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    TheFlyGuy reacted to bearded frog in Why is MD considered more prestigious than PhD?   
    Funny that this thread hits a nerve that twice now someone has necrobumped it. Happy almost 13th birthday to this thread!
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to dooogs in What would you tell your yonger self in the earlier years of medschool?   
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to ihsh in IM Program Ranking/Info   
    Here're my personal notes for some of the Ontario programs (correct me if I'm wrong!):
    Toronto: Service heavy (strict 1:4 call throughout, but there are plans to reduce the calls for PGY2/PGY3s), great teaching, mixed reviews re: collegiality/culture (and can vary depending on base hospital). Several residents from the GTA said it was worth it for the city/staying close to family. 
    Queen's: Relatively few calls (average 4-5 calls per block), super collegial, residents are happy. Slightly smaller catchment area so the fellowship programs may not be the best. 
    Western: Also very collegial, and residents are happy. Relatively light call burden in PGY2/PGY3 years (don't have the exact numbers unfortunately). Free lunches. Lots of formal/informal teaching. 
    Ottawa: Collegial group, and program is overall very supportive. Large catchment area.  Some staff still expect post-call rounding. There are plans of introducing a night float system but timing is uncertain. 
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from PreMed#219099 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Nope no need to dress up, you can even keep your cam off if you like! Just a way to learn a little about the program and meet some students.
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from Violetvernon35 in When do offers of admission appear on OMSAS?   
    Yep, omsas updated for me right at midnight, and all of the emails came through the next morning between 8-9:30am or so. Some of the student portals also update early; I specifically remember Western’s doing so pretty quickly, in case you don’t trust omsas alone haha
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to theevilsloth in Queen's POST-MMI: Panel Interview Invites 2021   
    Got the R. I'm so tired. 
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from Ruben0001 in Non-traditional student with low GPA   
    Since graduate grades count for next to nothing at most schools, you're probably looking at a second undergraduate if you want to be viable anywhere in Canada, as your gpa as it stands will unfortunately get you screened out across the board. In any case you'll need to shoot for at least >3.7 in 2 full years of study to get your foot in the door at schools that don't look at/require all 4 years of grades, but preferably even better to be genuinely competitive (3.8/3.9+). Definitely not too late to go down that path, but it probably is worth some serious thinking if all of the additional time and sacrifice will be worth it to you personally. 
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from Giggledthemonster in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    By end of day today I imagine the vast majority will have gone out given the 2 weeks notice they always try to give (so there's definitely hope until then), but there's also always a shortlist of people on the interview waitlist until pretty close to the final interview date, who will scoop up any spots as a result of cancellations and whatnot. There's obviously a lot less invites that go out that way, but it can happen. With Toronto it's really never over till you get the R, which can unfortunately take a long while. It's a really crummy & stressful process for sure though, hang in there  
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to Dr.KungFuPanda in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Staring into that empty inbox is a new kinda sad that I just felt.
    Hope everyone who did not get an interview this cycle is doing ok . And all the best to those who are interviewing!!
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from theevilsloth in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Yooo gratz. Been rooting for you since last cycle, hope this is your year mate.
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to ACROBATIC123 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Thank you for that! So there are people with late invites who get in eh? I'd think if interview is worth 50%, and the late invitees were "low-ranked", they'd have to do extremely well in the interview (compared to others) to make the final cut... but if there are people that have made it in then that's reassuring.
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from ACROBATIC123 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    No one really knows this for sure, but given that Toronto tries to give everyone 2 weeks to prepare and sort of set this as the “fair/expected” amount of time, the speculation is that getting an invite after the big wave and with less than 2 weeks notice usually means that a space unexpectedly opened up and someone scooped it up out of a pool of waiting applicants. Thing is, that can mean that either you were on the wait list due to a lower score, or just that reviewers got to your application later and you were supposed to interview later, but since the spot opened up you might as well go now, and there’s no way to tell which is the case. Good news is that the interview is worth enough to overcome a slightly lower file score even if that is the case, and plenty of people with late invites get in, so I wouldn’t worry about it  
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from Captrex_501stlegion in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    No one really knows this for sure, but given that Toronto tries to give everyone 2 weeks to prepare and sort of set this as the “fair/expected” amount of time, the speculation is that getting an invite after the big wave and with less than 2 weeks notice usually means that a space unexpectedly opened up and someone scooped it up out of a pool of waiting applicants. Thing is, that can mean that either you were on the wait list due to a lower score, or just that reviewers got to your application later and you were supposed to interview later, but since the spot opened up you might as well go now, and there’s no way to tell which is the case. Good news is that the interview is worth enough to overcome a slightly lower file score even if that is the case, and plenty of people with late invites get in, so I wouldn’t worry about it  
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to aoaks in U of T acceptance class of 2025   
    Let’s try and keep it positive y’all  Who knows, we could end up being in the same dental class. Good luck to everyone tomorrow!
