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  1. 1. GIM offers great flexibility. Most centres will make you commit to a certain amount of work though. If you fulfill that the rest of your time is as you like. The one thing is once you commit to a certain amount of work its may not be possible to just dial back as easily (but still possible), so what most people do is not commit to too much upfront and fill in their schedules with work PRN 2. Family medicine don't necessarily need to spend as much time with their patients as they are usually familiar with their patients. When I see a consult I need to familiarize myself with the patien
  2. ummm not sure this is accurate for the GTA (or even Ontario) I, myself, did the 4 year GIM program. I work at a large tertiary centre (non-academic) in the GTA. Outside of the *true* academic centres (UHN, Mount Sinai, St. Michaels, Sunnybrook, Womens College), as of right now, it makes no difference if you do the 4 vs 5 year program. The 5 year program only pumps out like 5-7 grads a year at UofT and they are the largest program. All the places I interviewed at (large centres non-academic) did not once care or mention that they preferred the 5 year GIM. Even if you have a niche, m
  3. As a former resident of said program, I’m not surprised at all about these developments. A lot of the concerns are *not* new… hopefully the feedback we have over the years finally will be answered and addressed appropriately. That being said UofT is a good place to train, great pathology, great teachers, and of course great city. I think ultimately this will blow over and hopefully some intrinsic changes that benefit resident wellness will finally be implemented.
  4. IF you know for 100% sure you want to do IM, you can relax and just wait until clerkship before "gunning". Most of matching into IM (like any specialty) is based off of clerkship performance and reference letters. The one caveat I will add is if you knew you wanted cardiology OR Geriatrics, it could be helpful at least getting yourself set up in research in that area. Most people going into IM don't know what subspecialty they want or change their minds, so this can be a waste but for those that know from the womb that they want cardiology, its good to set yourself up in that, otherwise d
  5. IM has increased in popularity for sure, but I think if you are gunning for it you should still be OK, as long as you apply and do electives broadly. That being said there is always a risk of going unmatched, but that can even happen if you parallel plan/back up.
  6. 1. I still think it would be an option to apply to IM if thats all you want to do, just make sure you apply across the country and do electives broadly. TBH given you can apply to all the french programs AND all the English programs in Canada, if anything your chances are higher to match to IM just given the number of spots available to you. 2. I can't comment on every single program (and cannot comment at all about Quebec programs), but research wasn't a huge deal at UofT (and they are a research heavy school). It doesn't ever hurt, but the amount it helps is debatable. Definitely clinic
  7. GIM staff here (recently graduated). I think with IM becoming competitive that this may be harder to do, although I think it would still be possible. Back when I applied in 2015-2016 people backed up with IM all the time and it worked out. I guess the real question is: Would you be happy doing IM if you weren't able to do CSx? If the answer is yes than you should do your parallel plan. I would suggest applying far and wide and ranking all programs that interview you or else you would run the risk of not matching. Also just be careful if you ultimately want to focus on one area in
  8. I would say this pretty much applies for internal medicine as well (and probably other specialities as well) one thing I will add specifically for internal medicine. Most clerks will be either average or below average from a knowledge when starting out, and that is OK. A lot of clerks stress out about the knowledge expectation given the breadth of topics and complexity of internal medicine. I try to relieve their anxiety by letting them know that the knowledge expectations are very very low for a clerk… unless they want to do internal medicine. The whole reason for them to do an interna
  9. Are you doing your core IM outside of ON? I'm assuming so based on the fact that you have to apply for CPSO hahaha, but yes apply ASAP to CPSO they take forever sometimes.
  10. I mean tbh if you are going for a specialty and want to maximize your chances in that research will only help you out. I don’t see a scenario where it can hurt you. if you are doing your core training in Ontario this is a plus. You will have to decide however whether staying in Ontario is more important or your specialty of choice more important to you. If ultimately you don’t care about doing GIM vs (insert subspecialty here) then you can always just do the 4 year GIM and guarantee you’ll be staying in ON.
  11. I am a GIM staff, who just finished residency last year. I went through medical school at UofT. I did NOTHING before the start of medical school. I would suggest you do the same. There is no point, you will learn everything you need to in medical school and residency, an extra 3 months of memorizing random drugs and not knowing the clinical importance or relevance will not add anything to your medical knowledge or career. You completely ignoring the advice of medical students and residents who have been through it, makes me think this is a joke. If this is not then all I can say is, I am
  12. Depends on how flexible you are and which sub-specialty you want to do (I know a crappy answer, sorry ahha). Electives at the site you want are always key (just like CaRMS 1.0). Research is important more important for certain sub-specialties and certain locations more than others. If your goal is to to match to Ontario, then apply to ALL 5 of the Ontario schools (Ottawa, Queens, UofT, Mac, Western) for the sub-specialty you want, and try to do electives in a few different spots (really hard to do in residency given you only have limited out of school elective time and each elective is us
  13. Maybe its rotation/department dependent. But for Internal Medicine specifically (which I did both as a medical student and as a resident) the teaching was phenomenal. Definitely some variability to this, but on average the teaching was very good. It was the few things at UofT IM that was a strength. As a medical student when I rotated at other sites (which I wont list here) the teaching was definitely stronger at UofT (which was the other driving factor other than location for me to end up there in residency). Having done med school several years ago at UofT, I thought the teaching was p
  14. The 3 discipline rule applies to *BOTH* electives *AND* selectives. Most people who are gunning (for any specialty) will do all/most of their precarm electives in that one specialty and then do 2 other specialties in their selectives. Interestingly looking at the CaRMS website, th letter due dates for the R1 match in 2022 seem to be in Janurary... (is this new? because previously they used to be in mid to late November). If correct and this continues in future years, that's a big deal. Basically all your elective time at UofT would be pre-carms (or pre carms letters, which is what
  15. Hahaha I guess covid allowed it to work in your favor. When I was studying for my Internal Medicine RC exam in 2019, our osce was right during the raptors championship run... needless to say I probably spent more time watching the raps (and attending the parade) then osce prep... but hey it worked out! with re:time in residency, I can comment on Internal medicine (finished Residency in 2020 so the scars are still fresh ahah) PGY1- Busy because your on CTU a lot. That means 1:4 call. Most programs (AFAIK) don’t have a float system for the PGY1s, so they do regular 26 hou
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