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  1. Research usually opens doors for matching. Is it needed, no (especially for fam med). However if you have a strong preference for location in either psych or internal, its definately useful. The last thing you want is to be there on match day wondering if doing research would have made a difference. Matching is all about trying to control factors that are not controllable. Even if research doesn't help, it gives you a bit more confidence going into carms.
  2. Ya officially you can definately do it and off service residents for sure get post call days. It's a much bigger gamble to do it for your home program... The culture of surgery is that post call days are gifts and not expectations. Because most surgical services run on a team based service, often times residents are needed to cover ORs or clinics so insisting on post call for your home program is looked down upon. If you aren't interested in surgery you could literally just sleep throughout the entire day and most people wouldn't notice.
  3. For most surgical things, post call days are not a guarantee... You may be given one or you may just work through it. It's not uncommon for surgical residents to work 2 days in a row with only 2ish hours of sleep.
  4. Medicine is a safe way to make a lot of money. The cost however is years of school and working more hours than most people would want to. There are tons of ways to make money (and probably more money than doctors) outside of med. The problem is that in those fields you could easily end up making a low salary because you haven't advanced enough or networked enough.
  5. Having a tablet is definitely not necessary. I will say it can be helpful during clerkship as it's easier to carry around than a laptop. Works great as a hard surface to write notes on and look up stuff on up-to-date. Some hospitals even have apps for their emr.
  6. You'll find ur people. People party hard in med school, probably more so than undergrad. The only weird thing will be when you got friends getting married and having kids. But that's still weird even when you are at the same age as them.
  7. I'd usually bring my iPad with me. Mileage varries but for non clinic based rotations you can usually get some reading done during the day. Obviously this all depends on your efficiency. People always say CTU is super busy but tbh I found it to be the chillest rotation. Even when you get assigned 8 or 9 patients, if you do stuff efficiently (ie see all your patients (writing urgent orders as you go), do order and finish notes while waiting for a cosign), you actually end up having a lot of free time to study.
  8. It's not very hard. Scotia will probably give you something for switching over. The only annoying thing is if you have automatic bills or direct deposit you gotta change all that. Otherwise it shouldn't be an issue at all.
  9. You need USMLE to get a licence in a lot of states. It's also needed for some fellowships. Apparently you can get a licence without it but it involves having a hospital hire you and do some legal work which I've heard is a harder path than just doing the exam (remember the goal for Canadians is to pass which is a lot easier than trying to get a good score). If you are considering a surgical specialty, I'd highly recommend doing the usmle at some point (do step 2 for sure while studying for you mccqe part 1)
  10. Mac Health Sci - extremely competitive (over 3000 applicant for 200+ spots). application is heavily dependent on supplementary essays which are used to screen if you meet the health sci personality (this isn't a joke, they legit do not care about extracurriculars). Majority are premeds and exceptional success rate at applying to med school. The reason may be selection bias, lots of electives which allows people to take easy courses, the natural drive or students selected into the program. I'll say the program is not for everyone, it's very self directed. Our biochem class was a prof givi
  11. You can get rooms for anywhere from 600 to 900 in freedom private. Amazing location. Very close to the hospital and exceptional social experience.
  12. Empty your head of anything but broken bones. Jokes aside, love Ortho or. Lots of entertainment
  13. Get those Lulu Lemon ABC's and Patagonia sweaters. Gotta blend in in the hospital
  14. Netflix subscription is key. Preclerkship is a joke. Enjoy the extra time with your family, study the minimum, enjoy life. Learn about different specialties however you can with this whole online curriculum.
  15. Oh ya for sure early clerkship doesn't mean that much for schools overall performance. Just feels weird for people to be doing electives in places they want to match to that early. Gives them an inherent disadvantage. I still remember during my clerkship I was on psych with a Calgary elective student. I had a couple of cores behind me and this was there 2nd elective. My preceptor basically decided that she'd rather work with me (student with 0 interest in psych) than the elective student. I just feel bad cause when preceptors hear elective student... They expect a lot more than their core stud
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