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  1. For first years- from school start till end (sept to may). Second years from sept to dec. There is a ceremony afterwards, this year it looks like it hasn't occured yet, where faculty/students/uoft thank the donors and their families for their gift.
  2. Agreed it's terrifying, it's scary their government is brazenly attacking physicians and by and large isn't accountable to anyone. From what I've been reading/understand (please correct me if I am wrong): he's a bit of a bully (showing up at people's homes, public shaming etc.), looking at legislation put forth obviously capping physician pay with contracts (fine... I guess... but without mention of benefits ie pension, health etc. and bill 21 means the contract is worthless), lacking integrity with bill 21/managing discussions with AMA regarding physician compensation, looking to implement private health care (which I largely disagree with), apparently looking to outsource to IMG's (haven't read this article properly, just headlines), in addition to trying to manipulate the AMA (via changes to ratio of governing members) and now CPSA... It seems to me that the UCP is favouring an American style of healthcare...? I don't think anyone would want to work in a place where 1.there is no respect from your government (no political stability (thus no job and financial stability)) 2.you have little to no voice or ability to act on your own behalf (job action, etc.) I suspect that would be incredible draining and simply not worth it (I think something similar happened in Ontario few rounds of government ago... was not a good time from what I hear). While a few years away for me, I definitely was interested in Alberta. As it stands there is no way, after my decades schooling, money, time and effort, that I am doing that to myself. I don't know how you could force physicians to keep their practices open/stop them from leaving/quitting... but you could thow in financial penalties?
  3. Not in industry, haven't completed a MSc. I can note however, that the insight and awareness that you have and would develop in pharma (drug design, related pubs, concerns with bribes etc) makes all the more reason you'd be a potentially good doctor. It's one thing to note that it is unethical to take bribes from pharma, it is a bit of a slipery slope to assume anyone related to the career is unethical/negatively connotated/unfavorable with medical schools. Some of my classmates have pharmacy backgrounds or orgo backgrounds, some even with gap years from these programs, and are some of the most insightful students I have ever worked with. Professional careers are valued and the life experience from it would provide a unique perspective that differ from RA/scribe/cashier.
  4. I mean, it's always good to show altruism from the goodness of your heart but I'd also say go where you best grow your skills/develop. If both of the two are dead end, ie 300 hours of pure typing or 300 hours of pure food sorting... I might say it's purely money vs saying you volunteer. I might not say one is better than the other if you aren't passionate about either. However, if you feel you'd learn more as a scribe (ex. med term, vague patient interaction, relationship with doctor, potential research connections) vs food bank (ex. advocacy, vulnerable populations, community leadership if you moved up the leadership totem pole, community connections) in this regard, I'd weight the feasibility of reaching these benefits and go from there. I would go for the one that shows the most depth and provides me with the most opportunity and growth. If you have absolutely no volunteering, I may consider some... but imo it is not mandatory. It really is up to you. Also, lots of university level "leadership" is volunteer in and of itself btw (mentorship, club exec, etc) if just saying you've volunteered is what you want (of course with the benefit of leadership)
  5. Hi there, I've been in a similar boat, maybe you can take something from my experience. I took a year off without planning to before getting into medical school. In 4th year I applied to only one med school (knowing it likely wouldn't work out) and applied to a research MSc last minute (because everyone else was), and even more last minute decided I didn't want to pursue it (I have never once regreted not pursuing that research masters, in fact I'm grateful I didn't waste 2 years of my life on it). If research isn't your thing, that's cool, if it is, consider finding a clinical/lab/health systems etc. research position that interests you. I spent that summer re-writing my MCAT, and actually found a local cafe job walking around town with some friends. Turns out, you learn a lot in "retail" in terms of problem solving, communication skills and management. I admit, at first, I was embarssed to have graduated from university to work "that kind of job." Which when I reflect now was good for me because 1.it was humbling 2.I learned what it means to only be able to support a family with a retail job (and that being able to understand and relate to this in terms of future patients is important) 3.I learned a bit about food insecurity, substance abuse, homelessness and compassion from my customers (which I wasn't expecting). If you have never had a customer service experience I recommend it. I eventually found a full time job as a healthcare assistant (if this is something you'd like to consider, look up pharmacy assistant, chiropodist assistant, physiotherapist assistant, dietitian assistant, hospital clerk, retirement home server/assistant, scribe type jobs either in the community (I had better luck with community) or local hospitals) and spent the rest of the year working here. I also took several arts courses, took up an instrument, got a gym membership, hung out with friends/family and saved up to travel in the summer. I found I had more time to put forward a better med application, thoroughly think through course based MSc options/other career interests (and also put together great applications for those) and consider what I wanted from medicine. This is your year, you can choose to learn new skills, focus on your health and seriously reflect/think about what your goals are. Lastly, I strongly felt that I had lost all direction in that year, which is possible given how easy it is to compare to former classmates' successes. Having friends with similar goals to me in a similar position AND having friend who were not in science helped keep me grounded. TLDR: you can turn your year off into an excellent learning experience. If you're interested in research, well... research. If you've yet to work retail, please do consider it. Otherwise, if you'd like a clinical job, clinic assistant positions are possible (pharm/physio/podiatrist/chiripodist/chiropractor assistant, scribe, clinic clerk, porter, etc). Consider learning new skills that you may not have had time for before (arts/languages/music/whatever) and spend quality time thinking about what you want in life/putting forward strong med/grad applications. I agree with the above posts, you gain some perspective and maturity. Best of luck OP
