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  1. I included most activities since starting undergraduate (while weeding out insignficant ones). For custom CV, I tailored mine to a specific discipline by having a "Relevant XXXX specialty experience" section right up front after electives. I also gave a a 2-3 sentence explanation of what I learned and got out of each of my XXXX specialty electives and shadowing experiences. Under research and employement details, I expanded quite a lot on those related to to the discipline I was applying to while being very curt with those that were not related. Essentially this made it so that if I gave my CV to somebody that didn't know me, it was clear that I had a keen interest in, and was applying to, radiology.
  2. Seriously, who cares? Nobody so long as it is professional and not over the top. I used MSc, MD candidate, I know others that said Medical Student, whatever, use what makes you happy and stop sweating the small, inconsequential stuff.
  3. The way U of T calculates WGPA for these stats is difficult to tell exactly and could account for the difference. My cGPA was about 3.3 when I got accepted in 2013 (with an MSc so lower cut off), and apparently didn't qualify for weighting, but I got in and no stat had my cGPA listed as the lowest in the range meaning they granted some kind of weighting despite their rules. In other words, it's a black box that you put your app into and who know what happens to it before the stats are put out.
  4. That's cool and all, but all of that research is super basic-level (including everything in that review which ends in opinion) and I have read similar promising research on pretty well every other type of diet as well, DASH (best research), low GI, caloric restriction, pre/probiotic, high fat, low Carb, etc, etc, etc....no repeatable human, long-term studies have been done to suggest any of that is actually as beneficial as you make them out to be. More importantly, none of that research, though very interesting and worth pursuing, provides any useful practical means of providing dietary counselling like was asked by OP.
  5. The diets are indeed too restrictive for most people, hence why almost nobody can stick with an actual ketogenic diet ('low carb' is not ketogenic) which has been shown many times in large studies. As for long-term health impications, I think you may be confusing energy restriction, which has decent evidence in rodents and non-human primates to increase longevity, but litttle evidence in humans (obviously unethical and pretty well impossible to run such studies). And I am well aware of the burgeoning gut biome theory of controlling everything in your body, and while promising, is in very early stages with very low level evidence to support a role. Best we can do is show that different diets induce 'changes' in the gut microbiota, the sequalae of which are not known as the science is incredibly difficult to discern. I agree that yo-yo dieting is bad....hence why I explained above that adhering to a specific 'diet' long-term is futile for most and instead it is best to shift, even slowly to a moderate, common-sense lifestyle as I described above without worry that a particiular food or nutrient doesn't 'fit' with a particular named diet. This shift in ones lifestyle removes the idea of 'dieting' from the picture and thus it is impossible to 'yoyo'...it is simply how one eats. I'm not saying it is easy to shift into this behaviour and mindset, but when it happens, it is usually a meaningful long-term change. People just don't aim for this type of shift as it doesn't have the hype or hyperbole attached to it as named diets that promise to be the fix for all their dietary woes.
  6. I'll also note that on top of that great salary, most are eligible for government health professional defined-benefit pensions that allow retirement at 80-90% of salary for life after 25-35 years of service (depending on contribution), not to mention regular benefits. This is worth a HUGE amount of money over a career that other FFS docs do not have the benefit of.
  7. I also contacted my preceptors prior to applying online, and it was not a problem. In fact, the preceptors prefer it in most cases.
  8. The evidence for ketogenesis long-term is poor. The extremely restrictive diet required to get true ketogenesis is not possible to sustain long-term for the vast majority of people, and they tend to regain the weight after they begin to go back to their pre-keto diet, and some often regain more weight. Not to mention the long-term health implications of constant ketogenesis are unknown.
  9. My background is in nutrition and I can tell you that people tend to think too hard about it because they cling to the idea that there is an ideal diet for everything and everybody. This is not the case. Cutting out all carbs is not the answer and neither is eating a ton of carbs. Fat is not as bad as many say and neither are carbs, especially complex healthy carbs like found in oats, barley, lentils, beans, etc, etc. Seriously the best diet is one that is mostly plant based, with limited refined carbs (white flour, simple sugars), rich in mostly good fats (mono and polyunsaturates via fish and nuts, though some saturated fats in whole dairy is perfectly fine as well), moderate caffeine and alcohol (no more than 2 drink on any given day), limited processed/cured/smoked meats and moderate meat in general. Carbs should be relatively low GI like beans, lentils, chickpeas, barley, oats, etc. I know people want a simple answer in the vein of "Eat like this!" but the most rigorous evidence (limited to be honest in nutrition research for mostly monetary reasons), show a common sense moderate diet such as a Mediterranean-style or DASH-diet style (essentially like a described above) is best. This is also the style of diet that is much more realistic than trying to 'stick' with a partiicular set of foods or strict diet that is no healthier than a more moderate diet.
  10. Just a quick correction - that is 10 spots for the long, 2 year research program. The regular summer research funding program through CREMS (comparable to the UBC one you mentioned) funds MANY more than that (most people who applied for a project got it, ~60 in addition to the 10 longitudinal people), not to mention lots of other opportunity for research beyond crems. http://www.md.utoronto.ca/summer-research-programs
  11. Definitely better to deal with specialist. NB: RBC only requires the initial proof of enrolment and nothing else (used to require it annually, but got rid of that requirement last year).
  12. For those that say U of T has a 'competitive' aura to it, I would say this is definitely not the case during medical school. For undergrad, yes, as a very large proportion of the student population seems to be professional-degree focused. However, once in medical school, I saw very few instances of fellow classmates being competitive. Rather, everybody is very willing to help each other out, share resources, etc. Afterall, it's pass-fail, so as they say, 7-0-and-go (70 is a pass, to get more is meaningless). As others have said, U of T is a much larger city with more research dollars and is arguably more recognizable in the US and worldwide, but this matters little for residency and beyond and U of T grads have no leg up for the CaRMS match. To me, both are amazing schools and I would choose based on where you feel like you would want to live for the next four years as either place will provide more than adequate education and networking to get you into a good residency program.
  13. Not merit based... Just ranked list and then lottery as far as I know.
  14. Well, it is a ranked mini-match. You rank your preferences and to be honest, most people get there 1st or second choice. A fair number of PBers live uptown (either with family or alone) and thus ranked it first. There is a shuttle from downtown to Sunnybrook every 30 mins so for those who live downtown, it's not a huge deal. You will likely have to do some commuting at some point - e.g. I was in WB, but still did several clearkship blocks in community hospitals that required a drive (or long transit commute). Really do what you think suits you best. Live downtown and rank the downtown academies first, and just deal with the shuttle if you get PB or a further out site for WB/FG or move to right near where your home academy will be and deal with community downtown for preclerkship sessions.
  15. Both fitz and WB would be good for downtown. Even St. Joe's is not that far (I biked to it for 6 weeks along the waterfront, about 25-30 minutes). WB you can also do some 'community' rotations, but not nearly as far as sunnybrook or some other PB/MAM sites.
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