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  1. Egg_McMuffin

    OSAP 2019-2020

    About 1-2 k less in total. 2k more in loans
  2. from a re-applicant: I wish I listened to my gut feelings about not using someone as a reference, regardless of their professional title/how well-known they are. If you don't think your best interest is high on their priority list, then look elsewhere. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if they have a heart of gold but you don't think they 'get' what writing a strong reference letter involves (even after your coaching), politely look elsewhere.
  3. If I had that option I'd pick something that helps me grow as a person and most importantly as un-related to medicine as possible. Once you get in you'll see how valuable that time away from the premed and med bubble is.
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    Whats the point ?

    Because until all of those terrible things happen, you're going to be living anyway. Might as well spend it doing something that fills you with purpose and something to look forward to.
  5. Interesting. How many spots in total are they offering this year?
  6. Hi guys, I'm trying to collect some info on the amount of nutrition teaching there is in the curricula of med schools across the country. It will only take 5 min of your time- please fill out this excel sheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_m2bOFiWXKxo1m9iIOJfQp3ONEFAyZOSsoW4rPVNpeU/edit?usp=sharing Thank you so much! Your help is much appreciated
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    Feeling alone in med school

    Sorry to hear you've been having a rough time, OP. As you can see from others' replies, your situation is not unique. I can definitely see where you're coming from, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with having no one that you feel close to in med school. Our ability to form deep connections with people is based on our social environment, the people who create that environment, and the effort we put in (could there be a another person in the class who feels the same way you do and who in fact could get along great with you? Maybe. But it's quite hard for two very introverted people who are both not into the usual socialization settings to spend an amount of time significant enough to facilitate a deep connection). I'm afraid I have nothing new to offer, except to echo others' advice of remaining connected the friends you already have/who are not in medicine. I honestly think the idea that you're supposed to form deep long-lasting connections with people in med school is over-rated-- so perhaps a bit of expectation management is needed here. As someone who never hang out with premeds (pretty sure I wasn't perceived as smart or hard working enough even if I wanted to LOL, then did school with people who just wanted to be RDs, then went out to the real world, where surprise- most of my colleagues are decades older and have vastly different life experiences and priorities), I think it's actually really really really beneficial to hang out with people outside of medicine. As you mentioned, coming from priviledged backgrounds is a factor (as someone who paid my way through school, I too have had some off-putting experiences). There can also be quite a bit of external validation seeking, insecurity, and er, not chill behaviours in general. I dunno about you but the less of those things I surround myself with the better. Not trying to stereotype or bash anyone, just saying there are definitely positives to not having close friends in medicine and you're not missing out on much.
  8. Or does the OP mean assertiveness/ability to present one self as being more or less confident? (Not saying females can't be confident or vice versa, but there are definitely gender differences in the normal "acceptable" level deemed by social norms)
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    pharmD vs Nut

    I'll comment on dietetics: Pros: - it's super interesting and lots of practice settings to choose from (industry, food service, different areas of clinical, community, public health, private practice, etc.). Everyone has an opinion on nutrition, and there are lots of polarizing opinions out there- you get to be in the middle of it! - Very holistic approach to pt care- you really get to have a good understanding of psychology and what drives behaviour change because knowledge dissemination is the easy part, behaviour change and working around personal barriers is the real challenge - applicable to daily life- I apply the stuff I learned in dietetics to my own life, even though I no longer practice! - Your colleagues are very very very passionate about what they do. They gotta be, because...... Cons: - Job market is not as great as a lot of the other allied health professions, just because you need less RDs than other other professions at a given hospital, health unit, clinic, etc. schools are pumping out more grads than what the demand is for sure. I'd say pharmacy trumps in this area. - It's a smaller profession, so in terms of lobbying/advocacy, we don't have a lot of say. Some secretary made a mistake typing in the salary grades for community RDs in Ontario 10 years ago and it STILL hasn't been fixed. So we have a bunch of RDs who work in community walking around getting paid less than your pharmacists, OTs, PTs, nurses, SWs etc....I get the sense that RDs are too nice and too diplomatic sometimes- maybe it's due to my next point... - female dominated (there were like 3 dudes in my class of 150). I prefer more diversity and less passive-aggressive disagreements. - We get paid less than pharmacists on the hour - Unless you have to visit an RD at a community centre, family health team, or upon hospital admission, RD services aren't covered by OHIP. Private insurance coverage is variable. This really pisses me off. Lots of us do private practice (generally $100-$130/hr), but 80% can't sustain their livelihood just doing this full-time because the client base is not there. - this is ultimately why I jumped ship: there's a ceiling in terms of career advancement as an RD (nursing's got the most amount of opportunities imo). Within clinical nutrition the highest level you can get is being a professional practice lead of the RDs. No one's stopping you from going up further but realize that because nutrition is such a niche field, you're probably going to have to leave nutrition to do something more general (and with more advanced degrees, of course).
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    How Do You Guys Manage Fitness With School?

