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  1. you have to convert each individual course grade to the OMSAS scale. edit: just realized this is dents. please ignore!
  2. in medicine lots of things are going to "happen" to you which won't be your fault ... this is a good lesson to get ready to deal with this if you one day get in.
  3. I don't know anything about your situation so I won't offer advice. I recommend seeing someone for these problems, I doubt you could much useful advice on a forum like this. I just wanted to talk about this bolded part. I did longitudinal learning for 6-12 months at a family medicine office last year (1st year of med school). From what I see, a lot of what you're going to see as a FM is going to be repeats. After the first month, I pretty much knew what a patient was coming in for after about 20 seconds. Just remember that, when you do the same thing over and over again, it's going to become almost second nature. A big part of your job is going to be dealing with a small range of issues no matter the specialty, don't be intimated by the depth of knowledge we're learning in pre-clerkship at this stage.
  4. First of all rest in peace to this man / woman. Not sure what safety measures there are but one of the family doctors I was doing my longitudinal learning with told me that you should always try to be closer to an exit point than the patient is, so for example examine the patient in such a way that you're closer to the exit than they are. I found it odd at the time but I can see why now.
  5. Here at western we have about 3-4 in-person sessions in total for important physical exam and anatomy sessions until February, that's it. I highly doubt that this is the case for Ottawa as there are guidelines all Ontario schools have to follow.
  6. I know what it feels like to be lost, I got rejected the firs time I applied as well, but ultimately don't give up if this is what you want. You're so close. It doesn't matter what you told your parents / other people. Always remember Med school admissions are a game. Your ability to get into medical school has very little to do with how qualified you are to practice medicine or how good of a doctor you'll be.
  7. Hi, For those of us that have the BCG vaccine and will have a positive 1 step TB test, does this mean that we have to do a chest xray every year? Thank you
  8. Don't prepare for anything, enjoy your summer. Yes it's important to make friends. I study pretty much the same way I studied in undergrad at first, but soon you'll have to become comfortable with not knowing some things before your test because there's too much to know, you'll learn this skill on your own. Lecturers are mostly nice. You can kind of "study" for step1 by tracking your class content with boards and beyond / sketchy.
  9. Where are you going to school? That plays a big part in how much debt you'll have because a big chunk of your money is going towards living expenses. Rent for UoT med is not going to be the same as rent for me living in London for example. I can't answer how much people spend, but from what I've seen your lifestyle definitely scales u a bit when you have that LoC. It might not be the best thing but it happens. I just finished my 1st year and I'm about 25K into my LoC (Remember OSAP gives you a lot of grants, and there are a lot of scholarhips and bursaries to apply for). I also have a research grant this summer and next summer which pays $4500 each year. I have a car lease and insurance that I pay for, but if you don't have a car you save even more money. I really don't worry about money, and I'm not living frugally at all.
  10. My scotia advisor said the average is 150-200K. A lot of people in med come from wealthy families so they're probably driving that average down a bit. imo It really doesn't matter what your debt level is as long as 1) you don't run out of LoC and 2) you get a residency position
  11. Lol this was posted in April so hopefully you've been doing absolutely nothing school related in the past few months. For anyone reading this in the future: Please don't waste one of the last summers of your life studying for the MCAT or anything else before medschool.
  12. I went to Uwaterloo. I also know people who did engineering / CS at Uwaterloo making barely 60-80k in boring jobs. Don't assume you'd be making tons of cash working 40 hours a week if you went to engineering, that's not the average experience. Being an average physician is imo superior in everyway to being an average engineer / computer science grad etc.
  13. >100K is not impossible but typically fresh grads working in big centers won't be making anywhere near this amount. For those making 6 digits we're talking low 100's. The job market is also pretty saturated and because of this working conditions at a lot of big chains like shoppers can be poor. The work itself is stressful but boring. Basically I'm listing all the reasons why I went into medicine instead of pharmacy, but I definitely think it's a better field than most fields in Canada so you should pursue it if you enjoy it.
  14. Yes it's allowed. I talked to a cardiologist resident who moonlights as an internist. In terms of how much they make, he said he paid off all of his loans already and he's a PGY5, so it's quite a lot I imagine.
  15. It depends on location and specialty. Any specialty that's tied to the hospital is going to have more limited job opportunities. So basically any surgery field right now has a pretty bad job market, neurosurgery and ortho being the worst. There are things like Rad Onc that used to be really bad too but now the job market is opening up for them. If you become an internist / FM you can pretty much work anywhere you want including downtown Toronto. Academic positions in any specialty are tough to get. You will get a job in any specialty in Canada, but you may get an undesirable location depending on your specialty.
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