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  1. I personally did not find UWorld or Canadaqbanks representative of the MCCQE1. The questions/clinical scenarios of the MCCQE are much more vague vs the question banks.. So in that case, the best question bank is the question bank that'll get you to study. I abandoned Canada qbanks pretty quickly.. only did a few questions. I didn't like this one because the scenarios were super long to read. Also I've heard that they have errors in their answers. I mainly used UWorld. The answers to each question have succinct review/summaries of relevant diseases. The best way to get a feel for the MCCQE1 is to do the sample tests that they sell online. Pretty expensive though.. Not entirely helpful for studying, because they don't tell you the right answers for multiple choice questions. You do see the answers for clinical making decision questions though, so that's more helpful. Best "studying" is the knowledge you've accumulated through med school.. hard to study for such a broad exam I find. I only had 1 month to prepare. Not sure to what point studying changed my score.
  2. I don't agree that more tests/interventions = better care You need to use clinical judgement. Indiscriminate brain imaging causes unnecessary irradiation. Tests can lead to false-positives (esp when pre-test probability is low, PPV) which lead to more invasive testing. History and physical are important parts of the evaluation to orient your investigations. I agree with the above. Use more open-ended questions instead of asking yes-no questions.
  3. chest pain can be from a lot of things.. if your patient comes to you in your office, you need to do an eval. You don't just indiscriminately send all CP to ER. It could be musculoskeletal, 2e chronic coughing, etc
  4. I scored 295 on the exam. Don't remember what I got on practice exams, around 80% on both I think. I agree with Organomegaly. Studying throughout clerkship is the most helpful (doesn't need to be excessive). There's only so much you can review during the 1 month pre-exam. Much easier to retain things you see during rotations. Although to be honest, not sure if the 1 month I studied before the exam was that useful. I wonder how much I would've scored without studying vs with studying. I feel like with time/clinical exposure, even if you don't know the answer to the question, you can eliminate multiple choice options with your gut feeling.
  5. I think the IMG fail rates must be mainly due to language (lots of questions in first part, need to have decent reading comprehension and reading speed) and ethics/professionalism type questions (e.g. your colleague does something morally questionable, what would you do type questions)
  6. 2018 comes out much later than other years because they changed the exam format. I believe they said it comes out after we start residency, sometime in July
  7. Yes for 1st iteration. Even if it’s split amongst multiple committee members, for large programs, there must be so many applicants! For family and internal medicine, they must have 50 reviewers? If not more? Do they filter out some applicants and don’t even look at their files?
  8. Out of curiosity, do programs filter out candidates before even reviewing files (e.g. filtering out candidates that have done electives, by letters of recommendation from known staff)? Is it done by an administrative staff? I can't imagine how they would be able to actually review all the applicants files properly within the given time frame.
  9. F508

    Campus Mauricie

    Si elle veut faire une résidence contingentée, elle aura plus d'opportunités de recherche et de faire des contacts importants à Montréal. Par contre, à TR, elle aura une meilleure exposition clinique et elle pourrait avoir des lettres de recommendations plus personnelles. Des pour et contre à considérer. Are you at the Sherbrooke or the satellite sites? All department or program directors are at the big centers. Satellite sites tend to have more family doctors than specialists as tutors.
  10. In clerkship, the emphasis is on doing a complete history and P/E, developing your approach to presenting symptoms and working through differential diagnosis. Knowing which medication to use and at which doses is more emphasized during residency.
  11. you can easily find the RBC contacts online by searching "health care professional RBC". www.rbcroyalbank.com/student/specialist-locator/
  12. Released after we start residency (sometime in July) since they changed a bunch of things this year. I've heard that you can still prescribe without being co-signed and that no one knows you failed. What do the students that don't practice medicine do with their MDs? Do they do medicine related things or something completely unrelated?
  13. I loved Marianopolis. Motivated students, great teachers. I don't think Marianopolis increases your chance of getting into a top university, rather top students gravitate towards Marianopolis and thus they have a higher number of students in top universities. Marianopolis is hit or miss. If you're a top student, being among strong students will boost your R-score because you'll have stronger group strength and a smaller standard deviation. However, if you're middle of the pack it will be hard to get a great r-score and if you're below average your r-score will suffer. You might have a better chance getting a better r-score elsewhere. Hard part though is predicting which group you will end up in... I know students who excelled in high school, but didn't do as well in Cegep. Also, all the top students from high school go to Marianopolis, so inevitably a portion of those top students will no longer be top students at Marianopolis. Public transport is not that inconvenient for Marianopolis. It's a 5-10min walk from Villa-Maria station
  14. I would recommend that you carefully consider your situation before buying. It would probably make more sense if you have kids and a significant other pulling in income. There's so much uncertainty with residency. What if you want to apply for a competitive specialty and you don't match. Taking a year off and having the pressure of a mortgage to pay is a huge stress. Apparently banks will ask you to start repaying your LOC if you're not a full-time student anymore. Do you plan on staying in Montreal? Buying a place and then reselling in 3 years might actually result in a net negative plus a lot of hassle
  15. I know of at least 4 people who quit med in my year (although not sure what proportion did it because they couldn't keep up vs lost interest). I know someone in another year who quit early on in first year and went into a social science program because they realized they didn't want to do medicine loll. In Quebec, you can start med school at 19 years old and you incur little debt (our medical degree costs less than most bachelor's degree in RoC). So there isn't the monetary pressure and I guess for some people, they were too young to know what they wanted to do.