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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from yo_yo_yo123 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    What a rollercoaster year it has been! We’ve come so far and I can’t believe our medical school journey is coming to an end. I wish everyone all the best on their interviews! We got this!!!
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from bellejolie in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    What a rollercoaster year it has been! We’ve come so far and I can’t believe our medical school journey is coming to an end. I wish everyone all the best on their interviews! We got this!!!
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from ArthurMcArthur in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    What a rollercoaster year it has been! We’ve come so far and I can’t believe our medical school journey is coming to an end. I wish everyone all the best on their interviews! We got this!!!
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    Butterfly_ reacted to bellejolie in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    Wishing everyone best of luck tomorrow! Excited and nervous to begin this journey of interviews. Can’t believe we’ll be residents in just a few months! Let’s get ittttt
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    Butterfly_ reacted to Bambi in Advice on calming CaRMs interview nerves?   
    Treat it as a chat with inquisitive colleagues who wish to know more about you and you are willing to share.
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    Butterfly_ reacted to bearded frog in Advice on calming CaRMs interview nerves?   
    When I was involved with interviews we intentionally set aside time at the start for people to relax a bit and unwind with presentations, etc before the actual interview part, I think with an online interview you should get ready a good period before and just sit there maybe watch part of a show or something to detense prior to your actual interview. then once you start make yourself take a few deep breaths.
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from takasugi in Taking days off during clerkship   
    It’s totally fine to take days off. There’s a coordinator for each rotation. Email them in advance about your dentist appointment and they will try to schedule you around it. If they can’t switch it, then you can always switch shifts with another student. If neither option works, then you can submit an LOA to the clerkship director of that rotation. No one I know have ever received any push backs for medical appointments, even last minute urgent ones.
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    Butterfly_ reacted to bellejolie in FM interviews - open vs. closed file?   
    UofT: closed file - interviewers will only know your name and school
    McMaster: MPI (mini personal interview); closed as per info sessions this week
    McGill: Open
    UBC: closed (5 questions, asynchronous pre recorded interview questions)
    Queen's: "interviewers will have access to your CV and personal letter and in most cases will not have reviewed the remainder of your application"
    Dalhousie: personal letter only
    Calgary: closed (emailed coordinator and received confirmation)
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    Butterfly_ reacted to 1998 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    not sure if anyone is interested but I got Sask off the waitlist today so Internal is starting to move! 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to NoMatchNoProblem in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    ALL THE BEST TO EVERYONE FOR THE GRAND FINALE TOMORROW AT NOON
    REMEMBER. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. YOU GAVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT AND THAT'S WHAT COUNTS. 
    TOUGH TIMES DON'T LAST. TOUGH PEOPLE DO. 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to aray623 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    I got an email so I can't answer your question, but it came from fmpgc@schulich.uwo.ca if you wanted to email them tonight to see if they're able to send it to you before the scheduling system opens up at 11:00EST tomorrow!
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    Butterfly_ reacted to Unacafeteria in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Just got an R this morning have been feeling so heartbroken, this is my 3rd time applying and I really had hope this year but sadly things did not work out for me
    WGPA was 3.8, maybe 3.85? EC’s were my strong suit with lots of extra curricula’s and leadership position in undergrad, grad school such as varsity sports teams, being president of clubs, being a part of the student union, having my own small business etc. I also had and a ton of research experience, locally and nationally. Completed a course based masters and had 3 publications. I worked on my essays pretty hard and felt good about those too. MCAT was 515, all sections were 125+, I also have professional experience now as I’ve been working for the past year.
    wishing everyone who got interviews or who are about to get interviews this cycle the best of luck! ❤️ Proud of you guys ❤️
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from RepresentativeSalad in Is Uworld step 2 a good resource for clerkship?   
    I think Toronto notes is pretty helpful, onlinemeded, uptodate, reading around cases you see.
     
    but you gotta do both: learn medicine and study for test taking. If you don’t study for the purpose of test tasking then you may fail some rotations even if you have good clinical evals.
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    Butterfly_ reacted to bread in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    I've been waitlisted at 2 schools, and had one waitlist turn into a rejection today  But I've heard of people getting offers from the waitlist this year, so until it's a no, I don't think you're out!  I'm really hoping my remaining waitlist turns into an offer because it was one of my top choices.  Fingers crossed for you too!
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    Butterfly_ reacted to M112 in pharmD vs Nut   
    Very true, I used to work in a pharmacy and I would see the pharmacist running around and being so stressed from the amount of prescriptions and the several problems he has to deal with everyday. Without mentioning the demanding and annoying patients and the fact that people really be disrespecting the pharmacist sometimes even if the role of the pharmacist is really important. There are sometimes where pharmacy gets really interesting when it gets to helping,  advising and even prescribing some meds for people with their medical issues as a frontline health professional. I started working in a pharmacy because I thought it was an amazing profession, but with amount of stress and rushing and disrespect of people and many issues, I kind of changed my mind since it doesn’t match my lifestyle even if the role of a pharmacist is crucial in our society.
     
