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  1. agreed, I know that almost every person I talked to was not happy with online cbl compared to in person - yes it's easier to slack off and not do much but really, cbl is an excellent time to actually try to learn something and apply it properly with immediate feedback from your team and tutor. Plus cbl was a key way to meet people in the class that you probably wouldn't have had a chance to meet another time. For those saying anatomy wasn't useful because of the volume of people: if you find 5 people standing around a cadaver with free reign to explore a hard place to learn, get ready for 5+ people standing around an OR table trying to see the anatomy on a live subject with procedures going on because I can promise you it's no easier, especially when you're the MSI3 up against residents and fellows who also want a look. I'd also say that while people talk a lot about flex, most of the people in my class are working on very interesting projects they would have never had access to without dedicated time, not just research but community building, education, health promotion, etc. Flex and basically the entire med curriculum is going to be as good or terrible as you make it, and if you're deadset on not showing up and just getting through then you're probably going to come out a bit jaded. All this to say, I hope the 2024's are excited for whatever the upcoming year will end up looking like. I'm sure it's going to be great at times but potentially isolating and crappy at other times. If all else fails, just remember that you never have to take the mcat again and hopefully it will make you feel a little better
  2. Not sure on the timing but people higher up on the admissions list would get priority before those below on the waitlist. That being said I know of a few people who got in off the waitlist to their 2nd or 3rd choice site and got moved up to their 1st/2nd so there's a lot of movement!
  3. facebook marketplace as well, although most are cross-listed on craigslist
  4. I'm wondering if you can talk a bit about whether you considered critical care instead of EM? I'm in a similar boat to where you were: I want to do procedure-based medicine, be involved in direct clinical care, be involved in "life/death" situations, and generally feel like I'm actually doing something with my time in the hospital, as opposed to writing another prescription and leaving the work to my juniors. If surgery had a better lifestyle and job prospects I'd be there, but like you, I enjoy my life outside of medicine. I'm thinking of doing IM with subspecialty training in critical care, but I'm torn as to whether EM might also be a good fit, and given Covid have lost almost any opportunity to shadow (and likely won't get any pre-CARMS elective time either). Do you know much about the lifestyle of an ICU doc, what their day looks like in terms of hands-on care vs rounding? Also, what is the bread and butter of EM cases you see? The things that aren't as "exciting" as trauma and immediately emergent cases?
  5. I would assume that any decreases in hands-on opportunities due to covid would be applicable to all schools across Canada so I wouldn't really take that into consideration tbh. I think clinical exposure in years 1/2 are somewhat luck of the draw for FP, but also what you make of it. I had a couple family practice preceptors who let me do a lot of solo work including physical assessments, procedures and lots of interviews. Also while it may not sound as exciting, getting lots of face-to-face time with patients doing interviews and history taking has probably been much more valuable to me compared to the few pap-tests I got to do. At the same time, I had plenty of opportunities to shadow different specialties (either organized through student groups or just through emailing doctors), during which I got to meet a lot of interesting patients as well as saw multiple procedures and surgeries (including scrubbing in). Our clinical skills sessions in second year are also quite valuable (in first year they're all volunteer patients who usually don't have anything "wrong" with them because you're really just learning the basics and don't need anything more complicated than that, trust me!), because we got to see patients who had specific problems relating to the clinical skill, as well as three sessions each term where you go solo to interview and do a complete physical on an in-patient currently at the hospital, and then return to do oral reporting to your preceptor. These sessions were amazing learning opportunities, even if they were very intimidating! Other opportunities usually come up throughout the year, such as participating in flu clinics (I gave >40 flu shots to students and faculty in one day), and doing health checks and BP clinics in the community. I can't imagine how much more I would expect schools to be offering year 1/2 students in terms of clinical time given we have extremely limited skills. For year 3/4 I haven't started yet but I've heard from many students that your experiences are really what you make of them
  6. there are a lot of students commuting in to campus from Surrey, Coquitlam, etc so it's definitely doable (and much cheaper if you don't have to pay rent!). I can't speak on their behalf because I don't live very far away, but it probably does impact whether or not you attend some events (much more so if you're taking transit, less so if you're driving) but I wouldn't be too concerned about it. Make some friends who you can stay over at for events that go really late (rare) and you should be ok. Also an option to see how commuting goes for first term and then decide whether or not to move closer!
  7. fyi for UBC the 2021's are restarting rotations on July 6th but the 2022's not until Aug 31st
  8. MEDD 411 is the course number for first term of 1st year. 412 for first year, second term, 421 for first term, second year, 422 second term second year, etc.
  9. In talking to med admissions, I learned that this section of the application may be considered against your NAQ, but will have absolutely zero impact on your AQ, and more likely something that is looked at post-interview actually. Given that your AQ makes up half of the pre-interview score it's a significant distinction as to what that small box can actually help with in the application process
  10. Is there a list out there of all the potential FMPR sites for 3rd year clerkship? Do people usually get one of their top choices? Trying to weigh the options between winter/summer for rural time
  11. During clerkship everyone must do a rural placement (I believe for one month), but other than that the majority of people stay at their home site. What they're talking about here is the integrated community clerkship program, in which students go to a small community (I believe there's 10 options) and instead of doing blocks for their third year, they do an integrated fsort of clerkship following a family doc but also doing their core electives throughout. It's actually a fairly popular program and can be very competitive for certain sites. They do information sessions about it throughout first year and also I believe do more in-depth info sessions at the beginning of second year (before the application) The FoM website has a really good website talking about the ICC if you're interested
  12. Eventually you'll get sent a link to the orientation website which will have far too much information about the curriculum as well as mock schedules for first year and some things for years 2-4. I can't recall when we got it last year but it was sometime well before school started
  13. There's also benefits to not forget when it comes time to do taxes - I believe your partner can claim a "spousal amount" because you won't be making anything, and you'll also be able to transfer tuition credit to offset their taxes if you'd like. The med finance department hosts tax clinics in second term that can help you sort out everything when it comes time as well so that you don't miss anything
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