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  1. Has anyone been able to ask for a safety deposit box at Scotiabank with their LOC?
  2. ameltingbanana

    Pre-clinical vs Clinical years

    Agree with all the above^. Clerkship will range from predictable 35-45 hour works that are 9-5 (typically outpt rotations: family clinic, subspecialty clinic, peds clinic, etc), random hours (e.g. ER) to 80-100 hour work weeks on inpatient wards +/- overnight call depending on your institution (general surgery, internal medicine ward, etc). Best way to learn is to really understand your fundamental pathophys as a preclerk and then transition into focusing more on management and developing "approaches" to various things in your clinical years (e.g. approach to chest pain, shortness of breath, lower extremity weakness, and so on) I'd definitely say I studied less in my clerkship years, but I also tried to learn how to study smarter (question banks, Anki for question cards).
  3. ameltingbanana

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    Congrats guys! Was on the waitlist at Mac myself back in 2014, and was gearing up for an MCAT rewrite +/- 5th year when I got the email. For everyone else in the waitlist, hang in there
  4. ameltingbanana

    Time for letter of intent writing

    Took about 1 month to write 13 letters, but I'm personally kind of a slow writer and don't do well if I'm overly crunched for time. Bear in mind, some of the content you can reuse depending on what the prompts for the programs you're applying to are like.
  5. ameltingbanana

    Icu Elective - Good Places?

    Agreed, but the caveat there is that all the surgical residents were taking time off. Even if you're a star student and performing well on the elective, the residents will generally take priority for most procedures in a teaching centre, especially the lines. Even more so if you have a bunch of general surgery residents around with an interest in critical care/SICU. I'd say if you're going on an ICU elective in a major teaching center, you shouldn't expect to do a ton of procedures necessarily depending on the setting/number of learners around. If you want that experience I'd suggest a community ICU that takes learners (e.g. Waterloo). I'm on CTU now as an R1, and it's the same thing but from the other side - our medical students (both core rotation and elective) are excellent, but us residents get priority for most procedures - paracentesis, thoracentesis, ABGs, joint aspirations, even an LP, etc.
  6. ameltingbanana

    Icu Elective - Good Places?

    Did ICU elective at Mac (HGH ICU) during clerkship. Was on a team with another medical student, 2 R1s, one R2, one ICU fellow and the attending - pretty hard to get procedural experience. Did get to do some ABGs and assist with some central lines/art lines, but yeah as mentioned before the R1s got priority for learning procedures.
  7. ameltingbanana

    Recommend textbooks?

    Cardiology: Lilly's, The only EKG book you'll ever need (Thaler) Respirology: I used Harrison's for this section primarily Hematology: Harrison's, Pathophysiology of Blood Disorders GI: First Principles of Gastroenterology, Harrison's (seeing a trend yet?) Endo: Greenspan's That should hold you over from MF1-2. Also make sure you use resources like Medscape, UpToDate to understand things from a clinical perspective as well (e.g. what investigations have the most sensitivity/specificity, what you might see on physical exam, etc.). These textbooks are great for understanding pathophys, but kinda fall flat in this regard. Also start to train yourself to learn approaches to things - patients will rarely walk in and say "I am having a myocardial infarction", they'll say "I'm having chest pain". So accordingly, you need an approach to chest pain. Textbooks are not good for this IMO; you'll learn this in clinical skills, and it'll be reinforced in clerkship. Just something to keep in mind.
  8. I'd personally endorse Toronto Notes for PHELO. Made above avg in that section, found it pretty easy to read. Didn't really use Essentials though. There also a few UWorld graphics in the tutor mode section that are absolutely money for PHELO/biostats/clin epi. Highly recommend snapping pix with your phone (since you can't screen cap) and saving for later. Good luck on your rewrite, I'm sure you'll kill it.
  9. ameltingbanana

    What is your LOC Thread

    This was in Hamilton, Ontario
  10. Second this list, particularly First Aid for the Wards, Step Up to Medicine (if you want/are interested in IM) and uWorld (good for LMCC and if your school uses the NBME shelf exams). Would also suggest NMS Medicine Casebook if you're interested in IM, I found it quite useful. In terms of online resources - Medscape, UTD and Life in the Fast Lane fit the criteria you posted. As well before you start any rotation, reading its respective section in Toronto Notes has been key for me (just as a primer, use other resources to flesh out topics in depth, reading around your cases, etc.).
  11. ameltingbanana

    What is your LOC Thread

    Just a heads up for people with TD - spoke to the manager at my branch and she said they're willing to include the new TD Cashback Visa (fee waived) if you have your LOC with them (link: https://www.tdcanadatrust.com/products-services/banking/credit-cards/view-all-cards/cash-back-infinite-visa.jsp). Decent cashback card, momentum's a bit better I think. Might be a good idea if you're sitting on a pile of Aeroplan points and want to switch (especially since Air Canada is dropping Aeroplan and launching its own frequent flyer program in 2020).
  12. ameltingbanana

    What is your LOC Thread

    If you don't withdraw from the LOC/have a running balance, you shouldn't incur fees (that's my understanding at least). I'd recommend getting it - as you can see in this thread you can usually snag a credit card that's way beyond anything you can qualify for legitimately at this stage, as well as other perks like a better bank account, free checks, etc.
  13. ameltingbanana

    IM as a back-up

    Beyond the statistics for IM (which paint it as a competitive year), anecdotally, I know several individuals at various schools (who I felt were strong and capable applicants for IM) this year who didn't get nearly as many interviews as they were hoping. I would do at least 2 CTU or IM-oriented electives (e.g. a month total) that you knock out of the park to demonstrate interest and snag stellar reference letters. Edit: and as mentioned before, depends heavily on the site/program for IM
  14. ameltingbanana

    What is your LOC Thread

    Tuition is usually way more than those figures. At Mac, we pay on average $27 000 per year (x 3 years). Rent in most ON cities is much more than $400/m, even with roommates (the lowest figure I heard in my class was $700/m, and that's for Hamilton - imagine TO or Vancouver). As well, most students have to cover their own housing and transportation during electives (which it sounds like you're not interested in doing, but your mind might change depending on what you want to do). Finally, the CaRMS period involves a lot of travel in a short span of time (once again, it sounds like you're interested in remaining in Quebec but you might find that you need to branch out depending on where your career interests lead you). So your estimates don't really apply to the majority of medical students. If you don't need loans/if provincial assistance can cover you, that's great, but the average medical student in Canada leaves their undergraduate MD holding ~160K in debt (based on figures in 2012, if I recall correctly). And even if you think you don't need the LOC, it's good to have just in case (e.g. what if you decide you LOVE plastics, and need to book electives/housing/interviews far and wide) - you don't have to use it if you don't need it. Just my opinion. Mind if I ask which school you're going to? $5000 tuition is unreal, as is the fact that they will be housing you x 2 years!
  15. ameltingbanana

    Matching To Ubc Without History In Bc?

    Geographic ties matter, but so do elective performance and networking with residents at the site. I don't think having a strong geographic tie would outweigh a poor elective performance at a site. As others have said, this is very program and year - dependent. There's a few people from my year that matched to BC psychiatry with their only major connection being an elective out west (to my knowledge at least)