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  1. You might also run into this problem when you apply for elective etc. Basically I had multiple negative skin tests but once out of the blue I had a positive, probably BCG related. In any case had to do CXR show nothin active then was accepted by other schools for elective. I think the alternative was a Quantiferon Gold test (where BCG does not cause false positive), but that cost 95$ whereas CXR was covered.
  2. If he/she knows where they want to do residency, or have a specific preference for certain very competitive residency (Eg. derm), then it might make a small difference. Honestly from an insider view there is not that much prestige factor to UofT, unless you are very academically/research oriented. In fact at some places in Toronto there are so many residents/elective students/fellows before clerks the training might be considered "weak" as you are more of an onlooker. Sure UofT is pretty demanding academically and have lots of lectures etc but then that doesn't translate to higher match
  3. it was a weird dynamic at UTSG undergrad. basically you assume all the life sci undergrads want to go to med, then slowly people who falter reveal themselves and maybe they go to pharm or nursing or something, and at the end whoever is left standing is assumed to have got into med or went kamikaze or something; it was pretty mind boggling guessing where your classmates all went, feel like game theory 101 haha.
  4. all the info you need, at least for Ontario, find here https://restrictedregistrationontario.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/FAQ_Residents.pdf Also note I read online a few programs specifically discourage residents from doing it. Might have to do it under the radar.
  5. check out redflagdeals then call ask them to match. Also telus have EPP plans for hospital employees, when you become resident you could hop onto that bandwagon or gravy train if deals are really good haha. I don't know how they count med students but maybe if you have hospital email in clerkship you could argue you're hospital employee.
  6. Just do locums at different places after residency. You'll make good cash and get to have more fun trying out different places. Honestly the day you start residency it'll be so hectic 4/5 years will be a blur in hindsight. Get it done, get it over with, make use of your family/support system. Not fun going to a big foreign city paying 2000/month for an apartment and starting residency during COVID lol.
  7. I think 1 good letter from research PI who's also a clinician is fine. It's bit of a problem if you haven't had face to face time with them. Maybe ask the resident if they can play the middleman and set up a meeting between you three to talk about how the project is going. First make sure the resident can actually talk positively about your contribution though.
  8. Sounds about right for UofT's culture and atmosphere. It's a sink or swim place unfortunately, as far as I know about doing residency there, and from experience doing undergrad there. So not surprised about the medical school having the same ambience. It's not just COVID related, it's exacerbated by COVID. The place give you a sense that the person sitting next to you is a thousand miles away. It feels like a big machine, very well designed, constantly churning at exceptional accuracy, but there's no life, it's all steel and grease, nuts and bolts. A kind of mechanical fervor, metronomi
  9. 5 shifts within 1 week is enough to get a good idea of someone's skill and aptitude.
  10. You should be ok, people fail more often than you think, because nobody talks about it. Plus you had medical reason, so if you can get documentation for it that would be a plus. You failed by 1%, it could very well just be a statistically blip. Honestly to the admins it's more important you match, so they won't hold you back from graduating just because you are short 1%. To them it's a huge slap on their face if somebody don't match or don't graduate, they really want you to go to your residency lol. I think most likely what happens is they'll have you do a make up quiz, or assignmen
  11. You could pay them with your prof corp and count against your income. If you are a resident and these are required as part of your program then you can deduct them against your salary as professional fees.
  12. Prestige doesn't really a role in Canada, especially since you come from a Francophone school, the staff at UofT most likely have zero clue which Francophone school is more or less prestigious than others. If you really want UofT you should find ways to show your face as often as you can during your 4 years. For example you could do research project in Toronto during the summer, then do as many electives as you can in Toronto. Honestly a lot of times it's very hard to rank candidates because they all have good knowledge and skill, so naturally the person that they are most familiar
  13. Usually big names like MD Anderson and Memorial Sloan Kettering etc. But take it with a grain of salt these big names. A lot of these big name programs accept a lot of fellow because it's cheap to pay a board certified fellow 75K when they can generate 300K of revenue, and the hospital can pocket 225K of market surplus per fellow haha, it's capitalism at its best. It's well known places like Memorial Sloan Kettering the fellow work until late at night doing basic tasks like grossing that should be done by assistants. Can you imagine hiring Internal Medicine fellows and pay them 75K
  14. Anecdotally I've heard ENT is not a specialty that's friendly to second time applicants (as opposited to ophtho). At least the number of ENT residents I've interacted with, all were first round CMG matches. You could consider FM with an aim to become a surgical assist. There are FM who do full time surg assist, it's not a bad option. You bill by the hour, have less responsibility than the main surgeon, and can do other gigs in FM on the side if you wish. I don't necessarily advocate you apply to pathology unless you have previous exposure to it. It's a very different style of approa
  15. If you are an author then you put it down. I am bit surprised UBC won't let you put down papers if you aren't first or second author. These days it's very hard to publish something good quality, I've seen PhD students in basic sciences who only publish 1 article during their entire 4 years. I mean yeah if you want to pay 2000$ you can publish in No Name Journal of Junk Pseudoscience. Like what's UBC's expectation? 1st author for a PNAS paper is like 100x the work of 1st author for a case report.
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