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  1. My roommates are my closest friends in the class but we became friends before we became roommates. Are you close with anyone in the class of 2025 from undergrad / orientation events / interview prep etc? If so, try to room with them. Would not recommend living alone because of the cost, it's fine to room with any random med student if the above doesn't apply to you. Don't incur too much debt, it's the last thing you're thinking about now but interest kills.
  2. Hello all, This is such a under-discussed specialty in my program, I don't think I've met a single nuclear doc so far as a M2 at Western. It seems like my classmates barely know this specialty exists, and it's extremely difficult to get facetime with physicians in nuclear medicine. Doing some reading on these forums over the past decade, it seems like a lot of people were advising people to stay away from nuclear med, or do a rads + nuclear med combined residency. I'm just wondering if anyone has any recent experience in this since things can change a lot over the years. Should we st
  3. you have to convert each individual course grade to the OMSAS scale. edit: just realized this is dents. please ignore!
  4. in medicine lots of things are going to "happen" to you which won't be your fault ... this is a good lesson to get ready to deal with this if you one day get in.
  5. I don't know anything about your situation so I won't offer advice. I recommend seeing someone for these problems, I doubt you could much useful advice on a forum like this. I just wanted to talk about this bolded part. I did longitudinal learning for 6-12 months at a family medicine office last year (1st year of med school). From what I see, a lot of what you're going to see as a FM is going to be repeats. After the first month, I pretty much knew what a patient was coming in for after about 20 seconds. Just remember that, when you do the same thing over and over again, it's going to bec
  6. First of all rest in peace to this man / woman. Not sure what safety measures there are but one of the family doctors I was doing my longitudinal learning with told me that you should always try to be closer to an exit point than the patient is, so for example examine the patient in such a way that you're closer to the exit than they are. I found it odd at the time but I can see why now.
  7. Here at western we have about 3-4 in-person sessions in total for important physical exam and anatomy sessions until February, that's it. I highly doubt that this is the case for Ottawa as there are guidelines all Ontario schools have to follow.
  8. I know what it feels like to be lost, I got rejected the firs time I applied as well, but ultimately don't give up if this is what you want. You're so close. It doesn't matter what you told your parents / other people. Always remember Med school admissions are a game. Your ability to get into medical school has very little to do with how qualified you are to practice medicine or how good of a doctor you'll be.
  9. Hi, For those of us that have the BCG vaccine and will have a positive 1 step TB test, does this mean that we have to do a chest xray every year? Thank you
  10. Don't prepare for anything, enjoy your summer. Yes it's important to make friends. I study pretty much the same way I studied in undergrad at first, but soon you'll have to become comfortable with not knowing some things before your test because there's too much to know, you'll learn this skill on your own. Lecturers are mostly nice. You can kind of "study" for step1 by tracking your class content with boards and beyond / sketchy.
  11. Where are you going to school? That plays a big part in how much debt you'll have because a big chunk of your money is going towards living expenses. Rent for UoT med is not going to be the same as rent for me living in London for example. I can't answer how much people spend, but from what I've seen your lifestyle definitely scales u a bit when you have that LoC. It might not be the best thing but it happens. I just finished my 1st year and I'm about 25K into my LoC (Remember OSAP gives you a lot of grants, and there are a lot of scholarhips and bursaries to apply for). I also have a res
  12. My scotia advisor said the average is 150-200K. A lot of people in med come from wealthy families so they're probably driving that average down a bit. imo It really doesn't matter what your debt level is as long as 1) you don't run out of LoC and 2) you get a residency position
  13. Lol this was posted in April so hopefully you've been doing absolutely nothing school related in the past few months. For anyone reading this in the future: Please don't waste one of the last summers of your life studying for the MCAT or anything else before medschool.
  14. I went to Uwaterloo. I also know people who did engineering / CS at Uwaterloo making barely 60-80k in boring jobs. Don't assume you'd be making tons of cash working 40 hours a week if you went to engineering, that's not the average experience. Being an average physician is imo superior in everyway to being an average engineer / computer science grad etc.
  15. >100K is not impossible but typically fresh grads working in big centers won't be making anywhere near this amount. For those making 6 digits we're talking low 100's. The job market is also pretty saturated and because of this working conditions at a lot of big chains like shoppers can be poor. The work itself is stressful but boring. Basically I'm listing all the reasons why I went into medicine instead of pharmacy, but I definitely think it's a better field than most fields in Canada so you should pursue it if you enjoy it.
  16. Yes it's allowed. I talked to a cardiologist resident who moonlights as an internist. In terms of how much they make, he said he paid off all of his loans already and he's a PGY5, so it's quite a lot I imagine.
  17. It depends on location and specialty. Any specialty that's tied to the hospital is going to have more limited job opportunities. So basically any surgery field right now has a pretty bad job market, neurosurgery and ortho being the worst. There are things like Rad Onc that used to be really bad too but now the job market is opening up for them. If you become an internist / FM you can pretty much work anywhere you want including downtown Toronto. Academic positions in any specialty are tough to get. You will get a job in any specialty in Canada, but you may get an undesirable location depending
  18. You can order the Schulich medicine merch in September/early october and January, you can't do it yet as far as I know.
  19. Unfortunately(?) in the class cliques will form. The rich preppy types will form their own clique, and you will most likely befriend the people from blue collar background with a few exceptions. For example in my friend circle there is only 1 person with a physician parent (but in this case this person's demeanor is much closer to ours than those from the other cliques). Either way, from my experience all you need is a small group of friends, you'll be cordial with everyone else in the class and that's ok.
  20. The difference is I could lose my entire portfolio tomorrow and my ability to pay for the remainder of school and expenses through residency is unaffected. My portfolio is relatively low risk, which is the kind of distribution I recommend to friends and family. Almost everyone who day trades loses money, make no mistake about it. Anyone reading this: if you try to time market swings, you will lose money, 100%, I guarantee it.
  21. Ya and it's just as likely that you get stuck in some pump and dump scheme and buy in at $8 before the stock crashes back down to $2 or less. From what I understand IMRN was awarded some navy contract for developing drugs to combat diarrhea, which is why it shot up. You could have made a lot of money if you knew this yesterday, but unfortunately for us common folk time in the market > timing the market
  22. Do not invest money from your LoC into the stock market, not ever and especially not right now (we are in a particularly volatile moment in time). I have about $30K in equities but it's all from money I made before medschool. Really I cannot stress how stupid and dangerous it is to spend LoC money on the market, in my opinion. This advice does not apply if your family is rich and can support you. But even then, It's not a smart play but not as catastrophic I suppose.
  23. They do send a class full email but it's usually sent very late even weeks after the class is full. It's not unheard of for a few (think 1-2) offers to be handed out in late summer for a variety of reasons, but almost all of the spots are filled much earlier.
  24. If you get Western London Campus, come here. If not, go to Queens. imo as a biased uwo 2023
  25. Word on the street is us and the 2024's will have all online classes in September except possibly PCCM, which is 1x / week - nothing official yet though
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