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  1. ExercMed

    How to research

    This is how you bias your data to show what you want it to show... Clearly you want to do a literature review, have a hypothesis, and a rough experimental plan, but DO NOT "think of what data you want". You don't know what the data will show you until you start doing experiments. Those experiments probably wont tell you the full story, so then you plan to do more experiments based on that. Once you have data that you think tells a cohesive story, THEN you can start to write a paper around the data. Writing the paper first introduces MASSIVE bias as you don't know what you are going to see. 90% of the time, experiments don't work out or have insignificant results that don't merit further discussion (an unfortunate truth about our peer review system). If that's the case then your paper, that you spent all this time writing, is dead in the water and needs to be revised. To quote the article by George Whitesides that the above poster suggested, "Realize that your objective in research is to formulate and test hypothesis, to draw conclusions from these tests, and to teach these conclusions to others. Your objective is not to 'collect data'."
  2. I want to reiterate what Eudaimonia said. Do something that interests you. This is two years of your life, so you want to make sure you won't hate the project by the end of it. However, in my opinion I would pick lab 2. First author publications are king. It doesn't matter how prestigious the the lab is if you don't end up on any publications. You need to be productive in grad school if you want it to help on your med applications (not just UofT). This means conferences, publications, and student committees are a must. Reviewers want to see that you didn't just half ass a graduate degree to bide your time before getting into med.
  3. This could be the case if OP was a graduate student at UofC. If not, I don't believe that it is an option.
  4. ExercMed

    Pre-Hospital Medicine

    I was just speaking generally. It is different from province to province. If the programs in Ontario require you to have what you outlined above, then that is probably the case. My first message was just to clarify the general steps for becoming a paramedic. You should be the one to figure out specifics and program requirements (which it seems you have started to do). Just put in some research and give some of the programs a call to see what it required. I still think that getting EMR certified is a good idea since it will allow you to start doing volunteer work in the field while you study.
  5. ExercMed

    Pre-Hospital Medicine

    From my understanding / having a few friends who went this route, the general steps are 1) to find and enrol in an approved/accredited EMT program (this means having the appropriate prerequisites such as HCP-CPR-C or EMR along with a high school diploma). 2) Pass all the program requirements! 3) Take the provincial licensing exam. 4) Apply to emergency response forces for a job! So yes, I think getting your EMR would be a good place to start. But getting a job also means having a resume that supports the fact that you are a good person for the position. So doing placements (like your friend) or volunteering at local concerts/events once you get your EMR (there are a bunch of opportunities), can only help.
  6. As a basic researcher, I disagree with the order here. On the whole, clinical research gets WAY more praise than basic research. I wouldn't say one looks any better than the other though. First author (Any field) >>> Co-author >>> no author.
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    Couldn't agree more with the above post. But what school is this PhD at? Some schools allow you to do your grad studies and then apply to medicine leading to a combined MD/PhD. In that case, you could continue to apply for the duration of your degree instead of waiting for 3 or 4 years before applying again. It depends if you are okay waiting that long to apply again!
  8. ExercMed

    IMS grad school interview at U of T

    I'm not overly familiar with the program however, it seems odd that you "usually" interview with graduate coordinators, as they are not the people who you are working for. In my experience, typically graduate school interviews (research based) are preformed by the principal investigator for the lab that you will be working in. For this program, do you apply to a specific stream (cancer, cardiac, respiratory, immunology, etc.) and then get placed in a lab after the fact? Or is the professor that is interviewing you the same one you will be working for?
  9. What year are you in?
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    What is the best choice?

    Also was in this situation. I withdrew! The only thing to be cautious of is that you will be dropping from a full course load (I assume) to 4 courses in a semester. This could disqualify you from some weighting calculations when you apply (UofT comes to mind).
  11. Unfortunately, you were somewhat misinformed. Calgary will drop your lowest year. If you completed 2 full time years you don't get any weighting. If you complete 3 years, they drop your lowest year (i.e. best 2 years). If you have finished your degree, they still drop your lowest year (i.e. best 3 years). If you are a graduate student, then they count your graduate GPA as 1 year of undergrad and drop your lowest year (I.e. best 3 years of UG + graduate GPA). The best way to figure this stuff out is generally by reading the application manual on their website. The cutoff of 3.8 for OOP is based on the weighted formula (also in the application manual).
  12. I definitely know some PIs that are like what is in that letter ahah. Really stresses the importance of choosing the right lab. Starting a PhD is very often done out of sheer interest in the research, not the end goal of going into academia or industry/business (most people I talk to only start developing these thoughts after a few years in the program). Clearly they want to have a career in the field but the exact route isn't solid. I agree with @calcan, those numbers are crazy high. 15-25K (again before tuition), is more on par with PhD students earning closer to 25K. If they have external funding this is usually subtracted from what the PI is giving so it doesn't get a whole lot higher. 30K would be amazing IMO. For post-docs, I can't imagine anyone making 70K even in HEAVILY funded labs. There is really no comparison.
  13. ExercMed

    5th year or masters

    U of A gives extra points onto your file score (similar to McMaster) once you are finished your graduate degree. U of C will count courses that you took during your MSc as a full year of undergrad (In addition to dropping your lowest year). Apart from that, you are treated like all other applicants. However, you would be able to speak to whatever experiences you had during your graduate school which would look good in your top 10s. Furthermore, there are a lot of opportunities to join graduate student run councils, TA ships, and mentoring opportunities to bolster ECs. I personally feel like I am offered something new to get involved with every week by either my supervisor or another graduate student. It ends up opening a lot of doors that wen't there in undergrad and that can set you apart from other applicants.
  14. ExercMed

    5th year or masters

    It definitely could help with other schools that you are already competitive at. I always suggest putting in the extra work and going for the research based MSc. Not to say anything bad about a course based program. However, there are things that you might not encounter in a course based program as opposed to a research based one. Being a functioning member of a research team, conflict resolution (there can be a lot in labs), project management, and problem solving, to name a few. Not to say that these are absent in other course based programs, but they are more prevalent in research. As such, you will have many more experiences to speak to when applications come around. Aside from fine tuning professional skills, depending on the research, you will also learn a variety of specialty skills and techniques that you may (or may not) use in the future. Then there are the publications you can get out of your research! You just have to know what you want out of the program.
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    5th year or masters

    Doing a 5th year with a 3.9+ GPA would put you in much better contention for Ottawa. What province are you in? Also, what would this MSc be in? If its not research based then it is unlikely to help out with the grad student route at UofT.