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  1. I would agree with the above. UofT, like almost all schools in Canada, moved to an examplify AI proctoring system which is not set for iPads (yet). There has been some discussion about future exams being held in small groups or in multiple sites simultaneously, but nothing concrete yet. The idea is - if many students don't have to sit together during this uncertain time, why should we force them to for the sake of a test? Because proctoring requires recording of your screen, front facing camera and a working microphone, the tech requirements aren't that bad. There are some 300$ "test machines" out there that would do the job well. That said, I am aware that the UofT covid fund has helped students (med and non med) to meet the new and unexpected technical requirements. I would suggest, as said above, to reach out to the admins - particularly the examsoft team and the finance team, and ask about requirements and options. Outside of the world of examination, the iPad pro should be great for note taking and exam prep (notability is life). Congrats on your acceptence, and good luck!
  2. Some family docs do research, and some don't. It is up to their setting and desire. Some even have research hours/day allocated in their work week. It is not a must to do research if you wish to become a family doc, but it would be a great way to make connections with academics in the field, and understand the needs of the community you are serving.
  3. I doubt I can really tell you for certain which residencies don't need research and which do. I can say that research is a good way of showing true interest in a specialty, and therefore it is another indicator for residency programs that you truly understand the field and are truly passionate about it. Research is always useful. Even if you do some qualitative research about a niche topic or some QI research, you can always put a spin on it. Remember that 1 of the competancies of the CanMEDS - scholar - has the key concept of "researcher". That said, the least competitive specialties tend to put the least amount of weight on research. The more competitive view it as a way to distinguish between the good candidates and great candidates.
  4. The recent move to online examination in many schools brought up some technical requirements you might want to keep in mind. As great as ipads are for note taking and mobility, the exam software is not yet set for them. I would suggest a good mac, and an ipad in the future. The ability to sync between devices seemlesly has helped me keep everything organized and easy to access.
  5. So CREMS - that is a program focused on matching researcher to UG med student at UofT. There are about 40 positions per year, across the 1st-2nd year cohorts. They have some funding, which means usually 5K for 10+ weeks of work. Also, there is a requirement to submit and present the work in at least one conference. These projects are usually free for all with some interview process, but some of them could be designated to a specific student as per previous relationship. There are other research opportunities at UofT, as research is a big thing in Toronto. This could be your independent research arising from the Health Science Research course in 2nd year, and advocacy research from your Health in the Community course in 1st or 2nd year, as well as other research of your interest. If there is something Toronto is not missing - its PIs. The only type of research that would be limited to summer is wet lab, and therefore if you are interested in that, you have to figure out a site, a PI and a project in advanced. Some of them are CREMS, and some are not. Regarding the need for research? Well that depends on you. Are you interested in it? Are you doing it just for the CV? Is it "required" in order to be a good CARMS candidate for your specialty of choice? In general, if you hate research, and your specialty looks for candidates who have a lot of research background... you might have to rethink your residency program choice.
  6. There's a total of 16 elective weeks in the program. Two of those weeks can be used in a time allocated in third year, around may-june. Next year will be the first year that it will actually happen so nobody knows if it actually does what they hope it'll do - career exploration. I personally think it's a low risk high reward type of opportunity, as you get a chance to potentially work in the speciality you are interested in and figure out if you like it or not. That can help support a decision to change electives for the September-December period which are the bulk of your prep for carms. You can also takes those weeks off, as uoft asks for a minimum of 13 out of the 16 weeks to be completed.
  7. The med school experience at uoft is very different from the undergrad experience (so I hear from colleague who graduated from uoft undergrad/grad school and are now in med). Although UofT med, like many other schools, has a pass/fail system, there will always be competition. The race has shifted from getting into med school to becoming a competitive candidate for a specialty of your choice. This means people talk marks (for scholarships), extra curricular activities, leadership roles and research. There are always going to be those optho gunners (no shade, just example) that have published in nature and have 5 leadership roles in optho related fields. At the end of the day, it is about what you want, and who you surround yourself with. Med school is full of type A personalities, you just need to find the right crowd for you that will help you grow and not make you doubt yourself and your achievements. In terms of academies - everybody is great. Really. it is about getting a good preceptor. MAM is really good at lower student ratios and the community vibe, but every academy has pros and cons. The academies consist of several hospitals and you will have the chance to rank them (within your academy) at different time points in your education. Core rotations are usually done in your academy, unless it is a rural placement.
  8. Talk with uoft med, they are very accommodating and have stepped up during COVID. Being anxious about things you can't control is a horrible feeling, and I hope they can give you some clarity.
  9. Usually international students get word some time mid April. All other students (except MD/PhD) hear at the same time as the rest of Ontario.
  10. Short answer, yes. As long as the degree is acceptable and you translate it to Canadian standard (and meet the requirements). Uoft has a few international students every year.
  11. It's chill. The people that attend this are sociable and actually want to help.
  12. You can match the whatever specialty you want from whatever academy you want. All the academies have a "city" hospital and at least 1 community hospital, so you get a chance to practice in the community if you wish. There are only small difference in the services provided in each academy, as TGH is the specialty site for transplant and St. Mike's + Sunnybrook are the 2 trauma sites. So if you are interested in those fields, it'll be easier to be in those settings. That said, there is no problem in shadowing those sites or doing electives in them, even if you are in a different academy. Hope that helps
  13. Never say never. I got accepted with a gpa that is pretty far from our class average. UofT is a lot about you being a well rounded person and not just the academics.
  14. its a combination. There are is so much information on your file, and so many things to go through. There are multiple groups of people that look through it, and it is not communicated who exactly reads which part. Truthfully speaking... does it really matter?
  15. No one will judge you. UofT is very inclusive and is proud of it. One of the docs working with me said he had a reference letter from his rabbi. The letters are all about describing you as a person in the eyes of others. If this reference is doing justice to you, and shows you in a positive light - use it. It is also recommended you use references from different aspects of life, so it sound it will be beneficial as the other ones are school/research specific. Best of luck!
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