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  1. Mac students typically do research longitudinally. The program while shortened doesn't have that many mandatory hours, only about 12-15 a week, which means that you have a lot of free time. Those who want competitive specialties usually use this time to do research, network, shadow, ECs. At the end of the day, if you want to match from Mac to a competitive specialty, it does take a bit of extra effort because of the shortened timeline. Clinical research exists in almost every specialty and definitely in the above specialties, some specialties are more research focused than others, but in
  2. It might be the system, Mac students get 8 weeks of these quasi pre-clerkship electives that vary in mileage from simply shadowing to actual baby clerkship kind of work. I don't know if Calgary gets the same, but I will say that I wouldn't judge a school's students by early clerkship electives, literally an extra week or two of experience can make a huge difference on their comfort level and capabilities. By the end of all your training, those extra few weeks here and there won't make a difference. With that being said, I do find and still find that those early clerkship electives
  3. You ultimately need to be smart about studying. There is no way you will know everything, they say med school is like drinking from a firehose. The most important thing in my opinion is to study what you need to know. Some medical schools have well laid out structured curricula, others (like Mac, where I went) don't as much and generally speaking I would supplement that curriculum with a textbook or online curriculum focused on tests like Toronto Notes or USMLE Step 2 CK prep especially if you go to a school that give you a lot of self-study time and flexibility. Time commitment depends o
  4. I think out of the Ontario schools, Western and Queens seems to produce the most surgical keeners as a %. But also Western has a rep for the most hardcore surgical programs. You come out of these programs a top surgeon or you drop out.
  5. Stereotypes and random facts that i've gathered. UofT - med school - competitive, research heavy, pretentious, diverse patient population, big on competitive specialties, people want to stay local for residency McMaster - med school - 3 years, PBL, no anatomy, research heavy (clin epi), verbal/EQ focused school, hippie, either super young or non-trad Queens - med school - small, tight knit, less research, good matches in CaRMS, QuARMs, big on competitive specialties Western - med school - high MCAT score school, SWOMEN, good matches in CaRMS, big on surgery Ottawa - m
  6. Understand that while DO title seems like a big deal right now, the difference in your life is huge. Your chances of landing not only a residency are higher with DO, but also a preferred residency location as well as preferred specialty. You also will likely end up with higher potential lifetime earnings. Ultimately, it is your choice, but just keep that in mind as well.
  7. I'd probably guess York University. The GTA is the largest population center in NA to only have 1 medical school and there certainly are a number of hospitals that currently are underutilized while others across the province are packed with medical students. It would be a massive undertaking however, turning community hospitals into teaching hospitals would ruffle a lot of feathers. Given the general supply of doctors in Canada however, I would probably start it off with 100 students a year and take those positions from the other Ontario schools.
  8. Apart from anatomy or physiology, nothing anyone will learn in undergrad will give them that much of a leg up and a little bit of extra studying will help you quickly close the gap.
  9. Great point, this system is definitely not fair or equitable. I put the blame less on the medical schools themselves and more on the state of our education system in general. In high school, kids are oddly given an easy time, there is no standardized testing and your grades depend more on your individual teacher's biases than your learning as a student. Then in undergrad, the system is so laissez-faire that the smartest way to get into medical school is not to study what you are good at, but to choose the right program and the right courses to get yourself the highest GPA, interest in learning
  10. On top of what others have said, which I fully agree with, Family medicine offers career flexibility and a better lifestyle. I think that is what really appeals to people.