    Also, I am in nutrition at udem, it’s pretty interesting but you are very limited in terms of intervention in a patient’s life and I find it very large since u give pretty much (not all the time) general advices that may or may not work. With that comes the not-so-competitive salary. In terms of jobs, you can easily find since there are so many fields where a nutritionist can work (hospital, clinic, clsc, chsld, etc.) although as a part timer and replacement at first, but it’s pretty flexible if u wanna work in different fields at the same time. There’s also the “management” part where u can be responsible of the cuisine in a hospital or a CHSLD, which I truly dont like. The things that you learn in school are still pretty interesting (Most of the times).
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from Lipitor in pharmD vs Nut   
    Pharmacy also isn't easy either. My fiancee works long shifts (sometimes 12-16 hours), deals with angry customers, and stands on his feet all day. It's a highly stressful environment, especially if you're in a pharmacy processing over 500 scripts a day. Most days it's so busy he won't get a lunch break and also finds it hard to take a bathroom break. He also finds that some patients don't respect pharmacists at all. He's been called a "pill counter" several times. 

    With that said, there are great patients who really appreciate his service. He loves helping patients on a one-to-one basis and is able to develop long-term relationships with them. The pay is also pretty good. It's around $45-50/hr. 
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from M112 in pharmD vs Nut   
    Pharmacy also isn't easy either. My fiancee works long shifts (sometimes 12-16 hours), deals with angry customers, and stands on his feet all day. It's a highly stressful environment, especially if you're in a pharmacy processing over 500 scripts a day. Most days it's so busy he won't get a lunch break and also finds it hard to take a bathroom break. He also finds that some patients don't respect pharmacists at all. He's been called a "pill counter" several times. 

    With that said, there are great patients who really appreciate his service. He loves helping patients on a one-to-one basis and is able to develop long-term relationships with them. The pay is also pretty good. It's around $45-50/hr. 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to aray623 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    Western FM can come out any time now.............
    is it the only FM site we're waiting for?
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    Butterfly_ reacted to CaRMS2021 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    Is this the Psych Interview discussion now?
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    Butterfly_ reacted to Raptors23 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    If they drag this out to next week I'm going to lose my mind (whatever I have left of it )!!
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    Butterfly_ reacted to medhopefull1984 in Should one keep going if...   
    Thanks all for your perspectives and feedback. 
    I have come to the realisation that I am not cut out for this profession and have decided to drop out. Cannot help but feel a little guilty that I took up a seat which could have been occupied by a more suitable applicant. But, as alluded to in a post above, this is the price we pay in figuring out what suitability for and success in medicine actually entails.
    I sincerely hope the system can work towards selecting applicants from a culture which allows them to be accepted into the medical community for the benefit of not just applicants but the population they want to serve. 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to Haribo7173 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    if this forum is indicative of the number of psych applicants... lord help us
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    Butterfly_ reacted to throwaway_33 in Think twice about matching to a residency program in Alberta.   
    I'm a resident in a training program in Alberta. The political situation is not looking so hot right now, and I wanted to share some information that I want you all to be aware of when interviewing here and when making your rank order lists. 
    First of all, there is Bill 21, which allows the Ministry of Health to restrict prac ID / billing numbers as of April next year. It allows the government to restrict new doctors to only work in certain regions of the province. For instance, if the government deems there to not be a need for your given specialty in an urban area, they may decide not to grant you a billing number. Even if you grew up in Alberta, and trained in Alberta. Practically speaking, details of this are very uncertain right now, but what we know is that Bill 21 applies to all specialties, and most think that it will impact family medicine the most. The UCP government even advertise this front and centre: https://www.alberta.ca/physician-resource-planning.aspx Here's another article on this: https://cmajnews.com/2019/11/21/bill-21-practice-permits-1095835/. The most frustrating thing about this is that there is no guarantee that I will get a job in the city I live in here in Alberta, despite the fact that my family is here and that I trained here. 
    The relationship between Alberta doctors and the government has deteriorated substantially in the last couple of years. There is talk of cutting physician fee codes, which may happen April of this year. They've already cut GP codes. Personally, I know a lot of doctors who have already moved away from Alberta, and there is very little trust that exist between doctors and the government. 
    Lastly, is COVID vaccinations. I am a resident on the front lines, and I have not been vaccinated. This is a throwaway account, and without going into specifics, I am on the front lines, seeing patients. I work long hours on call and I see patients regularly in the emergency department. Residents in my program have advocated to our program director, to the department, to PGME. We have sent letters to higher ups and officials in the Alberta government to no avail. All we get is empty platitudes and "be patient". The most frustrating thing is that preceptors I'm working with have been vaccinated, and often times, I am spending more time in the emergency department than they are. Nurses in the emergency department are vaccinated and I am not. I think actions speak louder than words. This just goes to show how much they care about the health and well being of residents. To be fair, depending on the specialty, residents have been vaccinated depending on the rotation (for instance, in medicine, ICU, etc.) so depending on who you talk to, some residents may have been vaccinated and some may be waiting months longer. 
    Over all, things have been very frustrating over the last year. It would be good to generate discussion about how other residents in Alberta feel about all of this. I just want you to have a more balanced view and make the most informed decision possible when deciding to do residency in Alberta. 
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from premed2232 in Things you wish you knew before you started med   
    Osmosis subscription was so useful during pre-clerkship, I wish I got it sooner...for students who are non-trad and don't have a science background like me, it was a life saver. 
    Toronto Notes is great for clerkship.
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    Butterfly_ reacted to CaRMS2021 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    My specialty has been taking a longer time than I expected to come out with interview results, especially relative to programs of similar sizes. I'm afraid to think this means more people applied compared to previous years (it was already anticipated to be a very popular year across the country). 
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