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  1. Pros: Easier travels -- Academic hospitals in Hamilton (namely HGH, Juravinski, St. Joes) are all quite far apart. Depending on your luck (or lack thereof) you may end up doing tutorials at most if not all of those sites in additional to McMaster University. For this past year, I have been at Mac, Juravinski and St. Joes as well as occasionally HGH. You can try to carpool with others, but for optimal control driving yourself is best. Bus passes are also not supplied to Mac Med students so commuting can become costly, in addition to crappy bus service. Cons: Parking -- usually a massive pain in the gluteal region. Most places in the city (especially downtown) are either pay parking or limited (1-2hr) parking. This is especially true around hospitals, made worse by the fact that as pre-clerks you can't even purchase a transponder for staff parking.
  2. Maybe Im still too junior but it seems to me like some of the USMLE Step I questions/concepts are fairly low yield/unpractical for clinical practice... I have never been a huge fan of basic science minutiae, and in combination with the fact that I'm considering EM/FM (and would be perfectly content with FM even without +1 EM) would it even be necessary? I personally hate spending a whole lot of money (and effort) studying for something if its going to be stuff that I'll more or less forget after 1 core clerkship rotation. For people who already took Step I, did studying for it (and writing the exam) honestly help with clerkship or clinical practice? If not, I'll much rather focus on preparing for clerkship/clinical electives stuff than waste brainpower on basic science minutiae
  3. GrumpyMoriarty, on 29 Jun 2016 - 8:39 PM, said: Yea many of my classmates heard the same thing. Luckily I'm terrible at following people's advice and decided to just do my own thing
  4. Do your own research with independent credible sources, and apply wherever you like as long as the chances are not 0%. Unlike in healthcare or other professional settings, people are not held responsible for the advice/comments they provide, and hence can say literally whatever the bloody hell they want, and this is especially true online due to the added protection of anonymity. As such you should always take advice given in a non-professional setting with a grain of salt (or even a high index of suspicion). I was told in high school by a premed in university that I probably have no chance of getting into med school because only the "genius" students would have a fighting chance... clearly I didn't take that advice to heart
  5. Looking at Emerg stats made me cry a little bit on the inside T_T
  6. Hi Everyone, Pre-clerk here trying to plan early for clerkship next year. Mainly interested in Emergency Medicine. Just wondering if anyone has input regarding 2 week vs 3 week vs 4 week electives at various academic emergency centers. My main worry is that unlike some other electives where one might get to work with 1-2 preceptors, staff rotate fairly frequently in any Emergency Department. Given that elective time is limited, I was wondering what would be the best use/balance of elective periods. ie I have a 8 week elective block, which I could do 2+2+2+2 or 3+3+2 or 4+4... I worry that if I do a 2 week elective I may not even see the same staff physician twice in a row, and hence procuring letters may be abit more difficult. On the other hand, If I only do 4 week electives, I may not be able to see as many sites and get acquainted with as many EM programs. If anyone has any tips/advice/pearls regarding this, please do not hesitate to let me know
  7. There are Type A personalities in med school and there are the billion other types as well, just like any other walks of life. No one is perfect and part of the job (and part of life in general) is trying to get along with people who may not always fit with your own personality. If you were hoping that you are going to be bffs with everyone in medical school, you are going to be very much dissapointed. I have long realized that its much easier just being friends people that you get along with and just try to be professional with those you do not. That being said, in private, there are definitely people in my school that I would consider to be a little dim/rude/questionable-admit, but I'm sure there are those who think I am dim/rude/questionable-admit as well. Lastly, I think med school is generally more chill (at least in the pre-clerkship years) than pre-med. I remember hearing stories from premed students of extreme premed zealots who ripped out pages from a library textbook to prevent others from being able to use it. Thats abit of an extreme example, but in general, there is very little back-stabby behaviour in my medical school. That may partially be due to the fact that most of our resources are now on the interwebs and its much harder to rip out webpages, but also because there's very little need to. Unless you want to gun for a super-competitive specialty with no backup, there's usually no need to stab each other in the back and people quickly find that working together is far more conducive to getting shtuff done.
