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  1. I think you should not listen to things like that. Our class was extremely strong as clerks and I think that in general medical schools produce strong clinicians. There is obviously variation between person to person. But to say that our class was not strong clinically because of admission requirements is a pretty large assumption.
  2. Hey that is a great question. So yes you are at certain anchor hospitals. I believe what happened in Fitz applies to the other academies. Basically you will have a variety of small groups and clinical skill sessions at various hospital sites- and you will have access accordingly. All Fitz students will have St Mikes badges and will be able to access the learning spaces in Li Ka Shing, even if youre at St Joes youll just have an additional badge. I believe the same is the case with all PB students having access to their study space in WCH even if youre at Sunnybrook. You tend to get badges for your main hospitals. In terms of studying in spaces that are outside your academy, you wont get a St Mikes badge if youre a PB student (you will get it if you do an elective in fourth year there). So Li Ka Shing has a library that is open to the public and if you have friends in Fitz we would all study together but you wont have a badge to use after hours. Hope that helps?
  3. Hey guys. Just graduated from UofT, so happy to answer all your questions having gone through the entire process. Feel free to message me privately if you want to ask questions. So I was in Fitz and we can talk about that experience (if you want) but in general all the academies are great. I will say that everyone who was in PB my year had an amazing experience. The shuttle is supper accessible and what they all used. You tend to travel with your classmates (so you literally in the same boat). I think the variety of learning environments is awesome! I think PB has a very close knit community and so its something to think about. North York General is an awesome site to train at and as you will progress through clerkship you care less about what is close to you and what is the best experience. So if you have more access to these sites and teachers why not! ^ 100%. You arent limited all by your academy site. I think sometimes when you meet an awesome tutor who is affiliated with your site it is just easier to set up the shadowing experience. Eventhough I was Fitz, I shadowed in TGH/TWH. SickKids ER etc. etc. In terms of research- again it does not depend on your academy but again often you are taught by faculty that are very much involved in research so it is easier to inquire about opportunities. But I think in general if you do your homework on what preceptors you want to work with it doesn't really matter. We have a research opportunity called CREMS in the summer and they post jobs across all sites and everyone has the chance to apply to them equally and without prejudice. I would say though if you know you have specific research area in mind that it may be helpful to balance you research roles and small groups if they are in the same building. But honestly WB also has several sites that quite far away that this doesnt really matter either! Electives in 4th year can be done anywhere in Toronto and for the most part we all did our electives across Canada which is the point of electives. If you are asking about your core rotations there is actually more flexibility than you may think. For example despite being in Fitz I did rotations at St Mikes, St Joes, Toronto Western, Markham Stouville. There was also the option of doing some rotations at TEGH, Scarborough and NYGH. It varies from year to year depending on the offerings. WB has a few spots at Humber River, MGH, Scarborough, St Joes etc....So you can see where I am going with this. For the most part you will do your clerkship where you are affiliated with but it isnt a hard and fast rule. And once electives role around you can really do it wherever. In choosing academies I will say really think about the size of the cohort and the experience you want out of it. I chose Fitz because I wanted the smaller group and I knew everyone in my class. In addition, I have a strong interest in public health, addictions, inner city medicine and working at SMH with tutors and preceptors who felt the same way was an amazing experience. I would also say if you have strong inclinations for a specific academy write it down in the box given, it cant hurt. Hope this helps and again feel free to message me with any other UofT related topics. Super freshly minted MD and so I have a lot of thoughts about everything.
  4. Hi I got accepted into this program in the last week of April last year. PM if you have any more questions
  5. I thought I bombed my interview. And still got in. Totally hard to gauge it
  6. I could be wrong but I don't think the weighting applies. A lot of my friends and McGill had the same issue with that too
  7. Nope. Plenty of people in my class who have done the same thing
  8. Wait if you didn't take the credit. Didn't you have to do the courses anyways in bio? I did IB HL bio. And McGill credited it as 6 because I was exempted from the first two intro bio courses. If I hadn't taken it then I would have to do both classes. I guess it was a bit easier because McGill credited it as 6 on my transcript. But I think you should be fine. There has to be standardization on these things anyways
  9. I think you're fine. At the end of day it just comes down to a bit of luck. You seem as competitive as anyone in your position. Nothing you can do but wait for the interview decision. Good luck
  10. I credited them at 4, 3 or whatever that showed up on our transcript. Omsas says to put what appears and they will convert the course weight as necessary
  11. Casper dates are set and you should just try to prepare in advance to the date
  12. U of T added a hard deadline this year. They addressed in their admissions update video
  13. I would say then put the actual job of being a writer and your description mention the types of prices you wrote.
  14. Are these entries that you have written yourself and were published OR written about you? In either case I think you take the general activity- so if you write articles then write it as a position, and state you have published (could be employment then); if it is about specific work you have done - then find the activity that corresponds to it and write in the description that you had a magazine feature about it; same with if its an award- find the award and indicate you were put in a magazine for your hard work
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