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  1. I have a couple of resident colleagues who just recently began community neurology (BC, ON, QC). The general tone of call is 1 week of home call per month block. Most times it's not super busy, but of course being on call takes its toll whether you're receiving questions/consults or not. Many community centers will now do tPA (if they have CT) and transfer patients for EVT. So, you generally cover acute stroke as well. Conversely, community hospitals that do have neurologists available by day, but whose facilities are within the catchment area of tertiary care centres will often ju
  2. Reading through the comments on the admissions blog is beyond infuriating. How selfish and self-absorbed are many of the applicants this year. Sometimes it's ok to realize that there is something bigger than you going on (LIKE AN ACTUAL F*CKING GLOBAL PANDEMIC) and to sit down and shut up. The entitlement in the discussion thread is absolutely nauseating. Get some perspective. Honestly... Tell the patients in ICUs fighting for their life or people whose bodies are stacked in the back of trucks in blocks-long military convoys that "it's not fair". Be embarrassed. Unbelievable.
  3. PGY-2 in neurology here. PM if you'd like or ask your question(s) publicly in the thread and we can make the info available to all. There are few neurology threads on the forum and others may have similar questions.
  4. Just email the PD if you want to meet with the PD. If you know who the chief resident is/scheduler for the group, then email them as well regarding the call question. Honestly, we are all humans. Taking initiative to reach out shows interest. In my opinion, if a program punishes you for taking initiative or has a problem with your approach knowing how few electives people receive then I would perhaps give consideration to whether it's a program that is right for you. Being annoying is one thing, sending a couple of short emails is another. The program coordinators also receive a ton of emails.
  5. As another update, Ottawa now has one neurologist from France with stroke and neurointerventional fellowship training. A second stroke neurologist is completing his interventional training in Ottawa after doing some of his fellowship in the US and will be staff thereafter.
  6. 100% agreed. I burned out really hard going into my final year of undergrad as a result. Sometimes, if that's what you have to do to make end meets and also achieve your goal.... it's worth the cost. If you can find a better balance, that would obviously be more ideal.
  7. I don't check here as often as I once did, but I'm happy to chat if you have questions. 35 when I entered med school, now 39 as a PGY-2. Send me a PM any time.
  8. I found the Case Files series of books useful in med school for the basics of common presentations. https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=case+files+internal+medicine&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsv_aq9vg5QIVRdyGCh1f4ACMEAAYASAAEgKyefD_BwE&hvadid=208290943416&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9000678&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=17024519830428346821&hvtargid=kwd-301882008468&hydadcr=9043_9621330&tag=googcana-20&ref=pd_sl_3v4py0isrl_e Another is the Hui resource for internal medicine https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=internal+medicine+hui&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3pKn4Nvg5QIVAn
  9. I would suggest thinking about the interests you have and about pursuing those interests. The way your question reads makes me wonder if you're looking for something because it would look good on a cv.
  10. I didn't have anyone proof-read my top 10s. If you're going to have someone take a look at your submission, I would suggest getting someone familiar with the CanMEDS framework and how to write essays meant to touch upon the categories within the framework.
  11. I was. Mid-thirties career change for me and there were a number of us in my UofC graduating class. I feel this is becoming even more commonplace.
  12. The opportunity provides growth. There is no prescription for admission to med school, but more than that I would suggest doing things that are enriching, fulfilling, and that genuinely interest you. You can spin anything as a strength for med applications, but that really shouldn't be what it's about, in my opinion. Cool opportunity!
  13. I had to do a second undergrad degree before thinking about medicine and began my second degree at 29; accepted to medical school at 35. There was another student in my class who was older than me (either 38 or 40... I don't recall at this point). The average age of people accepted to medicine seems to be increasing. If it's something you really want to pursue, go for it! There were many people 30+ in my class. Best of luck!
