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  1. I think the first response to you is a bit too bootlicky and stockholm-like but there is truth in the "It's bad and your feelings are valid, but it's not the hill you want to die on" sentiment from the later poster. It's a scam, and the system is a house of cards that will hammer any nail that sticks out so that the shit continues to roll downhill (thats too many analogies). Failing a shelf isnt a big deal, but it should be a big deal TO YOU. Your classmates may sympathize but at the end of the day it's you who has to rewrite. Acknowledge that your last test strategy was inefficient, and
  2. I've heard the following without fail from every Windsor Campus student I've met: "I didn't choose Windsor, but would 100% choose it if i had to do it again. Congratulations all!
  3. This, AND I think there is a requirement about recency of experience with the preceptor and/or date of the letter. Check on these things, because I think you may need to have rotated with them within the past 1-2 years and the letter must be dated during the year of application I believe. Good rule would be to ask for a letter during the last day feedback session with the doctor, keep in touch with them (maybe 1-2 emails reminding them of good experience and that you'd be in touch for reference comes Carms time), and then ask formally through Carms portal with some details from the rotatio
  4. "Didn't really Click" is not a sufficient reason IMO to request NOT to work with a preceptor. I agree with Hanmari you should just request TO work with someone else if you can find someone you'd prefer, and that the Carms process should be gamed as much as possible. OP, be wary that this attitude can come across as entitled and could show an intolerance of discomfort, not saying that's actually your character but that may be how it's read rom your admin etc. should you request this. If you manage your environment to best suit you at all times, you won't grow and likely won't be ready for indep
  5. Without giving us more about the personal circumstance and longevity of it, best I can advise is to consider the above. You have to decide whether you could do a few mos of residency, and ask for a leave of absence or transfer to help, or to leave the process with a possible "blacklist" mark against you. If the circumstance is severe enough to want to stop residency but still remain eligible in the future R1 cycle, that's going to involve a lot of formulation on your side as to what sacrifices you make and for what outcome.
  6. I'm wary of this kind of thing, is it "discouraged" as in they would officially recommend you don't do it? Or discouraged in the sense of don't talk to your school about it and you can still be fine aka if you talk to them about it you'll be on some shit list for attitude and snakery? And has anyone actually done it before? What kind of work would be entailed (ie Walk in clinic work, ER work, GP-like activities or FR?)? Is the pay full attending billings or do you pay for the overhead/practice setting as well? As much specific testimonials (or from friends' experience etc.) I can get
  7. Couple things for your friend to consider: It's normal to think UofT is more prestigious, lots of people make the same mistake in choosing their undergrad. I didn't go to UofT but have family/friends who did - it's not a good med school experience at baseline. It's a BIT more toxic (there will be cringey/gunner people AND chill people at every school, but i think the ratio skews to the former moreso at UofT). But being a commuter-ish school, I can see there not being much of a campus culture - you will likely make a group of 10ish friends that youll stick with then switch up in clinical.
  8. Hey homie, look into the GPA conversion chart (OMSAS? forget what it's called). That will tell you how med schools will consider GPA. There is a big factor here if Med is your singular goal - some schools have it so 85+ is essentially a similar grade (3.9/4), meaning you can kind of min/max to enhance your GPA with more lifestyle balance. Western used to be good for this, and I think York or some western schools not so great, so can add to your decision. For your point about neuroscience undergrad, i don't think it will help much to match neuro. It will show long term devotion to the fi
  9. Ahem *taps mic* moonlighting amirite? So seriously, what's the deal with moonlighting? I understand you have to be at least PGY 2-4 to do it and it is specialty/program/location dependent, but I have a few questions for clarification. Is it after writing FR exams/CCFP? Would you still be eligible as an R3 in a fellowship for family medicine? What are the individual experiences of this sub, I'm interested most in the options for FM, Anesthesia, Psych, and IM because that's who my circle mostly consists of but please share any experiences as they will surely benefit someone. Is it one
  10. Wow giving PO THC to physician mentors? It truly is 2021
  11. In these situations it's important to be honest - Undergrad literally doesn't matter in the grand scheme imo. You should consider an UG that may make you employable (ie Nursing, Comp Sci) because you should enter this decision ASSUMING you won't get into med right away. Whatever degree is easy for you to get high grades, and balance ECs is the one. With your scholarships and proximity to home, I'd suggest western as it best situates you to your passion and that will help in ECs and internal motivation, but if finances is that big of a consideration you can't lose with Queens. Along the
  12. There are ABSOLUTELY pro's and cons, let's not get ahead of ourselves. PROS: -Mostly listed above: Ability to practice with each other, get a pace for studying / guilt as motivation, social interaction -Underrated in modern life: You will have a bubble mate automatically (grocery runs, exercise, leisure etc.), and you pool together resources networks and knowledge about the system (how to pad your application, connections for electives/interview practice) -Easier on the wallet CONS: -You may get matched with a total weirdo (aka someone very different from you), this has hap
  13. Great idea and valuable resource, happy to help in any way possible
  14. I think it's important to take all information, from premeds to graduates, into consideration and take the possible good with the possible bad. Grains of salt are needed for any post on here so make sure you're not just running with whatever sounds the best to you. Good luck!
  15. Couple things to think about: 1. What do you like about plastics? Can you scratch that itch elsewhere (Ie. Family + Cosmetics/botox etc.; Internal-GI for procedures)? 2. What does attrition look like in plastics, in some surg specialties it's common for people to switch out into family after the first few years, opening up spots for second round/second year transfers. But if that's not the case, the likelihood is low that spots will open up. 3. What don't you like about IM? You're already in the pipeline for IM and leaving and reentering somewhere else will always be more difficult th
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