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  1. I guess it's probably not as efficient as it could be because I feel like I'm studying literally all the time- I'll take a few days off studying at the beginning of a rotation (mostly because I need downtime from the last exam). There's a repository of old exams/materials floating around but they're all from the early-mid 2000s so haven't been of much help, unfortunately.
  2. I'm dreading going back to clinic on Monday. I spent my whole winter break trying to study and catch up on material/content that I'm weak on but only got through barely 10% of the stuff I wanted to. I'm so exhausted of constantly performing and trying to impress people and worrying about CaRMS and planning my career etc. I don't have mentors in med school that I can talk to and everything is so lonely and stressful to try to figure out on my own- COVID certainly hasn't helped. I'm also becoming more aware of all of the rest of life I'm missing out on- my friends outside of med are starting to
  3. I keep getting the feedback that I'm very keen. I'm worried that this is tacitly a bad thing (like I'm overenthusiastic, or something). I've really enjoyed clerkship so far and I've been engaged out of genuine interest, and I'm just trying to be a good clerk. Is this a polite way of telling me I need to tone it down? How is feedback like this interpreted on a MSPR?
  4. Hi all, I'm in M3. Long story short I love emerg but didn't get the chance to do any research (had a project getting started mid-M2 that we were preparing to submit to REB in March...things have been stalled since then). I do have other academic activities (e.g. I'm involved in UGME curriculum development) but don't have any posters or publications. I have lots of extracurriculars in med school but they aren't expressly related to emerg- more focused on my other advocacy interests. Is this going to be a significant barrier to matching- ie, should I be trying to get my M2 proj
  5. Hi, I'm a 2T2, I have academic and clinical accommodations for a couple of different conditions, happy to chat over PM!
  6. Yeah, I ruled out the call-intensive specialties like IM and all of surgery a while back for this reason
  7. I have a medical condition that seriously requires consistent and adequate sleep. My treating physician is advising me to submit an accommodation request through my school's disability office to have me exempted from overnight call, with the expectation that this time will be made up in other ways. I'm worried about what my peers and preceptors will think. I'm wondering if anybody has had to do this before? How did you approach the topic with your preceptors? Thanks!
  8. So we do need research but not necessarily emergency medicine research? Not that it makes a difference for me as I haven't done any research in med school yet. EDIT: I do have lots of other extracurricular activities both in and out of medical school, just no formal "scholarly" activity.
  9. I've been interested in emerg for a while and was working with an attending to submit a REB for a research project that I was really excited about, which was supposed to get going earlier this year, but COVID has derailed those plans indefinitely. I'm supposed to start clerkship in the fall which won't leave any time for research. Are there any activities I could/should be doing in the meantime to help make myself a better emerg applicant?
  10. There's a grand rounds being held next week on a niche surgical topic that I'm very interested in. I'd be going purely for my own learning, but as I haven't been formally invited by a staff, and I'm not on rotations, I'm not sure if it's against etiquette for me to be there. Would it be odd if I just came by myself as long as I stayed out of the way (ie sat at the back, didn't ask questions, etc)?
  11. IIRC, we (U of T students) do need to complete electives in 3 direct entry specialties, but that includes our selectives.
  12. Thanks everyone for your feedback on this issue. For better or worse, the preclerkship lead and dean of student affairs are already aware of my issues, as I have been communicating with them since early M1. They have been very supportive and accommodating of my issues through first year but I sense their patience for me is running out fast. Essentially everyone in my life has advised me to take the leave, but I find myself unable to actually initiate the process. I'm realizing that I have been struggling immensely with impostor syndrome- that I didn't really earn my se
  13. Hi everyone, I had a tough time adjusting to medical school this year. I developed an eating disorder and was in an all around bad state mentally and physically. After 10 months on waitlists I was offered a spot in a treatment program last night, but accepting that spot would mean deferring my second year of med school and returning in August 2020 with the class below mine. I'm most concerned about the impact this will have on matching and, if I do match, on my ability to secure a license. I know that in a perfect world my health would come first, but with CaRMS as competitive as it is,
  14. Hi guys, At my school we have short blocks and frequent tests (every 2-4 weeks usually) and I find that pretty much as soon as that exam is over, the information is gone from my brain. I was shadowing a few days ago and realized I had lost information I had known cold just a couple of weeks before. It makes me very nervous for clerkship. Does anyone have advice for being able to retain information on a longer-term basis?
  15. My goal has been to do FM/EM and work in a rural/peri-urban setting where I can split my time between FM clinic and EM. I'm currently an executive on my school's EM interest group and have been thinking about applying for an executive position on the family medicine interest group as well. These are both sincere interests of mine, and I think I'd enjoy both leadership roles. However, I worry that when it comes to CARMS I'll look uncommitted, indecisive, or insincere, and that will undercut my ability to make a case for applying to (and hopefully matching) to either specialty. Would it do more
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