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PeterPatting last won the day on September 2 2016

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  1. Sorry, striders02 hope you don't mind if I piggy-back on your thread. M2 here. Struggling recently with deciding whether or not to even look into doing research lol. I'm only interested in applying to FM. I was under the impression that reference letters (and therefore clinical performance) on rotations/electives are the main way you make oneself competitive. I've heard heresay that research honestly doesn't even matter (extra-curriculars in med school included). Given that I know I want FM, am willing to apply broadly within Ontario (1st choice, like many others, somewhere in the GTA), should I even bother with research? In light of the COVID-19 stuff going on, I honestly don't think PIs would be interested in taking students on anyway tbh
  2. Thanks for doing this @magneto. How does the earning potential of EM compare with FM generally speaking? I know FMs can make quite a bit doing stuff like pain clinics for instance. While I'm asking, how does it compare to the earning potential as an FM-hospitalist? I know it's really hard to quote numbers, but even rough estimates would be really helpful Thanks!!
  3. You're a beast. Also, if I'm not mistaken hospitalists pay none or very little overhead right? Have you incorporated? If yes/no how much are you taking home from the ~62K+? Thanks for the insight. Very helpful.
  4. Interesting! I want to make sure I'm doing the math here correctly. Pre-overhead Pre-Tax = 500k Post-Overhead Pre-Tax = 400k (at 20% overhead) Post-Overhead Post-Tax = 223k in ON? (I used this online personal tax calculator https://www.ey.com/ca/en/services/tax/tax-calculators-2018-personal-tax) Is this correct? I know literally nothing about how taxes work for physician services, so if anyone could clarify that would be fantastic! Thanks!
  5. Thank you both for your responses. I guess it all comes down to one's values re: their money. For instance, having my own place (which is high on my priority list) and paying $1800-2000k a month but living very frugally (which I am quite accustomed to) doesn't sound like bad plan. Generally speaking, I don't eat out often (usually only for social events), my weekly groceries, I've calculated easily wouldn't be anymore than $50 on average, most social things I like to do are pretty low budget or are free (+ I'm from Toronto so I feel like I've already enjoyed a lot of the things the city has to offer), and I'd like to believe that my years of frugality has cultivated enough financial discipline in me to keep spending under control. Also - at this point I'm almost dead set on FM (obviously subject to change) and so hopefully won't have to worry about doing a long residency. But all things considered, perhaps $1800-2000k is a bit much and I might start looking into cheaper alternatives. As an aside - do most people have cars? I don't imagine so but just thought I'd ask!
  6. I know everyone's budget will be different...but is it reasonable for me to spend $1800 - $2000k/month on rent (no roommate), with the money coming all from my LOC? To clarify - not asking whether or not it is financially possible, but whether or not it is prudent to do so (anyone know/have an idea of what the average graduating medical student debt is for students who live alone?).
  7. Hmmm! I see thank you for the heads up. Hopefully this happens sooner rather than later
  8. Anyone have any good experiences signing an LOC with TD? They're offering 300k (which as far as I've seen is the most out of all the big banks). Although their credits cards are more or less average (nothing ScotiaBank AmEx tier)
  9. I feel like I'm going to throw up... Result: Accepted!!!! Timestamp: 9:22 EST May 8, 2018 wGPA: 3.87 MCAT: met cutoffs ECs: (copy and pasted from invite 2018 thread) Lots of music stuff (RCM for piano at high level, played music/led a band for my youth group for 5+ years, self-taught guitar, song writing but tbh nothing really to show for it). Majored in an allied health profession in undergrad so really tried to incorporate my clinical experiences as much as I could. ZERO research...zilch...nada...nothing. Thought for sure that would make me dead on arrival (in combination with my sub-par wGPA). Had a bit of typical premed stuff - hospital volunteering, tutoring etc... Also tried to include some of my hobbies - stuff you would NEVER expect to see on a professional application lol. When I showed my app to a friend he said "Bro are you sure you want to include that?" I literally tossed them in there because (1) Yes I'm passionate about them (2) I thought there was no way I'd get interviewed so might as well show "all of me."  tl;dr - BELOW average imo (but I guess not the adcom's opinion lol) Advice to future applicants (based on my experience): Be yourself and most importantly be true to yourself. Show the adcoms the person you are, not the person you think they want you to be. Use discretion of course though lol Essays: Spent way too many days thinking about them and not enough days writing them. In the end I'd say I was moderately content with them - some more than others. Advice to future applicants(based on my experience): Be impactful and use stories. Research the school well, find out what qualities they're looking for and show how you've demonstrated those qualities through your story telling. Interview: I was fairly confident walking out, but I knew how I "felt" about it may not have any relationship to how I actually "did." Am stunned that it worked out! Overall, I'd say 3 interviews were rock solid, and 1 was moderately shaky but I think I handled myself well. Advice to future interviewers (based on my experience): It's stated on the forums everywhere but I think it makes a difference. Be a human in there and keep calm. I used PHD2MD's thread (below) to help in prep, but honestly I believe as long as you know yourself well, are prepared to see issues from both sides, and are able to "connect' with your interviewers, you are good to go. Year: Graduated undergrad in 2017 Cannot believe this. Dreams come true. I can guarantee you that I am FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR from an exceptional candidate (lower than avg wGPA, meh ECs, decent essays) and yet I landed a spot at U of T Med. I really want to drive home this point (because it is something I truly did not believe for the past 5 years): that you DO NOT have to have a 4.0 GPA, ridonkulous ECs, 10 first author pubs etc etc in order to get into U of T Med. Believe in yourself, and believe in the work you've put in. Best of luck to all future applicants. ....Holy balls I'm gonna be a doctor!!!!!!
  10. Still can't get over MAM's bit...got me HYPED at my interview lol
  11. Thanks everyone! I found @Butterfly_'s advice to be particularly helpful because as soon as I noticed a difference in their body language I quickly finished off my answer! (Usually I think it was a sign they wanted to give me their next question).
  12. Seeing how U of T's MPI is supposed to be a "conversation." I was thinking something in the neighbourhood of 4 minutes straight of talking would be way too much (even with the most interesting of things to express), with 2 minutes being ideal and 3 minutes being borderline. Help a brother out here lol!
  13. Interesting! I've heard that it's OK to acknowledge a new perspective but ultimately you should not falter and you should defend your original decision/answer. I've always thought this line of thinking was a bit too rigid and doesn't allow for adaptability to new contextual information (which is so necessary in medical practice imo!). Although at the same time I can see why it may not look good to concede and revoke your initial answer so quickly lol
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