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  1. FYI there are tons of community hospitals outside the major cities (in fact the majority of hospitals in Canada) where the EM docs are just straight family medicine doctors with the 2 years and no extra training, so don't be too worried about the +1 unless you really want to only be urban.
  2. I can speak for all the Ontario schools, wear a suit. Everyone does and even if the programs say business casual is fine you will stick out as underdressed at the interview
  3. The disability insurance isn't specifically for the LOC, disability insurance is to help with any costs should you be unable to continue your schooling/career (yes, LOC payments will be one thing your disability insurance will help with but you will also need money to cover things like basic living expenses depending on the disability, person's financial situation, etc.) I did med school in Ontario so it may vary between provinces, but almost everyone I know got insurance from the OMA, and a few from RBC I believe. Personally with how cheap it is during medical school (especially via the OMA) I would recommend everyone gets it, you never know if you could get hit by a bus going to school one day and have your future changed forever. UofT in fact requires students (or at least used to) to have disability insurance to even be eligible for their financial aid program.
  4. I know of one student in my class who transferred between Ontario schools for family reasons, but it occurred in the time between clerkship and preclerkship which likely made it easier to facilitate
  5. Anecdotally, but I worked with a few physicians who trained in the 70's and 80's who apparently paid off their tuition each year just by working summer jobs at local businesses (stores, factories, etc) during their summer break. Some rough napkin math - today if one worked 40 hrs/week at minimum wage of $14/hr for 3 months, they would make $6720, which is around a quarter of what my tuition costs. So tuition has definitely increased more than our potential to pay it off without debt.
  6. I received OSAP for 8 years in total between undergrad + med school, so no need to worry you will still be eligible. I think they've made it mostly grants now, and your school may have its own financial aid program with scholarships and grants on top of OSAP (we had this at Toronto at least)
  7. I'm at the Mississauga campus, here are my thoughts but I encourage you to read through old threads here and ask other people if you can Pros: -for clinical rotations you are often one-on-one with staff or at least just you and 1-2 other students, a resident, and a staff. You have the opportunity to be very involved at all times, whereas I have heard of students downtown being left out when there are multiple residents and fellows on your team -from what I have heard from students downtown I think the call schedules for clerkship in Mississauga are a bit more chill -very nice facilities on campus for preclerkship, the HSC building is great, and all of the admin staff are also wonderful and somehow manage to know all the MAM students by name -can be slightly cheaper in terms of rent Cons: -not as many research opportunities if that's your thing, there is always the option to do research projects downtown but then the commute can be a pain -if you want something supercompetitive like plastics, ophtho, may be a bit harder to work with the program directors or get letters from the big names in the field, but overall I think our class does as well as downtown for CaRMS -Mississauga is a lot more spread out so car is more of a requirement (although certainly there are students who have managed without one) -not as much nightlife in Mississauga, many class social events will be downtown requiring travel -for most lectures and interest group meetings you will be on videoconferencing at MAM with the speakers downtown, so can make it harder to ask questions I was very happy with MAM and would definitely choose it again if I had the option, but there are certainly many who only would want to be in Toronto and that's understandable
  8. Not nearly as far along as you, but many of the younger staff I know got jobs through connections they made doing locums after finishing PGY-2. I do also see lots of jobs listed in the OMA magazine that gets sent out every so often, that can be another place to start
  9. I'm sure many of us had very different ideas of what medicine and our careers would be like at the time we applied compared to now, we are allowed to change our minds. And what an admission committee member wants to hear definitely is not what's best for each individual person as a whole. Some like you may want to work more, some want to work less. I have already seen far too many tired, on the verge of burning out residents and physicians thanks to the hours they have to work. I have also met physicians happily working 30 hours a week and dedicating the rest of their time to hobbies, raising a family, i.e. the things that for many people are what are most important to them, and are still able to provide quality care to their patients, and are still contributing a great deal to public service. We only get one life after all. Just because the medical school system places a limit on spots does not mean people are obligated to work a certain amount to pay back some kind of debt to society. Over an entire career the work a physician does, even working less than full time, will be more than enough to pay back the resources used to train them. Heck I think the system would be better off training more physicians with smaller workloads expected of them, we would have far greater happiness in the profession, likely far less burnout and mental health issues among physicians as well, but that's debatable.
  10. This is exactly the kind of toxic attitude that is all too prevalent in medicine. There's more to life than just working, and medicine is ultimately just a job, yes a special one but still just a job. If someone wants to work 30 hours a week with no call that is absolutely their decision to make, there is no "supposed to work more than the average person."
  11. The vascular spot is surprising. And Ottawa derm, again
  12. From discussions at my school (Toronto) this no longer happens as it was a legal issue in regards to the CaRMS contract between the applicants and CaRMS, where notifying schools before the applicant could be seen as a breach of contract. So it shouldn't happen this year
  13. Personally I would recommend Anatomy and Cell Biology if med school alone is the goal. Had far less difficult mandatory life sci courses than the physiology or pharmacology programs, and more room for elective/complementary courses where you can take a variety of topics to prepare for medicine. In terms of grad school or other job prospects possibly biochemistry or neuroscience but I'm not sure.
  14. We still have rotations right now in Toronto. Then get home and Netflix/gaming, sleep and repeat. The anxiety is certainly building each day.
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