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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 reacted to M3P0 in .   
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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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    TheFlyGuy reacted to justamom in Queens Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    Anyone know what weight they give to CASPer ? Am freaking out over my slow sloppy typing ..my name here was supposed to be justanon and look what I did  
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from MDplz1997 in AGE? Consensus   
    The average age is usually 24-25 or so (maybe 23 in some programs), so applying at 26 is not at all abnormal! Lots of people in our class at or above that (myself included), so will definitely not be a hindrance or work against you at all.
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from neurologist19 in Once invited for the interview and got rejected. Can I apply for a second time and go through the interview again?   
    Unless you really raised some very serious red flags (exceedingly rare) your previous cycle(s) won't in any way count against you, your application essentially starts fresh each cycle. So no worries there!
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from AB27 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    In my experience no. They try to guarantee at least 2 weeks (mine was 16 days), but that's about it.
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to PopShoppe in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    Program: MD
    Result: The big R
    Timestamp: 2:32 PM EST
    OMSAS GPA: 3.63
    CARS: 127
    IP/OOP: IP
    Casper: Who knows lol
    Disappointed but absolutely not surprised. This school is always the Hail Mary. I'll just set this rejection letter on top of the other 4 I've received from Mac over the years lol.
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to llandermm in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    Program: MD
    Result: Invite (?!) 
    Timestamp: 2:09 pm EST
    OMSAS GPA: 3.99
    CARS: 126
    IP/OOP: IP
    Casper: Was cut off on two questions and didn't feel as natural as last year (when I had the same stats and no invites). Practiced like crazy for it though in the summer since I was writing in August for Dal
    I think this goes to show how subjective the whole process can be and all we can really do is put in as much effort as we can and hope for the best. Good luck to everyone for the rest of the cycle
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from Fun_Mushroom1998 in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    That's a tough pill to swallow. Casper is a bit of an RNG-fest after a certain point, so try as best you can to not take it personally. With your stats you'll make it in somewhere with some perseverance, so if it's what you really want don't throw in the towel. Good luck mate
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to tennie in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    Program: MD
    Result: regrets
    Timestamp: 2:40 PM EST
    OMSAS GPA: 3.71
    CARS: 127
    IP/OOP: IP
    Casper: uhhh genuinely no idea :/ wasn’t feeling confident at all given my GPA and CARS but i’m pretty worried about my casper performance for other schools..... 
    wishing everyone all the best regardless of if you received an invite or not!!! i’m rooting for all of you 
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to poorpremed in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    I had to double check I actually applied to mac LOL
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to MMK in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    Program: MD
    Result: invite!! 
    Timestamp: 2:05 pm
    OMSAS GPA: 3.76
    CARS: 129
    IP/OOP: IP
    Casper: got 1st quintile according to Manitoba (80-100%). was probably the only thing that pulled me through
     
