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  1. http://www.md.utoronto.ca/sites/default/files/Standards for grading and promotion of undergraduate medical students in the Foundations Curriculum.pdf
  2. Yes and yes, if your school provides iPads/tablets or even just software that can be loaded onto tablets for use on ward, you should go for it. Our school provided iPads with the hospital VPN and the hospital EMR on them and I found mine to be critically useful even though I'd never used a tablet before or since. That being said, a good friend of mine and I have different approaches re: computing devices in med school and I think we represent sort of archetypal cases so I'll describe: I was someone who did pretty much no work outside of the curriculum, i.e. no research, no side hustle, no nothing - just clinical work at the hospital and regular personal use at home. For this purpose I found it most ideal (and still do) to use my phone for in-hospital duties, a cheap PC laptop for note-taking in school, and a fully built PC desktop at home. For personal use I am someone who values price : computing power so it's PC > Mac for me any day. When I'm at home I don't need portability so it makes most sense to have a desktop, for which PCs are ideal since you can build your own and save costs/better specs. You can build Hackintoshes but you are essentially stuffing a Mac into a PC and it eats up computing power. My friend was someone who did extensive research work as well as other work on the side, always on the go, multitasking constantly. He needed a machine that would be portable since he needed to work everywhere, with battery life to last him a whole day of research outside and durability so that his work wouldn't get lost with some freak BSOD. No PC can provide all of that at the same time, so he went with a Macbook. My friend didn't own a desktop because a) it is a hassle to transfer files for research in between desktop <-> laptop and b) his laptop was good enough to handle everything even at home and c) he didn't game or use other resource-intensive programs that need a desktop setup. Each to his own, but if you fall close to either of our situations, you might benefit from our respective choices.
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    U of T vs. MacMed

    The other side to the story is that there are plenty of people who just used TO notes as their mainstay and passed all their med school rotations with no issues. I'd agree that TO notes is insufficient for your chosen specialty but no one is going into residency thinking they'll pass the royal college with them, so it's alright if you just want to get by as a med student. Working on soft skills has much higher yield for excelling at electives than book knowledge imo. I found Hui to be overkill for the school exam and the LMCC (I am not in internal medicine hah)
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    Queen's or UofT Med?

    Shameless plug for U of T since I made the same choice between the two; you can get the rest and relaxation in small neighborhoods if you just drive an hour out of Toronto, the GTA is not all that urban. The reverse is not true for Kingston as you'll need to drive 2.5 hours to get to downtown Toronto which remains the nearest true metropolis. I'm sorry but I couldn't imagine living in Kingston for four years! Also the experience at U of T med is closer knit than people expect; sure you probably won't get to know all 259? names but we are divided into academies and you get to know the people in your own academy pretty well. U of T just has four close-knit cohorts, not one.
  5. Oh I think people would definitely obsess over every single point if there were honours and high pass, gunners gunna gun lol I support standardized exams a la USMLEs. They are at once more objective than school grades (which are pseudo-objective as they are not actually standardized across different schools) and are actually easier on the student to prepare for, given the abundance of official prep resources. We always complain about how school exams change year to year and how they don't test us on the stuff they teach us, so I am hesitant to think that numerical grading would be the clean solution to the objectivity issue. I want to say let's address the aptitude issue you mentioned with skills-based questions/maybe some testing stations in CaRMS interviews. This isn't going to be a popular opinion with med students. For full disclosure I actually avoided applying to some programs that I'd heard were pimping their applicants. It creates a lot of stress for the applicants, and unfortunately it is also just about the only way programs can directly assess a semblance of aptitude. Yes excess stress can affect performance on these things but it will stress everyone equally so theoretically it's still playing fair. If every program had it as a mandatory part of their interviews and this was transparently communicated in advance to med students, I'm sure I would've (with a lot of swearing and complaining) owned up to it eventually and prepared/applied more broadly in the end.
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    FM + 1 EM ... where to start

    Not that I noticed! But I am neither in emerg nor very interested in the specialty so my opinion is worth next to nothing on the skills of ER physicians. I did note that more FRCP docs were doing academic research, but even that is anecdotal.
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    FM + 1 EM ... where to start