    OP I think there is an over-representation of people replying here who exercise regularly and find it easy, so please don't feel bad reading comments about how easy it is (keep in mind people have varying levels of non-academic commitments and non-financial support from parents/spouse). I can tell you that it is normal to struggle to fit it into your routine because we're all human and have other shit going on. People who make it to the gym regularly do so because they prioritize it and it's a non-negotiable. Some people fit it in when they have a 1-2 hr break between classes, go, and take a quick shower at the gym. Some people join sports teams and that keeps them active. I'm in the neither category, and have never stepped foot in the school gym since med school- I thought that what worked for me when I was a 9-5er would work in med school: doing resistance training with an app on the floor before bed, but surprise, I fell off the wagon after a while and never pushed myself hard enough because of lack of energy, motivation, etc etc. So I figured I needed to commit something more structured. Signed up for a class outside of school (which is really expensive), so now I force myself to show up, and once I show up, I get my ass kicked. The best part is now i have to force myself to get the day's work done before my evening class, because I'm going to be so tired after class and just hit the sack, so it's been good for my sleep hygiene too. You'll have to experiment a bit in dental school to find what works for you and how to fit it around your other commitment without disturbing your productivity. Don't be afraid to explore options that cost a little more. I'm always baffled at how reluctant people are for spending money on things that will improve their health and help build good habits compared to the amount spent on alcohol or shitty take-out food on the regular.
  11. My God. Just buy your kid a spot with a sizable donation to the school like normal rich parents wtf is wrong with these people.
  12. I feel like it can be kind of difficult socially...to be trying to be frugal, when a large number of your classmates are well off and live a certain way. Feels like half of my class are away on some resort for march break. Which is why I'm glad I don't have any friends. I recommend anyone trying to save money to start by keeping track of their spending for a couple of months. Every dollar. Then see if there are any surprises ("I spent $100 on shitty Tim Horton's food this month?!") and where you can trim a little fat off. Being X dollars in debt as a medical trainee is not inherently a bad thing, but ending up with am amount of debt that you didn't see coming/avoided facing throughout your training/are too overwhelmed to handle is. On most days I bring my own tea bags and eat my meal-prepped food. Social drinks and food is a big one that adds up (sometimes I eat a meal before going out because I don't want to pay $20 for the privilege of eating shitty pub food).
  13. Yummm. This is probably the most appetizing meal prep menu I've seen on here thus far. Carry on.
  14. Egg_McMuffin

    Preparing meals in med school

    is the problem in residency due to lack of time to prepare or do you actually have no time to sit down and eat a proper meal like a normal person? and to what extent is that true in clerkship?
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    Preparing meals in med school

    It's something you have to prioritize and make time for. My go to meal prep items are chilli, stir fry, stews, and curries. If you have different recipes for each of these, you won't even have to eat the same thing every week (e.g. there are so many types of curries! Thai, Indian, Japanese....). Pasta, lasagna, rice and most cooked meat are freezer friendly too. You can bring a frozen pasta dish and a salad prepped the night before, or side veggies with dip. Boiled eggs and canned tuna salad are pretty easy non-veg protein options. Bring non-perishable snacks (some granola bars are not bad- read the labels though), so that you're not starving and go nuts during lunch. Nothing wrong with having to buy food- just make sensible choices- e.g. get the grilled chicken wrap instead of fried, bring your own side of veg and dip or salad instead of getting the potato wedges. For breakfast, a quick portable one is plain Greek yogurt with fruits and granola. Also, I've been super curious about those meal prep services- e.g. livefit foods. Has anyone tried them?
  16. Egg_McMuffin

