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  1. PhD2MD

    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    For 1st round students too? Could you expand on this? Haven't heard about it.
  2. PhD2MD

    PARO Insurance - pre-existing/new condition?

    Disability insurance. Even if I weren't to claim anything now, would it affect possibly claims 20-40 years down the road?
  3. Oh yea, not uncommon. Only restriction is personal interest, not demand. Waiting lists are huge. I know a few that do it.
  4. PhD2MD

    CBD = shorter residency?

    Has anyone heard of any residency being shortened thanks to CBD? It might be too early to tell given that Queen's and a few specialties only started in 2017, but I'm curious if there are any rumblings yet.
  5. Things like anti-vegf are not a heavy upfront investments..and even they were, the ROI is beyond insane.
  6. Except there are things like medical retina, which pulls in as much as cataracts, but you don't need an OR, or much staff/fancy and expensive equipment. Lots of ways to make cataract-level money on the self-employed/private side of things. And yes...ophtho is home call! Everything but globe rupture or a detached retina is "I'll see it in the morning". It's not just a better life style than most surgical specialties...it's better than most medical specialties too!
  7. Insane income and great lifestyle. Lots of that income can be had without ORs, which means the job market can be great even you're going to be mainly "self-employed". Hard not to like.
  8. PhD2MD

    CBD = shorter residency?

    Can confirm
  9. But...I wanted to make that dad-joke
  10. PhD2MD

    CBD = shorter residency?

    I see what you mean, given that the Royal college exam is only once/year, and finishing a full year year is basically impossible. Basically you could get yourself some free time to study or focus in a particular area. But that's it.
  11. PhD2MD

    Preparing meals in med school

    Bean brotein brah
  12. PhD2MD

    Preparing meals in med school

    Become friends with beans. Take a few days/weeks for your gut flora to shift and stop making you gassy. After that, you've found the holy grail of in terms of fast, easy, tasty, cheap AND healthy!
  13. PhD2MD

    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    True. Family/friends keep asking me if I'm done "Dr School" and it I can start working now +/- can I take shifts in family clinics/ER now. lol.
  14. PhD2MD

    CBD = shorter residency?

    I imagine it would be tough to shorten a 2 year program. I wonder if there is more freedom in programs like psych/PMR, which are 5 years and have some flexibility with regards to how you spend your time.
  15. PhD2MD

    CBD = shorter residency?

    Interesting. I assume there have been other examples other than the single ortho resident prior to 2015? I wonder how much more "possible" it is now that more time has elapsed.
  16. Hi everyone, This community has been a great resource for me, so I've been looking for a way to give back. Ever since D-day (aka May 10th for my fellow OMSAS warriors), I've been getting lots of PMs about interview skills. Partly because I got multiple offers, and partly because on my A/W/R posts I noted how well the interviews went. Rather than answering each PM separately I figured I'd make a post to point people towards so that others might benefit in the future. I'm not an interview god, I didn't know how to interview before I started, and I wasn't confident in my skills going in. However, the people I practiced with did compliment me quite a bit, and during my interviews several interviewer remarked on how well the conversation was going. I'm pretty sure that interviewers aren't supposed to give you any sort of feedback, but mine did. At the end of my Western interview, my interviewers spent about 10 minutes talking about how perfect I am for Western and vice versa. During my U of T interviews, one interviewer ended the conversation by saying "good job buddy", another by saying "you're an amazing story teller", and another with "this was the most engaging conversation I've had today". So while I'm not a natural interviewee, and I was quite nervous about the whole interview process, things went well. Bellow is why I think it went well for me. It may work for you, it may not. This is a case study with n=1. There's nothing magic about it, there are no secrets. There are, however, golden basics rules. Follow them, they work, and don't tell yourself that you can skip the hard work and figure our how to interview by "cramming" for a week. For MMIs: -Find a good medical ethics book (ie: Doing Right, and some basic CanMEDS resource) -Find a good person (ie: a med student or anyone who interviews well and can give feedback) -Read the book, practice with the person (realistic role play), take their feedback and edit your answer. I couldn't always find someone to practice with so sometimes I would pretend someone was in the room, time my self, and hope others didn't think I was hallucinating. -Wash, rinse repeat on a regular basis (I did 1-2 hours per day for a few weeks). Only time will make your comfortable, confident, and cunning at MMI. See attachment for the Big List of MMI Questions, do as many as possible. For traditional interviews: -List ALL of your interesting personal stories (including ABS) -create a cool narrative (even if its short) for each one -incorporate a CanMEDS characteristic into each one (don't force it, it should be obvious from the way you tell the story) -Look up the top health/social news stories of the last 2-3 years and develop an opinion/narrative about those -Practice with someone (realistic, timed, role play), or alone (but still outloud) if need be -Wash, rinse repeat on a regular basis (I did 1-2 hours per day for a few weeks). Only time will make your comfortable, confident, and cunning at traditional interviews. See attachment for the Big List of Traditional Interview questions, do as many as possible General: -Start doing realistic practice early, even if you're still new to interviews, and do it frequently. -In my opinion you should start prepping for MMIs before you prep for traditional interviews, because the MMI "mindset" (fair, balanced, thoughtful) will be invaluable for traditional interview questions. -If you can walk in confident and calm, you've won half the battle. Practice this every time your practice interviewing. -Learning to interview well is a life-changing experience. It teaches you how to connect and interact better, it teaches you how to summarize sell your personal brand in a short period of time, it teaches you how to see what's important in someone else's eyes, and as a PhD student who is about to defend, it taught me how to make my research meaningful to pretty much everyone. Best of luck to all the MD hopefuls. If you have questions, please post in this thread instead of PMing me. If you have a question, chances are someone else will too, so it saves me from having to answer it multiple times and helps more people out. Plus, someone else might have a better answer than me. PS: I don't know who the original compiler/poster of these "Big Lists" is, but if someone does please link them so they can be credited for their awesome work Big List of MMI Questions.pdf Big List of All Traditionl Interview Questions.pdf
  17. PhD2MD

