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  1. Let me plug the excellent research opportunities though the Canadian Rheumatology Association. https://rheum.ca/en/students/summer_studentship There is a - Clinical studentship - Research studentship (can be clinical research, not bench stuff) It is a popular and successful program with enthusiastic mentors in London; there may be mentors in Windsor as well. Go ahead and read the student testimonials. Application currently closed for this year, but check it out next year.
  2. Pantaloons

    Post Interview Discussion

    Hey everyone, Best wishes for tomorrow. You've gone through lots of hard work, stress, and difficulty to get this far; you've already proven yourselves to be bright and talented people. Medicine. It takes a while to get in--often more than one try. And once you get through the door, it's just a longer road after that. But a worthwhile one. Take care.
  3. Pantaloons

    Post Interview Discussion

    Structure and flow depends on a number of variables, including who was interviewing you, your responses, time constraints (was there time to ask other follow ups...). Don't waste time second guessing your answers and the interview panel. Now is the easy part: your interview prep is all over. Waiting is merely the practice of sitting back and allowing the passage of time.
  4. Pantaloons

    Post Interview Discussion

    So come on then, how much can you deadlift?
  5. Many many medstudents live in the Masonville area (near masonville mall, along Richmond road). Pros: it's close to everything you need - Mall/theatre and major public transit hub - Groceries - Goodlife gym - Campus (20-25min walk quick public transit away), university hospital - LCBO, Beer store. - Some franchise restaurants, one arguably underrated pub Cons: - All the bars are on Richmond Row (just south of Richmond and Oxford) - Nice restaurants downtown - I'm generalizing, but downtown is more high-rise Condos and older houses, Masonville is more Low-rise condos (Masonville Gardens) and newer town-houses. This depends on your preference.
  6. Pantaloons

    Do you even lift?

    This thread is a funny demonstration of the internet. It begins with an innocent question framed kinda humorously ("do you lift?" ...[who weight trains?]), and then instead dissolves into an argument about the definition of "lift". Re: that comic. The obvious response is that people don't pay money to lift objects, people pay money for the opportunity of self-improvement. And stuff.
  7. I think the unofficial count of competitive matches in our graduating year was: 6 general surgery 5 emerg medicine 5 plastics 4 urology 4 anesthesia 4 obsgyn 3 ENT 3 Neuro surgery 2 radiology 2 vascular surgery 1 cardiac surgery 1 dermatology 1 opthalmology We did very well. A bunch of matches to Internal, paediatrics, and other specialties too.
  8. Absolutely no disadvantages. CaRMS doesn't care. CaRMS is about reference letters, electives, and the interview (plus a few other things). As rmorelan mentioned, Windsor has in fact had a 100% match rate past two years.
  9. Congratulations upcoming class of 2017. If you are lucky enough to have an acceptance to Western and another medical school, but are unsure which to choose, I urge you to ask us any questions you may have about Western. Western is truly an amazing medical school and you are very fortunate to have an acceptance. +++ P.S.: Haha, I like how the Class of 2017 facebook group is mostly filled with 2016s eager to meet 2017s. The same thing happened when I was in 2nd year. P.P.S.: Personally, it's really crazy that you folks are getting into Western now, but I'll be graduating Western med in 2 days
  10. Just grab a drink and listen to the new Daft Punk album. They released it today just for you!
  11. Good luck, everyone. Whatever happens tomorrow, you're still pretty cool people. The road is long, but it leads to a better place. Also, I hope you keep Western in mind if you have the good fortune of a Western acceptance. Our medstudents do fantastic in the CaRMS match (we really swept it this year) and are exemplary on electives. Also, we're nice people and it's fun here .
  12. Hahaha, False. But I agree with one point: we have many cool multi-talented people here. Did you see the Tachycardia videos?
  13. Pantaloons

    med school cliquish?

    Uh......probably important to distinguish between "cliques" and "groups". Cliques seem exclusionary and are something I've not worried about since highschool. "Groups of friends" are an inevitability when you have +150 different personalities in one class: like dissolves like. People hang around similar personalities and common interests. With a class of 150 people, you're bound to find a more intimate group with whom you click. And of course, at Western, we have numerous class-wide and school-wide socials events that are fun. People come and we all hang out together. I can only speak about the 2013 Western med class, but we are a very friendly group of people. If you read the post-interview discussion thread every year, we always make a super friendly impression. In the end, your ability to be happy and fit in with your peer group is likely dependent on a number of different personal, interpersonal, and peer-group factors which make it difficult to make generalizations.
  14. If you're looking for a literal book of diseases, I think Current Essentials of Medicine comes closest to that description. It's an alphabetized book of diseases organized by organ system and presented as: Dx, Ddx, Ttx, and "Pearl". It's alright, but it's super brief. It's more of a jumping off point in your studies. Unfortunately, patients present with symptoms and you have to work backwards to find the disease, so books like this might have limited practical use. I literally just picked up "Symptom to Diagnosis: An Evidence-Based Guide" which, like the title says, lets you learn from symptom to diagnosis rather than other way around.
  15. Consider contacting admissions for an answer to your unique situation. http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/admissions/medicine/contactus