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  1. Yeah exactly… it seems to me that this puts applicants at a huge disadvantage. Looking at the program descriptions this year, most programs are saying “due to COVID-19 we recognize it’s hard to get elective and having an on-site elective is not required and having an elective in our speciality is not mandatory.” But I can’t imagine how a program still wouldn’t prefer someone who has done 8 weeks in a speciality compared to 2 weeks… Not to mention that clinical exposure has been so limited that even choosing a speciality to begin with has been pretty difficult..
  2. There's no visiting electives. There are still local electives. There's a 2-week max in derm for anyone who wants to do a local elective.
  3. For context, I'm a 2nd year in a 3-year program and entering clerkship in February. We recently chose our electives, and due to COVID19 there ended up being hard caps at the local level on electives in certain fields. For example, there was a 4-week limit on EM, 2-week limit on Derm, 6-week limit on neurology, etc. Just wondering if students at other schools have similar caps? I'm going for a fairly competitive speciality, so I'm concerned about having limited opportunities for letters, especially because I'm guessing visiting electives aren't going to be possible for my year with ho
  4. Would love to hear the answer to this as well... seems kinda crazy to me that EM is 3 years in the US and 5 years here... especially when you can do a one-year fellowship as an FM and have the same scope of practice & renumeration...
  5. Would agree with the above poster. Your stats would make you very competitive for T20 schools, with a good shot at the big names like Harvard/Stanford/JHU if you so desire. UofT is an excellent school, but not sure why you’d want to apply when your tuition as an international student would be an absurd $91,000/year. Not to mention you probably have a better shot at T20 schools than UofT because (1) your excellent MCAT score won’t matter since UofT just has a cutoff of 499 for applicants and doesn’t care beyond that (2) a lot of the extracurriculars you have probably done to apply to US scho
  6. That's ridiculous. As far as I know its always the preceptor who is expected to pay any costs associated with publishing--and if they don't have the funding for it, you can always submit to subscription-based journals that don't have publishing fees. You certainly shouldn't have to pay our of your own pocket, except if you're going to be the senior/corresponding author on the publication. Case reports are also pretty low hanging fruit as far as research goes, so not a huge amount to be gained by paying yourself to publish them.
  7. Don't think having an undergrad itself is necessary at all. I did a more basic-sciency oriented undergrad and have found that very little was directly applicable to pre-clerkship or clerkship material (certainly not the organic chem type stuff anyway). Perhaps people who did degrees in physiology/anatomy/neuroscience etc. feel differently. What I do think is necessary is a certain level of life experience and maturity. Doing an undergrad may be one way of obtaining that. I know that I definitely would not have had the maturity to go into medicine straight out of high school and being put
  8. UCalgary has a 3-year program so we're actually in the middle of a school year now. But yes, this is the case for the MS2 students (runs March to December) and for the MS1's as well (runs July to March).
  9. UCalgary doesn't have in-person lectures, but the small groups, clinical skills, clinical core, communications, exams, etc. are all in person.
  10. People make the "don't go into medicine for the money" argument because the math has been done many times, and compared to someone like an engineer or a banker you don't get ahead financially usually into your 40s (or sometimes much later... e.g., consider a US family doctor with $250k debt and high malpractice insurance costs in a big city). I won't re-hash this since you can easily look up these analyses. Something that also needs to be considered is that it's not really fair to make a "average doctor" vs. "average engineer" comparison. To even get a position in any med school you have to be
  11. Well as @ChemPetE said, they were done their MD at 23 and so makes sense to be finished residency at 28... certainly not impossible. I finished my 4-year undergrad at 21 and will be completing my MD at 24, and residency at 29... and I took the standard time to complete high school so someone could be done at 28 if they had an accelerated primary education.
  12. You probably have an excellent shot at getting in. Whether you want to actually go down the MD/PhD route and still be a trainee until you're 40 is another question altogether...
  13. That document is not very useful because it gives the impression of admission being significantly more difficult in provinces with multiple schools (i.e., Ontario) and easier in provinces with single schools. This is because the same applicant will apply to every single ontario school through OMSAS and because of the high population, it will seem like that there are way more applicants for each seat. A better document to look at is this one: https://www.afmc.ca/web/sites/default/files/pdf/CMES/CMES2019-Complete_EN.pdf Table F-14 shows that the % of Canadian applicants who received a
  14. Absolutely agree that everyone should have a reasonable backup plan. Ultimately, if someone really wants to serve the community and make a difference in the field of health, it is possible to do so in of the numerous allied healthcare professions or even in other realms such as advocacy, law, public policy, etc. If someone has a "med school or bust" mentality, then there were probably other reasons for wanting to be a physician (i.e., wealth, prestige, etc.) - which are completely fine, but I get annoyed when people are disingenuous about it. However, I don't like the metaphor that gettin
  15. I honestly think it’s just a myth that UofT is significant harder than other schools. It’s the sort of thing that upperclassmen have passed on to freshmen who take it as gospel and pass it to the next class of students. Not to mention that Ontario high schools (esp. the private schools which are basically “pay to win” at this point) have hyper inflated grades. I think a lot of students come in thinking they’re the shit just because they got a 95% avg and then are shocked when they score 60%on their first ochem midterm after having studied one night like they did in high school. Oh and
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