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  1. If it goes on that long I think the deadline is going to have to be pushed back, don’t you think? There’s precedent from SARS and that was a much shorter time period than we’re looking at AND limited to Ontario.
  2. Absolutely, if your goal is to do a master's because you think you will learn and grow from the experience, then that is a good reason to do one. Maturity can be a real benefit in succeeding and enjoying yourself in medical school, and to some extent that can help residency applications. The extent to which this will help your application to medical school in the first place depends on the school, and somewhat on yourself and the opportunities you have in that master's. Personally, I believe my master's helped my application to medical school immensely, as many of my academic and non-academic activities, awards, publication, etc. were related to it, and it bumped up my GPA a couple % points. But if you already have a strong GPA and a strong application, it's less likely to be helpful. I agree with Bambi though, it's unlikely to make much direct difference for a residency application.
  3. Prerequisite courses, aside from 6 credits of English, we eliminated in the 2017/2018 application cycle. I don't know where you're finding different information, but the UBC website states this pretty clearly. https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/admission-requirements/ Biochemistry is 'strongly recommended' but I can tell you that lots of people (including myself) have been admitted with little or no biochemistry in the last several years. I understand the concern about taking a pass/fail on a strongly recommended course. But COVID is messing everything up, I really don't think it's going to hurt you in this particular instance. Everything is upside down.
  4. Biochemistry is not required for UBC. But either way, given everything that is occurring with COVID i really don't think a couple pass/fail courses this semester will hurt you.
  5. Clerkship (years 3/4, but especially 3) is a mess.
  6. It’s too soon to have any real insight. All years of medical school are being affected, and this thing has just started. We really don’t know yet what it will look like in August. That said, the first 1-2 years of medical school are largely classroom based, and it’s likely that any incoming class could be transitioned online much as existing preclerkship classes are being done now. So it’s likely they will still be able to admit the incoming year even if it’s in this new context.
  7. Np. One of the Family medicine residents lent it to me this year - I just wish I had found it sooner!
  8. I’m not entirely sure this is what you’re looking for, because it’s not just terminology, but I like Mechanisms of Clinical Signs by Dennis, Bowen, and Cho.
  9. Things are going to be such a mess. Everyone is affected in different ways and schools will be understanding that this semester may be a huge blip for people. UBC for example has always allowed a space to explain things, so you can always say some grades switched to pass/fail because of covid. But first, just wait and see how it all shakes out and do your best in the meantime. Try not to stress about it.
  10. It’s a bizzarre reaction given that so many other schools are pulling the clerks. Making accommodations so that students can graduate on time will be a country wide problem - they aren’t going to be able to hold back a year’s worth of medical students. We will all almost certainly complete our degrees on time. If it does end up resolving in a week or two... then great. We only missed a couple weeks of rotations, which is really not a big deal and can be made up or honestly just accepted as necessary in the face of all this. And we go back to usual. But if it doesn’t resolve and things get as bad as they are predicting, then having had clerks continue will have been a significant safety risk for patients and students, and could very well have contributed to making things worse.
  11. I think it’s going to have to vary school to school, and will depend on how long this goes on for. At UBC, for example, our electives are supposed to start in July. If this goes on for a prolonged period of time there may have to be accommodations for a reduction in required weeks per rotations if they want to promote students to year 4 on time. Or perhaps they could delay the start of electives. All speculation at this point.
  12. Just announced UBC is suspending all clinical activities for clerks until minimum March 29.
  13. I agree. But I can’t help but wonder what happens if this goes on for a prolonged period of time. At some point we can’t just stop training new doctors.
  14. Absolutely, it’s extra resources for people that are essentially just functioning as disease vectors without much other benefit. I suspect clerks will be out of hospitals fairly soon if the trend continues. If the hospitals weren’t basically at capacity already and potential risks not so high, it might be a great opportunity to learn... but not worth the risk of spread between patients for just students’ benefit.
  15. The whole point of clerkship is to learn clinical skills. You can’t learn how to do this stuff in preclerkship, and I don’t think there’s really an expectation that clerks should be able to show up already good at clinical skills. I know that Calgary has a condensed schedule, but still, it’s only been 2 months. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Your attitude and teachability and ability to work with patients / staff I think matter more than sheer aptitude. If you’re putting in the time and you’re improving, and if preceptors are picking up on that, you’re probably on the right track. Don’t count yourself out of a specialty so soon. I’m just finishing my clerkship year, and I found things didn’t really start to click for me until about 6 months in.
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