  6. I vaguely remember my certified cheque costing between 7-10$ last year via my bank if that helps.
  7. My expereince at UofT is that the class is very ready and willing to help you (ex sharing notes, resources, and google docs to help with studying). Of course, there are all kinds of personailties, though my general experience is that everyone is kind and polite, for example, when group outtings occur anyone who wants to come (pub nights, boardgames, etc.) can just join right in. I do admit, having come from a different undergrad, medical school classmates just don't seem to have as much time to hang out BUT it definitely doesn't feel as cut-throat. There are of course, like anywhere, a few very keen people about their particular specialties. Fortunately, it's up to you to choose who you surround yourself with Mam has the reputation of being the closest knit, largely because they spend the most time together (lectures + other course components). UTSG lectures combine the other 3 academies so it does feel like a regular undergrad class where you likely won't know everyone. Fitz and PB are more likely to have a community feel than WB which is simply too large (course components like ICE/portfolio/CBL are scattered among 3 hospitals so you won't know everyone, but you will know the people assigned to the same locations as you). Given Fitz and PB are 1/3 the size of WB, I'd say you get to know the same amount of people well (ex you'll likely know 1/3 WB well). I would say they're equal in terms of learning, you can get anywhere you'd like from any of the academies. You can contact anyone to shadow/research with from any other academy and your learning won't be impacted by academy. You largely cannot pick the specific hospital you'd like, but you definitely do get a a variety (Ie typically ICE and CBL will be at different ones) and they change per year. In pre-clerkship, I really wouldn't say it's a big deal (you only do ICE, a few workshops and occassionally CBL in them, largely this time is spent in a tutorial room anyways) it isn't a substantial amount of time. Again, you can choose to shadow anywhere, which could amount to more time depending on how much you do. You really can't go wrong with any of your choices, though commuting may be a factor worth considering, depending on where you live.
  8. Last year UofT admission emails came out roughly around 9:30 am (most were a few mins (up to 30 mins) after, v few people before 9:30). Best of luck everybody I hope you hear good new soon
  9. Agreed. I have Bose QC35 wireless model. I love them and they're great at ambient constant noise cancellation but if someone is speaking it does go through. I always have sort of elevator music playing (pretty even, similar classical/instrumental music) which for me effectively blocks voices while working. For sleep, imo these aren't comfortable enough (you can't turn your head L/R on your pillow) and would say unfortunately regular earplugs seem like your go to. There are Bose Sleep Pods designed for this though I believe? Though I haven't tried them personally.
  10. I would agree. If you have a science background, TPR was too detailed for what you need, it's content overkill. I used TPR for my first MCAT write, but struggled to finish the content on time and definitely did not practice questions enough (lol why it was my first write bahahaha). I did not personally use Kaplan, but heard good things. At the end of the day it's about having a solid enough foundation and applying, applying, applying it. 1000% get the MCAT bundle, it is the best prep/practice you can get. Somewhere on the second page of my comment history in 2018 is some advice about FL resources + tips from when I was preping the second time. It is likely still relevant.
  11. Honestly, all those options sound great because any outfit that you feel comfortable and confident in will do (provided it is professional). No one can really tell if the black pants you bought don't match the black blazer you happen to have Best of luck!
  12. This is a one off anecdote, a former fellow lab student had a similar issue two years ago. An explaination letter was sent to uoft and a phone call was made and while an incredibly stressful experience, that individual did get an interview that cycle (though no acceptance). While I can't say it will or won't work out. Know that there is hope.
  13. So, typically you go in, sign general papers to request the loan amount. A few business days later you get approval for the bank and within a few more days (provided your rep has ordered these forms), you go in to sign your loan agreement/set up accounts/cards. Sometimes cards will take a few days more (somewhere in there you send proof of enrol) I hear you, wish I could buy my furniture ahahaha
  14. Agreed. While not exactly happy I don't think it's a huge deal in the grand scheme
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