    Talking About Future Plans In Interview

    Just be honest and be ready to speak about your experiences that informed your interest if asked
  17. I quite enjoy geekymedics on YouTube
  18. disclaimer: I'm a fellow MS1 muddling her way through and having the same challenges 1. You're not alone. I feel like forget most of the stuff I learn. And the upper-years keep reassuring me that it happens to everyone, and that you will keep coming back to the same concepts again, and again, and again. From my experience as a clinical RD, when you actually use some of it in clinical setting it'll stick better 2. From research that's being done...it's about active recall and spaced repetition vs passive learning (like reading notes). My classmates swear by Anki, but there other platforms that serve the same function. There are other similar Having the time to incorporate it into my study routine regularly, however, is another story....:P
  19. Lintchpin by Seth Godin- essentially his message is to survive in today's market, you need to be indispensable, be creative Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell- he coined the 10,000 hr rule in this book. I remember reading it and thinking 'hmm maybe there is hope for talentless average people like me' So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport- really helped me to evaluate my priorities and focus on the important things when shit hit the fan
  20. Haven't read it myself, but if I had to interview again this year I'd check out this book by Dr. Danielle Martin: https://www.amazon.ca/Better-Now-Improve-Health-Canadians/dp/0735232598 if you want to absorb some info passively, I really enjoyed the Agenda with Steve Paiken (look it up on YouTube) and the podcast White Coat Black Art. Also have read Outliers and Freakonomics. Both are really really interesting, might change your perspective on some things...you should read them anyway :p
  21. ^ I completely agree. This is something I've contemplated as well. I started applying when I was 25, got in at 28, and will be 32 when I graduate. I had already started working in a great career with a similar salary cap. I can totally understand your concerns, especially when as a woman, there's the worry of the ticking biological clock and whatnot. To echo what others have said, it's do-able- your two goals are not mutually exclusive. Conversely, just because you decide to give up pursuing medicine, it doesn't mean that you'll find a partner and be on target for your timeline either. Or, you think you're on track and then something throws you off-course...that's life. I'll get super practical here- finding a partner will probably be harder in school/during your training than if you work a 9-5, just because you have less time (it also depends on whether you're able to find someone who can accept the demands of your training). It depends on the city you're in (i.e. your dating pool- probably the biggest determinant), size and composition of your class is (again, your pool of potentials), how keen YOU are in going out and meeting different people, etc. etc. My point is, there are just so many variables! I think it's important to ask yourself how important making that career switch is. How, practically, will it improve your overall fulfillment in not only your career, but your life overall? That depends on the values you assign to your potential rewards vs trade-offs. For me, I decided that it just doesn't make sense for me to give up on a career change that will improve my advancement trajectory, fulfillment, and overall financial freedom by A LOT (which are SUPER important to me), over a marginally higher yet uncertain probability of being in a partnership (with someone who hasn't even arrived in my life yet!) and on track to having 2.3 kids, buying a house, etc. I also thought about what kind of a role model I'd want my kids to have (if I decide to have any)- I mean technically you don't need a partner to have kids, especially on a physician's income. But that's just me and my very biased opinion. But honestly, work at your dream job for a while, throw in a couple of med school applications, all the while work on finding a partner- then see how things pan out, and re-evaluate. You may have a better inkling of what you want then.
  22. Who to ask: 1. schools themselves 2. people who've been admitted to the program. 3. Something that I've always done that I found to be helpful for any post-grad program I've applied to, is creeping people on LinkedIn. Look up what people who are where you want to be have done. Gives you an idea of what types of experiences is "good enough" and opportunities you can pursue, and organizations that take on students. If those people fill in descriptions for their roles, even better- you can draw inspirations for keywords or ways of phrasing things on your own resume.
  23. Egg_McMuffin

    Home/Tenant Insurance

    I think the best way to find out would be to call a bunch of places and get a quote. I personally got a better deal ($20 cheaper) with OMA than my current insurance company (Belaire), for bundled car + tenant insurance- it's supposedly cheaper when you bundle them. But some other people said they got a better quote from Belaire than OMA, and others said their school alumni discount was cheaper than OMA.
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    50% off Lasik Eye Surgery?!?!

    FYI re: discount. I just came out of my consultation- they offered me a 40% discount for the custom option, but a 60% discount on the standard option. That's only for the surgery- no discount on any enhancement plans. Sorry I should add I'm in Kingston not Ottawa. Regardless though the discounts are the same across the cities from what I know.
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    What's On Your Mind?

    Was just searching through my inbox for something. Apparently I applied to work as a telefundraiser for OMA 6 yrs ago I never got a call back LOL