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  1. Use pen and paper like everyone else. If you need to look something up use your phone or the hospital computers.
  2. Most of the time you can find a job after doing 1 year of the 2 year neuroradiology fellowship. If you want the neuroradiology Royal College designation though I believe you actually need to finish 2 years. "Diagnostic Neuroradiology Subspecialty Training: 1 Versus 2 Years; the Canadian Perspective" - Essentially the 2 year options helps with finding an academic job, probably in part because you can job hunt longer.
  3. Does anyone know of the specifics? None of this seems particularly unique to IM at UofT but perhaps the severity of the issues are worse compared to other programs.
  4. Usually at least 1-2 programs each year get slapped with something of this sort. I do think it implies there is a deeper underlying problem, but it seems to happen often enough that programs know how to make a few changes here and there to fix it up.
  5. Budgets can be increased/decreased and costs can be shuffled around. If provincial governments were truly that judicious with costs and budgets, we wouldn't somewhat regularly read about how X project cost Y millions over the projected costs/budget. I agree that it would be excellent if every family doctor had a whole team of allied health and public health/mental health resources were expanded. Undoubtedly this would improve access to healthcare and probably improve outcomes/quality of care. In ON the government aggressively took action against physicians over the past decade. Despite th
  6. If you're lucky they'll mention what's testable. Much of the time they will not tell you what is testable or what is truly clinically relevant. Early on I would just keep an open mind because you won't have a good understanding what's testable or clinically relevant. While the pre-clinical years are usually well-structured, once you hit clerkship you will realize that medical education becomes more heterogeneous, at least in Canada. Everyone will use their own resources to learn and work through each rotation. Some resources will be better than others, just as some preceptors will be bett
  7. I believe that any specialty that can make a substantial amount of income from non-OHIP sources is probably best positioned for maintaining pay in the long term. Provincial governments have been very aggressive and taking unilateral action against physicians over the last decade, and with decreasing ability (and incentive) to hop over to the States, we really have little-to-no recourse. IMO the specialties that have been traditionally involved in cosmetics and ophthalmology are better positioned to hold their own and continue to do well in the future. In general physicians are very poor n
  8. That time range is not that rare to the point of disbelief. I know a few residents who will be finishing 5 year specialties between 28-30 years of age or even younger. For some it was because they did Cegep, for others they did a 4-year medical school overseas fresh out of high school, and for others they were just relentlessly quick within our own system (e.g. skipped a year of HS, got in after 3 years undergrad, 3 year medical school, etc.). That last one is the rarest of all but medicine tends to draw uber achievers.
  9. Yes this is the norm. Unless you make an excellent impression on the right people you can expect that most of the time.
  10. I would argue it is more competitive than the 20% acceptance rate makes it seem, since there is heavy self-selection involved by the time people start applying. >90% of my premed class had the intention of applying to med school initially. Most people decide to do something else very quickly in their first 2 years of undergrad when they realize the grades aren't going their way.
  11. High SES is an advantage in every facet of life. But that being said, standardized examinations and GPA are theoretically testing for actual skills you have (reading comprehension, science knowledge, discipline, etc.), even if the acquisition of said skills are advantaged for the wealthy. This is very different from most ECs which are not really an evaluation of any of your skills or accomplishments, but a measure of how well connected you are and how well you are able to put a "spin" on what you've done. Even the few ECs that may indicate your character/resilience are still influenced he
  12. My experience is that Mac medical students are not as well rounded in terms of knowledge, especially in fields heavy in anatomy or anything related to the more esoteric topics like embryology. Some of it I think is because some elective rotations are done really early on in clerkship (whereas most other schools have you finish core rotations first). This isn't some hidden secret... Quite a few of the senior residents and attendings on my surgery rotations had similar thoughts. Anyway I think in the end people end up fine in residency and beyond since lacking knowledge outside your ow
  13. It comes down to personal preference. I moved to a different city after high school and that was the best for me. I personally think for most people they should try moving away from their family & old friends for at least a year or a few years. But this year is probably a bad time for that since everyone is stuck at home. I could see making friends being very difficult due to the constant lockdowns.
  14. You're right, I completely forgot there are still no away electives permitted. This drastically reduces your chances at matching ENT if you re-apply (realistically this is out of reach, esp since ENT rarely has 2nd round spots at all). I agree with others that IM or another specialty (that is traditionally less competitive/uncompetitive) is still possible. Though taking the risk of re-applying the next year puts you at risk for being unmatched again. Like I said, if you have the money to tolerate this sort of risk then it's a possible risk to take if you really can't stomach doing FM.
  15. If you have the financial capability to easily survive (i.e. come from a family with some decent money) and you feel you have a good shot at your home ENT/IM program (i.e. you have connections that you could deepen) you could attempt another shot at ENT or IM after doing a research year. Otherwise I'd say take FM and try and find a niche you're interested in.
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