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  1. I took chem, bio, French, and healthcare in some ways, I regretted not taking physics in grade 11/12 because it would have been helpful later on when studying for the MCAT, but it is also a first year course in most science undergrad programs. For maths, I took advanced functions but not calculus (although I took calculus in my undergrad). I didn’t take data management, but took multiple stats classes in my undergrad as well. I would say take what you’re most interested in! That will make it easier to get good marks which will be helpful when applying to university and for scholarships. I don’t think co-op would be particularly useful, and would likely eat up the time in your schedule when you could be taking university level courses (at least at my high school, I don’t think co-op counted as a university level course). But there are still tons of opportunities to get that same experience through volunteering. Best of luck and feel free to PM me if you have further questions!
  2. Thank you both! I wasn’t sure exactly how it worked with reference letters, so that’s really helpful.
  3. Hi all! I have two questions about reference letters for CaRMS: 1) For specialties where electives are structured in a way where you're working with a different staff almost every day (and often working closer with the residents than with the staff), what is the best way to go about getting a reference letter? 2) If someone is applying to both family medicine and a five-year specialty, do you tell your references this and have them write a general letter, not mentioning the specialties you are applying for? Or do you have a group of reference letters specifically for family med and another group specifically for the other specialty? Thank you in advance
  4. I haven’t been in a similar situation (hopefully someone who has can comment), but in speaking with residents, quite a few of them have mentioned that they were gunning for one specific specialty and had all their research in that specialty, but then changed their mind during clerkship and ended up matching to their first choice specialty. So it definitely seems to be possible. I know our career advisors have told us that any research looks good regardless of the specialty the research is in, as it shows you’re capable of conducting research and related scholarly activities. I'm not sure if this pertains to every specialty, but maybe talking to the career advisors at your school would be a good starting point. Best of luck!
  5. At our school, you get 13 weeks off between first and second year, and 10 weeks off between second and third year. People generally do research, work, travel, just relax at home with their family, do electives, or a combination of all of those
  6. Hey! We do have one (minimum) rural rotation that we do in clerkship, which can be done in the rural communities around Ottawa, rural communities around Toronto through ROMP (Barrie is included in that), or through NOSM. Generally, all non-rural rotations are done in Ottawa, yes. I haven’t heard of anyone doing any of them in Toronto, but this is something you can check with the school on during second year. Hope that helps!
  7. Yes, you can rent a locker for the year! I believe it’s around $10 but I’m not 100% sure. They are all located in RGN
  8. A lot of people live in the Freedom Private/Tall Oak Private area, which is right beside the hospital! Those are 3-4 bedroom townhouses. Some people also live at L’Avantage, which is a newer condo building behind the hospital. There are also basement apartments available in the residential areas around the hospital. Quite a few people also live downtown or close to main campus, and either commute or take the shuttle from the main campus to the medical school.
  9. Based on my experience, a car is not necessary for pre-clerkship, but it definitely makes things easier. You’re primarily at RGN during pre-clerkship, but there are also a few mandatory sessions you do with a family physician in their office, and community volunteering sessions in first year. I think you can get away without a car in clerkship depending on where your rotations are and where you live (keep in mind that rotation locations are allocated with a lottery system), but I can see it being quite difficult - there are times where you will be at a clinic in a different part of the city, and we all do at least one rotation rurally as well. I think (I’m not 100% sure) that there’s just one bus that stops in front of RGN, yes. I’m not sure about the hospital, though. In my experience, OC transpo is okay for the most part, but delays are definitely not uncommon, especially if it snows. The shuttle from main campus is very reliable, though! There’s also a shuttle that goes between the three TOH hospitals (General, Riverside, Civic). It’s very reliable and quite helpful if you have electives at the Civic or for the occasional PSD session at the SIM Centre, which is part of the Civic campus. I hope that helps!
  10. I can’t speak to U of T specifically, but I know that quite a few people do paid summer studentships in research over the summer. Working during medical school is very uncommon, at least at my school. I personally wouldn’t recommend working on top of the busyness of medical school, but you can always try it out for a few weeks and see how it goes. I’d also try to apply for every scholarship and bursary you’re eligible for. Best of luck!
  11. I apologize for being off topic, but I also don’t understand why the cost of the portal/applying for away electives is so expensive, especially since it’s first come, first served. If your application is denied, what are you paying for? To OP, I am only MS-2, but I personally didn’t realize how strong the sense of imposter syndrome would be in the first few months of medical school. I wish I had known beforehand how common it is. Although you might feel like your classmates know more than you/are smarter than you, know that you deserve to be there just as much as they do. Also, stay connected with your friends and family back home (if you’re going away). Congratulations on your acceptance!
  12. Congratulations on your acceptance!! Having been in a long-distance relationship for part of med school, I would personally choose the school that allowed me to be in the same city as my partner. I personally feel that having that support is worth the extra cost. Best of luck with the decision!
  13. I don’t think this is a silly thread at all... I remember reading a similar one a few weeks before we got our results a couple years ago, too! I had taken the day off work and planned to sleep in until 10:00 so I wasn’t checking my email every 2 minutes. Of course, I wasn’t able to sleep well, and I kept waking up every half hour or so. I woke up at 7:00 and had no emails, so I went back to sleep and woke up again around 7:30. My emails had just come in, and I found out that I was accepted. I think I was pretty shocked and whispered “oh my gosh”, lol. My SO was still asleep and wasn’t answering the phone, so I went downstairs and told my parents. They were ecstatic and had me call my grandparents and aunt and uncle. Then I got through to my SO, and texted my friend. Everyone was thrilled It was a great day!
  14. I’ve tried some of the food boxes like Hello Fresh, Chef’s Plate, and Good Food, and they’re lots of fun with yummy and (generally) healthy recipes. It’s nice not having to plan out those meals, but you still have to go grocery shopping for all your other food. I also found it quite pricey compared to grocery shopping (we never continued the subscription past the number of weeks we had a discount for). Lots of them have promotions when you first sign up though - often 50% off your first one or two boxes. So definitely worth trying if you’re curious!
  15. I make meal plans for the week so that I can tailor grocery shopping to whatever we’re eating that week. Generally, I try to make a enough for leftovers, so that I only have to cook once every 2 days or so. My SO and I switch off with the cooking depending on whose schedule is busier that week, so that helps as well. I also try to have lots of healthy lunch/snack foods to eat during the day (nuts, veggies, fruit, hummus, pita bread, yogurt, etc.).
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