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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from Elgar in How can I prepare for med. school? Need advice.   
    I did not prep over the summer. I just finished my first year, and doing first year entirely online was okay at first but by the last month or so I was absolutely completely burnt out, and I could not look at a zoom screen or study for another exam any longer. If I had prepped over the summer, I can say with certainty that the burn out would have occurred even earlier and likely hurt my learning and exam scores. I would seriously advise against this. Pre-pandemic, maybe you could get away with studying a bit over the summer and weaving in some fun things, but once school starts again, you likely won’t have any other outlets to do anything until we return to some sense of normalcy, and school will become your entire life as it did for most of my classmates. Give yourself the time now to relax and explore other hobbies and self reflect and figure out how you handle stress and conflict—come up with a game plan. Also as a side note, study all you want, you can memorize all of the side effects to methotrexate, but once it shows up in a clinical based exam Q it’s not gonna make any sense until you revisit what you’ve learned in lecture!!
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from wannabdoctor in How can I prepare for med. school? Need advice.   
    I did not prep over the summer. I just finished my first year, and doing first year entirely online was okay at first but by the last month or so I was absolutely completely burnt out, and I could not look at a zoom screen or study for another exam any longer. If I had prepped over the summer, I can say with certainty that the burn out would have occurred even earlier and likely hurt my learning and exam scores. I would seriously advise against this. Pre-pandemic, maybe you could get away with studying a bit over the summer and weaving in some fun things, but once school starts again, you likely won’t have any other outlets to do anything until we return to some sense of normalcy, and school will become your entire life as it did for most of my classmates. Give yourself the time now to relax and explore other hobbies and self reflect and figure out how you handle stress and conflict—come up with a game plan. Also as a side note, study all you want, you can memorize all of the side effects to methotrexate, but once it shows up in a clinical based exam Q it’s not gonna make any sense until you revisit what you’ve learned in lecture!!
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from keipop in How can I prepare for med. school? Need advice.   
    I did not prep over the summer. I just finished my first year, and doing first year entirely online was okay at first but by the last month or so I was absolutely completely burnt out, and I could not look at a zoom screen or study for another exam any longer. If I had prepped over the summer, I can say with certainty that the burn out would have occurred even earlier and likely hurt my learning and exam scores. I would seriously advise against this. Pre-pandemic, maybe you could get away with studying a bit over the summer and weaving in some fun things, but once school starts again, you likely won’t have any other outlets to do anything until we return to some sense of normalcy, and school will become your entire life as it did for most of my classmates. Give yourself the time now to relax and explore other hobbies and self reflect and figure out how you handle stress and conflict—come up with a game plan. Also as a side note, study all you want, you can memorize all of the side effects to methotrexate, but once it shows up in a clinical based exam Q it’s not gonna make any sense until you revisit what you’ve learned in lecture!!
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from Maggiie19 in How can I prepare for med. school? Need advice.   
    I did not prep over the summer. I just finished my first year, and doing first year entirely online was okay at first but by the last month or so I was absolutely completely burnt out, and I could not look at a zoom screen or study for another exam any longer. If I had prepped over the summer, I can say with certainty that the burn out would have occurred even earlier and likely hurt my learning and exam scores. I would seriously advise against this. Pre-pandemic, maybe you could get away with studying a bit over the summer and weaving in some fun things, but once school starts again, you likely won’t have any other outlets to do anything until we return to some sense of normalcy, and school will become your entire life as it did for most of my classmates. Give yourself the time now to relax and explore other hobbies and self reflect and figure out how you handle stress and conflict—come up with a game plan. Also as a side note, study all you want, you can memorize all of the side effects to methotrexate, but once it shows up in a clinical based exam Q it’s not gonna make any sense until you revisit what you’ve learned in lecture!!
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from tennie in How can I prepare for med. school? Need advice.   
    I did not prep over the summer. I just finished my first year, and doing first year entirely online was okay at first but by the last month or so I was absolutely completely burnt out, and I could not look at a zoom screen or study for another exam any longer. If I had prepped over the summer, I can say with certainty that the burn out would have occurred even earlier and likely hurt my learning and exam scores. I would seriously advise against this. Pre-pandemic, maybe you could get away with studying a bit over the summer and weaving in some fun things, but once school starts again, you likely won’t have any other outlets to do anything until we return to some sense of normalcy, and school will become your entire life as it did for most of my classmates. Give yourself the time now to relax and explore other hobbies and self reflect and figure out how you handle stress and conflict—come up with a game plan. Also as a side note, study all you want, you can memorize all of the side effects to methotrexate, but once it shows up in a clinical based exam Q it’s not gonna make any sense until you revisit what you’ve learned in lecture!!
