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  1. Probably about 5-10% of them. You definitely have to be hard working but it's possible.
  2. messing up consults how? like not being able to take a complete history or forgetting to ask important questions?
  3. Sorry to hear that :( It's a little disheartening to know that referees will write bad letters - if you can't write a strong reference letter/ don't believe in the candidate's capabilities, don't accept their request of a being referee. I know it's rare, but these kinds of things put so much jeopardy to the candidate's application, and CARMS is enough of a beast as it is. Another unfortunate part is that sometimes it depends on the referee's writing skills. They can have good intentions but if their letter is just lukewarm and they can't translate their feelings well onto paper, then the applicant did everything right and just got dealt a bad hand.
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    What do you think about this blog?

    Anyone know what the job market is like for CHC salaried physicians? And most of the jobs would be clustered around downtown Toronto I'm assuming?
  5. I feel similar too! I really do miss my old friends and we still do a good job of keeping in touch At times, I do wish I had stronger bonds with my classmates, but it does feel a bit like high school to me and I just don't fit in - sure I can be friendly and cordial with people, but it doesn't extend to anything outside of the classroom
  6. Just from anecdotes I'm hearing from upper year students, I get the vibe that clerkship drains you mentally and physically, makes you jaded, where you are chronically sleep-deprived, working hours in a hospital only to come home and having to find time to study for all types of exams every few weeks. It's hard to find the time to see your friends as regularly as you did, and your weekends can be spent sleeping in a hospital. We always talk about resilience but I feel like the long hours we put in clerkship makes this not possible. Our training is intensive, and reducing our workload comes at the expense of learning less or extending our training. Any solutions/proposals that you can think of that would improve burnout in clerkship? I've always thought something as small as having the day after call can do wonders, or having one weekday off per week could be worthwhile, but not sure how realistic this is as hospitals do rely on clerks for their functioning as well, and it does cut into our learning time as well.
  7. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/10/22/oma-leaders-back-plan-to-narrow-pay-gaps-between-medical-specialties.html I think the OMA is trying to re-align income from the top 4 specialties (cardio, GI, radiology, optho) into the lower-paying specialties (28 of them), which seems to be a promising change
  8. Just out of curiosity, what are your quips with the McMaster curriculum? I know they have optional anatomy and it's largely self-learning/group problem learning based, but don't know much more than that
  9. I've had a preceptor tell me that clinically, the best students are the ones from Western/Queen's This was just an anecdote but I did find it interesting
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    Interview Selection

    It is actually crazy how much subjectivity there is in the application process - who reads your essays, who interviews you, etc. I know they do their best to minimize these biases but they still exist
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    Undergrad vs Medical School

    The volume of information you cover in medical school is crazy. In undergrad, one month of content is like a week in medical school. I could go weeks doing minimal work in undergrad and study a few days before the test, but in medical school, there's work (almost) everyday if you want to keep up with the material. But it's also different because you don't need to strive for 90s anymore. Also the last 2 years (clerkship) will be completely different. Pretty sure it's normal to be sleep-deprived and stressed, because you have real responsibilities at the hospital, spending 9-5 at the hospital (and sometimes more, being on 24h call, weekends) and you also have to write exams every 6-8 weeks - so being an employee and a student at the same time can be challenging. I guess to summarize, you have WAY more free time in undergrad compared to medical school and you're only responsibility was studying but in medical school (in 3rd and 4th year), you'll have dual responsibilities at the hospital and studying as a student. That's not to say you have no free time in medical school, you definitely do, just have to use it wisely and ensure you don't burnout!
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    Family Medicine Income

    How much of your income gets taxed after overhead? I'm assuming it's not the marginal tax rate (i.e. ~50%)
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    5th year or masters

    Yup, if you can bring your verbal to 129 and get another 3.7+ GPA year, Western definitely seems possible
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    How to do well on clerkship?

    Is there a "hidden expectation" that you should show up 15-30 minutes early (especially because lateness is really frowned upon)?
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    How to do well on clerkship?

    How good do you have to be with your physical exam skills when you start clerkship? To my understanding, they'll ask you to examine a patient on your first day/week. I wouldn't even be able to pick up a murmur (unless it was really obvious) on a cardiac exam for example