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  1. I'm sitting at the end of 2nd year still having no idea what I want to do and I feel like my research involvements show it. I'm on 3-4 projects spanning completely different specialties from surgical to non-surgical specialties, as well as some rads stuff. Now I know showing an interest in research does help the strength of your application in the future, but my question is whether having too much diversity in my research interests is a problem? I'm just thinking of people reviewing my application in the future and seeing how scattered my interests were (having 1 poster/pub in like 6 widely different specialties lets say) and questioning whether I put enough thought into deciding whether X specialty is the right one for me. Let me know what you think.
  2. Wondering if anyone has any good resources for clinical based MCQs. I learn the best when doing practice problems and I was wondering if ppl knew of any good resources I could use besides my own schools practice tests. I know maybe the Step 1 and 2 books would be helpful, but I was looking for other options. thanks
  3. Leaving on a 1 month vacation on May 5th. Wondering if it's necessary to be in the country to sign documents if the results come back good?
  4. So I was rejected pre-interview from Dal this year (OOP) and I'm seeing people on the OOP waitlist posting their profile scores? I never received any score whatsoever and I know that Dal does release this information. I was wondering if your file score was something that only people who interviewed received and not those that were rejected pre-interview? Thanks
  5. Honestly it depends on the question for me. If it's a behavioural question "Tell me about a time when.." I'll be super cheerful, friendly, enthusiastic because it shows that what you're doing (hobbies, volunteering, etc.) are activities that you are passionate about, which is very important. They want to see that you actually care about your community involvement and are not just doing it for the CV. On the other hand, you won't catch me smiling excessively and be friendly during an ethics question. It's important to ensure that you present yourself as a professional during these questions because they are often very serious matters.
  6. Don't make the mistake of thinking Mississauga is small by any means. The city is still the 6th largest in Canada (I think). Definitely lots to do there! Social life will still be good and transportation to downtown is free for MAM students I believe. Also, MAM has a beautiful new health science building which is also a plus. Can't provide you much detail though, just don't make the assumption that MAM isn't a good experience because it's a satellite campus.
  7. Don't know much. But if you want an answer I can tell you this. Yes Toronto has a massive class, but you have to realize for such a large metropolitan city, it's rare that you find only one university with one medical school. U of T is affiliated with a ton of research institutes and hospitals all over the GTA. So even though it may seem it's difficult to find clinical opportunities with "so many learners", there's definitely a lot out there for you to explore. Also, if you're worried about clinical exposure early on, I know Toronto has implemented the new Foundations program which includes ICE? It gives you a bit of early clinical exposure right out of first year I think. U of T is slowly starting to stray away from the lecture heavy curriculum and more towards what Ottawa's got going on now. Hope this helps a bit
  8. I'd also add U of T's massive class. You'll be able to interact and learn with students from diverse backgrounds which is important since Canada = diversity
  9. So y'all telling me when the cashier says "Hi may I take your order?" You say "Why thank you for asking me this question!".......
  10. I've read that each of the four interviews focuses on assessing a specific quality/qualities of the applicant. I was wondering if it is known what each "station" is looking for? Is each of the four interviews assessing one of U of T's clusters? Just trying to predict what type of questions I'll be asked. Thanks
  11. I don't see a problem with the first quote, but the second one makes me gag. Really seems too much to thank the interview for asking a question. That's like thanking the cashier at mcDonalds for taking your order.
  12. What if you already looked at the previous test. You can't unsee the questions. Do you tell the teacher that you looked at the old test so she knows not to recycle the questions? Then if teacher nullifies the old test and doesn't use the questions, shouldn't all the students have access to it then?
  13. This is a really bad analogy because the marketer is just selling the commodity, he's not including himself/herself in the package. Your reflection of the salesperson doesn't influence the quality of the product, only the service. For a physician the service is the product. You can't equate a commodity to someone who needs the qualities to work in a team and in a professional environment.
  14. Although you need both. For me presentation trumps content. Interviews are all about presenting ideas orally. The interviewers does not have a hard copy of your answers so that they can review later, they have to keep up with what you're saying in real time. If your ideas are structured (with conclusions/intros/pros/cons/etc.) and you seem confident, then you'll sound so much more impressive than if you have great ideas but can't communicate. I think I remember reading somewhere that 2/3 of the rubric for MMI is how you present yourself. Also keep in mind that you have 8 minutes which doesn't allow you to really go into depth about a lot of things. And finally remember that interviewers have to write notes as you answer your questions. Which means their full mental capacity is not always on the content of the answers as they may zone out for a bit to write something they liked/disliked down. I could go on but yea, interviews have always been like that. They may tell you that they are only evaluating your content, but anyone who has ever taken a sociology/psych class knows how hard it is to control subconscious biases. Impression is everything, which is why you wear a suit
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