    first invite after 2 rejections this year and all rejections last year!! feeling grateful but cautiously optomistic and stressed that nothing is guaranteed yet 
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from deadliftgod in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    Last year I got Mac's e-mail at 9:02am, and the year before at 1:39pm, so sadly there's no real way to tell. It'll happen when it happens.  
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from xxqueen in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    Last year I got Mac's e-mail at 9:02am, and the year before at 1:39pm, so sadly there's no real way to tell. It'll happen when it happens.  
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    TheFlyGuy got a reaction from Fun_Mushroom1998 in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    Last year I got Mac's e-mail at 9:02am, and the year before at 1:39pm, so sadly there's no real way to tell. It'll happen when it happens.  
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to Cupboardsauce in Anesthesia Residency   
    Hi  - Anesthesia senior resident.
    Call burden is dependent on the program you are in. I can only speak to my program and what I know from some buddies across the country. Large academic hospitals typically want 24 hr resident coverage - so in my program we are typically doing the max allowable call a month (6-7 shifts).  Depending on the program, shifts can be 12 hrs or 24 hrs in length. Typically a hospital that is busy overnight all night will have 12 hr call, while hospitals that tend to shut down at 11PM will have 24 hr call.  Depending on the program you may also routinely get pre-call days for 12 hr shifts (ie don't come in to work until 6PM, work until 8AM, then get a post call day). Pre-call days are the best.
    In anesthesia residency you also do a number of off-service rotations such as a decent amount of ICU, CCU, PICU, which all notably have more intense call requirements. However, there are also many rotations with more relaxed to no call burden - for us that is when we do sub-speciality  rotations, in our senior years for studying purposes (the anesthesia exam is hard), and when we do rural rotations.
    Overall, I would say that we have it better than our surgical and IM colleagues - we reliably get to go home at 8AM post call, are not expected to stay post call until 1PM or come in on weekends, and it has been easier for us to get requested vacation time. On the flip side, when you are on call overnight there is every chance you will be up all night working hard.
    Lots of cool cases and high intensity cases in residency, mixed in with the bread and butter stuff. You will work hard, and cases can be stressful but rewarding. You can also have a life outside of residency. In the long run, if lifestyle is important to you there are lots of community and academic anesthesia jobs that will be great for balance. There are also a lot of jobs in anesthesia that are not great at balance. Luckily, you have many options and a great job market. Many people are accepting great jobs out of residency even at academic hospitals - an example might be accepting a full time position at 4 days a week with call once every two-three weeks, and 8-12 weeks of vacation time, no overhead, no clinic to cover. If spending less time / more relaxed  residency is your highest priority consider if GP+1 might be right for you. 
    Lots of great options out there. I would encourage you to think about what you want your job and career to look like, rather then what you want your residency to look like. What is going to make you happy and fulfilled 15 years from now?
     
     
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to bearded frog in Canadian/American PREMED Student Consultanting Service   
    Wow didn't know that I was a "service" doing that for free here on pm101
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    TheFlyGuy reacted to medisforme in Is family medicine really that bad?   
    I am 1.5 years out of residency and don't understand all the doom and gloom around family medicine. As a disclaimer, I neither love nor hate family medicine.  It provides a great income so I can provide for my family and enjoy the time I spend with them.  The other disclaimer, is that I quickly gave up on trying to be an agent for change in our health care system, it is too inefficient and bureaucratic and not amenable to change.  I am much happier just putting my head down and working within the parameters we have.
    1) My personal opinion is that the NP/PA encroachment is almost irrelevant (at least in BC).  There is such a dire lack of primary care that there will always be work for family doctors (outside of large cities at least).  The city I work in, has at least 3 new NP's to help ease the fact that there is a 5 year wait to obtain a family doctor (i do have a problem with how much NP's earn per patient seen, which is a bit of a separate argument).  
    2) I also don't understand the paperwork argument
    - don't refill Rx by fax
    - charge patients for all private forms
    - you bill for all simple communications with nursing homes, home health etc...
    It's a non-issue if you follow the above 3 rules
    3) Memorize your province's billing codes to help you maximize your income (I already outearn most of my colleagues who have no idea about all the billing codes available to them.)  I earned >350K last year, with zero hospital work, zero evening work, and a minutiae of weekend work.  I typically see about 30 patients on a full office day.
    ie. psychosocial issues can easily be converted to counselling and mental health planning appointments, filter charts to see who qualifies for chronic disease management codes (ie. anyone who has ever had an Ha1c of 6.5 or above qualifies for CC diabetes codes regardless of their complexity) etc...
     
    Negatives would be:
    that certainly, there is a lot of frustration with certain patients who are demanding, neurotic etc... It doesn't provide a lot of job satisfaction.  
    A lot of the office based work involves listening and counselling on mental health issues (the medicine is just validating their feelings and providing simple advice, which is actually often quite helpful).  That is not for everyone
    Dealing with chronic pain (especially chronic back pain).  Very difficult to convince patients there is little indication for medications, procedures etc... vs physio, tai chi, weight loss, stretches (as an aside see February 18 issue of the economist for a crazy story on how much is spent treating back pain in the US, it is nearly 80% of what is spend on all cancer treatments).  This also doesn't lead to much job satisfaction.
     
    I would just say speak to a variety of family docs about their experiences before making a decision as you will find a wide variety of opinions.
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