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  1. There is absoultely no right answer to this: In theory you can join every single extracurricular group. The events usually are more lunch-time talks than evening socials (aside from the ones that explicitly talk about being focused on that). There were people who took on prominent roles in Tachy all four years, were in the Schulich band were active in sports activities and still are now in their program of choice through CARMs. As for working, only do it if it is something you are doing for a specific reason. Don't do it for the money. As much as taking on debt from Medical school
  2. My medical education would say otherwise. I was kicked out of the room by plenty of women during my OB rotations deliveries because they "weren't comfortable" with me being there. Mind you I think a lot of that comes down to just how your resident/staff advocates on your behalf.
  3. This story always amused me. Some people might say that she got an interview but just didnt' get in so she shot herself in the foot because she probably could have made it in over the past 4 years if she kept reapplying. I actually disagree. To me, her actions reek of someone with an extreme arrogance that is unlikely to be hidden during an interview and I think she had such a fundamental character flaw that I honestly don't think she ever would get into a medical school in Canada. I don't think she blew any opportunity at all.
  4. None of the books are essential. None of the books are mandatory. Most of the books aren't particularly useful. What you probably should pick up: 1) An anatomy textbook. Western keeps cutting back on the anatomy teaching and it's really important. We still have one of the few wet labs available and it's a great learning experience. Personally I didn't really like Netter's/Gray's/Rohen's and preferred one of two books - Thieme and Moore Clinical Oriented Anatomy. I found them to be better books and if you aren't a hard-copy person there are pdf copies floating around. 2) Dubi
  5. Same. No cardio questions, maybe 2 resp questions. No ortho questions. 3 or 4 Ophtho questions. Had 7-8 Rash type - between Peds and Derm. Just a weird subset of questions. Maybe I don't really care because I'm sure I passed the thing and everything but it really didn't seem like an exam that tested your ability to be a competent R1 resident. Maybe that is just a limitation of the MCQ/CDM sections but when you give a vague passage and then it asks what you would do next...honestly 90% of the time my answer would be 'take a better history' if they offered it.
  6. Have to say, that's not a very fun exam to write. You really feel when the questions start the ramp up, and then by the time you get to the end of the multiple choice the questions had trended back down to manageable. That exam put me in my place.
  7. Character goes a long way in interviewing.........
  8. Some Fellowship programs want you to have the USMLE. The other advantage of the USMLE is for moonlighting outside the fellowship/residency program. Once you have the USLME Part 3 you have the ability to moonlight if your program allows for it.
  9. It's all about comfort level. If the Family Doctor isn't comfortable with the patient case, they are obligated to refer them to a specialist. In some cases that goes to the extreme but some of the generalizations from Pre-Med students are incredibly off base in this thread. Medicine as a whole is a consult-based profession. What often gets glossed over when discussing referral of patients is just how often services consult when you are in the hospital in an acute setting. There are surgeons who won't manage medical issues and will consult internal medicine the second something tha
  10. No, it's about the same as every year. 450 or so interviews.
  11. They don't get enough money for running CARMs.
  12. Guys. I forgot my password to CARMs or something because it won't let me log in. When is the deadline again?
  13. I'm very jealous. I got interviews to all the programs I applied to, but they mostly just wanted me to fly out to see them so they could reject me in person. Saskatoon just laughed in my face for 15 minutes. :( Also I finished tied for last in my class at my pass-fail curriculum.
  14. Plastics - Increased competitiveness this year Urology - Decreased competitiveness this year
  15. Anatomical Pathology: Memorial, Ottawa, Toronto, Western, Queens, UBC, McMaster Anesthesiology: McMaster, Saskatchewan, Calgary (phone interview), Queens, Sherbrooke, UBC, Ottawa, Alberta, Western, MUN, Toronto, McGill Cardiac Surgery: Dalhousie Dermatology: Calgary, Alberta Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan, McGill,Ottawa, Queen's, Dalhousie, Calgary, McMaster, UBC, Toronto, Manitoba, MUN, Alberta, Western Emergency Medicine: McMaster, Manitoba, Queen's, UBC Family Medicine: McMaster, Laval, NOSM, University of Toronto, Sherbrooke, UWO (Schulich), Ontario (IMG), Montreal, McGill, Sask,
  16. Always tough to see something like this. Doing CaRMS research the residency programs have actually looked fairly decent of UofS. It always struck me that the negative perceptions had more to do with location than actual teaching quality. I hope that this is more a case of administrative screw-ups and not actually educational matters. I've had mixed experience with UofS residents, but that's really no different than most other programs. Some are stronger out of the gate than others.
  17. Yeah. Bottom line, any organization that makes claims like "90+% of our clients get in" is making up a load of BS. There is certainly a role for help in organization resume activities and cleaning up personal statements, but those are hardly the majority concern for any application. Beyond that, you are better investing in yoga classes to be calm going into an interview rather than paying hundreds of dollars for "insider tips" that are freely available
  18. I'll second the glorified observership standpoint. Their medical education is superior on the whole, but the hands on element of medical training is sorely lacking in the pre-residency years. So much of medicine is about that hands on experience and in a brief two-week elective, I'm not sure how useful it would be. That being said, names do matter in terms of electives and sometimes the opportunity to go elsewhere also = working vacation.
  19. You certainly won't be incorporating at 180K. That would be below the threshold to make it worthwhile.
  20. The master/cardiology master stethoscope's don't have a bell because they rely on pressure as opposed to using a different side. Light pressure = "Bell" for low-frequency sound Greater pressure = "Diaphragm" for high-frequency sounds There is an internal ring that the diaphragm presses against to make it act as a diaphragm. The better argument against buying the cardiology master style stethoscopes is the cost. The flip side is that some of the older models aren't quite as good as the Cardiology III. You would be fine with them but the quality of sound is definitely better wi
  21. Someone coming into the ER with non-specific symptoms with no impairment, and complaining of vague symptoms will get at best a CTAS-4 if the triage nurse is nice. Any responsible HCP in that situation would not be doing investigations in the ER.
  22. I don't know, sometimes I'm just trying to look up something small to reorient myself to the discussion. I've had numerous preceptors who take absolutely every question with the approach of "answer your question for me". Sometimes I just need a quick refresh and don't need to be grilled for 5 minutes on a minor topic that ends up being more disruptive than a simple medscape search. I'm fine with asking staff questions, but sometimes it really just ends up being more of an inconvenience (and is made abundantly clear that it is).
  23. I think in general it could be a good idea. One would assume that the vast majority of individuals responding would have a vested interest in the area. That being said, I don't go to a respirologist to diagnose my kidney problems. Going to the random internet stranger who does a wikipedia search probably isn't much better. I think it's far more likely that people with clear diagnoses that they don't like would use a scheme like this to argue results. The site sources wikipedia for all of their explanations of disease. But hey, I'd love to pay $200 to let people wikipedia my
  24. I took this last summer and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
  25. The growing trend that has me scared is the number of patients who come in and say that their chiropractor wants to start working on spinal manipulations on their newborn baby. Why the hell are you manipulating the spine of a 2 week old?
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