    I recently did an emerg rotation at UHN and I can confirm that there are many 2+1 ER docs there, although I am unsure how many are new hires.
  8. Because they are actually paying for spots that otherwise would have existed; all they're doing is just returning spots that were previously taken away, which were of course without ROS. The whole process is more or less a farce in which the med students and the public are led to believe they are being given a solution when really it's still below baseline. Residency spot allocations shouldn't feel like a Black Friday sale where they hike the price then cut it.
  9. Minor clarification that we had 15 weeks total in our year hahah we were allocated 13 weeks of electives and 2 weeks of vacation, although many people decided to just use those 2 weeks as more elective time. I take it that Leon probably used 1 of the vacation weeks as part of an elective. I did 10 weeks in my specialty of which 8 were pre-CaRMS, and I did 3 weeks in another related specialty, and took the full 2 weeks off. I ended up matching comfortably to my top choice specialty and location although I am in a relatively non-competitive specialty so buyer beware when it comes to taking vacation weeks. I did feel also that it was well received that the majority of my electives were in the specialty of choice.
  10. Hanmari

    Learning Hobbies?

    Learning finances/investing, meditation, and writing. Would love to learn how to draw and re-train in a martial art.
  11. Ha I am keeping a small cash stash (separate from emerg funds) with which I am actually toying with the idea of throwing into high risk stuff, so your joke goes right over my head and indeed, to the moon Great points above from rmorelan and distressedpremed, I'll just throw this brief discussion by Physician on Fire (US-based blog but relevant) for the arguments for and against treating student loans as investment vehicles: https://www.physicianonfire.com/student-loans-asset-allocation/ I think interesting arguments on either side worth considering and I agree with rmorelan that in the end the correct answer likely depends on individual tolerance and situations.
  12. Hahah I am one of those people who feel the need to be in the market. I pay my LoC interest and then pay down a small portion of the principal each month, treating my LoC as if it was the conservative portion of an investment portfolio; there are arguments both for and against this, but essentially I am treating my LoC as an investment vehicle that provides a guaranteed prime-0.25% return. Currently I allocate a small percentage of my monthly income to this. The rest is going into index stocks held in a TFSA. Essentially I am running an aggressive mix of equities vs. pseudo-bonds, although I might up the LoC portion soon as rates are going up and prime-0.25 is already far above bond yield levels. I've heard of staff running 80-20 and more with equities (which I'm not sure I would emulate) so I think I'm being relatively reasonable given a hopefully long horizon. I keep a small stash of emergency funds to last me 2-3 months, and beyond that I am counting on my disability insurance kicking in if any severe needs arise. For mandatory costs like exams/fees I will draw on my LoC, as I have room left to cover all such foreseeable expenses. Of course in a real pinch I could take out the money in my TFSA, but I am treating that money as if it doesn't exist - I am throwing it into stocks and more or less forgetting about it. What I have in there is chump change compared to staff earnings and for me it is more about the experience of investing, learning its ropes and getting an idea of my risk tolerance levels during market fluctuations. What better time to learn this than when stakes are relatively low, during a time of global uncertainty? When I am staff, I will need to handle staff level finances, so I want to put myself through what is essentially a financial residency. I understand that investing in residency seems like an undue risk during a time with lesser earnings (and therefore lesser returns) and proportionally larger expenses, but If I threw all my earnings into LoC and forgot about it, I fear that I would not put in as much effort to proactively learn what kinds of financial issues staff docs deal with. I would encourage any of my colleagues who are not severely debt burdened (with either high-interest debt or excessive LoC debt causing +++interest per month) to get into investing or at least start learning about it through the various blogs run by MDs, or books. It really doesn't take That much time to get started and I don't think I've been any less of a proper medical learner for it!
  13. I hesitate to write this off as the action of socialist radicals. Maybe it's just my bias but it is difficult for me to understand it as an act of pure idealism in the light of the already punitive atmosphere towards physician income in this country; if you want lower income, just let the status quo do its job. What do these physicians think they will gain from doing this? We are clearly in the spotlight often enough as a profession that the "any publicity is good publicity" argument doesn't work.
  14. And that totally makes it okay! The fact that you can even type the word "scut" without curling up from PTSD is a sheer marvel for my monkey brain. Bill away, ubermensch!
  15. Hey hey I know we are this but you don't need to rub it in our simian faces
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