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  1. If there are extenuating circumstances or if it’s just one block, you will have a chance to write a supplementary exam. If you pass the supplementary exam, you get the same P on your transcript that everyone else has. If it’s more than one block, there will be a more in-depth discussion about what is going on and whether it’s better to write 2+ supplementary exams or repeat the year. This is very rare.
  2. It’s both; frequent low stakes assessments + feedback, as well as a final exam that you need to pass to pass the block. Passing grade is a 60.
  3. Yes, Queen’s has had the highest match rate in the country consistently. If you look at the specialties people are matching to, it’s usually been around ~1/3 primary care, ~1/3 internal medicine, and ~1/3 surgery/other. We did very well again this year (2020) from what I’ve heard, with grads matching to the most competitive specialties and locations. I think that a strong applicant can match to their specialty of choice from any school, but Queen’s does a great job of providing support and direction. For example, my class is currently scheduled for 1 on 1 meetings with our career advising faculty to discuss how covid-19 will impact our individual career choices, and to provide support/answer any questions.
  4. Good questions! It’s unique to Queen’s because of the ratios. Let’s look at 2 examples. Example 1: You are scheduled for a psyc outpatient clinic. You arrive and the attending tells you to start seeing patients and review with them after each encounter. You end up seeing 10 patients. Example 2: You are scheduled for a psyc outpatient clinic. You arrive and there’s a R1 there as well. The attending tells you both to start seeing patients and review with them after each encounter. You end up seeing 5 patients and the resident sees the other 5. Multiply this across all 2 years of clerkship and that’s the difference having additional learners creates. Having just one additional learner can make the difference between scrubbing in to assist with a surgery and there being no room for you at the table because residents and fellows are prioritized. @bumbleb33 provided an excellent response to this. I will just add that this hasn’t been a problem for me during pre-clerkship.
  5. Congrats! Both solid programs, you can’t go wrong. There’s way more than 3 pro’s but imo the top 3 are: 1. Community. Yes, I know everyone says they have an amazing and friendly community. This is probably true, but QMed is just on a whole other level. For example, check this out. Or this. Find me another school that does this stuff and you can have the rest of my LOC. More info on the community in case you missed it. Another unique part of our community is that we’re the only Ontario school with 1 campus and 1 stream, so you’re whole class will be in the same room every day (for pre-clerkship). 2. Small learner:faculty ratio. I knew about this when I chose Queen’s but didn’t fully appreciate it until I started clerkship. This is probably my favourite part of clerkship. The QMed formula for success goes like this: The most important factor when it comes to matching is elective/clinical performance —> The best way to improve your clinical performance is with practice and seeing lots of patients to apply what you learned in pre-clerkship—> a learning environment with a low learner:faculty ratio, like Queen’s, provides this. This is one of the reasons Queen’s has the top match rate in the country. Essentially it means that you’ll be maximizing the amount of time spent managing your own patients. On internal medicine for example, you’re responsible for managing, assessing, and coming up with a plan for 5-6 patients that you round on in the morning and review with your team at lunch. You’ll be catching a ton of babies on OBSGYN. There are tons of opportunities for you to do procedures that would normally be done by residents. We are very strong clinically because of this, in fact two of my classmates saved a guy’s life at a Loblaws a few months ago. 3. With 3 post-secondary schools in a town of ~120k, Kingston is a big education hub. This has many implications; the faculty are here because they love teaching (when they accepted their job offers they knew that teaching would be a big component of what they do), there are lots of student-oriented activities, lots of cool coffee shops for studying, a beautiful pier, the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada. This is a unique way to spend your 4 years of med school that probably can’t be replicated again in your lifetime. The main con for me was also Kingston. Kingston is a small town so there’s less stuff to do, but tbh there’s not much to do in London either, compared to bigger cities like Toronto and Ottawa. We still go to Toronto every couple of weeks anyway for Raptors games etc. There are a lot of older houses, but you don’t necessarily have to live there. There’s no cool downtown luxury condos, but at least you’re saving money (which is probably what you want to do at this stage of your training). There’s definitely more cons than this but I can’t recall them tbh either because I’ve found solutions or have learned to live with them. There’s definitely no deal breaker cons unless you want to be close to family/friends who are not in Kingston. Hope this helps
  6. There’s only 60 cases in Kingston compared to other cities which have way more, so I think that probably played a role in this.
  7. Queen’s; “We are planning to provide you with an on-line orientation curriculum, beginning the week of Monday, June 1, 2020. That will include orientation about your rotations, the hospital environment, Public Health requirements, and our overall plans for the remainder of your clerkship. • We are planning for you to re-start clinical placements Monday, June 8, 2020. • The MOH requires that upon returning to Kingston, you each remain quarantined within your homes for two weeks before entering clinical placements. We’ll be meeting and clarifying with them soon what’s exactly meant by that and will advise you further when we hear. However, the main message is that you will need to be back in your Kingston homes no later than Monday, May 25th, 2020.“
  8. Queen's 3rd year clerks will be on vacation for a week followed by an online curriculum for 2 weeks. Different integrated streams will have different sequences (ie some students will still be in clinical activities this week if they're at an integrated site)
  9. None of them go on here, PM me your questions and I'll ask them for you
  10. He's partially right, we'll tell you guys about it during O Week or just message me
  11. This does put a smile on my face Never understood how people have 48 entries
  12. I haven't had a chance to use it in a class/studying situation yet because it's summer, but just for you (and also me because I'm curious) let's do a test and find out. I wrote the word "sauna" and progressively kept writing it faster and faster so that my handwriting would get worse. I started at normal speed and kept getting faster until I got to my limit of how fast I can physically write. I wrote the word "jelly beans" as a negative control for the OCR and typed "sauna" as a positive control for the search. Before running the search, I hypothesized that it would recognize all of them but the last line (that last a looks more like a c lmao). Here are the results: It recognized all of them!! Does that mean searches will give you more false positives? Not sure and I'm too tired at this point to find out (my final notes end up in OneNote anyway so it probably doesn't matter), but hope this helps
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