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  1. 2 points
    goleafsgochris

    Dentistry vs Optometry

    Picking optometry over dentistry when you have the choice is something that you will likely regret regularly throughout your entire life. I truly hope this is not a totally serious question. Some people constantly tell us when we're young to "do what interests you." This is true to an extent, but is often waaaaaay overblown in terms of importance. Like if your happiest time at a job was being a camp counsellor at age 14, would you avoid med school to be a professional camp counsellor lol? The careers you describe above are not comparable, come on.
  2. 2 points
    Yeah! I have a 4.0 gpa and I've worked in a pharmacy for 6 years, so I've got lots of experience. I think this helped a lot for my LOI. But I felt like my interview did not go very well, so I guess they consider all the factors even if the interview didn't go well. Best of luck!
  3. 2 points
    Hey! I also received an admission email this morning. My gpa was 4.0. My letter of intent was well thought out and included 2/3 volunteer experiences although I did not have direct experience working or volunteering at a pharmacy. My interview went as well as I thought that it could have, but I did mess up one sentence where I began to talk and then lost track of the sentence so I abruptly ended it and then continued on as though nothing had happened. I just completed the interview questions to the best of my ability and did not stretch out my answers to make them longer. Good luck everyone!
  4. 1 point
    Symphonie

    Med 2018

    @Cote R
  5. 1 point
    Not life insurance unless there is reason in general for their estate to have a sum of money left over after they die. Say they have a spouse or children for instance. The debit belongs to you and no one else - if you die it doesn't get "dumped" onto someone else (some times people think their parents etc have to pay it). That isn't the case. Now disability insurance and possibly critical illness insurance is another matter. Once you get into medical school the major although rare financial risk is that you become disabled and unable to work. Many people do have as a result disability insurance (I have the max amount as an example) and sometimes critical illness
  6. 1 point
    Congrats everyone to those who got admission.
  7. 1 point
    1) I think 2nd year 2nd term you see your first patient (someone correct me if i'm wrong) 2) Yes you shadow/assist upper years in main clinic, pediatrics or Oral Surg from February to May in first year.
  8. 1 point
    fj94

    Waitlist Support Thread 2018

    Yayyy Congrats! That does give me some hope lol
  9. 1 point
    Donald_Duck

    Sending Final Transcript

    Agreed I vaguely remember them saying that too, damn my memory is failing me rip clerkship Mr Duck
  10. 1 point
    You should def apply that GPA is competitive for the CNFS stream. Even if you dont go to school this year you should still try. Mr Duck
  11. 1 point
    Oui j’étais 27 et là je suis 20
  12. 1 point
    199012345

    Waitlist Support Thread 2018

    Accepted off the waitlist last week, but accepted for my first-choice site today!! So much luck involved in this whole process I feel.
  13. 1 point
    If you're not already in the UBC Medicine 2022 Facebook group (it contains the incoming class but also all upper years as well), I'd recommend joining that as there has already been a decent amount of discussion regarding living situations and people finding roommates, sublets while they're away on rotations, etc. Worth a shot!
  14. 1 point
    Maybe try looking for a sublet from another student who is going away for first term (on exchange or whatever) - you might have more luck with places on campus, although they tend to be more expensive than others. As well, as you don't need to give notice until 30 days before moving out, most places for September won't come up until late July/August. I also heard that there is a housing website that the med students have access to, mostly to find places to stay during clerkship, but it might be useful for the Sep-Dec space; I think we should get access to this during the summer?
  15. 1 point
    Leon

    Question Re Salary

    Looks like there will be some increases due to the recent PARO negotiations: POSITION/CLASSIFICATION EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017 EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018 EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019 PGY1 $57,967.29 $59,068.67 $60,397.72 PGY2 $64,088.23 $65,081.60 $66,318.15 PGY3 $69,032.97 $69,999.43 $71,224.42 PGY4 $74,205.21 $75,540.91 $77,165.04 PGY5 $79,523.73 $80,637.06 $82,048.21 PGY6 $84,042.16 $85,218.75 $86,710.08 PGY7 $87,268.84 $88,490.61 $90,039.20 PGY8 $92,075.63 $93,364.69 $94,998.57 PGY9 $96,882.43 $98,238.78 $99,957.96 TYPE CURRENT CALL STIPEND EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018 WEEKEND CALL EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019 In-hospital $116.00 $127.60 $140.36 Home Call $58.00 $63.80 $70.18 Qualifying Stipend $58.00 $63.80 $70.18 Source
  16. 1 point
    FatherFranklin

