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  1. I mean that's not totally off-base, but I think the message is that if you want to check off the research box to show interest, that can easily be done during the year, and that you don't have to spend all free time throughout med school getting as many projects under your belt as possible to be the most competitive applicant. You'll find people who had 10 publications, but the key is to not get freaked out and think you need that to be competitive. Yeah there are some programs that seem to expect some involvement in research, but it really doesn't have to be extensive. In Med-1 I swear most of the class was saying, "Omg everyone is doing so much research this summer, do you think we should too???" and that's totally unnecessary. Interest groups... yeah that's not even a blip on the radar. Don't know what else to say about that, but being president of the nephrology group at your school doesn't matter. Do it if you enjoy it and maybe it'll be a way to chat to chat with some nephro people, not because you think it'll help you land a spot in IM at your top choice school, or help you if you end up applying to nephro.
  2. Not really, the problem is that just because "gunners" are attracted to competitive fields doesn't mean that those fields demand that applicants are involved in 15 research projects etc. But if you talk to people who matched and they show you their resume, you end up concluding that that's what made them competitive, when in reality what @Bambi said about being a good fit is more important. There are definitely some programs that are more research focussed, but the vast majority are looking for someone who works hard and gets along with the team. I definitely agree that there's no need to spend your summers doing research. If you're that worried about it it's not hard to get involved in a project or two during the year, but people get freaked out seeing all their classmates spend their summers doing something academic and think they'll fall behind if they don't as well, and that's simply not true. Also I'm not sure what you mean by a competitive IM program. If you're talking about a sub-specialty then it's definitely too early to worry about that in med school before even starting IM. Yes cardio is competitive but you've got plenty of time.
  3. Interesting. In this case though, it wasn't a presumption of innocence, they had proof and he admitted to doing it and the reason why (that's in the article as well). I'd like to believe that most provinces would strip him of his license, not suspend him for a couple months and that's that. Hopefully you're right that that only happened because it's Quebec, although that's still profoundly depressing.
  4. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/que-md-suspended-for-filming-naked-patients-1.1047542 Still practicing, at the same institutions. Where the student went wrong was not waiting a few years until he was already a physician, then he would have been fine.
  5. I don't buy the conservative argument in Canada. I see it made on SDN, but here there are so many med students with coloured hair, gauged ears, etc. etc. I seriously doubt it's much of a risk at all. I'm a current male med student with various aesthetic choices that are not conservative, and I've never had a staff say anything or glower at me because of it. Gotten along just fine with elderly, fussy doctors, got good evals from them, really no issues. If you're dressed professionally, there's really such a minimal chance that they think anything but "Oh that's what the kids are doing now" and move on
  6. I'm looking to see what letter requirements etc. different programs have, and I can't seem to find it. The program descriptions page just has a chart with the number of spots, but no details about what they expect. Am I just not finding it, or is it not up yet? And if not, is there a way to see last year's descriptions to get an idea?
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