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  1. I respectfully disagree. This seemingly popular belief of "resident pay is low because staff pay is high" or vice versa is a non sequitur. The pay staff physicians receive is representative of their skill and their contributions to society, and is fairly deserved. It does not retroactively render residency pay irrelevant, since staff pay is payment for work done as staff, not as residents. We have a professional degree which, as you said, is getting harder and harder to attain by the year, and work experience/set of skills that are really quite exclusive, in a field which is essential and relevant to people's lives in a constructive way. If we need to put ourselves further into debt to make ends meet after all that (and clearly, with all this credentials inflation you mentioned, many of our cohorts are now filled with non-trads with families and even more degrees), we are underpaid, period. You cannot justify this with a fair pay that comes only after years, no matter how high it is. I agree it's good to learn good financial habits. It's better if we can learn it while actually being able to save anything meaningful. I do agree with the limited supply idea as far as it applies to within medicine. Healthcare system is overburdened, residents are cheap labour and will unfortunately likely continue to be. If a raise at resident level means a cut at staff level, I'm sure most residents would opt to endure the status quo. That being said, there should always be an effort to draw the resources from outside so that staff physicians are not hurt by resident raises. I could not care less about what happens to the pay in other industries. To stay still in a zero-sum game means your cut of the pie is eventually taken from you, as all current staff physicians must know so painfully well from their terrible negotiations with the government. I hope that the residency associations across the country realize this as our situation is essentially just a micro version of theirs. Definitely look at the staff pay down the line. Counting your blessings is a great way to stay sane. But I will not be told that what I am getting is fair when it isn't.
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    What to do during M1/M2?

    As polar opposite as these posts are, both are valid. First of all figure out what you want in life re: work/other priorities, which will help you decide what specialty you might be interested in; then look at the competitiveness of the specialty of your interest. You can take either of the above approaches or something in between depending on how competitive what you want is. While I respectfully disagree with Edict that their approach applies for all specialties, for ER I would definitely agree that you need to be the early bird.
  3. I've been told it doesn't really matter once you hit staff b/c it is a difference of maximum 1-2 years due to staff pay just being on a different scale. That being said, I've still been trying to save as much as possible and pay down what I can. Not with the goal of paying down everything before staff - I know I won't - but because I want to develop good financial sense and a frugal lifestyle that will let me hit the ground running when I turn staff. I think it's good to try and tighten belts a bit even during residency, with a "it can always get tougher" attitude.
  4. I'll be honest this kinda made me cringe because I still find myself doing this sometimes just to hide the fact that I'm dead inside ...right, this thread's about happy things like going home early. My bad. Sorry to be a party pooper.
  5. I would just add to the OP that not all residents find it annoying to have medical students around - I find them to be immensely helpful and, being in the early stages of residency, find myself working with students more or less as level colleagues, minus teaching them what I know when they're up for it and being there for them when shit hits the fan. I have no reason to have forgotten what it feels like to be a med student and when I suggest to my med students to go home it's honestly b/c I want them to get rest and have time to study for their million exams around every corner. I have yet to come across a med student who I wanted to send home b/c I was annoyed with them, although I guess there might be a first for that later. tl;dr don't get discouraged when residents tell you to go home thinking they're annoyed with you! chances are they mean well.
  6. Just wanted to get the forum's opinion on whether people generally take a week off before their LMCC2 exams to prepare. Is this necessary / recommended? Thanks
  7. Seriously? That actually worked? Where's our guy from a few months ago who wanted to launch that human rights lawsuit for his unmatch? We need to tell him his plan wasn't farfetched after all and that we will all eat our socks. The more I progress through med ed the more I come across these precedents that would make the Buddha shoot someone. The state of the system is less and less surprising.
  8. In advance to people who are going to reply to this thread, before you start tearing into it; I think we've all heard enough about people regretting medicine as a career choice that to push the ambivalents into it with a generalized "oh just try it you'll be fine" attitude is becoming more and more disingenuous. Yes it feels weird to most of us that a person might choose to opt out after being accepted, but the merits and fortune of admission aside, we should start with the stance that the people who are oscillating on these decisions are capable of mature and intelligent analysis and have reached out after doing much of it to no clear conclusion. That being said OP, I'm too early in the game to say anything other than good luck figuring it out. Do try looking up articles/blog posts for both sides of the issue, there are multiple out there. You might find some old forum posts on here also about the journey. For what it's worth, a few of my friends made the decision not to go into medicine after being accepted and they are now doing fine. They had solid alternate plans, though.
  9. I buy every draw, it's the only thing that gives me hope I can buy it if I skip meals, meals don't give me hope at least not when I'm trying to choke them down in 30 seconds while getting paged btw today is the draw, everyone go buy
  10. lol I signed off as MD Candidate throughout med school and didn't even realize it was frowned upon no one ever gave me flak for it or disadvantaged me in any way that was perceivable I don't think ppl really care what your email signature is, they barely care enough to read the first line of your email body and send you their one-word replies
  11. http://www.md.utoronto.ca/sites/default/files/Standards for grading and promotion of undergraduate medical students in the Foundations Curriculum.pdf
  12. 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.
  15. 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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