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    oshaku got a reaction from MDLaval in RBC vs Scotiabank for LOC   
    I was with Scotia, recently switched to RBC.  Reason was while Scotia offered me a great deal when I applied, they refused to update me to any of the new changes that happened after I signed with them. So no Passport + Amex, no prime - 0.25.  Friends with LOCs at RBC signed on at prime + 0 were able to get the prime - 0.25 rate by emailing to their adviser.  That's when I realized being an existing customer at Scotia sucked, and decided to stop being an existing customer. 
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    oshaku got a reaction from SunAndMoon in RBC vs Scotiabank for LOC   
    I was with Scotia, recently switched to RBC.  Reason was while Scotia offered me a great deal when I applied, they refused to update me to any of the new changes that happened after I signed with them. So no Passport + Amex, no prime - 0.25.  Friends with LOCs at RBC signed on at prime + 0 were able to get the prime - 0.25 rate by emailing to their adviser.  That's when I realized being an existing customer at Scotia sucked, and decided to stop being an existing customer. 
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    oshaku got a reaction from Haribo7173 in Looking Back: Your Biggest Mistakes In The Mmi?   
    my biggest problem was, and still is, tunnel vision.  Once an impression of the situation/dx formed in my head as the most likely scenario, it was really hard to broaden my horizon.
     
    I went in to one scenario with one expectation (judgement even?) of the person I was about to encounter and when she didn't behave as expected, I froze and fumbled.  Could not adapt.  Fortunately, the actor was nice and threw me a lifeline at the end of the station.  Not sure if that was enough to save it.  Stations started going okay once I stopped thinking about who I was going to see behind the door.
     
    Another example of not thinking broadly: Interviewer asked a question, I gave an answer, interviewer said "good, and what else?" and my brain drew blank. 
     
    I still fumble when preceptors or small group leaders asks "what else?"
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    oshaku got a reaction from Heisencat in Competitive Programs This Year?   
    research/teaching/path make sense seeing as these institutions are intensely downtown focused, but most doctors work in the community (or so I thought?).  SO's make sense (if the partner has a career somewhere), but then the limitation would not be major cities in general, but one particular city.  
     
    I don't feel you need to be downtown in a major city to have access to good education. The best school that I went to (I went to 8 different schools from kindergarten to grade 12) and one that offered me the most opportunity was situated in the outskirts of a city much much smaller than Toronto, though it was still a large enough city of 200 000.  Frankly, I think having large enough playground space and yard space for kids to play in is more important than the school they go to in the early years.  As for there being a lot of people around which makes being single easier, I've found that it's actually easier to meet people in small towns.  People in small towns tend to be friendier and more interested in getting to know you whereas city people (experience mostly in toronto and montreal), are a lot colder. It's a trade-off of being easier to meet people, but having less choices in smaller places vs. endless choice but somehow having a harder time getting your choices to notice you.  
     
    As a person who've lived in rural/remote town, moving to outer rims of some major cities, as well as in downtown core of montreal, I can see some of the attractions of downtown, but it doesn't balance out the disadvantages. Traffic and parking makes owning a car a nightmare, but at least it's compensated by a good public transit.  But that still limits the places you can go by those accessible by public transit.  In the downtown core, there's always light, always noise, always a crowd of people at any of the places I like to go.  It's incredibly dirty, and the salt/gravel we throw on the road doesn't help, with loads of cigarette butts, plastic bags, gum, and the occasional puke, piss and shit. I'm still traumatized after finding someone had taken an explosive diarrheal dump right in front of my door. Maybe I'm just living on the wrong side of town  
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    oshaku got a reaction from Heisencat in Competitive Programs This Year?   
    Why do people have such a strong preference for cities? Downtown Toronto seems like it's a nightmare to live in.
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    oshaku reacted to RedLily in What's On Your Mind?   
    <3 summer sale on Steam, woooo
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    oshaku got a reaction from Lifeisawesome in Take Forum-Ers With A Grain Of Salt   
    This is honestly one of the reasons I never considered med until after I finished undergrad. It wasn't until my friends started getting in and encouraging me to apply that I actually thought I wasn't just throwing money away.
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    oshaku got a reaction from ThatMedGyal in Success Stories   
    I texted my mom who was overseas at the time.  She texted back a week later reminding me to water her plants.
    My SO was the other important person in my life, who was in a different country.  I sent him an IM to ask him to call because I didn't want to tell him by text.  He made me text it anyway then called.
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    oshaku got a reaction from MEDDREAM22 in Any Current Med Students In Mcgill?   
    Join the McGill Class of 2020 Facebook group it's be a great place to meet future classmates and to get your questions answered by upper years (we're *very* active on the FB group)
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    oshaku got a reaction from MEDusa in Transcripts And Workbook   
    If I recall, the workbook is quite restrictive about what you can do or not do - including copy and pasting (blast that error sound in Excel).
     