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from neurologist19 in What’s maximum number of hours that clinical clerk can work per week?   
    I can't and won't even try to comment on the clerk/resident experience questions b/c I haven't lived it and only have some word-of-mouth from others (I do wonder how much of it maybe comes down to site-specific details?), but I imagine grad school might not be a bad comparison; in my phd program as a whole (and especially my lab for the first few years) the situation you describe WAS quite normal and the standard, was easily there 70 hrs a week on the regular and I was probably in the bottom half of our group when it came to work hours/productivity. It wasn't enforced as a rule or schedule, per-say, just expected within our group or you weren't seen as up to scratch. Whereas in other departments/labs, it really wasn't like that at all and was much more lax. I'm genuinely glad your experience wasn't in-line with what you heard, because some grad students really get put through the grinder and the effects on mental health can be pretty needlessly brutal (I count myself lucky in this regard, tough lab but really supportive advisor who was a real lifeline), but that doesn't make it untrue for others who may be living it. I'm with you on the fact that ppl can exaggerate stuff online sometimes, but I guess what I'm saying is that the grad school experience can be super variable depending on where you are and who you're with, and I wonder if clinical rotations, residency, etc are the same way in med (would love to hear ppl's thoughts on that/if it's true of I'm off-base). 
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to scoobydoo1623 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    It's irrelevant for "file review score" purposes (no extra credit), but they would still need to know if you intend on finishing your course-based masters before you potentially matriculate.  
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to sciencegirl314 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Thank you for confirming! Definitely helps so much with planning out what to do for future.
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from sciencegirl314 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    That's correct, the determination of your graduate status occurs at the time of application, so if you're still in a course-based degree on Oct 1st when you submit on OMSAS, you'll be assessed as an undergad for that cycle.
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to Captrex_501stlegion in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Posts on other interview/regrets pages: Pages 1-3: When will they come out. Pages4+: THEY'RE OUT. Silence till next year.
    UofT interview/regrets page: Pages 1-8: When are they coming out, have rejections been sent out, what is the purpose of life?
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from s1008 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    There definitely will be further large waves of interview invites to go out, none of the spots for the March dates will have been filled yet. 
     
    And aside from MD/PhD applicants who all hear back early, the order that you hear back in for the different MD interview dates doesn’t in any way correlate to your ranking, it’s just the order in which they complete the file reviews (which is random). So plenty of invites left to go around
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from barromac in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Usually only a smattering of Rs come out between Jan and March, with the big bulk of them in mid-Marsh (and a final few in late march or early April), so not unexpected for most people to have not heard just yet.
     
    These invites probably haven't been sent out at all just yet, usually happens about 2-3 weeks out from the date. For reference, last year the bulk of the invites for March 1st went out on Feb 14th.
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to bearded frog in Who are you addressing your personal statements to?   
    Somewhere between "Sup bitches its ya boy/girl cotecc comin at ya" and latin. What will be most effective depends on the institution program and congruence with your personality as expressed in interviews.
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to poorpremed in Queens Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    I just want to wish everyone good luck!!! For those who get an interview, work your butt of to prepare!! For those who don't get to interview, continue to work your butt off to show the Canadian med school you are tough! For everyone, don't let  responses from medical schools define you sense of self-worth! I know it is difficult not to attach your worth to your dream career, especially when you feel like you work harder than 99% of the people that get in. Just know you matter and a big part of he process is luck. 
    Good luck everyone  
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from MustardBoy in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    They did offer guaranteed interviews this cycle for anyone who received a Mac interview last year but then did not receive any offers. They just added interview slots for those applicants though, so there are more interviewees this year rather than those people taking up this year's spots, and I know the interview waitlist existed last year as well, so I don't think the two are connected. Good luck with the waitlist, hope it works out!
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