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  1. From the sounds of things, you've got a very strong background in research; probably more than most students in medical school -- myself included. Having spoken with residents and newer attendings in competitive (surgical) programs, research is often a requirement, but the extent to which how much research experience you have compared to others may be less important. It's important to consider that being a well-rounded applicant with experience in a number of areas will likely yield better results than trying to get as much research as you can; unless, of course, you're very interested in research. Being familiar with the projects you have been involved in, and why they were important to the field and your personal development, I would hope, would impress a committee more than pumping out endless research. Take this with a grain of salt, however, as my University doesn't have as strong a research program as other larger Universities. Long story short, it sounds like you're well on your way to having a competitive residency application. If I were you, I would now focus on gaining experience in other areas, getting as many related electives as possible, and excelling in those.
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    How do you "back up"?

    I think with the new cap in electives there is a lot of strategy that will come into play. With regards to the specific example that you mentioned (Internal and Family), if I were applying to those specialties, I might very well only do one elective in Family Medicine, if any at all. Partly because my school has a 6 week Family Medicine core rotation (unsure if all other schools do; I I am unfamiliar with the standardized core rotation policies), and also because of lot of problems a Family Medicine physician is exposed to are medicine specialist problems, and so doing rotation in CTU, Cardiology, Respirology, etc could very easily be rationalized in a personal letter for both internal medicine and family medicine. I suspect a lot of applications such as this will take a lot of skillful personal letter writing to sell one's self to similar specialites; I also think it will play to one's advantage in that one can gain a more diverse exposure, which is ultimately one of the purposes of bringing about this cap. Please keep in mind, however, that I am currently applying to neither Family Medicine nor Internal Medicine, and so my "strategy" may be completely wrong.
  3. If this is your first rotation ever, I would hope that the expectations of your preceptor(s) would be relatively lax. One way to stand out, in my opinion, would be to develop excellent history taking skills, as this would be (likely) your primary role. Being extremely thorough, yet direct with your questioning, is something that you will do continuously throughout your clerkship, and so developing good habits now will serve you in the long run. I'm not sure what your derm rotation is like, but I did a 2-week selective in derm a month or so ago, and it was entirely private practice. You will see a lot of psoriasis, eczema, actinic keratosis, some skin cancers, etc. Knowing how to treat those, and describe them accurately with appropriate terminology, I think, would be the difference between a good clerk and an outstanding clerk. Lastly, ask to do things in the clinic like punch biopsies. It shows you take initiative, and it's also probably the most exciting part of the rotation if you ask me. Best of luck!
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    How Do You Guys Manage Fitness With School?

    Even on the most challenging of rotations I generally found time to exercise. I had to cut down from four times a week to three days a week, but it turned out to be for the better in terms of making consistent progress. If maintaining a strong exercise routine is something that is important to you, then you make time for it; just like anything else. I think it's important to recognize that taking time to look after yourself -- in whatever way that is -- is just as important as maintaining your studies. It's all about balance. We make time for things that are important to us.
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    USask MPT

    I've completed my MPT and am now completing my MD, so I'm happy to offer any insight into this beyond your initial question. Regarding your question, a 90%+ average is more than sufficient. The mean average of accepted applicants can usually be found online, and should give you an idea as to how competitive you might be - thanks!
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    PT Dress Code

    Dress what you're comfortable in; you're simply going to a lecture like any other.
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    USask Med vs UManitoba med

    I'd suggest reading this thread, as someone has been in your situation already: As a U of S student myself, I can only comment on Saskatoon/Regina, but my learning experiences have been wonderful so far. Great cities and great staff/doctors to learn from.
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    Clerkship resources

    Can someone please explain UWorld to me a little more? I see that there are different "types" of UWorld, and I am wondering which one (Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS) is most appropriate for clerkship rotation studying? I would assume Step 2 CK is the one that students use, but I just want some clarification before I go spending a few hundred dollars - thanks!
  9. As I recall, orientation packages came out in the middle of July, so you should be receiving something within the next week or two. With regards to your concern about schedule, Koopatroopa is bang-on with the on45 schedule posted above. That is essentially what your year will look like. Generally speaking, you should expect to have classes on most days from 8:30-16:30, with the exception of two half-days off (on average) per week to accommodate clinical skills sessions.
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    MD Financial 2018 Backpacks?

    They're red this year. Interestingly, on their instagram beforehand, the backpack in the location of the red one was lit up, which kind of gave it away for me. Nice colour, though!
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    How is everyone doing?

    Good luck to everyone today! I remember how stressful it was to be in your position a couple years ago, but it is well worth the wait - hope to meet you all in the fall or over the year!
  12. Hi zeja02, I can understand why you'd be concerned since a lot of people who want to go into medicine might not get to experience a lot of the things that other students get to do more regularly. Fear not, though! I just wrapped up my first term of second year, and I can promise you that there is plenty of time for socializing and spending time with all the friends you'll have in medicine. I would say that medicine is not the "cut-throat" environment that "pre-med" can be; all of my classmates are incredibly collegial and there are always people going above and beyond to help one another do well. One certainly needs to be organized and keep up with things, but I can very easily manage the work load and still have time to do things that I enjoy such as going to the gym four times a week, cooking meals for myself every night, and extra-curricular soccer and basketball with classmates and clerks.
  13. It's been a number of years since I took PHPY classes, but from what I do remember PHPY 404 and 405 were the most enjoyable for me. I also did not take 401 and 402; 403 I found to be difficult, but there were a great deal of people who did very well in that class -- it all comes down to work ethic. 405, when I took it, was taught by one of the professors that teaches the two pharmacology 300-level courses, so his questions were similar to that course. If you're looking for courses that will aid in the transition from PHPY to medicine, I personally feel 404 and 405 would help you the most in establishing a solid background. Ultimately, it's what you enjoy the most; I'm biased towards neuro and cardio physiology and pharmacology.
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    Politeness / A$$ Kissing

    Having interviewed applicants for other professional programs other than medicine, I can tell you straight up that being overly polite or saying things that have been mentioned above (regarding being overly polite) will get you nothing but an eye roll; it does not do you any good. You are being assessed on your ability to think critically, analyze a question, and adequately articulate your thoughts to the assessor. A simple "Hello, my name is [x], nice to meet you" at the beginning will do you just fine. If you'd like, a "thank-you for your time" at the end is also appropriate. Anything else is overkill.
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    2017 Backpack?

    I think you're completely missing the point, @MountainAmboeba. No one is saying that the issues Indigenous people face isn't important. This thread is made to speculate the colour of a backpack. That's it. Trying to make the colour of a backpack relate in some way to Canada's history is trying to start conflict when there shouldn't be. If someone wants to talk about Canadian history, take it somewhere more appropriate. End of story. As for the safe space comment (and this comment is not aimed at any one particular person), this is the internet. The internet is not, and should not, be a "safe space". If you want a safe space, make one on campus. Similarly, the real world is also not, and should not be a safe space. The joy about having the freedom of speech is being able to say things that others disagree with. If you're so bothered by a comment that someone has made, maybe the problem isn't that person; maybe it's you.
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