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  1. CC4 medical student applying to a competitive surgical specialty. Ill say a few things for OP 1. Never too early to start practicing suturing, and it is one of the few skills in the OR you may actually get to do as a medical student. If you are really keen on getting some experience, I'd suggest getting a suture kit and watching youtube videos. Start learning common suture techniques, how to hold instruments, the fundamentals etc. I just recently started using pig's feet for practice and I must say its a lot better than the rigid suture kits, so you can always consider that (other objects
  2. Id say overall its probably pretty representative. At UoT the wGPA for my year was 3.97 so you can see that most students generally have really good GPAs. Just talking to classmates for the most part people typically had >3.90 GPA and decent MCAT score (>510). Regarding ECs, very hard to be outstanding, I'd say typical to see well-rounded applicants.
  3. Hey everyone, 4th year medical student hoping to land a 5-year residency spot at the University of Toronto. Obviously waiting until match day before making any decisions, but jw what people would do in my situation? I’m thinking of buying a condo next year with my partner. I will have ~100K on LOC and 80K on OSAP loans. Partner makes 60k/year right now and has ~50K in savings at the moment with another potentially 50K from inheritance money to put down on a mortgage. I would also likely put down another 50-100K from my LOC as down payment (looking to put a 20% down payment). Cur
  4. Generally speaking, if a manuscript isn't written/submitted or if you haven't presented at a conference etc, it shouldnt be included as research. Under employment, in the character section just describe what you are doing as succinctly and clearly as possible. Reviewers generally have a good sense of what you did if its written clearly
  5. I agree you will need a solid MCAT to help you out for Western/Mac/Queens. UoT may become slightly more possible after a MSc if your wGPA is ~3.8. Have you considered at all doing a 5th year? ECs generally wont matter unless you have the stats so focus on school and balance what you can, obviously dont do nothing but dont go overboard on the ECs either. Study hard this year and best of luck!
  6. I assume you are entering your third year of studies. Hopefully COVID situation improves but there may be a chance you don’t get visiting electives next year (current boat I am in). You can definitely get a letter in a 2-week rotation, just have to work hard, do extra work and show interest. generally speaking most people get letters on their elective rotations which are on average 2-weeks in length unless you are doing a CTU elective for IM, which in those instances are usually 3-week in length. Not sure what you mean by front loading. Although CARMS apps open early in 4th year
  7. Haha well vascular nor general surgery are the specialties I hope to pursue for the rest of my life (although I have nothing against them). Nevertheless, there’s always a story behind why a patient is presenting at this particular time, and sometimes we might not always agree with how they got there, but that is life and we just have to do our best for our patients no matter the prognosis or outlook on their disease that they may have. However you are right, there is a lot of administrative BS and frustrating things that we have to put up with, which is only made worse when you have
  8. I’d just like to share my two cents on this topic. My brother is 1-year older than me and works in business (has both his CPA/CFAs) and works downtown Toronto in finance now. I’m just finishing up medical school and did a MSc prior to starting. My brother earns ~200K in his field before taxes, is very wise with investing his money and lives a relatively frugal life despite his income. He also still has room to climb and make more money in his field but is complacent with his current income. He already has the funds to buy a home in the GTA if he so chose to do so today. He works
  9. Whats salary like for the average general otolaryngologist? How much average % overhead? I've read the profiles via the CMA but I have heard that those aren't the most accurate numbers. Thanks!
  10. Agree with other posters, wouldnt recommend doing this for numerous reasons. Many of my friends are fighting very hard to come back to Canada after going abroad. Super high expenses going abroad (tuition, living), numerous exams that require high scores to get back. More loops and hurdles and still less odds you get to practice as the type of doctor you want to be. Just go to university, enjoy your life and work hard. Life isnt just about getting into medical school and becoming a doctor. You have to enjoy the path to becoming one. This will in turn probably make you a better doctor
  11. Totally agree. I definitely think this situation will help some and hurt others. I truly think showing commitment to a given specialty (especially smaller competitive ones) may be looked at more favourably and may bear more weight when it comes to securing interviews across Canada since they may have to look more at the C.V. this year (I have heard in some smaller surgical specialties that the C.V. is not even read by staff, and mostly residents).
  12. We were told at UoT we will likely know whether or not visiting electives will occur by the end of the month
  13. Do we think some schools will go back sooner? UoT, Ottawa and Western for example are set to go back April 6 I believe. What are the chances these get delayed until July as well? I am assuming more likely than not, that most schools will be delayed longer than initially communicated. But jw others thoughts on this.
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