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  1. I'm really tired. I'm barely going through the motions in terms of clinical stuff. Academically I feel like I've lost any ability to learn new information, and I'm pretty sure I failed my last exam. The stakes for failing an exam at U of T are ridiculously high and faculty has confirmed on multiple occasions that they will not be doing anything to ease the load, despite the fact that our class's failure rate is double the usual rate and students have been asking for support for literally months. I'm supposed to start surgery this week and I'm so filled with dread. I don't know how to sur
  2. We don't get any 3rd year electives, just the 14 weeks in 4th year, 2 of which are meant to be allocated for vacation(because we don't get any time off during the year save for 1 week in March) but nobody ends up taking vacation. The 2T3 class will have 2 weeks of elective time in 3rd year.
  3. Thanks for this- I've already worked 3 shifts with this preceptor so I'll ask at the beginning of my next one so they can pay attention! This preceptor does know I'm hoping to go into emerg (we've talked about it) so I don't think it will come as a surprise request. It's 5 shifts over ~3 weeks so hopefully they will be able to see some longitudinal growth/development too!
  4. Our EM rotation is ~4 weeks long and we do ~13-14 shifts. I have 5 shifts with the same core preceptor and the remainder of my shifts are each with a different physician. I have been getting generally strong feedback from this core preceptor and so am hoping to ask them for a reference letter but am not sure if 5 shifts would be enough for a strong letter. I have no continuity with the other docs, so I can't ask for a joint letter with someone else. I could try to pick up an extra shift or two with this preceptor if that would make a difference? Anybody have insight on EM preceptors' expectati
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. Hi, I'm a 2T2, I have academic and clinical accommodations for a couple of different conditions, happy to chat over PM!
  10. Yeah, I ruled out the call-intensive specialties like IM and all of surgery a while back for this reason
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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)?
  15. IIRC, we (U of T students) do need to complete electives in 3 direct entry specialties, but that includes our selectives.
  16. 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
  17. 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,
  18. 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?
  19. 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
  20. As someone who was in your shoes who is now in med school, I agree with freewheeler that getting into med school won't change a lot of the concerns you have and will add on some new challenges to deal with. There is plenty of rote memorization of plenty of dry/uninteresting material, plenty of gunners/hypercompetitive peers, plenty of stress from CaRMS not knowing if you'll match to residency at the end of it (let alone in a specialty/location you actually want). From the outside, it might seem like it's all smooth sailing once you're actually in, but in reality there's just a new set of probl
  21. At U of T in the new curriculum we typically have 6-9 hours of lecture per week, 5 hours of CBL, 4 hours of clinical skills, and 3-6 hours of anatomy, plus 3-9 hours of independent study material to at some point during the week. All in all it usually adds up to ~22-25 hours of class per week + the independent stuff. All but 3 hours of lecture are usually mandatory, and the independent stuff gets done on your own time.
  22. I'm only an M1, but so far I have found med school to be much more stressful and demanding than undergrad, but in a different way. Like brady23 said, the stress is different because all you need to hit is the pass cutoff (74 for my class) and you don't need to worry about getting 90s and doing a million extracurriculars on the side like you did in undergrad; it's the time and effort that goes into covering enough of the material to get that 74 that's challenging.
  23. I've tried looking stuff up but usually end up feeling more stressed/conflicted because it seems like there are a lot of people who are unhappy and not that many people for whom things end up turning out OK. There's some response bias there for sure but I still don't have much data in support of the other side. I *want* to be happy and excited about going to med school- I worked so hard and sacrificed so much to get here- but there's this pit of dread in my stomach. I was at a family event today and there were a bunch of people who came up to me to say they were proud of me but I just felt gui
  24. I was accepted to U of T in May, but I've only been anxious since then, not excited, and that's developed into a major case of cold feet. Long story short I feel like I'm not going to be able to handle med school/residency/actually being an attending, both academically and psychologically, and that it's better to walk away now when the only thing I'll lose is a $1000 deposit and not $40 000 per year in tuition and living expenses. I'm so tired of feeling down about this- I just achieved my dream!- but instead feel defeated and jaded already, and that doesn't seem like a good prognostic sign wr
  25. I was on a pre-vet path for a very long time so hopefully I can provide some guidance. If you're looking at schools in Canada, the first thing to do is figure out which school you are eligible for. In Canada, you're only eligible to apply to one province based on your place of residence, so determine which one that is and then look at the entry requirements for that specific school. I'm in Ontario, so I was going to apply for the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. For this program, you can apply in your 3rd year of undergrad and if you get accepted right away, that's another 4 years m
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