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  1. Medicine is a safe way to make a lot of money. The cost however is years of school and working more hours than most people would want to. There are tons of ways to make money (and probably more money than doctors) outside of med. The problem is that in those fields you could easily end up making a low salary because you haven't advanced enough or networked enough.
  2. Having a tablet is definitely not necessary. I will say it can be helpful during clerkship as it's easier to carry around than a laptop. Works great as a hard surface to write notes on and look up stuff on up-to-date. Some hospitals even have apps for their emr.
  3. You'll find ur people. People party hard in med school, probably more so than undergrad. The only weird thing will be when you got friends getting married and having kids. But that's still weird even when you are at the same age as them.
  4. I'd usually bring my iPad with me. Mileage varries but for non clinic based rotations you can usually get some reading done during the day. Obviously this all depends on your efficiency. People always say CTU is super busy but tbh I found it to be the chillest rotation. Even when you get assigned 8 or 9 patients, if you do stuff efficiently (ie see all your patients (writing urgent orders as you go), do order and finish notes while waiting for a cosign), you actually end up having a lot of free time to study.
  5. It's not very hard. Scotia will probably give you something for switching over. The only annoying thing is if you have automatic bills or direct deposit you gotta change all that. Otherwise it shouldn't be an issue at all.
  6. You need USMLE to get a licence in a lot of states. It's also needed for some fellowships. Apparently you can get a licence without it but it involves having a hospital hire you and do some legal work which I've heard is a harder path than just doing the exam (remember the goal for Canadians is to pass which is a lot easier than trying to get a good score). If you are considering a surgical specialty, I'd highly recommend doing the usmle at some point (do step 2 for sure while studying for you mccqe part 1)
  7. Mac Health Sci - extremely competitive (over 3000 applicant for 200+ spots). application is heavily dependent on supplementary essays which are used to screen if you meet the health sci personality (this isn't a joke, they legit do not care about extracurriculars). Majority are premeds and exceptional success rate at applying to med school. The reason may be selection bias, lots of electives which allows people to take easy courses, the natural drive or students selected into the program. I'll say the program is not for everyone, it's very self directed. Our biochem class was a prof giving us a DNA sequence and telling us to figure out how to treat the disease caused by the mutation. So you don't get the normal lectures that other programs get. Where health sci excells is in teaching you soft skills which can be extremely useful for medicine (communications, critical appraisal, critical thinking). Western Med Sci - lots of kids in med school from here as well. Larger program so obviously less people getting into med as a proportion. More like a typical science degree. Lectures, labs and seminars. Western is apparently way more social than mac
  8. You can get rooms for anywhere from 600 to 900 in freedom private. Amazing location. Very close to the hospital and exceptional social experience.
  9. Empty your head of anything but broken bones. Jokes aside, love Ortho or. Lots of entertainment
  10. Get those Lulu Lemon ABC's and Patagonia sweaters. Gotta blend in in the hospital
  11. Netflix subscription is key. Preclerkship is a joke. Enjoy the extra time with your family, study the minimum, enjoy life. Learn about different specialties however you can with this whole online curriculum.
  12. Oh ya for sure early clerkship doesn't mean that much for schools overall performance. Just feels weird for people to be doing electives in places they want to match to that early. Gives them an inherent disadvantage. I still remember during my clerkship I was on psych with a Calgary elective student. I had a couple of cores behind me and this was there 2nd elective. My preceptor basically decided that she'd rather work with me (student with 0 interest in psych) than the elective student. I just feel bad cause when preceptors hear elective student... They expect a lot more than their core students. Residents at least still remember that students are at different parts of their learning on elective.
  13. Ya they scrapped it when they decided to Wynne decided to give out "free tuition" (basically just moved the later saving to earlier to make people think they were getting free tuition, classic Wynne move who was so hungry for power she thought she could buy naive students). Then ford came in and basically removed the grants wynne used to replace the credits in exchange for 10% off tution (as would be expected with conservatives). So basically everyone is now worse off. You can still use any previous credits you have accumulated though. I'd recommend creating a myCRA account. You can see all available credits there.
  14. Do that for sure... Also ask for letter in any rotation where you get a good vibe with the preceptor. You may not even end up emailing them for it come carms, but it's such a relief to have back up letters. Also if someone offers a letter ... Take it. Best letters come from people that offer (you can request copies of your letters from carms so that's what I've based this on)
  15. All LOCs are the same between banks. At any given point in time, there may be a small difference, I think TD was the first to do prime - 0.5 but the market is so competitive that the banks all switch within a couple of months. Credit cards are the major factor. Personally the Scotia points was really useful for paying off carms expenses (I know amex is accepted everywhere but the visa points pool with amex so you don't really lose out). Also in terms of what happens after the residency, not very useful to base things on that now. LOC terms can pretty much change whenever the bank wants and you can always switch banks as you get closer to finishing. Pick the bank where you will save the most money (ie best credit card for your use) and then switch if needed later. Also don't get sold by some of the insurance products on your LOC (your debts don't transfer after death, it gets collected towards your estate which I assume has minimal assets if you are using your LOC)
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