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  1. gangliocytoma

    Tips on how to be more competitive for residency

    Start school first and all will be revealed shortly after. Take this summer to relax and don't worry about residency yet. Schools in Canada are pass/fail.
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    Queens or UofT MAM

    @dantheman24 Regardless of where you choose, you'll have great schooling. If you have any questions about Queen's shoot me a message.
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    Queens or UofT MAM

    Sounds a lot like how Queen's does their curriculum LOL. Online DIL (directed independent learning) prior to a lecture. Also have cases that we work through in class during lecture and connected cases in our FSGL (facilitated small group learning) where we go through cases with a faculty member in groups. They try to incorporate clinical skills with relevant things you are covering in blocks. I.e. newborn examination/adolescent interview/toddler assessment while Peds block is running.
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    Queens or UofT MAM

    If you wanna do some world class research, I'd recommend to head over to McMaster, Canada's most research intensive university. Way less students so you'd be more likely to work with the PI you want!
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    Queens or UofT MAM

    Eh not really anything measure things by. The match rate for Queen's speaks for it self Kingston is a nice town with tons of great restaurants. Queen's as a university is nice and has a great community feel. I can't comment on the "tighter-knittedness" of the MAM group but we have a great group here. Tons of clinical exposure and ability to connect with mentors. Doctors will always stop and take time to explain things to you even if they're busy rounding in the ICU or performing a surgery. I don't really see any drawbacks of Queen's. I'm sure U of T is great too tho!
  6. I wouldn't include them at all for OMSAS. They will likely have negligible impact on your application, and are seen as things that favour people with "connections" i.e. your uncle is a surgeon and he let you watch a surgery when usually that experience would not attainable by most of your peers simply because of who you know (not saying this is you, but it's a story that has been tossed around a fair bit). If anything, save your story for the interview if you felt particularly inspired by your experience. If you have other things you can put in your OMSAS, ones that show who you are as a person, I'd definitely put those instead. Putting observerships does not give admission committees any insight in who you are as a person, your values, your ability to demonstrate teamwork, collaboration, empathy, pursue scholarship, show your leadership capabilities, or your resilience. Just something to think about.
  7. Did you get interviews in places other than U of T?
  8. Where else did you apply? What were the outcomes for other schools?
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    FM + 1 EM ... where to start

    Unlikely. From what I understand EM departments in academic centres would be more likely to hire an FRCP over a +1EM. There are some older +1EM docs in my school that do conduct a fair bit of research (likely from the days before the FRCP program existed) but they're slowly being handed more admin related roles and having FRCPs (with fellowships) hop on to be the main research and clinical force.
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    Queens Waitlist 2018

    Be patient! I was in the same boat last year... keep your hopes up and make appropriate plans for next year just in case!
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    McMaster life sci vs McMaster health sci

    Actually, I've heard the opposite. I know of some supervisors who refuse to take health sci students because of their lack of basic science knowledge and lack of prior lab exposure/skills. Edit: that being said, there are still many health sci students that do very well in all sorts of labs
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    FM + 1 EM ... where to start

    As a +1 EM doc? I don't think it would be impossible, but it would be highly unlikely to get hired into an academic centre. Based on rumours I've heard I don't think you would be able to work in a trauma centre as an FM+1EM doctor, but don't quote me on that.
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    FM + 1 EM ... where to start

    At a talk held by the EM interest group at our school, a couple FM +1 EM docs responded to the question of doing FM and part time EM. They both said that it probably wasn't a good idea because you'd be sacrificing your ability to perform in one or the other. i.e. doing 1 EM shift a week won't give you enough exposure to keep your skills sharp. EM requires you to stay sharp with various skills that you may very rarely use, and working a shift or two a week may mean you may not have the chance to use those skills until you have to, which by that point you may not be as confident/capable and can risk patient safety. Also it's unlikely that you will get your shifts scheduled whenever you please. You may finish a day in the clinic, have to work emerg over night and then do clinic again the next day. Likewise, cutting down FM hours to spend more time in emergency will make it harder for your FM patients to access you and will likely need to wait longer to get an appointment with you. This will limit patient accessibility to you. I do understand that in many small towns there are doctors that do this, but that is likely out of necessity (i.e. lack of true full-time EM docs), but I do think this is something you should consider if you want to go down this route.
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    What is everybody using at med school?

    iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and notability will be all you need to take notes and study from. Edit: if you already have a functioning laptop then the iPad should suffice. If you require a full on computer I'd probably move towards the surface as it can do both tableting and computering.
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    Pediatrics at Queen's?

    Most complex cases would end up going to CHEO in Ottawa, but I'm sure there is still a lot to see. The peds residency program at Queen's is supposed to be quite strong. There is also: http://www.kgh.on.ca/pediatric-care/neonatal-care-kgh http://kidsinclusive.ca http://www.hoteldieu.com/programs-and-departments/Child-and-Adolescent-Mental-Health-Program http://www.hoteldieu.com/programs-and-departments/childrens-outpatient-centre-copc
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