  8. Observerships are really for your own learning purposes as far as I know. You can A. use it as a supplement to textbook learning and see realistic clinical presentations (especially if you read around the cases after those observerships) B. gain some insight into what the lifestyle of a staff in that field is like. However, I do understand that observerships can get boring if you are just shadowing and not doing anything. I have been doing lots of observerships/informal electives since starting med school and as far as I can tell the lines between observership/electives can be fairly easily blurred once you get to know the preceptor and they sort-of trust you to not kill the patient. Show up, be enthusiastic, ask questions that (kind-of) sound smart. Read around the cases, especially if you plan on doing more than 1 day with that preceptor so that you can demonstrate improvement. Start off by asking if you can take the next patient's history and measure vitals. As far as I can tell, the good staff who actually want to teach always appreciates enthusiastic and eager learners so it never hurts to ask.
  9. That was literally the 1st or 2nd day of orientation -- the Vice Dean gave us a long lecture about social media awareness and professional behaviour, apparently (from word-of-mouth) in the past some studencts crashed a golf cart or something along those lines whilst on a school-arranged retreat.
  10. Its moments like this that make me thankful that I'm a friendly drunk and not a fight-y drunk.
  11. Is it reasonable/possible to do a CCFP residency during/after FRCPC-EM? I like emerg but don't know if I can handle overnight shifts and the adrenaline rush after 65. I understand that there's a subspecialty year in year 4 of FRCPC-EM, would it be possible to work towards CCFP certification during that year? What about after FRCPC? (I would imagine that the FRCPC-EM program would cover most if not all of the year 1 rotations in various specialties).
  12. Advise from all my supervising preceptors so far: Go home and read around your cases. Admittedly its much harder to do in pre-clerkship as we have all sorts of other school-work to deal with, but that's probably something to keep in mind during clerkship and beyond. Other than that: Epocrates and Medscape both tend to be great mobile resources to look up drugs quickly but it takes some getting used to. I gave up on trying to memorize dosages at this point since its not really useful and I am hardly qualified to prescribe, so I just skip to the pharmacology/mechanism of action section to understand what the drug does.
  13. Water was provided at the two rest stations within your MMI cycle. Your rest station will depend on when you start. unfortunately there will be someone who starts at the rest station. But its a great opportunity to chat with us about what med school is like and stuff... or just to chill for abit between the different scenarios. You wouldn't need a watch as there will be loud and annoying timers (I think the same ones used to call codes, at least in the location i went). And as someone has already mentioned, you probably shouldn't be looking at your watch. Maybe time yourself when practicing at home so that you can discuss your perspective for 5-6 minutes, but also make sure that you leave some time for the interviewer to ask some questions. Most of the questions I received were helpful for me to modify or clarify my perspective and show deeper insight.
  14. Mac students don't really have a summer... unless you count 1 week as a summer break. We have to do 7 weeks of clinical (or research) electives during this time, which may not be enough for getting a paid summer research job. Clerkship starts about 2 months after our summer break as well, so I think most students actually would go for the clinical exposures so as to not be entirely clinically incompetent when clerkship hits. Keep in mind that the jobs done in undergrad (been there, done that) as part of the work study program are not really that conducive towards your future career once you get into medical school. Most research jobs offered through work study are for basic science (ie bench-based) research, whereas research that looks good in medical school are mostly clinical research (ie. RCTs, epidemiological studies, QI reviews). And whilst 8 hours might not seem like alot right now, you will come to realize how important self-care can be in medical school and how that 8 hours can better be used towards studying and/or rest.
  15. Aside from getting some general studying done, I have spent copious amounts of time on Netflix (#selfcare) +/- reading and watching videos on medical topics I am actually interested in.
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