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Posts posted by RedLily

  1. On 8/16/2017 at 3:37 AM, Applemanv3 said:

    Had LASIK with CFMS discount summer 2012. Best money spent ever. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Got it done at LASIK MD Mississauga.

    Now, I'm a diagnostic radiology resident. Knew even back then that's what I wanted, so no regrets and no issues.

    1000% agree, also did mine in 2012 (Waterloo) and only regret not doing it earlier.

  2. I was wondering what topics are covered in the first unit, molecules/global health? Are there a lot of biochem & genetics topics, given the 'molecules' bit?


    Also, are there exams at the end of every organ system unit, or only during the R&E weeks? If only during the R&E weeks, do you think that is better from the student perspective, as opposed to taking the exam right after each organ system unit?


    I also noticed in the curriculum schema that there was no endocrinology unit. I assume endo topics are integrated into the other units?


    We go through "Blocks" (units) which each cover an organ system, except the first one (Block A) which is public health.


    Molecules/biochem/genetics come up as relevant to each organ system. So, for example Block B is Respiration so the genetics focuses on genetic defects of the lungs, mutations in genes (enzymes, etc. related to this) pertinent to this, etc.. Molecules have a bigger role I'd say in Block E (Gastro) and F (immunology). Endocrine is mostly in Block E (Gastro) when we learn about diabetes, the thyroid (though it does come up briefly in other blocks as well).


    There is a final exam after each block, which focuses on that organ system. The longer blocks will have a midterm. R&E is then a cumulative exam, it's during "R&E week": The final exam for the most recent block you did, the R&E exam, and the anatomy exam covering the most recent blocks you haven't been tested on are all during the same week. So for example, our first R&E 'week' was in December. We had a final exam for Cardio (Block C), an anatomy exam that covered the anatomy from Blocks B and C (resp and cardio), and R&E exam (covered Blocks A,B and C) during that last week of school. Our second R&E week had the final exam for Block E (gastro), anatomy exam covering Blocks D (renal) and E, and then an R&E exam. This second R&E exam covered topics from all the previous blocks, but with an emphasis on the most recent ones (D and E). Final exams are more detailed, R&E is supposed to be more broad.


    So, right now we're covering infection (Block G. We just finished immunology, Block F), and next is Block H (movement). So we'll have final exams after Blocks F and G, and then to end first year we'll have a final R&E week during which we will have a final exam for Block H, an anatomy exam and an R&E exam (emphasis on the most recent blocks that have not yet been on an R&E exam).


    Hope that makes sense :)

  3. CARS "has been developed specifically to measure the analysis and reasoning skills you will need to be successful in medical school."


    Communication isn't the central assessment for CARS, it's reasoning. So if the point of this assessment is being 'lost in translation' (literally) on ESL students, due to the selection of passages, doesn't really seem that fair


    This can be a very useful test to examine critical thinking skills, but the selection of passages they use seems like it can defs be a limitation for ESL students

  4. -general: copious amounts of self-reflection-->know your motivations for medicine well, have a strong narrative and examples from your life that reflect CANMEDS competencies .....


    -pro tip: do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself and be relaxed throughout this entire process and (ideally) also on interview day, avoid comparing yourself to others, be comfortable with simply being yourself, always be honest and direct in your answers, be polite and respectful to everyone, do some practice prompts either alone or with prep partners mostly to get used to the timing and thinking on the spot


    Second this. Through the cycles, the best interview I had was the one where, 1. I felt I could articulate well why I wanted to be in that room interviewing to adcoms, and 2. I went in having done what I could to calm myself as much as possible (lol easier said than done) before hand. I did most of my prep while driving, thinking about questions I could be asked and just sorting out how best I could explain myself, and just general self-reflection. And interview day I had some of my favorite people on the planet around me. Just remember there is no 'one' way to prep, just as there is no one perfect MMI answer/method/etc. So don't feel bad or like you're doing something wrong if you're not doing the same prep you see others doing.

  5. imo better answers tend to focus on one example that's really fleshed out so that you can make strong points and be sure you answer the question fully within that one example. You don't want to end up just listing experiences, run out of space, and lack explanation as to how these apply to decision making in uncertain/ambiguous situations (and miss out on actually answering the question).

  6. You can only upload one document, correct? so you create a single doc made of all the supplemental residency info you need. If you absolutely have to have 3 pieces of correspondence, put them all together in a single PDF and upload that (unless I'm missing something?)

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