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  1. Well, it depends upon your point of view and your particular reality. I found that I had to study hard throughout med school. I devoted one weekend day a week to my s.o. and family. All my other time was devoted to studies, so I had absolutely no time to work; however, work would have been a zero sum gain as my bursary would have reduced by whatever I would have earned, i.e., I would have been working for nothing, and I had more important priorities than working to make a few extra bucks that I would have been too busy to enjoy.
  2. You will succeed like all the other students in your shoes. You will be able to handle this workload and it only gets tougher in the years ahead. Don't worry, you will find your own way through the maze. And by the time you graduate with a M.D. you will become bilingual! Matching for residency is years away,but have an open mind during med school, do not set your heart on one field, rather select those fields where you consider you would be happy working, as I did, and let the chips fall where they may. It5 is not about grades, rather they want someone who will be a good fit, is easy to get along with and a hard worker.
  3. It makes absolutely no sense to work during med school, not only do your earning reduce your bursary so, in effect, you are working for nothing, but your time is precious and should not be devoted to working for a few extra bucks. I come from poverty, have lived on student loans since after h.s., and never once considered it.
  4. When you get life insurance, it is wise to name the beneficiary - and other than your Estate. Let us say you owe $200,000 and you have that amount of life insurance payable to your Estate. In such case, your Estate will have the $200,000 with which to pay your LOC, and must pay it. However, if you name your spouse as the beneficiary, then your spouse is the owner of the insurance proceeds of death, and does not even have a moral obligation to pay your indebtedness to any third party. As regards disability insurance, you have no income, so there will be no pay out. You wait until you are a resident or perhaps, take it out just before you graduate as some ins companies give you the first year premium free if taken out as a student.
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    Campus Mauricie

    Because you are in a tiny bubble, you are in contact with preceptors/physicians who get to know and appreciate you. Clerkship can be intimate where you can develop relationships with attendings, and this could impact upon recommendations in CaRMS - which can make a major difference for you when time comes for selection! However, you have 3 amazing choices, and you really cannot go wrong with any of them!
  6. PRESENTS Peter really eats sandwiches every night, then sleeps.
  7. LESSONS Let's eat salmon sandwiches on Norm's sloop.
  8. The above quote is where we are as ThisIsMe (above) is behind the times. HIM Harold is mental.
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    How to deal with anxiety?

    Physicians deal with uncertainty and ambiguity in their professional lives continuously. Their patients lives are at stake. In our personal lives, uncertainty is always there. I am going into 4th year residency and don't know what the job market will be like when I complete residency. This is part of life. You have made all the right moves and must have confidence in yourself. And you need both patience and persistence! Jump into life and take advantage of the amazing opportunities you have in front of you. If there are no jobs, keep applying and do something else in the meantime that will keep your spirits up and where you can participate and contribute to society in some way, thereby getting you out of yourself! And have a Plan B, e.g., would an education degree be helpful so you might fall back on teaching in the sciences? Depending upon finances, this is a golden opportunity to backpack and travel, opening yourself up to new life experiences and perhaps, exploring out of your comfort zone. It is mind over matter. Do whatever interests you or about which you may be passionate. Make this time count in your life rather than dwell upon the uncertainty that is always there. And, if necessary, go to counselling to deal with the anxiety.
  10. Soft skills are key. You need to be able to get along with colleagues, be an enthusiastic and hard worker, work late when helpful to the resident, show interest, ask intelligent questions and constantly gain knowledge. Matching in residency will be the most I portant step in your career! Part of the process involves luck. It is important to be flexible when Application time comes. In my case, I applied to 3 fields, each one of which I knew would make me professionally and personally happy. I ended up in a competitive surgical specialty - all due to my soft skills. I was not a gunner, and I thoroughly enjoyed each of my summers in R & R.
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    How are my EC's/Awards

    From my viewpoint, what you are missing are actual contributions to your community and demonstrating compassion, understanding and empathy (and long term), e.g., helping children or adults in crisis at Big Brother, Big Sister or a food bank, etc. Any interest in music, sports, tutoring kids. Show whom you are as a well rounded, interesting and active member of the community.
  12. I don't think it matters. Follow your gut. And this is a long marathon, not a sprint. My grades in Cegep were not high enough even to apply to med school then; it was the best thing that happened to me, caused me to become a serious and professional student in undergrad, where I matured and was ready for med school. I had a friend who had it all, top grades at Marianopolis, lots of meaningful ECs, great CV, and he bombed the interview, he was just not ready then. If I had it to do over, I would choose Dawson, but in the grand scheme of things, I don't think it matters regarding your chances.
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    Physician political orientation

    ^This.
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