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  1. M3 here. Have more fun in pre-clerkship, and find friends outside of med school if the ones in med school are too focused on studying. You're young, and you will spend your youth in medicine regardless - de-stress a bit.
  2. I'm very interested in taking 2-4 years to do an MSc or PhD. How does this work? I know some schools have their own programs for this. Could I do a grad degree outside of my home institution, or outside of Canada, even? Does the program have a say in what I do the degree in? And, do you maintain your residency funding (and get the yearly increases) during this time?
  3. Honestly just chill, or if you want, review physiology. Nothing more. Enjoy your time pre-med school
  4. I'll chime in as someone who was in your spot once... the FT job won't matter if you get into med school. I would take some time off (I quit, lol) and focus on the MCAT, and then CASPer. And when you get in, you can feel okay about quitting the job. That's how I feel, now anyways Learn how to improve your studying, and study the parts of the MCAT you did poorly on (topics and sections) and it'll go better for you. Don't waste 4 months without re-evaluating your studying process, as that would be a waste of your time (and the lost salary!) Let me know if I can help!
  5. I'm really not sure, but it seems to me that everyone gets similar or the same comments where I am. All of the people on a given rotation got the same copy and pasted comments for their Dean's Letter. So I'm not sure that the extra mile is ever measured sometimes. I think learning for what will be important for you probably comes first, and then also having a good work ethic.
  6. I also wonder what the deviation on clerkship evaluations are like... seems like everyone gets "good to above average" results, but no one is scoring "perfectly" the way we did in our undergrad classes. It's not even comparable, I don't think. But on the other hand, I also worry a lot about CaRMS... just not my clerkship evals as much ahaha
  7. How did it change? Are the CASPerfect tests still good prep?
  8. I've seen my friends in the US start to get it (nurses in a major medical city) and I'm super jealous.
  9. I feel a ton of nostalgia looking at those old 90s cars. Might buy a 90s Corolla just to remind myself of being a kid in my dad's car
  10. idk I always have time for lunch. Hospital caf sells food at cost for a reason. Kind of stingy with the portions, and the food is bland (but healthy) but also cheap. My biggest issue is finding time to get the morning caffeine fix in, and being able to drink it mask-free
  11. I've never heard this comparison before, even though both are clearly not patient-facing specialties. Most people either love or hate path, but when you think about it... rads is just electric/digital path. Still, path isn't a ROAD specialty while Rads is.
  12. It's surprisingly uncommon, actually. I wish it was more common! The purpose of publicly funded medical schools are to produce doctors for the public system, so these endeavours are often seen as running counter to the goals of the system. MD/PhDs on the other hand are more likely to get involved in these things, simply because they have the resources to tinker, and the time (3 years for research).
  13. One of my best purchases ever was a set of construction grade ear muffs. I used them to study for my MCAT and sleep in a noisy house. Best $20 I've ever spent.
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