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  1. Rules may have changed this year. I haven't been following that closely.
  2. No you won't qualify for a second if you already have 300k in revolving credit in your name. It's like when they ask you to close other credit cards, or have it's credit limit subtracted from your total loan. They won't approve you for 300k loan if you have 300k revolving credit elsewhere.
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    I'm not from UO, but students can do electives anywhere in Canada....heck you can do them outside of Canada if you wanted.
  4. You've got a tough decision ahead, no doubt, so before I give advice, I just want to be clear: you finished a Masters, and now you are considering officially taking a year off to get paid to complete 2 major projects which will likely result in meaningful publications. Taking the year off is the only real option because your school doesn't have summers, and it's not likely you could complete that work and your 2nd year of med school at the same time. Is that a decent summary? The answer depends on a couple of things. First, are you doing the research because you care about the research, or because you think it will help your career? If you actually like/care about the research, then stop reading here and take the year off. If you're doing it for your career, consider each of these variables: -How close is the research to your clinical field of interest? If it's far off, or if you're not sure where your clinical interest lie at the moment? -How much will you be able to expand your academic network by completing this, and will that network be relevant for your residency match? -Are you in a rush? I started medicine after a basic science PhD. I thought I SHOULD be in a rush. 10 months out from residency, I realize that even for me, adding a year wouldn't really make a difference in the grand scheme of things. Hope this helps. Also, I've PMed you. You'll see why
  5. This. It's not a trap. Either they want to be alone or they remember the pain of being a clerk and want you to relax. Just go. As to why your given extra load: many foreign medical education systems don't have clerks doing very much. They basically follow staff, observe, and answers questions. They don't really get involved or work independently until their intern year (first year of residency). North American clerkship is very different (and strong) in that regard. Many residents are aware of this difference, and will assign tasks/workload appropriately.
  6. Is moonlighting during fellowship a thing? Is it center-specific? Do you need special permissions/are there special stipulations like there are in residency? OR, since your licensed by the Royal College, can you legally just set up a side-gig in the community in your free time? If it matters, I'm interested in Neuro :).
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    Laptop bursary ?

    You might be confusing this with a technology bursary that residents get?
  8. A paid position Ontario is a double-edged sword. Unfortunately the way it works out is that pretty much any dollar you make gets subtracted from your OSAP. Of course this depends on how much OSAP was providing for you in the first place, but for the OP and for most people under the current rules I believe this is the case. So basically you lose time that you could have you spent studying, and you have no net gain to show for it. Sad but true.
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    PhD Friendly MD Schools

    I defended in September 2016, a few weeks into the MD. I interviewed at Toronto, McMaster, Western & Queens. I got in to Toronto, McMaster, Western & Queens. I'm sure the PhD helped whenever I got to talk about it. I don't think the specific content of what molecules I studied helped, but being older and just having more life experience/time to reflect definitely helped. Happy to answer any other questions.
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    PhD Friendly MD Schools

    Perhaps? I wouldn't know to be fair. I didn't ask if changes after I got in (2016).
  11. Couple of months that ago. Some say it's advisor dependent.
  12. I agree with above. Just booked a trip with the scotia passport visa for this reason.
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    LoC refused, advice??

    Don't freak out. The guy your dealing with just doesn't have a clue. Find a local Scotia/RBC advisor who is familiar with med students. My Scotia advisor is great and does alot for students over email/phone, so if I can't find a local one, let me know and I'll connect you.
  14. Unless you need to be in the mac ecosystem, avoid them. They're value proposition and respect for consumers was always bad, but recently has gotten a lot worse. Surface is great for versatility, dell XPS is a great regular laptop, and HP spectre 360 is a great in-between.
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    Good point. I would add pharmacy to that list of saturated professions. Tons coming back from England in particular.
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    Young grads better brace themselves.
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    The slow decay of dentistry

    Sad that it's a decaying profession How will the system carie all of those all of those extra dentists?
  18. Mine offered it up front. I don't think there were different categories.
  19. Ya, at the very least you can pretty much bank on being in Hamilton, if not the specific hospital. Sometimes u get unlucky, but it's rare.
  20. I don't get why people are excited about this change....very few of us hit the upper limit anyways. Not many people will really benefit from this.
  21. I started biking half way through clerkship... wish I did it from the beginning. So much more convenient than driving/busing. The only sites you have to worry about are places out of town (which you can often avoid), or electives in specific locations (like if u want to ophtho in a random clinic or at the Stoney Creek urgent Care centre)
  22. At least in Canada where public funding tends to disconnect the public's demand from physicians' supply.
  23. You're right to point out we've got a problem with standardization for residency applicants in Canada. But you have to be careful when you suggest a test as the solution. Unless a test has proven validity in terms of success/outcomes of the test takers, it can simply become a waste of time/money/energy AND a red herring. We need to address out current situation, but I don't think STEPs are the solution.
  24. I'm not implying that psychotherapy is just talking for longer time (I had a strong psych background before switching to Neuro). Psychotherapy has major benefits outside of the typical pure psych patient. FPs definitely see these cases, but so do others. My guess is that outside of psych/family, Neuro sees these the most. But I guess the way billing codes are setup now, even if we have sufficient training and a patient that would benefit, our only option is to refer and have the pt wait several months.