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  1. We should just have a red-lined stickie on the top of the premed forum: IF YOU WANNA DO MED DON'T GO TO UOFT FOR UNDERGRAD My friends and I joke: UofT is where hopes and dreams go to die. Hope your friend makes a wise decision.
  2. Your GPA is great! >3.9 from what I've heard doesn't make a huge difference in your entrance, but I think either 1. Do 5th year to increase GPA further or 2. Do some crazy EC (volunteering abroad, etc.) to get life experiences to talk about Along with a rewrite of the MCAT to get that CARS up should be good enough for you. Good luck!
  3. I got it soon after I was admitted. I think there may be some they offer early on and some later? Not sure
  4. Hi everyone, I am a graduate student finishing my degree requirements this summer who has been accepted into Schulich Medicine past May 8. Unfortunately my committee members are very busy and I was not successful in booking a defence date prior to June 30th despite hunting for months for a date. I do have a date now, but it is after June 30th. My supervisor said I will pass with 99% confidence, and will complete my graduate degree fulfillments in the days after. I've already sent e-mails to discuss with admissions what can be done to keep my offer valid. Could anyone who attended wes
  5. Thanks for the detailed outline! You're such a lifesaver for me I'm so thankful you're spending to time to reply to my seemingly endless questions... I just really don't want to regret my decision. Would I be able to do observerships/shadowing before 3-4 months? From what I see on this post people seem to suggest I should use these to build up my clinical capacity rather than doing it at places I actually want to impress because I wouldn't know squat. Do you still think it's best to use them at places I want to end up for residency? Although it's I'm sure person-dependent
  6. Thanks for your reply! Would that mean though that if I'm gunning, I would still be able to choose my electives AFTER this 7 week session? Or must I choose my electives before, in which case the added experience won't help me narrow down to truly gun
  7. Thanks for the detailed explanation @Edict and @a7x! It seems that based on what you say, what's really important is when you have to sign up for electives. It seems for most competitive specialties that they like it if you "commit" to one for all your electives, so if I have 2 competitive specialties in mind then it's less favourable to split them AND back up with family. From what I gather, at Mac requires you to choose your electives 7 months into preclerkship vs. other schools that let's you choose.. when? I'm not sure, but I gather months in to clerkship. Is that true? =
  8. Thank a lot @goleafsgochris @PhD2MD @Lactic Folly and @Edict! (Not sure why tagging is not working...) There are so many factors to consider and many of which are uncertain that it's difficult for me to establish a priority. As of now, it seems going to Mac and being super proactive about pursuing horizontal electives at all potential pathways, and quickly eliminating them seems most appropriate. Because of the good point by Lactic Folly (that even if I did FM/EM, if I want to do research, academic centres will likely be preferred place of employment), and because I can't really imag
  9. I am aware of that as you mentioned it in your original post. I meant you are still competitive as an OOP applying to western provinces :). Do the 5th year, get 4.0, reapply very broadly (all programs you can to) and you will most likely land at least one of them!
  10. 5th year. Masters won't make your 4th year go away but 5th could help. Your chances and stats are not bad for Canada, especially western provinces. I know people with your stats get interview offers and get in
  11. Thank you guys so much @Lactic Folly @ZBL and @yup. This has been really enlightening and gave me a lot to think about. To distill it simply and without considering too much of the intricacies and uncertainties in the future, it seems it is unrealistic to really think about the research portion at this stage. It seems that it's more important that I know for sure where I would want to practice, as a FM with EM shifts in the community, or a EM with research in academic facilities. Because of the passion I have for the topic, I am inclined towards EM in academic facilities, preferably
  12. Yes surgeons in academic centres definitely do a fair bit of research, but I guess in realms that are already narrowed down to their respective fields. I'm interested in basically applying already developed machine learning techniques with available data sets to help guide policy and clinical decision making. More interested the process rather than specific application into any particular clinical field. For training programs you mentioned it seems they are provided at resident level not at undergraduate medical school level and both are at UofT, so could you shed a light on how I should facto
  13. You're right, I assume it would most likely come down to how wise it is to commit to a specialty without having a lot of hands-on exposure... Sounds risky at the moment, and I do want to keep an open mind. Thanks for reminding me! For sure I am aware that most of the specialties I have put down are very competitive. EM is most attractive in terms of what the actual work entails and potential for research. However I do not like that I cannot have my own private practice, by the way funding is being allocated, I do not want my practice to hinge on hospitals which is why FM + EM seems perfec
  14. Thank you so much for your time to do research on the programs! I'll note them for future reference. I envision myself doing clinician-scientist things but had a particular field in mind that would collaborate heavily with computing science and engineers. You're right, there isn't a lot of fam med-based interest in the field I want to go into, I guess I saw it as an opportunity to begin something anew where the field isn't so saturated. I already have a MSc, I would have to see what added benefit an additional graduate degree would be in a burgeoning field. Amount of research I guess
  15. Thanks a lot Lactic Folly! I am getting that response a lot, that it's really a function of how sure I am on FM+1EM. I'd say I'm about 60-70% certain provided I'd be able to do AI research on it. I'm not interested in only practicing without any research component. Another factor I did think about is that fact that academic/Toronto based positions for royal college specialties are almost impossible to come by and things might be a bit easier for FM+EM who wants to do research although I'm clueless as to if this is/will be true. Nonetheless it's difficult for me to justify that I can
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