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  1. Unfortunately, often when we try to do the right thing, it is not visible to others and we are not given the benefit of the doubt. You will have to rest in your knowledge that you had the best intentions and your patients benefited. In the same vein, obviously it's inappropriate to tell someone they are unprofessional for a simple lapse, but try not to be too bitter. The person leading the rounds could have been under their own stresses (which not everyone handles well), and documenting the lab values might have been the way they expected the clerk to help them cope with their load. Burnout and lack of empathy are consequences of the perfection that is expected from human beings in medicine.
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    Thank You notes

    Our program's ranking was done immediately at the end of the last day of interviews. I doubt there would be any changes afterwards based on a thank-you email. If you do send one, make sure to spell your interviewers' names accurately...
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    "Are you sure you want to go into family?"

    No surgeon I worked with ever tried to convince me to go into surgery. Although when I was on surgery as an off-service PGY-1, I was mistaken for an on-service resident and placed in charge of the team when the chief was away...
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    Thank You notes

    For the first iteration of CaRMS, it's rarely done and not necessary. Would have to be via email to be timely enough. Could be a nice gesture if the program went out of their way to accommodate you or something like that. However, for other types of interviews (job and fellowships), I think thank you notes are a good idea.
  5. There are also university support services which are more at arm's length from the medical school. They can offer counselling and small group therapy.
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    Think about how it might be possible to distinguish candidates on paper in a pass/fail system. If the program doesn't know you personally, they primarily just have your CV and your references, the latter not being entirely under your control. Some students might distinguish themselves through leadership, but this is not so common (leading an interest group isn't enough). Others show that they are very motivated and accomplished people through high research productivity (the more common route). A lot of the technology-focused radiology research occurs on the PhD side as high clinical demands mean that academic work is relegated to off hours for many MDs.
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    Weird EC's?

    Although students may be more likely to be gamers themselves and not stigmatize them, how they'd feel about your judgment in choosing to highlight it as an EC is really a separate question. Most schools do incorporate students into the admissions process. And although I'd conjecture that it would be rare to have a student who hasn't played online games at all, it is still uncommon to highlight as a major leadership EC, rather than as one of several outside hobbies. I think there have been discussions in the past about including contributions on premed101 on one's application - see if you can find those threads.
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    Grand Rounds and Other ways to stand out

    While I wouldn't go so far as to say the interview has no weight, I believe that there is a common perception (likely not unwarranted) that anyone can be personable, enthusiastic and present oneself as a congenial team player for 20 min, but this may or may not correlate to their actual performance once in the program. Therefore, more weight is placed on other parts of the application such as elective performance, references, and CV. This approach is more practical than political in basis IMO. Having made it through medical school admissions already, most people interview pretty well at this point in their careers, and are difficult to distinguish based on a limited interaction (unless they are exceptionally charming, or do something to turn the interviewers off).
  9. Hi - although your distressing past experiences have left an impact on you, you have evidently had the strength to move on and make a fresh start, developing satisfying interpersonal relationships and succeeding in gaining admission to medical school. You should be commended on rising above your previous experiences and living well as a way of overcoming the actions of those who tried to put you down. If you let them hold you back now, it would negate the gains you have made, effectively letting them 'win.' You may be surprised - people may develop more moral conscience as they mature, and could regret their previous actions. However, even if they don't, you don't need your classmates to successfully get through medical school. Interacting with people going through the same experiences as you is not necessarily a blessing, as it can also mean competition. Most schools will have student advisors and students from upper years to provide guidance. For emotional support, you have your family and friends outside medical school. Don't worry about socializing in medical school - your goal is to become a doctor, so just pass your exams in pre-clerkship and conduct yourself professionally throughout your clerkship rotations. Maintain a polite distance from your former classmates and if anyone instigates trouble, they can be held accountable for lapses in professionalism. However, hopefully nothing of the sort will happen, as again the teen/early adult years are a period of maturation, and if nothing else, people at this stage should be more reluctant to be involved in anything that could harm their careers. There will be other students in your medical school class, and hopefully you can find a like-minded individual or individuals, but if not, it is not a big deal. The four years are busy and will be over before you know it, and then you can make a fresh start in residency.
  10. It would be better to focus on what you have done/accomplished, rather than what happened to you if possible. Have you been involved in volunteer or advocacy work related to helping others through a similar experience? Can you speak about your unique empathy and motivation to help such patients?
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    Grand Rounds and Other ways to stand out

    Yes, being considered annoying is the kiss of death. Chances are better for a less well-known candidate who looks good at interview/application. They still have that halo of excitement and potential, unsullied by the pitfalls that can come with too much exposure. The point of more exposure is to make people feel that you belong in that program - not to annoy them, which is the opposite effect.
  12. Within any group of people practicing within a single department, there will need to be some mechanism for working towards an equitable distribution of work and income, else you would see the same types of discussion between subspecialties as you currently see between different fields of medicine...
  13. Burnout will do that to us. Perhaps it balances out dentistry, where I'd think that communication and interpersonal skills would be crucial to building rapport with patients once graduated.
  14. Of course. Your definition of introversion (recharging through some alone downtime) is what's accepted for the term, and the admission person's implication that there is any adverse relationship with how well one works with others, or with med school/interview performance is most likely unfounded. People all have their own biases, often preferring those who they see as similar to themselves (same hobbies or outward personality), so don't be disheartened by such comments even if they seem to come from an "official" source - if it doesn't make it into the formula for med school admissions, it ultimately won't make a difference.
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    Connecting GTA

    https://info.clinicalconnect.ca/CC/storage/documents/ClinicalConnect Int Status Chart and Graphics - FINAL - 0718.pdf ClinicalConnect is a SW Ontario-based network... it's not quite there for GTA yet. https://www.ehealthontario.on.ca/en/regional-partners/greater-toronto-area