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to Parmesan in Is it ethical for a medical student to film Youtube vlogs?   
    I believe that it all depends on what the channel is for.
    I am sure you can think of unethical ways to use the platform (be disrespectful to other health care professions, do things that would compromise the image of the medical profession, use subs for selling shady pills, etc). Generally speaking, I imagine vlogs don't involve that and we talk of basically showing what your life is like. I think we have to remember that medical students and eventually doctors are human too, and they will do things others do too, like go to the beach, eat out, have fun, etc. If having a channel to broadcast your life is not something frowned upon in other fields, as long as the med student doesn't break basic behavior rules or medically misinforms his/her subscribers, etc,  I do not see a problem. Additionally, many professions are "unique and well respected", not just being a medical doctor, so it is a relative thing to some extend. In that sense, limiting social media presence of medical students and not those of future lawyers, PA'S, business owners, pharmacists or dentists because they are respected and admired in society would not be consistent in my opinion, although I completely understand your point and where your dilemma comes from.
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to Aetherus in How can I prepare for med. school? Need advice.   
    This may sound harsh but based on the comments you have been posting, the most helpful thing you can do this summer is reflect on your attitude and try to be more open to feedback. Your attitude and blatant disregard for other people’s suggestion because it does not line up with what you wanted to hear or because you somehow feel like you know better than people who have gone through the process before is concerning and will invariably cause you trouble during your training. This is exactly what every residency program wants to avoid.
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to ACHQ in How can I prepare for med. school? Need advice.   
    I am a GIM staff, who just finished residency last year. I went through medical school at UofT. I did NOTHING before the start of medical school. I would suggest you do the same. There is no point, you will learn everything you need to in medical school and residency, an extra 3 months of memorizing random drugs and not knowing the clinical importance or relevance will not add anything to your medical knowledge or career.
    You completely ignoring the advice of medical students and residents who have been through it, makes me think this is a joke. If this is not then all I can say is, I am a practising physician and I am echoing what they are saying... take it or leave it.
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to robclem21 in How can I prepare for med. school? Need advice.   
    This is how you burn out... Why ask a question if you're gonna ignore all the great advice everyone gave you to relax and do nothing.
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to LostLamb in What should I be doing this summer between MS1 and MS2?   
    oh man....just sleep.  or work on your health/fitness...there is so much more to life than medicine.
    you'll soon wish for the freedom of summer off and never have it again (unless you decide not to work summers as staff.....)
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to shikimate in What should I be doing this summer between MS1 and MS2?   
    Depends on which province you are in, I only know a few in Ontario:
    https://romponline.com/learning-opportunities/how-to-become-a-learner/
    https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/distributededucation/undergraduate/preclerkship_summer_elective_opportunities.html
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to bearded frog in What should I be doing this summer between MS1 and MS2?   
    Basically at this point you're looking at IM vs FM, nothing you do now is gonna help much for medicine subspecialty or FM+1. IM you probably don't have to do anything, unless you want a very specific program that's compeditive, and even then just anything unique is probably good. Research would help for IM but is not required. Non-research stuff would be involved with medicine affiliated outreach groups, free clinics etc. Not sure what is available with covid.
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to shikimate in What should I be doing this summer between MS1 and MS2?   
    Some schools have summer electives for first/second year students in rural places. Usually low expectation, lots of free time, get to explore a different place, and a lot of times accommodation is free. Good for learning some clinical skills too.
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from indefatigable in What should I be doing this summer between MS1 and MS2?   
    Thank you for your perspective! It has been a bit hard this year finding things that I am interested in wrt to clinical research as I unfortunately did not do any research previously that I could continue, and the pandemic has made it quite hard to get exposed to new fields of interest (though I know this is not a solid excuse, as many people have thrived with online research, I just do not yet happen to be one of those people). That is great point you mentioned too; I really do enjoy working my old job-- its great socialization and really is what I have to thank for my soft skills that have served me quite well this year. Thank you for your insight
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to bearded frog in What should I be doing this summer between MS1 and MS2?   
    If the volunteer projects are meaningful to you and are something you would still do if not in medicine, by all means continue, but at this point unless they are highly unique, specialized, and clinical in your specialty of choice, they do very little to help you in residency (but won't hurt it either). Your job won't help in terms of residency but it won't hurt either, unless, as alluded to above, it detracts from any government loans.
