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  1. As a med student, you aren't really expected to generate much or any flow for the department, so you can really see patients at your own pace. Most staff will let you out at a reasonable time post-shift (you aren't usually expected to wait for all tests to come back, consults to be made/done, etc. And if you do need to stay, you have less patients that you need to disposition.). Six shifts should be manageable, but will probably be a little tiring.
  2. Yes, addictions medicine is becoming increasingly popular amongst 5 year grads. I know some ED docs who do clinic (mostly rapid access addictions clinic) and also do inpatient addictions consult service, in addition to regular EM practice. Some people did do this as a fellowship year during residency, however, with the transition to the CBD residency curriculum, most of your "area of interest" time is now during your R5 year (since R4 is now the Royal College year). This makes it a bit more challenging to do a full 1 year fellowship during that time (as you also need to apply for jobs, wo
  3. This is a random photo from google images. But a head shot is along these lines: In my experience, most people tend to wear a nice blouse or button up shirt.
  4. At UBC, a lot of people use a professional photographer (this one in particular does a lot of Carms headshots: http://sarbglaze.com/portfolio/professional-headshots-and-portraits/). While it was a fun experience getting photos taken, I also had friends from other schools who had people take photos of them for free. I honestly don't think it matters too much as long as you look professional.
  5. ^Not sure if that is true, but assuming it is, that could be based on a number of factors. For example, if more people in NMP are interested in family, that would result in a higher match rate.. I wouldn't pick a site solely for match prospects, but rather based on which is the best fit.
  6. **unless the spots were dedicated IMG spots, but otherwise yes that's correct
  7. Uh, maybe if you were compromising to couples match with someone. Otherwise, no. Don't try to game the system. Rank your true order of preference.
  8. More challenging, but definitely still possible to get a letter. Strength of the letter may depend how closely you work with the staff over that week.
  9. If it's a smaller program, I would definitely try to attend. It allows you to ask questions, make connections, get a sense of the program, and get your face out there. Having people recognize you is helpful. Your behaviour at the social does matter though and can affect your ranking if you are rude, etc..
  10. I would highly recommend Fairview area. An ideal location for the 4 years would be: (1) in close walking distance to the 99 B line (along broadway) or the 84 (along 4th/6th) for easy access to UBC. [You are there a lot in first year, and a moderate amount in second year] (2) Walkable to VGH/ Diamond Centre [Very useful in second year and clerkship] (3) Close to either Granville St to bus downtown or Canada Line to get to downtown/ Saint Pauls [Useful for clerkship/general life] Fairview area pretty much meets all of those.
  11. Unfortunately, medicine can be very hetero- and cis-normative. While this is something that should not matter at all (in my opinion), you don't know how interviewers might perceive it. The idea that you might get flagged for this or that people might judge you makes me so mad - and shouldn't happen in a perfect world - but could sadly be the case.
  12. I was told to list it as a Bachelor program by the UBC med financial assistance officer.
  13. ^There is free time on Tuesday and Thursday mornings that a lot of students use for shadowing, although you may also be able to set things up at other times.
  14. ^ A number of my classmates were on crutches at some point throughout the school year. Might make some activities more difficult (standing in anatomy labs, etc) but you definitely won't be the first person to have gone through that. You should be able to discuss with the faculty to set up any accommodations if needed.
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