    Resolved

    Of course, that's the point. Providing a service that is in demand, ethically, in exchange for compensation. Nothing wrong with that! No reason to throw shade for someone being entrepreneurial with a side hustle that helps to pay out inflated tuition fees. Disclaimer: this has been my side hustle for years. Training on becoming a good applicant does NOT need "insider" knowledge. I've expanded my buisness from training med school applicants to corporate interviewees doing behavioral interviews. I use the same process and have the same success rate in both fields, no "insider" knowledge required.
  18. PhD2MD

    Resolved

    Yeah I don't get why people have issues with coaching. Teaching interview skills and application strategy can be extremely helpful, and transformative for applicants. Thus, it's a skill/service that holds valuable. And you certainly don't have to do anything unethical to provide that service!
  19. PhD2MD

    Please switch spots!!!

    Relax, read my last post I agreed with you lol. I don't usually dig into people's post history.
  20. PhD2MD

    Please switch spots!!!

    Oh...didn't think it would be regular weekly service that would interfere...I mean it's still a legit part of their religion, but I guess we expect people not to take the weekly stuff as seriously. Ah well...@beebop, I guess you were right lol. Either way, I think we got the message across. Let's not be to harsh.
  21. PhD2MD

    Please switch spots!!!

    Lol guys let's ease off a bit. I'm sure he/she understands by now. Religious discrimination is a big claim and not valid here. They probably are a very devoted person with something of particular significance that day. That truly truly sucks. But interviews aren't a "right" so they don't owe anyone an accomodation. It's just nice if they do it, but it's not discrimination. It just sucks, sorry dude :(. Come on...no one is trying to change an interview for a regular weekly service. Let's not be fasicious.
  22. PhD2MD

    The extent of confidentiality

    If the nurse was some how involved in your circle of care (sometimes that's not always clear), then it's not really "unethical"...but if your case was just the topic of conversation, that's a little sketchy.
  23. I naturally assume that you're referring to the PhD in my name, haha. I'm sure my PhD helped, but I also received compliments on my interviewing style at almost every school. I've also trained 30 applicants over the last couple of years as a side-hustle. 28/30 of my students were accepted, and all of them adopted my style of boldly using the ethical principals (when they fit naturally, obviously you can't ALWAYS incorporate them well). It could be that my sample is biased/confounded, but I'm just speaking from my/my students experiences.
  24. PhD2MD

    Countdown to Match Day

    Agreed. In the grand scheme of things though, these 2 weeks really don't matter.
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