    The negative is it's taking away from time you could be spending either a) Relaxing and living life as much as possible because it's the last time you will have more than a few weeks off for the next 5 to 8 years depending on how long your residency is, or b) doing research or other activity related to medicine or your desired specialty, to try and support your eventual residency application. Option B certainly isn't required, but would be highly recommended if you were interested in a compeditive specialty or compeditive program in any specialty.
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to Bambi in What should I be doing this summer between MS1 and MS2?   
    I was accepted to a competitive surgical residency. In my situation anyways, I was the least qualified applicant, I had no research, not one gunner was accepted, it was my soft skills that got me selected, I was collaborative, friendly, a hard worker and was considered a good fit for the team - which turned out to be accurate. 
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to indefatigable in What should I be doing this summer between MS1 and MS2?   
    If you want to apply to some competitive English-speaking residency program, then research could help.  But, for most residency programs, research or other involvement won't matter that much and isn't worth pursuing if you don't enjoy.
    Like Bambi said, sometimes whatever you make may be deducted from your provincial grant or loan amount, so there may not be much incentive to actually work.  I'd suggest doing the calculations yourself if you really do enjoy working your old job.  
    Otherwise - just try to pursue your own interests and rest & relax.  I think hobbies are great and can help develop an identity outside of medicine.  
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to Bambi in What should I be doing this summer between MS1 and MS2?   
    Hi there. To me, the answer is simple. BTW, I recently completed residency as a surgeon in December and have entered practice then. In my case, and I assume in yours, working during summers would have been a zero sum gain - because whatever I would have earned during the summer, would have reduced my bursary. Accordingly, there was absolutely no incentive to work. Moreover, these summers are the only time in your youth that you will have available to relax and enjoy family and friends - therefore, do exactly that each summer, which is what I did.  Your next such opportunity will be during retirement.
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from poppylemon2 in Living situation for 2021/2022?   
    Right now I would say that the first year 2T4 class is pretty 60/40 split between downtown and outside of Toronto since we had no mandatory in-person training. We were advised to be able to be in Toronto for the beginning of classes in august since we are supposed to be having a few hours/week of mandatory in-person learning (mainly clinical skills which we barely got any (see: none-- for some people outside the GTA)  in-person clinical training this year. I am not sure if the 2T5s will be having inperson learning as well, however, we were recommended to move downtown come august-- So do with that information what you will!
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from impartial_agonist in Med School Coping   
    Hey @impartial_agonist
    I had been feeling the same way! A few months ago I actually just brought it up in a fairly informal student run session and to my surprise everyone had been feeling the same way. Out of that conversation I have actually made a great support networks and friendships. I know you said you’ve been trying and I full heartedly believe you, it’s really hard right now to make meaningful connections. I just started fully putting myself out there and found others eventually became willing to do the same. Any chance you are UofT student? If so— PM me and I’m sure I can introduce you to some cool people. If not, still PM me if you’d like! We can commiserate together hahaha! 

    All the best
     
     
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from SillyPanda in Med School Coping   
    Hey @impartial_agonist
    I had been feeling the same way! A few months ago I actually just brought it up in a fairly informal student run session and to my surprise everyone had been feeling the same way. Out of that conversation I have actually made a great support networks and friendships. I know you said you’ve been trying and I full heartedly believe you, it’s really hard right now to make meaningful connections. I just started fully putting myself out there and found others eventually became willing to do the same. Any chance you are UofT student? If so— PM me and I’m sure I can introduce you to some cool people. If not, still PM me if you’d like! We can commiserate together hahaha! 

    All the best
     
     
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    FingersCrossedPls reacted to Captrex_501stlegion in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Today will be a day full of email and premed101 refreshes and nervous poops. Good luck everyone!
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from Proper12 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    The first time I interviewed was on March 31st 2019 and I received the invite just over a month before hand (around Feb 25th I think), but other people only received the invite around early March for the same day so I wouldn't begin to get concerned until late Feb. 
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from DrOtter in IMG medical schools: Ireland vs Israel   
    I get what you mean but it is always worth a shot! I applied to 4 schools for one cycle in 2018 and only got one interview (UofT and then got waitlisted) and then 4 schools for the next cycle in 2019 and only got one interview again at UofT and now I am a first year UofT med student so it really only does take 1 interview and 1 admission
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    FingersCrossedPls got a reaction from marija13 in IMG medical schools: Ireland vs Israel   
    I get what you mean but it is always worth a shot! I applied to 4 schools for one cycle in 2018 and only got one interview (UofT and then got waitlisted) and then 4 schools for the next cycle in 2019 and only got one interview again at UofT and now I am a first year UofT med student so it really only does take 1 interview and 1 admission
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