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  1. HappyAndHopeful

    Money during med school?

    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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
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    Tell us your Med School admission story ...

    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!
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    Preparing meals in med school

    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!
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    Preparing meals in med school

    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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    Need help Finding a hotel for interviews

    I stayed near main campus as well, and then took an Uber to the interview
  8. Like Cardiac Arrhythmia said, I don’t think that’s possible. I will say that right before my interview, they told me to let them know if any question made me feel uncomfortable/if there were any questions I didn’t want to answer. So I think telling them you’re uncomfortable speaking about it, if they do ask you, would be ok. Good luck
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    Does Undergraduate school matter?

    I did my undergrad at a small university in Northern Ontario, and couldn’t have asked for a better experience! My classes were small, everyone was friendly, and there were a lot of opportunities to get involved in different research projects. Many of my classmates in medical school went to larger universities, and talk about how people in their programs were very competitive. I didn’t experience any of that in undergrad, fortunately. I agree with the posters above that if you go to school in a city that you want to be in, it’ll be a more enjoyable experience, and will be easier to do well in your program. There are some programs that do make it difficult to take the pre-reqs that some schools need/are covered on the MCAT (like nursing and engineering), but I would choose a program that interests you. Best of luck! feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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    Family with Obstetrics vs. Obs/Gyn

    Was just reading through this thread again and noticed your question! I was talking to an OB/GYN resident a few weeks ago who said they usually have about 7 call shifts per month. As you get to be a more senior resident, that number drops down to 4-5/month. I’m not sure how that compares to other specialties... hopefully someone else can chime in.
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    UofA Indigenous Student Admissions Thoughts

    I think it's awesome It'll hopefully encourage more Indigenous applicants, and I think it's a step in the right direction to have the makeup of physicians be more representative of the Canadian population. They still have to meet the same cutoffs, which I think is good for assessing their ability to succeed in medical school. Perhaps other schools will follow suit!
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    Psychology Major to Medicine

    I did psych as my undergrad, too! I did it with sciences as opposed to arts, so my electives were mainly chemistry/biology/biochem classes, with some non-science electives, too. I really enjoyed both my psych and science classes, and found it manageable to do well in both. Everyone has their strengths and weakness, so if you're finding science courses easier and more enjoyable, don't exclude the possibility of switching programs (I switched into psych after first year, and it was the best decision I could have made!). I think enjoying the courses you're taking makes it so much easier to do well in them. With regards to the MCAT, I didn't take physics in university, and found it much more difficult to learn by myself while studying for the MCAT, as opposed to chem and bio. That said, some people are really sufficient with regards to learning things on their own, so doing that might work well for you. In hindsight, taking a first year physics class would have been a good idea for me, I think.
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    Undergrad vs Medical School

    I personally find medical school a lot more intense than undergrad. Like @brady23 said, the volume of material you cover is far greater than what was covered in undergrad courses. It does feel like trying to drink from a fire hose. With undergrad, I could take time off from studying and not fall behind, but I’ve found that with medical school, even taking a couple days or a weekend off from studying makes you fall behind for a while. There are also other mandatory things in our curriculum that take time, like community placements, mandatory volunteering in first year, and some meetings. I also find that regardless of how much you study for an exam, you never quite know how it went, and my marks are lower than they were in undergrad (which I think is to be expected). So for me, the workload is a lot heavier and time management is really important. That said, it is a different kind of stress. With undergrad, you have the stress of trying to get good grades, but with medical school the stress is staying on top of things and learning the material to the best of your ability. Your performance in small group sessions and placement is always being evaluated too, which I know some people find a bit stressful. It’s all about finding the balance though, and our class is very close and supportive of each other, so that definitely helps. Despite the stress and hard work, I’m really enjoying it so far and do find it manageable
  14. Are your lectures available in PowerPoint format? I take notes in the notes section of the PowerPoint. Some people in my class also upload the slides to OneNote and take notes on there
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    I would contact whoever your school’s contact for immunization requirements is, and get them done ASAP. It seems like most schools require them to be done in order to participate in any clinical activities.