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  1. I had someone who used to bully me in elementary school and they were in my med school class...it sounds like you hadn't met Josh for several years - perhaps they have changed? I used to feel dread about facing this bully and having to interact with them in my class but people mature. They might be a douchebag before but maybe developed better social skills after, or maybe had some tough things going on that made them act that way back then. I wouldn't be too worried about his grades or him getting in before you, there will always be someone who does better than him and once in med, marks don't matter but personality / reputation does.
  2. I used it - it was more focused on the medical knowledge side of things whereas the exam seemed to be less focused on knowledge but rather counseling...I felt like I probably didnt need to use it for this exam.
  3. Most people at my school used Toronto Notes and UWorld. The sample exams that you purchase for $500 on the MCC website probably mirror the exam format the best and if you're a Canadian med student, you will often have a mock MCC exam that is organized by your school for MCC to test future questions. The one difference between the MCC and UWorld is that UWorld tends to give you more info in the question stem than you need to know including red herrings and irrelevant info for you to filter out to pick the answer. However the MCC tends to give you less info as lots of the questions are just 1-2 sentences each. Uworld is good for learning due to the level of detail in the answer choice explanation and mirrors realistic clinical practice (when patients give you a lot of info) but may not reflect the actual format of the exam, which is why I also recommend the MCC sample tests.
  4. I really like Paul Bolin's videos on youtube. It's a bit more detailed than Online Meded in terms of management and pathophysiology.
  5. What does it mean to "audit" an undergrad course? Is that like taking a continuing education course?
  6. It's not as bad in Emerg because right now the demand is still there, I know of several CCFP+1 ER who are working in GTA and academic centres downtown as staff. In surgery the job market is tighter hence why some are doing CAs
  7. I am currently a UofT resident and previous UofT medical school graduate with experience as a file reviewer and interviewer for both medical school and residency. I was accepted to 8 Canadian medical schools and 2 American Ivy League schools. I am accepting new students to tutor this year as I really enjoyed getting to know prospective applicants and helping them highlight the unique aspects of their applications. Over the years, it was rewarding to see applicants get in and keep in touch with them throughout medical school. This year, I also got the opportunity to tutor some colleagues who were second-attempt takers for the MCCQE 1, and I was able to help them study for common types of questions that tend to repeat with each exam, confusing PHELO scenarios, and questions that might seem 'random' (but are not so random if you have clinical experience). What I am offering: 1. Medical School Application Review & Interview Practice I have experience with the application and interview process for the following schools: UBC, UofA, UofC, Western, Mac, Toronto, Queen's, and Ottawa. Rates: Whatever you can afford - it's an expensive process, so DM me and we can talk about how to make the best use of your time for the cost. 2. MCCQE 1 Tutoring I am familiar with the new format of the exam and will share all my study materials free of charge if I tutor you (these materials alone probably costs hundreds of dollars). My score was 293 (pass score 226). I have scored above average in all categories with highest performance in Psychosocial & Professional Behaviours sections. I find people tend to think the Professional behaviours questions are the most 'random' but I have a lot of clinical experience in public health/ethics so this was my strongest section. Rates: $70/hour Available through Google Hangouts (preferred for share screen), Skype, Phone call or In-Person. Send me a DM if you're interested and we can chat about how I can best help you!
  8. I didn't have that many friends in medicine either as I'm introverted, but I made friends outside of medicine in the above fields as well as in teaching and arts. I do agree a lot of med school conversations can be narrow in scope due to how much doctors work. Don't worry too much about not making a lot of friends in med school, there's a benefit to not being in the 'med school bubble'...in a way you'd be less likely to turn into the case described above
  9. Wow I can't believe the others laughed - really makes me wonder how that person's going to treat the majority of patients - many of whom are low SES
  10. When I was a clerk on IM, early on I tried to spend more time talking to patients. Because of this, one time I forgot to write down the CBC+lytes values on my sheet (even though I checked) so that when we were doing afternoon rounds, I realized I didn't have it available in front of me and we had to waste 5 min pulling up the pt's labs on the screen. I got told that it was 'unprofessional' that I didn't 'come prepared' to the rounds. After that, I spent more time looking at a screen and documenting lab values than speaking to the patient because that provided me with more 'valuable' information. What I liked doing was talking to patients, but what got me 'ahead' was detecting minute changes to their lab values...smh
  11. Hi OP, it's good that you posted this because I was in a similar situation when I started medical school and found out someone who had bullied me in elementary and junior high school would be in the same class. As Lactic Folly has said, don't decline your offer - you worked hard for it, go to class and channel your experience into being a better, more relatable doctor. You will see lots of patients on peds, psych, and family med who experience lots of bullying themselves. Even if the class is small, for the most part people are friendly and you will find your own group. The medical programs tend to take harassment from peers seriously and because of the fear of getting a 'red flag', students tend to be outwardly professional for the most part. People mature, and so have you - let go of the past and focus not on what others think of you but on how you can be the better person.
  12. I did a few night shift work here and there, paid enough to cover my rent living in downtown toronto each month. Sure I was sleep deprived and it's not considered good 'self care' by some people's definitions but sometimes I skipped classes to sleep during the day and just watched the lectures at 2x speed later. Other classmates worked as tutors for $20-30/hr on weekends, others did lab research (they were previously lab assistants) or pharmacist, optometrist work during the day and watched lectures at night. Some worked for those med consulting companies for premeds - not sure what the payment for this would be, perhaps someone else can share how much they earn? Wouldn't recommend it in clerkship though especially during internal and surgery, nearly failed a rotation because I was working too much
  13. I would also not recommend this service. I was recruited in first year med along with some colleagues to run a clinical skills seminar for premeds. I joined because it seemed like a good way to refresh my clinical skills and they also offered you $200 for your time over a weekend. I should have known but it wasn't until I saw a website ad from them but they were charging hundreds from these premeds just to learn how to use a stethoscope, how to take vitals, etc from us MS1s (we weren't even that qualified at that stuff yet). Also since knowing that stuff was pretty useless to a premed, I also offered them my contact info and gave them application tips, though that wasn't in my job description. In the end, none of us actually got paid and when I emailed the organizer twice on behalf of my colleagues, I was told by him that he'll talk to the accountant about it, but this never materialized. To give the organizer (Ian Plener) the benefit of the doubt, he's a doctor himself who runs this website as a side business so he may be busy and forgot and since we're busy med students we never ended up always emailing to follow up...but I was reminded of this incident when I saw this thread again There are equivalent resources on Premed 101 all for free and lots of people willing to help you if you just message or post a thread. If you look, you will find it.
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