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Everything posted by brady23

  1. Thanks for doing this. I just finished my internal medicine rotation and surprisingly had a really good time on it. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for Internal Medicine electives and what was your elective split?
  2. Hey guys, I recently completed a clerkship rotation (Emergency Medicine), and my evaluation was "Meets Expectations" throughout. It is a specialty I'm interested in, but I'm not sure if it's worth asking for a letter if my evaluation was "Meets Expectation" even though I may be interested in the specialty, but wouldn't it look weird applying for Emergency Medicine if I don't use a core letter?
  3. Let's say you're interested in Surgery but don't vibe with your preceptor for 8 weeks Well, it's going to look bad not having a letter from your core rotation, and they can make or break your application by writing a "mediocre" reference letter for you That's what is scary for me about CARMS
  4. Internal Medicine is not just an extra 3 years in residency, it is a grueling 3 years and with the stress (maybe a bit less) of matching to a subspecialty for CARMS
  5. Does anyone know how the match works for these specific sites? Are all UofT applicants lumped into 1 pool, and then just matched to a site based on their ranking or is there a separate ranking process for the Barrie/Newmarket streams specifically? According to CARMS, attendance at only 1 Interview & Information Session is required if you apply to 1 or more of the three geographic streams: GTA, Barrie or Newmarket, or Rural. I'm assuming if it's 1 interview for all applicants, people who do electives at Barrie/Newmarket are not at any advantage compared to those who do elect
  6. 100% agree, internal seems very interesting, but looking at the residents - most of them admit that residency is the worst years of your life. I'm sure it's worth it in the end, but don't know if 5 years of working hard and 80 hour weeks is worth it?
  7. Thank you this is very helpful. Definitely something I want to consider in the future ($150/month is definitely worth it in my opinion).
  8. Interesting, as I thought most disability policies only replace a certain portion of your income and for a certain # of years. Do you know how much the monthly premium would be, say if you're in the early stages of your career?
  9. Scotiabank doesn't convert it to a professional line of credit? Is the professional line of credit available to you indefinitely after residency at prime - 0.25%?
  10. Wait - so you actually get $25000 per month simply by paying disability premiums (I'd assume the premiums is a couple hundreds per month) until age 65?
  11. Wow so OMA really pays you until you're 65 if you become disabled and can't work as a doctor anymore? I always thought disability insurance only paid out for a few years
  12. Definitely. I think this change definitely benefits "Course-Based Masters" students who have completed their degree, and possibly is a disadvantage to productive thesis-based Masters as now, productivity doesn't affect your ability to be considered a "graduate"
  13. So one question - is graduate productivity not important anymore for being assessed as a "graduate" applicant? If you did a course-based masters, you still benefit from the graduate pool?
  14. So for a course-based masters student: In the old system, they wouldn't be considered in the "graduate pool" because they didn't have enough research productivity? But in the new system, they would be considered in the "graduate pool" regardless of research productivity? If that's the case, seems like a disadvantage to those who are really productive in their Masters, and an advantage to those who aren't because they still get streamed in the graduate pool (i.e. lower GPA requirements)
  15. What TD credit cards do you get with the LOC? Are the fees for both waived year after year?
  16. Endo and Rheum (lifestyle IM subspecialties) are competitive correct? And if you don't match to those, you're stuck with GIM? Is it possible to do outpatient work with GIM or are you limited to the wards (i.e. being on call, inpatient)?
  17. Omg sorry, I didn't realize this was about Dentistry!
  18. I disagree. I think the fact that it's pass and fail means people's motivations for achieving high marks are low. Like most people's priority isn't maxing out their mark, it's to pass. The student averaging 70% may be capable of 90%, but it's not worth it to them with the pass/fail system. I do think if they did something like Waterloo (i.e. looking at the correlation b/w grades and performance in undergrad uni or something) could be useful
  19. Sorry to hear! It's different for every school like you said. I think at my school there's a make up OSCE done in the summer, but I don't know too many details tbh! And a lot of the times you may think you failed but actually end up passing, I know that's happened to me before
  20. Having a day off in the curriculum is huge imo. I think the new curriculum will have tweaks that need to be made, but it's a step in the right direction.
  21. Really sorry you're feeling like this OP. Med school can sometimes be a very isolating environment, and it can definitely be hard to connect with your classmates especially if their upbringing and personalities are different than yours. But just realize this is temporary what you are feeling and keep focusing on you.
  22. For example, with the new 8 week cap on electives coming up: one may do 8 weeks in a desired specialty (ex: Emergency Medicine) But what about the other 8 weeks? Let's say you want to back up with Internal or Family Medicine. If you do the other 8 weeks in Family Medicine, does that make you look "undecided" to both Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine? If you did 6 weeks in Family, and 2 weeks in a random specialty, wouldn't FM know you are "backing up"? Or would they just be happy you did 6 weeks with them?
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