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  1. Sure I'll give this one a go, I'm a current PM&R resident. I'm pretty convinced it's the best specialty in medicine as long as you like neuro and MSK. That said, it's a really tough specialty to get any exposure to because there's few lectures in pre-clerkship and rarely rotations in clerkship (school-dependent), so try your best to shadow and learn more about it. Scope: The scope is very broad. The primary practice areas are inpatient rehab (MSK, amputee, brain injury, stroke, and/or spinal cord injury), outpatient rehab (clinics to follow those patients, with other domains like car
  2. Little late to the party, but will chime in anyways. Our internal medicine at U of T was the most hours overall and it worked like this: Week 1: MFSu call (96h) Week 2: Th call (44h) Week 3: TuSa call (79h) Week 4: W call (53h) Assuming 9 hour work days (8am-5pm), which was the norm, as well as 26 hour call, which was also the norm, it works out to the numbers above. And that averages out to 68h per week in the hospital. Yes, you'll sleep a couple hours most nights on call and you'll spend some time eating and things, but that's pretty much the exact amount of time you
  3. I think it totally depends on who the doc is that you're shadowing and how down they are to chat. There's a time and place to be quiet and stay out of the way and the golden rule of shadowing is to never cost the doc extra time or extra work. But at the same time, if the doc is chill, it would be really weird if you just spoke when spoken to and didn't ask questions or make small talk. End of the day, it's two people hanging out for the day, so you want it to be educational, but you ideally also want it to be enjoyable.
  4. The majority of people who match to any specialty don't have a masters. Moreover, it's debatable whether a masters (unless directly relevant to the specialty and provides you with unique skills that would be difficult to otherwise acquire) would provide any benefit in carms.
  5. Yep, used a high school teacher and got into Toronto. Should be fine as long as it's more of a character reference, don't be that person who uses their high school teacher to talk about their aptitude for Grade 11 Biology.
  6. Best way I've found to get future projects is to have your current supervisors and people you know to make the connection on your behalf - naturally, docs always respond better when a doc they know is making the referral than if a student is cold emailing. Talk to docs you know and see who they know at other schools that might be working on projects of interest. But echoing earlier points, absolutely no research needed for FM. Peds would benefit from research, especially if it happens to be a competitive year, but not a hugely research intensive specialty at most sites from what I've hear
  7. The only things that really seem to matter for CaRMS are the following (in this order): 1. How you performed at that program if you did an elective there and the quality of the resulting reference letter. This includes your knowledge, work ethic, and most importantly, whether or not they liked you as a person/colleague. ^ ^ 2. The quality of your other reference letters. ^ 3. Your research experience 4. The rest of your CV including leadership experience, volunteering, etc. Of course, major leadership roles and life experiences such as being an Olympian,
  8. Don't worry at all. You won't have any trouble in med school finding groups who want to party. In first year, there were large groups (probably about a quarter of the class) who went out almost every single week for the entire year. It tends to quiet down in 2nd year and in clerkship as people get over the "I got into med school" high, but first year can be as wild as you want it to be. The other thing that you've probably got on your mind is whether or not it'll feel different for you being 19. I'm willing to bet it won't. I wasn't 19, but I and a lot of my friends were 21 when we starte
  9. I definitely wouldn't be turned off of medicine by job prospects. Compared to most other fields, the job prospects are excellent, especially nowadays when hiring in other fields is scarce. Yes, the job prospects are abysmal in certain fields (neurosurg, cardiac surg, many other surg specialties), but even in certain surgical specialties (which are worse than the vast majority of non-surg specialties), you can find a job without a fellowship in a community hospital outside the largest cities (for Ontario, cant speak for other provinces). For non-surg specialties, the majority of people (ca
  10. I always tried to extend my day by an hour or so depending on when I finished on CTU. If I got out of there by 5, I'd stay at the hospital and study for an extra hour or two before going home. If I finished at 4, maybe 2 or 3 hours. That way, when I got home, I'd actually be able to chill.
  11. Pretty much, yeah. If the trends stay consistent, based on the number of empty spots in FM in Quebec in previous years after the first round, for you to not match, the programs would have to actively choose to have an unfilled seat over taking you.
  12. To answer this, yes you have the exact same chance regardless of what order you rank in, as long as you were declined by the programs above it on your rank list. There are no games to be played with the carms algorithm, rank things solely based on your preference. As for the initial question, lots of my friends matched to FM in Toronto (mind you I went to U of T) with no research, no major "leadership" ECs in med school, and no gunning of any kind. Similar situation for matching to Vancouver FM from Toronto. You can do whatever you want (including exclusively doing things you think are fu
  13. Set the same 3-4 hours a day as your "work hours" where you'll just work every day and everybody in the house knows it. So you ideally won't have any interruptions during that time and you'll be in the routine of actually working during that time yourself. I'd be so much more productive if I could follow my own advice...
  14. Agree with the above, never have another student write a letter for you, regardless of the role you each played in an organization. I'd actually say that the teacher may be a good option to consider, potentially over the TA supervisor. You want the letter to be about you and why you as a human being are a good candidate for medicine. There's a chance the TA one could come across as being very similar to your academic reference depending on your relationship with the TA. Also, since you submit three letters, you could always submit both along with your prof's letter.
  15. It all depends on your time horizon. There are many 5 year periods throughout history where the overall market loses money. There are far fewer 10 year periods and far fewer 15 or 20 year periods (if any). If you're willing to keep that money in the market for the long haul, history suggests that you would average about 7% per year which is better than you're paying on your LOC. But if you panic at a low point or you decide to sell at the end of med school regardless of whether the market is up or down at the time, there's a reasonable chance you'll come out worse than you would have if you'd
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