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  1. Feels like yesterday I was waiting for the D-day. I know it's hard, but try and focus on other things- hit the gym, go for a run and spend time with friends. Good luck.
  2. Hi, I'm looking for a good number (~10 or so) of landmark internal medicine studies. Things like the HOPE trial. Studies that any internal resident should know about! Thanks!
  3. It depends on where you are placed for family practice (students do not get to choose or rank where they would like to go). Most family practice visit locations can be reached via transit, which is quite good relative to other Canadian cities.
  4. I would take it easy. If you want, organize some shadowing in the first few weeks of med school- there will be a shadowing database shared with you with contact information. I recommend this if you're really wanting to get a feel for what's out there before things get too busy. If you get along with them, you can also inquire about potential research projects for FLEX. Being keen early on isn't really going to hurt you (unless you go way overboard)- most docs understand that students are curious and the ones on the database should certainly not be surprised. I know a few! I wouldn't say it gives you a particular advantage or disadvantage.
  5. I believe that residency programs get to see pass, fail or pass with supplemental for each course taken (ie MEDD 411, MEDD 429) Other than that, there are also performance reports based on 3rd year rotations. My current understanding is that these sort of look like elementary school grades where your performance in a domain is ranked out of 5. Word from the grapevine is that this may change given that schools across Canada have different ways of sharing this information and so residency programs don't really look too deep into it.
  6. Those are part of the global health initiative and I believe you can participate in that program for your flex project. http://globalhealth.med.ubc.ca/service/student-groups/global-health-initiative/
  7. I don't think so. There wasn't one in my year one and two. You will likely receive pdf versions of those textbooks from the second years. I would hold off on buying any books (assuming you're ok with pdf versions) until you've met with your second year buddy. Also, I personally only really used a few books in first year. Harrison's, Toronto notes, bates clinical skills, the medical interview and the lipincott neuro anatomy book.
  8. This is a topic currently being discussed by the faculty as it is changing in the new curriculum. Last I heard was that there will be 24 weeks of pre CaRMS electives.
  9. No need to buy anything before classes start. Clothing: As stated above, you can buy some UBC Med swag at the Student recreation centre (I've only seen T shirts there), but most of the stuff (ie hoodies) will come from an online group order during the year. Our year's sites also did their own custom hoodie order to get our own designs. Books: Definitely don't buy until school starts. Many resources will become available to you. Steths: Not needed for the first few weeks- you can buy them online once the year starts.
  10. I agree with Commons. Something I learned is that geographic location of the program is as important as the program itself. For example, family medicine is usually thought of as one of the more popular 'less competitive' residencies. But from what I've been hearing, getting a spot in Metro Vancouver is becoming increasingly difficult. Flexibility seems to be the most important thing when it comes to residency. If you really want a speciality, you shouldn't be resistant to spend some time in a new place to get trained in it. At least that's my opinion (and obviously I'm not very far along the path!)
  11. I'm a fan of the new curriculum. It's a bit rough around the edges, but I see it as a positive change from what previous students had. I like that our weeks are very theme based, so nearly every lecture, group activity, clinical skill, etc. in a week is related. As time goes on, I'm certain the curriculum will get more streamlined. I would advise you to take the summer off. There's not really anything to be gained by being keen in the summer before you start. Once you start, focus on keeping up and always review. The new curriculum has an emphasis on 'spiraling'- meaning that many concepts will be re-visited weeks or months later. The ability to remember stuff from weeks prior is an advantage (and promotes long term understanding)
  12. 1. A bit. Depends on who you talk to. Tomorrow we have a practice review session hosted by one of our classmates. Certainly this wouldn't have happened in my undergrad! 2. I wish I knew how cheap stethoscopes can be online (don't buy it from the bookstore!) 3. Lots of practice in groups of friends and strangers. At least being aware of current events and reading 1/3 of Doing Right. 1. I guess we don't like ice hockey as much as other schools. 2. There is, but it can't be used as an entrance 3. In school: The student lounge at LSC, I'd say. Outside of school: Restaurants. We love food. I wouldn't say it's essential. There are some introductory lectures that teach you basic concepts from these (especially cell bio and genetics), but things like ochem or biochem? It hasn't really come up yet. Sure, lecturers will mention sulfide bonds or make some references to amino acid structures- but these are basic concepts that can be google'd pretty easily and aren't imperative for understanding concepts. If I was on the admissions board with the experiences I've had in first year, I would make physiology and anatomy prereqs rather than physics, ochem or biochem.
  13. The suspense is actually so absurd. I'm almost more nervous than acceptance day!
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