  11. I agree 100% with this. Toronto is a big city with lots of internationals, lots of competition. The faculty places great pride on rankings and research. Research leads to more citations and higher rankings. As a result, there is more pressure on faculty to publish, it is harder to land your academic promotions in Toronto in fact, primarily because there is a higher requirement for research. This essentially means that faculty in Toronto are more research focused faculty and have more pressure to do so. That means naturally they tend to be more biased towards people like them, who have done res
  12. In a very subtle way there is. Mainly it is related to the provincial movement and closeness of the schools. Generally speaking, the amount of movement within province is much greater so it is more likely that one school's faculty recognize or have worked with another school's faculty if they went to another in province school. Additionally, geographical proximity often means its easier to arrange an observership or elective and it is easier to sell that you really want to stay in province during CaRMS interviews (its generally more believable). But even all these factors combined would only b
  13. I would aim to spread them around, but certainly if you have enough elective time, I would spend a bit more time in Toronto if that is your first choice. Ultimately, its a trade off and a calculated risk. Whether anything is worth it really depends on how badly you want UofT or not. If your goal is just to match to Ontario and Toronto is a preference but not hugely, probably better off to diversify and vice versa. Certainly UofT doesn't discriminate against McGill, it is treated in the same light as any other Canadian medical school, and given the relative proximity and similarities betw
  14. The reality though is that theres always an oversupply because we overtrain and on top of that we have a lot of IMGs and others who are kind of waiting in the wings, ready to take a job if there comes an opportunity and so in reality, there will never be a real shortage. Most Canadian jobs pay well in the global scheme of things and academic centers are able to hire foreigners directly if they choose and theres a never ending supply of foreign talent willing to take those jobs. There will never be a shortage of surgeons unfortunately. Do a quick calculation and estimate the number of sur
  15. I think you do retain most of it, I think being sleep deprived though does make it harder for you to learn outside of work because you just want to sleep. As a surgical resident you want to have more operating time to get experience since you do a lot of your learning by doing. I think residents are sleep deprived but your body also gets more used to it overtime, but I don't think anyone truly loves staying post-call, but its a bit like a rolling stone and the more you demonstrate keenness to operate and learn, the more staff want to let you do and mentor you
  16. My main problem with McMaster is they love to use lottery for everything. It's frustrating because lottery cheapens the process, someone who really wants something badly can't prove that fact and someone who just tosses a hat in the ring has just as good a chance. As a Mac grad, nothing they did was surprising but it is disappointing.
  17. Yes, almost everyone I know takes their full time off. The trick is to take it when you are off service on busy rotations. Don't forget your educational days, your floating holiday and lieu days too
  18. Unless the school you are talking about is Ivy League (in which case there are side social/network benefits of attending if you can afford it), it really makes no difference. I would focus more on career prospects afterwards if med doesn't work out and also where you want to live, those are more important imo.
  19. I'm going to disagree with the other posters and say that it doesn't hurt. It really ultimately depends on the specialty you end up wanting. There is a common theme of research, so even if your masters research is not in the specialty you apply to, it still helps. The best masters to do is likely clinical epidemiology, which is outcomes research. It's broadly applicable and you learn skills and stats that will help you do research in any specialty. Additionally, once you've done the masters, your efficiency at doing research is enhanced as well so you will be more productive doing research in
  20. There is cardiology at both campuses, but in terms of advanced cardiology/cv surgery there is cath lab in Niagara but no cardiac surgery. Waterloo has both cath lab and community cardiac surgery. I would say though that the best opportunities would probably still be in Hamilton given the academic setting and it is not impossible at all to do research in Hamilton even if at either campus. Most clinical research is often done online and on the computer anyways.
  21. As an alum, i'm surprised at how high the number but also not surprised. Agree with all the factors mentioned above but would also add the factor of GTA, many students are from the GTA and would rank Hamilton Waterloo Niagara based on closeness to GTA.
  22. Its more about the connections you build along the way. Sure 10 case reports/SRs/litreviews/opinion pieces does not take the same amount of time, but if you do that all during med school on top of a strong workload, most surgeons see that you are really productive, not only that but through those 10 research projects you probably got connected with a whole lot of doctors who now like you because you helped their career out too. Like it or not, most clinical research is junk, its you yelling your opinion into space and me yelling mine and you not listening to me and just yelling yours and me no
  23. The experience that people look for really varies, this is why not everyone is chasing one program or another. The question is really broad and no one can really give you an answer because it really depends on the specialty and the specific set up of that program which often changes year to year anyways. These are the general principles though: I think if you want to operate, look for programs that don't have as many fellows or have more community surgical rotations. If you want to do research, look for programs that have research programs that interest you on their websites
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