    Waitlist Support Thread - 2018

    The only thing I’m certain about all of this is that we are not certain about anything. For all we know, there could be 20 people on the call queue or 5, or 40. All we can do is hope it’a a high #. Either way, we will know by the end of this week. Try not to think about it too much and focus on other things
  17. 1 point
    Haven't regretted Scotia one bit. I like how you can accumulate points through Scotia rewards and have the option to apply points towards any travel booked using that card. In essence, I'm not stuck booking through Scotia's travel site which is great! Also, the conversion of scene points to rewards (and vice versa) is a lovely feature to have for those who've accumulated tons of Scene points! And the lounge visits (6 free per year) are a great bonus to have when travelling. RBC does give 3 cents off per litre in gas at Petro Canada but Scotias infinite momentum gives you 4% cashback at all gas stations so that goes further than RBCs card. I've tried both AmEx/Infinite Momentum and Infinite Passport/Infinite Momentum and IMO, the best combo is infinite passport visa + infinite momentum visa since it gives you lounge access and cashback which you could use on anything. Plus, recurring bills (ex. cell phone, PRESTO) get 2% cashback.
  18. 1 point
    I will do my best to explain. The Momentum Infinite card is not part of plan. The fee on this card is not to be waived. To give you an idea I have the Momentum Infinite and I cannot get the fee waived on my card. My opinion is the combination of the Passport Infinite & Gold Amex is the best cards that come with any of the plans. The Amex gives you 4 times the points on gas, groceries, dining & entertainment. Most gas stations and major restaurants accept Amex. Passport Infinite comes with 2 times the points on groceries, dining & entertainment and transit purchases. No 2.5 % premium on foreign currency transactions. Also you receive 6 free lounge visits per year. The points on the cards can be combined and redeemed post booking. I hope this helps as I know there seems to be a lot of confusion. Sorry for my grammar i’m on a field trip with my son and listening to 40 screaming kids
  19. 1 point
    Albs

    Facebook group chat

    I'll join
  20. 1 point
    they are at war in a since with each other competition wise so don't expect radical difference on paper at least. You have to see if you can work with each particular advisor you are dealing with, and see how each one is treating your school each. There are a lot of things the advisers can do that aren't reflected long term in the basic numbers.
  21. 1 point
    Aetherus

    Queen's or UofT Med?

    Here are the complete stats for Queen’s this year in terms of discipline as well as location after first Iteration. To the point made earlier about Toronto having more people gunning for competitive specialties, I disagree. If you look at Queen’s this year, only 23% of the class went into Family Medicine. In contrast 35% of the class matched to a EROADS specialty. If anyone can supply this thread with a similar comparison for UofT this year, it would make this debate more objective. My goal here is not to diminish UofT, I think it is a great school with a lot of advantages. However, often times, these forums end up being very Toronto centric and I hope to demonstrate that other schools are superior to Toronto in certain key aspect of training.
  22. 1 point
    MMEDD3333

    Convocations entrevues MD 2018

    Admise!!! Bac non-connexe complété! J'ai reçu la lettre officielle vers 10h20
  23. 1 point
    Guess how many JVPs I've seen EVER? Hint: 0 I've definitely pretended to see some though The key is to crouch, look thoughtful, and make vague hand gestures in the direction of the neck. Bonus points if you fuss around with the bed elevation a little bit.
  24. 1 point
    I agree, preclerkship was really relaxed. Definitely less stressful than undergrad by a long shot. Clerkship is hit and miss. Some rotations - family was definitely one, and emerg - I had ridiculously good schedules and was able to have a lot of time to spend on my life outside of school. Slept well, relaxed. Surgery had the worst schedule by far and I feel like I basically didn’t see my husband or kids for the bulk of that six weeks. I agree that the CaRMS application preparation period was stressful but life felt great again once that was done. I’m not stressed about interviews next month, though. Honestly, I haven’t found med school that much worse than when I used to work regular jobs. I’m busy, sure, but it’s not like I wouldn’t be if I were not in med school. I have three kids; I like busy.
  25. 1 point
    My advice is to audit the classes over the Summer before you formally register in them in the fall. Start preparing now. Use khan academy, go to the lectures, if need be get help from a classmate or tutor and when you start in September you will have the upper hand.
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