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  1. Wow that's so unfortunate. I do think they should've given you a heads up and even a check in if they were "so concerned", so this is pretty unprofessional behaviour from them. And extremely unfair to place that much emphasis on knowledge, I get it's an elective, but soft skills should be way more important. I'd take it up with your faculty office, hopefully there's a hidden flag to never do an elective there for future clerks.
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    Preparing meals in med school

    Do you mean in clerkship and residency? Like having a 4 day week instead of 5 day week clerkship? Or lower frequency call?
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    Preparing meals in med school

    How do you think they could improve this? I agree - the resillience and self-care lectures are practically useless (ex: Get in a group of 3 and talk to each other about what you do when you're stressed for 10 minutes lol)
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    "Female trainees receive feedback that focuses on personality traits rather than demonstrable skills." Isn't this a good thing? Most program directors and residents I've talked to mention being a good person is more important than being skilled because you can teach anyone. Also, what about racial minorities? I don't think stats related to that get collected, but I'm sure there could be eye opening information related to that as well.
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    Preparing meals in med school

    Anybody have any favourite websites for recipes? I'm trying to improve my cooking skills.
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    Cap in number of Electives

    Good points. I do think the elective cap is a good idea though - there's so many specialties where there's this hidden expectation that you do almost all your electives in that specialty to show interest, which closes you off to other specialties. Now it's possible to target your top 2 specialties, and not be scrutinized for it. I see the flaws in this as well, for example if your top 2 specialties are unrelated, splitting your electives may do more harm than good. However, I do think it's a step in the right direction, because it's just too risky to go all in for a specialty.
  7. Yes definitely feel like this is a huge change for them. As someone who did struggle in CARS, I do feel for those who've retaken the MCAT multiple times to get that 130 in CARS, and thinking they had a guaranteed interview at Western (after all, it's been like that for years) - it is really draining tackling that beast of a test. I mean - they haven't even included Psych in their MCAT scores even though there was always talk about it, I feel like the ABS could've been a post-interview factor as there is some subjectivity to it like the interview, but that's just me.
  8. Wow - they did a complete 180 with their invites. An ABS is so subjective so to go from it being 0% weight to 100% weight is crazy to me. I'm assuming there are multiple blinded reviewers as well, which makes it even more subjective. I really do feel for the applicants who strived to meet their ridiculous MCAT cutoffs in the past, only for them to throw this curveball.
  9. Probably about 5-10% of them. You definitely have to be hard working but it's possible.
  10. messing up consults how? like not being able to take a complete history or forgetting to ask important questions?
  11. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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