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  1. skyuppercutt

    Online Master's Degrees

    I've actually been thinking about doing this as well, but then someone I spoke to asked me "why" I wanted to do a masters degree? Is it for the sake of doing another degree or do I actually want to do something with the degree i.e. masters in education because you want to work in an academic centre vs mba because you want to do management stuff etc. Definitely something to think about before you go ahead and do one, because it obviously will take a lot of time and money. Also, would be worthwhile to know what your program is. Not to talk down on some programs, but realistically you will have more time to do masters in path/psych/family vs general surg/internal etc Really what you should decide is why you want a degree first and then you can go ahead and do one if it will help you achieve your goals
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    Resident Dinner and Learns

    To give another perspective, this is something that I would definitely attend. I actually love attending talks like that, because I find that if I can leave with even just one new piece of knowledge on something that will make my life easier or help me change my practice in a way to make me more efficient I would do it. Just the opportunity to meet other residents and form relationships would be enough for me to attend. As Ellorie mentioned, I would also discuss stuff with my close friends/classmates and mentors, but this is something that I would do in addition to the above
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    Working as a FM Doc vs owning a FM practice?

    You don't have a choice as to whether or not you use your tuition credits. If you have any income (even if it's through a side gig and not residency) your tuition credits will be used up. If you don't apply for them to be used when you start making money, you will get a refund the following year when you file your taxes.
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    CaRMS statistics

    I'm pretty sure there is a statistic somewhere that showed that the vast majority of students who actually match, end up matching to one of their top 2 (or 3 choices) and anything after that their chances of matching drop steeply. So if you have 3 interviews and those are your top choices, chances are you'll probably match to one of them and adding more interviews is unlikely to add much to your chances of matching. That being said, I would still recommend going to as many interviews as possible. I went to every single one of my interviews (had 14) even though I was pretty confident I would match to one of my top 3 (matched to top choice). Also, I don't claim to know the rank lists of all my classmates but Idk anyone who matched to their 4th choice program in my school. People either matched to one of their top 3 choices or not at all...
  5. It depends on what you want to use it for. If you want uworld to study for the MCCQE then you should start it 1-2 months before you take the exam. If you want to use it to study during clerkship then it would make sense to get a 1 year subscription and do block questions as you rotate through each block. You can then get another subscription closer to the MCCQE 1 exam and review then. To answer the original question, I used Uworld for step 2 CK for about 1 month before writing the MCCQE 1 and did above average in almost all sections. Not top score or anything, but I was comfortable with my score. Also 2 days before writing the MCCQE1 I also wrote the step 2 Ck and passed that too with a decent margin, so it's def doable in 1 month and I don't consider myself to be particularly smart or anything. Also I only ended up going through like 1400 questions or so, so just over half the questions and I was fine. If you do 2 months and are a decent test taker you should no problem with either exams.
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    Lines of Credit

    MD Financial is not a bank, so you can't get a LOC from them. They would likely recommend you get one with scotiabank. There shouldn't be any fees associated with having it, as mentioned above
  7. I'm not sure for CAMH. When I was a MAM student I don't remember that option being available. I believe there are 2 students out of each rotation group of 9 that could do rotations at SickKids.
  8. Is PHEO -> public health and ethics? I tried searching for the term, but I couldn't find what it actually stands for Thanks in advance
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    Paying off federal component of OSAP

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    Ideally, as soon as it becomes available. Many students will be waiting for the portal to open for them to submit their application immediately. Really depends on the admin department, how many others have applied to the elective and whether homeschool students get first dibs. For example, if you applied to an elective and 6 other students applied before you did. The electives office should offer each of them the elective first. They then have 1 week to cancel, so if each student procrastinates it can take 1.5 months for the office to get back to you. Also, some run wait lists and some don't, etc. So the answer is that it really depends. Can take 2-3 months sometimes and it's pretty frustrating tbh. Depends on the specialty etc. I would imagine that derm electives don't get cancelled too much, but internal medicine electives probably do. depends on the school's policy. For most, it's at the time of application. Not if the doctor that fills out the form for you adds them in. It's usually less than 12 months before the application for electives. Idk anyone who had to complete them twice even if they booked them over 12 months in advance (could be wrong though) -> check the school's policy that you're applying to. If they say within 12 months of the electives then do it to be on the safe side
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    Paying off federal component of OSAP

    That's true, but only for the first 6 months after you graduate. After that, you get charged interest for both. No, if you submit any payment it will be divided between your federal and provincial loan depending on what your split is i.e. if your loan is 60% federal and 40% provincial and you pay them $1000 then $600 will go towards federal and $400 towards provincial. This really depends on your personal financial situation. It may that way for some people, but for others, it could be different. For me and many of my classmates, the split was closer to 90% federal and 10% provincial. The only way to truly know is to call NSLS and ask them. You can find the number in the contact us section of their website. Don't call OSAP, they won't have this information, call NSLS. This is the best decision, unless you will do loan forgiveness program, which case you should call them to find out what your breakdown is and only consolidate enough that you can still benefit from the program or if the vast majority of your loan is provincial in which case it might be cheaper to wait 6 months and then consolidate <-- it is unlikely that most of your loan will be provincial and much more likely that most of it will be federal.The only way to know for sure though is to call as mentioned above. Cheers
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    Paramedicine at UFTSC? EASY???

