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freewheeler last won the day on July 27 2017

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  1. A lot can be said here, some excellent points already raised. I am not in the position to write an extensive reply at this time, but can relate to some of what you've shared, so feel free to PM me if you'd like. Gradually re-orienting yourself towards making self-care a priority, identifying and striving to live in alignment with your personal values, as well as managing expectations of yourself and your personal/professional life will all likely be quite beneficial for you--this is something all of us--myself included, are constantly striving to get a handle on as this is a natural part of life. The rigours of the pursuit of medicine, the training process and elements of the culture of medicine can all certainly intensify this process, but need not do so. At the end of the day, medicine is just a job. All you have to do is find the area within it that you find the day-to-day work tolerable, then just rinse/repeat as you provide a service to others and progressively become financially secure, while pursuing your other interests. The medicalschool and medicine subreddlts may have much more discussion for you to search through.
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    How to deal with anxiety?

    Pursuing medicine is a grind. Learning medicine is a grind. Practicing medicine is a grind. Do your best to stay connected with family/friends, try to get to bed earlier on a consistent basis, consider practicing relaxation skills on a daily basis--whether meditation, yoga, progressive muscular relaxation, etc., reconnect with an exercise routine and try to eat well. Self-care is essential. Medicine is absolutely anxiety, depression, and burnout provoking. Either get used to feeling shitty everyday and showing up in spite of it, or spend some time reflecting on your values, establishing some personal goals and putting your self-care first. It's not easy, however.
  3. Probably. Clerks usually wear hip-length white coats, so as long as that's the case I don't see why anyone would care if yours didn't have a collar. I rarely wear mine, only for OSCEs and the odd time when on our clinical experiences during coursework. I think in clerkship certain rotations may ask you to wear one for the few weeks you are with them, but otherwise you really don't use it much anyways.
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    U of T vs. MacMed

    In that case a 3 yr program sounds like a better fit. If you are deadset on a competitive specialty however, be aware that you'll have to really be on top of your time management and self-care routine as you'll have to be much more proactive in planning things and building your CV during a shorter program and without summers. Not to mention the stress of having electives prior to clerkship rotations at a 3 yr program.
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    U of T vs. MacMed

    Generally: 1) Avoid 3 yr schools 2) Go wherever you have the best social support network 3) Go wherever you see yourself doing residency/practicing
  6. Overall, go to the school where you'll have the best social support network, where you are happy to live and see yourself potentially doing residency and practicing and if you have the choice, go to a 4 year school where you do your core rotations before electives. Do your best to be proactive about maintaining your well-being before starting medical school and do your best to stick to it as you go through the process.
  7. Lots of factors that go both ways listed in your posts, OP. That being said, if you sense that you are vulnerable to burnout (or currently burnt out), I would advise against a 3 year program. I also advise that you should go somewhere that you have your core rotations before doing electives. Ultimately I think you should go wherever you will have the best social support network, whether that is Mississauga or Waterloo.
  8. I don't know either, but what I was getting at in my previous post would likely be some sort of leadership commitment that involves a significant amount of responsibility, where you are an integral part of the initiative(s) and are able to have a significant, positive impact. Also, research because that's what people do and like to see. As always, take this with a grain of salt...and I may or may not have any of the above experience during medical school but have no concerns with regards to CaRMS.
  9. I think everything likely works out in the end, but I am probably not the best person to ask as I am not a gunner. That being said, U of C is usually on par with the national average in terms of match %. Also, as has been discussed many times on this forum, the largest factor ultimately is the individual and the strategy they take/effort they put in, above curriculum influences. There's also something to be said for the inherent randomness of CaRMS--from what I've read of previous posters on this forum. I think if you have a maniac-like work ethic, somehow managed to be on top of your personal self-care and haven't been burnt out immediately before starting medicine and then manage to maintain your well-being (or at least maintain the ability to continually neglect it while forcing yourself to study as much as possible and be as socially engaging as possible), while proactively pursuing shadowing opportunities to quickly rule in/out specialties soon after starting medicine and either already have or be able to quickly develop reliable, professional connections and perhaps even mentorship in the field you are seeking to enter, as well as allocate your time towards involvement in high level ECs and research, that you could probably position yourself quite well for any specialty and craft a very competitive application. You'd have to do the above at any medical school, but I can imagine that it would likely be somewhat more challenging with a condensed curriculum. I've taken an approach opposite to the above and have managed to find a medical specialty and mentorship that suits me. Take the above with a grain of salt, as it's just a mixture of my own opinion and personal experience.
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    Opinions: R.Kin in Medicine?

    Yes, a background in kin would serve you well as there is minimal teaching on nutrition and of course nothing on exercise programming, however as a physician it is rare that one would go into that kind of depth with patients unless they operated a rather unique practice--likely involving private billings, as I cannot imagine spending a lot of time on exercise and nutritional counselling as an MD while remaining financially feasible. The other thing to keep in mind is that the term "Registered Kinesiologist" AFAIK is only relevant in Ontario. In other provinces, there is no such regulated term and instead the requirements to be a "Kinesiologist" are much lower.
  11. Really no point in ruminating or overanalyzing any of this after the fact. This was a great learning experience and try to take what you can from it and consider how you can better prepare yourself for interview situations in the future as well as relaxation strategies you can work on to help calm your nerves to a more manageable level in stressful situations moving forward. Plenty of members on this board can relate to having a wide range of interview experiences, including having stumbled at points, yet still receiving an offer. I know it can be tough to distance yourself from the situation right now and let it go, considering the emotions you are feeling right now post-interview, but trust in the fact that life goes on. Worst case scenario, you now have some valuable first-hand experience that you can learn from and use to guide your preparation for a future, more successful performance. On the other hand, you may even find yourself pleasantly surprised when May rolls around.
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    CMPA fees by specialty

    It's the price neurologists pay for wearing unfashionable bow ties to work.
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    Painted Nails? Male & Female

    Don't do it. People will think you are either socially inept, a straight up weirdo or both if you do this. Try to at least pretend to be normal for a couple hours, like everybody else does...then you can be as eccentric as you want if you get in, and then if you become a staff physician you can be as dysfunctional as you want to be. And the cycle continues.
  14. What information would a limited statistic like that even tell you?