    I second RedLily. Please wait till the applications are open to get the correct version.
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    oshaku got a reaction from RedLily in Ipad Air 2 Vs Macbook Air   
    I have the pro 3 (pro 4 and surface book weren't out yet when I bought mine). I have an additional computer at home. It's a gaming rig since I game (a lot). I know some people who do use it as their full-time computer though.
     
    The surface is definitely an all-in-one, especially since it runs the full Windows 10 operating system. Speed wise, it's just as fast as my desktop (thanks to SSDs) for everyday use such as e-mails, reports for school, Office, OneNote, internet (I haven't tried more intensive programs like Photoshop on it).
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    oshaku got a reaction from isitlunchtimeyet in Success Stories   
    I texted my mom who was overseas at the time.  She texted back a week later reminding me to water her plants.
    My SO was the other important person in my life, who was in a different country.  I sent him an IM to ask him to call because I didn't want to tell him by text.  He made me text it anyway then called.
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    oshaku got a reaction from DoctorAM in Success Stories   
    I texted my mom who was overseas at the time.  She texted back a week later reminding me to water her plants.
    My SO was the other important person in my life, who was in a different country.  I sent him an IM to ask him to call because I didn't want to tell him by text.  He made me text it anyway then called.
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    oshaku got a reaction from shikimate in Success Stories   
    I texted my mom who was overseas at the time.  She texted back a week later reminding me to water her plants.
    My SO was the other important person in my life, who was in a different country.  I sent him an IM to ask him to call because I didn't want to tell him by text.  He made me text it anyway then called.
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    oshaku got a reaction from coffeeisthebest in Success Stories   
    I texted my mom who was overseas at the time.  She texted back a week later reminding me to water her plants.
    My SO was the other important person in my life, who was in a different country.  I sent him an IM to ask him to call because I didn't want to tell him by text.  He made me text it anyway then called.
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    oshaku got a reaction from puck in What Did You Wish Someone Told You Before Starting Med School?   
    Based solely on being med-1: put in less effort studying in the begining of the year to maintain the motivation till the end of the year.
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    oshaku reacted to amichel in Presto Card For Transportation?   
    This thread has taken up far greater than 6 dollars worth of time.
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    oshaku got a reaction from MedMama in Schedule Of Clinical(Clerkship) Years   
    I think feversurgar gave a pretty good overview of clerkship schedule. Yes you're expected to be on call, and yes there are rotations where you start/end late. Emergency is especially shift based, so you will be expected to do shift work.
     
    As for electives in med 4, it's variable depending on where you want to match. Some people want to match in Ontario/States and will do almost all of their electives (3-4 months) away. Others are geographically limited to Montreal and will do most of theirs at McGill or UdeM.
     
    There are quite a number of people who live in the West island/Laval/South shore in my class. They seem to be doing fine for pre-clerk. In med-2, you will have TCP, which will introduce you to most of the core specialties and you can probably use that to figure out if the commute still works for you. You'll also get your clerkship schedule during TCP, which will also help you with planning/deciding to move or not.
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    oshaku got a reaction from crystal93 in Is Mcgill Med More Gruelling Than Other Schools?   
    The lower pay is common to all of Quebec.  It is to make up for the fact that our med school tuition is only about a quarter of the tuition in the rest of Canada. 
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    oshaku got a reaction from F508 in Is Mcgill Med More Gruelling Than Other Schools?   
    The lower pay is common to all of Quebec.  It is to make up for the fact that our med school tuition is only about a quarter of the tuition in the rest of Canada. 
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    oshaku got a reaction from _ _ in Typical Part Time Jobs Held During Medical School   
    DO NOT take on a minimum wage job in med school.  It's just not worth it.  You're better off taking the time you'll theoretically working to relax and hang out with friends/family.  Med school will be busy and stressful.  You need time off to remain motivated and not burn out.  
     
    I used to work ~2-12 hr a week making $20-30 an hour for the first few months of med school.  The money was nice, but the extra stress of work on top of school meant I was getting no down time for myself, no time for friends or family.  I was going to school feeling tired, stressed and miserable every day.  I wasn't making enough to cover all my expenses and taking was inevitable.  An extra thousand or two off of a twenty thousand loan barely made a dent, but the effect of work on my personal life was severe.  
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    oshaku got a reaction from Lifeisawesome in What Did You Wish Someone Told You Before Starting Med School?   
    Based solely on being med-1: put in less effort studying in the begining of the year to maintain the motivation till the end of the year.
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    oshaku got a reaction from robclem21 in What Did You Wish Someone Told You Before Starting Med School?   
    Based solely on being med-1: put in less effort studying in the begining of the year to maintain the motivation till the end of the year.
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    oshaku reacted to MSWschnoodle in What's On Your Mind?   
    Game of Thrones just tore my heart out and stomped on it. I'm not sure I can continue with this season of sadness   
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