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  1. Medical students do not typically wear white coats at UofT aside from anatomy labs. Not even on clinical services (in fact, residents rarely wear white coats other than a few surgical specialties)
  2. Hi there, welcome to the UofT Med family and good questions! 1. This is a tricky situation. Without revealing too much, I lived with a classmate I didn't know before entering medical school for two years with the intention of expanding my social circle as well. Although there were no conflicts, we didn't vibe well and it made the living situation a bit uncomfortable (the last thing you want at the end of a long day!). We both ended up moving out before clerkship began, and I lived on my own for last two years (which was much better, but much more expensive). I think the most ideal situati
  3. Hard to say as the essay questions change from year to year! I would recommend making sure you answer the question authentically; do not write what you think they want to hear. I also recommend injecting your own lived experiences in your answers (even if they don't explicitly ask for this in the stem). You only have so many opportunities to tell them about yourself, so take this opportunity! Just make sure it's seamlessly integrated and not irrelevant to the stem. e.g. If a question asks about your thoughts on a social issue, talk about a time you were an advocate for a marginalized gro
  4. The undergrad vs. medical school reputation for "competition" is really quite different. It's a very very bad look to be a cut-throat snake because all of your will be colleagues one day and it's a very small world. More-so than outward competition is the sense of constant "imposter syndrome" that you aren't up to par with your peers -- this is something nearly everyone faces, regardless of if their peers are explicitly being competitive or not. I went to McMaster for undergrad (Health Sci lol) and it was a similar vibe -- a generally collaborative group of type A students, who was to individu
  5. Of course securing a residency position is an important goal, but if that's all you're focused on during your medical education, your time in medical school will feel very shallow. I would focus more on becoming competent by immersing in the content, optimizing your clinical skills and individual style of patient encounters, getting to know patient populations through lived experiences, using your privilege as a medical student for the betterment of your community, and getting to know your peers. These elements are what makes medical school fruitful. Similar to med school admissions, residency
  6. In retrospect, I am super glad I did graduate school in between (allowed me to live elsewhere and pursue a lot of things I wanted to do that I wouldn't have had the chance to if I entered med straight out of undergrad). Medicine is a marathon not a sprint; it is almost more beneficial to enter this demanding career a little later on (more maturity, insight, life experience -- these all matter, but specifically when residency interviews come around). There is quite a home school advantage at any institution. At my schools, about 50% of graduates will be continuing residency training in
  7. Yes!! Although not many, this is certainly not an uncommon path to pursing medicine. And a lot of the nursing students come in with so much clinical experience that is incredibly helpful for thriving in medical school (their clinical skills are top notch).
  8. The current situation doesn't remove the downstream impact on our system if there are not enough doctors to meet demands in the coming years. I can almost guarantee that if you do not have a compelling case (e.g. a severely sick family member) during this pandemic, you will be expected to start your medical education on track. This isn't about the best optimal educational experience for YOU (the individual), it's about training enough competent doctors to meet the needs of society (and that certainly does not stop during a pandemic). That's not to say you won't receive a quality education; it
  9. I would definitely encourage as much exploration as you can early on and try to decide between a medical vs. surgical specialty in your first year. You really do need to continually build a narrative all throughout your time in medical school in order to have a strong CaRMS application, especially for competitive specialties. Luckily, I found myself most interested in two fairly non-competitive specialties, and ended up matching back in Toronto (I'll say it's a competitive program, but fairly uncompetitive 5-year specialty). Although explicit activities like research are "not required", some r
  10. I applied for two cycles. I was unsuccessful after my first cycle after interviewing at two schools. After finishing grad school, I applied again and got into three medical schools in Ontario.
  11. Hey all, I'm a 4th year medical student at UofT about to start residency in July! Have time to kill during quarantine and happy to answer any questions about medical school, OMSAS, residency applications and beyond! I know that this is a nerve-wracking and exciting day for you, so happy to settle any qualms! Good luck tomorrow!!
  12. I'm from the St. George campus so it's hard for me to speak on that. A small subset of MAM students lived downtown, but the large majority definitely live in Mississauga, as that is where you will be based for Anatomy, Clinical Skills, CBL, and most third year core rotations in clerkship. However, lectures can generally be attended at either St. George or MAM sites. I would personally recommend living in Mississauga; long commutes to and from school are not worth it on med school!
  13. Hey all, I' m a 4th year medical student at UofT about to start residency in July! Have time to kill during quarantine and happy to answer any questions about medical school, UofT, etc.! Good luck tomorrow!!
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