but now I'm using it to help buy my house, by using it as a 'bridge loan' for my down payment. I.e. Use the LOC to put the down payment on the house, pay back the LOC a week later once I sell my apartment. Total cost about $30 in interest, whereas a traditional bridge loan for this purpose would cost about $30 a day in interest plus $150 in set-up fees.
  25. 0 points
    yikes. https://www.mcgilldaily.com/2018/02/99-percent-of-mcgill-medical-residents-vote-in-favour-of-strike/