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    dooogs reacted to piperacillin in Anki cards?   
    As someone who did Anki in pre-clinical, I'm not sure I would suggest anyone do Anking versus making their own cards instead. Anking was meant to be a comprehensive resource to perform well on Step 1. It also goes far deeper into certain subjects and much less deep in other areas than your school will. Step 1 is moving to pass/fail so there isn't a benefit of doing such a large deck even if you plan to write step 1 - there are significant drawbacks in the amount of time it takes.
    Definitely test it out, but it sounds like even American students are shifting away from large decks like anking. Making cards is time consuming but is honestly just like regular studying
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    dooogs reacted to gogogo in Anki cards?   
    As far as I know, we don't have one specific for Canadian med schools, but medical knowledge doesn't really change by country . Step 1 and Step 2 will cover such a vast ground that you'll have all the knowledge needed for pre-clerkship (I can't comment for clerkship--not there yet--but I hear that step 2 + UWorld is a good combo). The Step 1 deck will sometimes cover things that are very nitty-gritty and are obviously just for the Step 1 test, so you could always just suspend those cards (i.e., turn them off and not see them again).
    So, I still highly recommend doing AnKing even it it covers stuff you won't cover or details that seem extraneous (again, just suspend them). AnKing has been developed over years with many contributors and it would take a lot of your time trying to create cards. It'll provide you with a very broad and sufficiently in-depth understanding of pre-clerkship medical knowledge.
    Don't worry that by following AnKing, you may not be following your school's curriculum. A good compromise would be this: Imagine you've started cardiology at your school. Look through the AnKing Step 1 Cardiology deck and compare it to your school's curriculum. If you find that there is a topic your school really focuses on but AnKing doesn't, then add cards just for that. Like that, you can "fill in the gaps" where needed but also have the assurance that the rest of the deck is covering everything you'd need to know.
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    dooogs reacted to gogogo in Anki cards?   
    Anki is fantastic for learning. Look into the AnKing deck (or make your own, but I recommend the former). In the AnKing deck, Step 1 will cover every system's physiology and pathology. Step 2 will be more clinically oriented and is supposed to be for clerkship (so I recommend AnKing Step 1 to get a foundation). It's a lot of cards (25000+), so start soon and be committed to the reviews (otherwise, you will forget things easily).
    The biggest "issue" people point out about Anki is that it promotes memorizing little details that would only benefit on a multiple choice test. I agree with this *if* you just use anki as a memorization tool. So to counter that, whenever I do a card, I make sure to do a quick summary of the clinically-relevant/big picture stuff when I answer it. For example, if the card says "[blank] is a risk factor for coronary artery disease," I'll answer the question, but *in addition*, I'll quickly remind myself what coronary artery disease is and how it presents. You also have to constantly be making the big-picture connections between cards, otherwise you'll again just learn small facts without understanding the concepts. So do all the background reading needed and then go back to the cards to solidify that learning.
    If you do what I say above and do your anki reviews every day, I promise you'll be a top student during med school.
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    dooogs got a reaction from ShadesofCyan in Spending LOC on fun   
    Being an "older" incoming med student (mid 20s) I share some of your feelings.
    For me something I cannot compromise is my next two summers. I want to have them off to travel. Its important to me and I was and still am very sad I wasn't able to do it this summer.
    I worked my ass off every year and summer so far (bachelor, master). I will have to spend money to do this. It's the first time since being out of high school that I'm not gonna be making any money... it's scary but I would live a life of regret if i didnt spend part of my 20s travelling 
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    dooogs got a reaction from honeymoon in Spending LOC on fun   
    Being an "older" incoming med student (mid 20s) I share some of your feelings.
    For me something I cannot compromise is my next two summers. I want to have them off to travel. Its important to me and I was and still am very sad I wasn't able to do it this summer.
    I worked my ass off every year and summer so far (bachelor, master). I will have to spend money to do this. It's the first time since being out of high school that I'm not gonna be making any money... it's scary but I would live a life of regret if i didnt spend part of my 20s travelling 
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    dooogs got a reaction from petitmonstre111 in Spending LOC on fun   
    Being an "older" incoming med student (mid 20s) I share some of your feelings.
    For me something I cannot compromise is my next two summers. I want to have them off to travel. Its important to me and I was and still am very sad I wasn't able to do it this summer.
    I worked my ass off every year and summer so far (bachelor, master). I will have to spend money to do this. It's the first time since being out of high school that I'm not gonna be making any money... it's scary but I would live a life of regret if i didnt spend part of my 20s travelling 
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    dooogs got a reaction from dopamineislife in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs got a reaction from pinkneuron in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs got a reaction from keipop in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs got a reaction from Mel96b in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs got a reaction from hijkl in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs got a reaction from grepefruit12 in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    When will we get the backpacks? Orientation? 
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    dooogs got a reaction from Psych in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs reacted to Dr. House's Good Leg in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    I'm hoping to bike to campus on most days once things are open again and I was looking for a good high visibility jacket or vest..... CMA did me a solid with this one.
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    dooogs reacted to Dr. Tenma in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    I've been so happy today. For the past five years of trying over and over to get into UBC with below average interviews, I kept telling myself If I ever get in, and the backpack color is yellow that year (My favorite color. Also the color of my car, and many clothing I own), then it is destiny. I was meant to get that year. This feels really symbolic.

    Yellow is the color of happiness.
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    dooogs reacted to ShadesofCyan in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    I am so thrilled to be getting a backpack. I do wish the colour was a bit more neutral so I would get more use out of it... oh well.
    Positives... We'll be able to spot our classmates from miles away and it won't get confused with any of the other bags in my closet. 
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    dooogs got a reaction from DrOzuma in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs got a reaction from ShadesofCyan in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs reacted to CHG in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Still figuring out exactly how we're going to get them to you guys but it'll definitely be during/very close to orientation week so that you guys can show them off along with everybody else  
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    dooogs got a reaction from ATP in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs reacted to Hellothere77 in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    dooogs reacted to xiphoid in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Hey @LittleFrog - I understand that it can be frustrating seeing posts and threads from people who have been fortunate enough to get to where you're hoping and trying really really hard to get to. Medical school admissions is a tough process for most people, and we know that we're in a privileged position. With that being said, I don't think it's fair to insinuate that incoming (and current) medical students have no right to [lightheartedly] complain. There is a reason that there are different sections on premed101, targeted towards different demographics, and it would similarly be completely out of line for current med students with a lot of debt and no income to say residents and staff have no right to complain about salary and compensation because at least they're getting paid for example. Good luck with the upcoming cycle!
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    dooogs got a reaction from hihello in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs got a reaction from xiphoid in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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    dooogs got a reaction from MedicineLCS in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful  - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
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