    I stand corrected. Thank you for sharing this! Completely agree with this too! Have a like!
  13. Just a word of advice: easy electives depend more on who the preceptor is rather than the specialty. Obviously, the specialty would make a difference e.g. don't sign up for a Neurosurg elective expecting it to be easy. That being said, I've had some classmates do neurosurg at a community hospital and basically chill all the time, because the surgeons were like, ya, you're not going to operate, go see a consult and chill. Some family docs do hospitalist, which can be super chill, but it can also be super easy depending on the hospital and the person you're with, so it really can be hit and miss. I did urology in a community hospital and boy it was awesome. never had to round on patients in the AM. ORs are done by 2pm. Just stood and watched a lot and every now and then put a Foley in LOL People could probably help you more if you give us an idea of where you are/want to do an elective in and what specialty you hope to match to...
  14. skyuppercutt

    Paramedicine at UFTSC? EASY???

    No worries, I'm happy to answer questions. 1. Where did you do your UG degree? I see that you’ve changed your major quite a bit, but at what university did you complete your degree? I won't share that, because it would make it really easy for people to know who I am and at this point, I would like to keep it anonymous. I did it in Ontario though. You can very easily switch into and out of undergrad degrees as long as your grades in your terms are good. I just had to sign a paper and poof, degree switched. Other classmates who did not have good marks couldn't do it so well. I did mess up the order though because I did engineering -> business -> bio, so I'm not sure if it would be easy to switch into engineering but going into business and bio was fine. I didn't even need to do extra terms before graduating (i.e. finished in 4 years) because I got credits for most of my courses and the ones I didn't get credits for just counted as electives. This did mean that I had less easy courses to choose from but I was a good test taker so it worked out. 2. Split this question: Do you mind listing your ECs and volunteer experiences? Haha made me pull up my application for this one: First aid in the community (ended up holding leadership positions); Teaching assistant; mentored lower year science students; one summer of research (but got 2 publications); orientation leader; started a club (which fell apart the next term, but obviously I didn't mention that); did some student leadership course that was offered through my university and free (++ resume padder, you can def find stuff like that); was on deans list and got some entrance scholorships. Also are the ones I do in high school right now, weighed the same as the ones I do in university? University is weighed more unless you started something in high school and are continuing it during undergrad 3. What was your cGPA? 3.84 (includes a course I got a 60% in first year and some summer courses. does not include UofT's formula for dropping courses) 4. Did you shadow any doctor in university? How significant is doing so? No, I don't think it really matters. Much better to do things you enjoy and are benefiting society. ABOUT TO DROP WISDOM BOMB -> Probably one of the most important things is not really the experiences, but your ability to write about them and express (what you got and learned from them in an easy to follow story format (especially for UofT essays or interviews). This not only applies for medical school but also for residency having just matched. The interviews that I absolutely killed (in a good way) where the ones that I could just tell a nice story, not about how amazing I was (which I'm not, I consider myself pretty average in my class), but about things I enjoyed, why I enjoyed etc. - Eg. I shadowed a doc and learned about the health care system and know what it's like to be a doctor so I know this is the right career for me. I helped with organizing patient files and telling patients where to go --> useless. I shadowed a doc (or volunteered in a nursing home/ or worked as a cashier <-- see experience doesn't matter) and had the chance to interact with people in different age groups. One experience that stood out to me was when I helped an elderly woman 5. What is one piece of advice that you would give a high school student who is transitioning to university life? What should they do/know before starting school in September, in terms of preparing to learn? Learn how to cook, exercise, party (but not too much) and start off strong. Stay uptodate with your courses and try to review the material by the end of the week. The courses I did amazing at, where courses where I'd review the material at the end of the day. 6. Most people I see on forums go to U of T, Mac or Western. I was just wondering how people at medical school actually went to Ryerson or York? Is it high or low? Honestly, Idk that many people who went to ryerson or york in our class. They are smaller schools though so you would expect proportionally less students common there. UofT is huge, so even if 0.5% get into med school it could still be more students than 2% from york. Most students are from healthsci at mac, since, as mentioned before, their undergrad is easy AF 7. If I get into Western’s Med Sci and York’s Kinesiology (let’s just say theoretically), which one would you recommend? They are arguably polar opposites. However, apparently Med Sci is similar to Mac’s Health Sci, so I don’t know. I don't know either of these programs, so can't speak to it. I know more students from western than york, but I assume you can do more with a kin degree than with a med scie degree if you don't get into med school. My advice if you want medicine and think you can get good grades, pick the easiest possible degree and go from there, while being aware that you might not get in. It's a risk that I took switching into bio and it worked for me but I knew my marks in engineering were also in the high 80's low 90's in a touch school, I felt comfortable knowing I would do well in bio. There are also many examples for people who did the same switch and did not get in. Sorry my answer to this is not as straighforward as the other Q's
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    Paramedicine at UFTSC? EASY???

    Hahaha I did it since I switched out of engineering because I went from: almost guaranteed to having a job after undergrad --> hopefully getting into medical school