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  1. What does it mean to "audit" an undergrad course? Is that like taking a continuing education course?
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. This happened to 1 guy I know and they emailed all the programs they did electives at expressing interest in interviewing. No red flags and nice person too. They ended up getting interviews and matched to their program of choice.
  11. I think this is the first year some FM programs said they wouldn't interview everyone who applied
  12. Depending on the medical school you're at, some schools (like UofT) will pair you with a staff supervisor who you can contact for shadowing and research ...etc if you come from a first in university background. See if your school has a program like this Sometimes your profs will leave emails for students on their slides after they present, often if you talk to them, they're happy to let you shadow
  13. Was wondering what people's thoughts were on this program - is it worth it if you know you'll likely be in ontario for 5 years? http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/rlirp/faq.aspx
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