  14. Nope. I went to a three year school and mentioned in my post that for 2 of 3 years that I found it super easy. In clerkship, free time is definitely scaled way back. I found I would have to integrate my exercise in different ways (often sporadically). I would cycle to work maybe 1-3 times per week. Depending on which hospital I was at, this was anywhere between maybe 12 and 35 km per day. Then gym, yoga, or swimming with friends other times. On average, I would say I would do 5-8 hours of exercise per week in clerkship vs definitely upwards of 20-25 hours per week prior to clerkship. I d
  15. Soooo much free time in med school to workout and take care of yourself. I was exercising 2-4 hours per day throughout my first 2 of 3 years of med school and it was glorious. I absolutely did not study anywhere near 5 hours per day. For the purposes of doing well during medical school (with the exception of the 5-7 days leading up to an exam), studying 8-10 hours per week is much more than ample if you pick things up relatively quickly. Residency is a different matter. I workout in the mornings at 5:30-6:00 usually 3ish times per week when not in a horrible call cycle and when it's not c
  16. A classmate of mine went through this transition. Many people with past careers from a variety of areas (myself included) were in my graduating med school class. I would just make sure you understand all that you will have to go through going down the medicine path. It's very long, tiring, and demanding. I would even say the expectations are at many times unrealistic. I love it every day and am grateful for what I'm doing, but if you go in without understanding the demands there is the risk of becoming resentful and bitter. I have seen this happen with many of my colleagues.
  17. The vast majority of residency positions are not anywhere near this competitive. I would even argue that the areas where physicians are most needed are the least competitive. As per the CaRMS data, the most competitive specialties have a 1:3 position:applicant's-first-choice ratio, so I'm not even sure what specialty you were applying to that was 3:40 unless you're an IMG. Re: OP. If you see your fourth your being on track for high 3.8_ to 3.9, I would do one additional year of undergrad since you'll be needing your fourth year's gpa to be truly competitive. While I think you have a shot wi
  18. As OwnerOfTheTARDIS mentioned in their post, med school has a much more vast volume of information to cover than undergrad. Some of it is, of course, pattern recognition. You still need to be able to retain large quantities of information in relatively short periods of time. I would argue that residency is actually more intense in that regard because your schedule is so horrible that you have much less time to actually study. I would suggest two approaches. Perhaps you haven't found a good technique for memorizing large amounts of information. It might be worthwhile to check in with your
  19. Mercato for really tasty family style Italian Deane House for contemporary Canadian (tasting menu or a la carte) Jimmy's A&A for super good donair if you're looking for something huge, quick and delish. Menyatai for ramen Buddha's Veggie Delight for Buddhist Chinese (total hidden Calgary gem) Also agree with 10 Foot Henry I prefer Anejo to Native Tongues (contemporary Mexican), but that's just me Raw Market Collective in Kensington for delish vegan Al Forno for amazing brunch (everyone talks about Vendome, but I think Al Forno is better) Peasant Cheese for super good cust
  20. I know one classmate of mine who has delayed carms twice now because they aren't sure if medicine is right for them. I'm not sure what they will ultimately decide. It does happen.
  21. I wrote thank you e-mails to people I connected well with after my interviews. I don't think it's necessary, but I do think that reaching out to places where you really think it would be a good fit is worthwhile. I wouldn't be sending out a copy-and-paste thank you template e-mail to every program. I view that as disingenuous and maybe a little tacky. Politely thanking people and showing gratitude on the day is enough in that regard. And I certainly got replies that said more than "you're welcome". Good luck with interviews this year! It's a super fun (and tiring) time. Try to enjoy it!
  22. I would argue that it's really only about how you reflect on the experience. You can learn a lot from success, but often more from failure. Any experience that's meaningful to you has the potential of being a good top 10 entry. Just relate your experience to the canmeds roles in your top 10.
  23. It seems the OP has the opposite issue than most of the responses, but I do think the above is generally awesome advice. OP is asked to round post-call whereas their counterpart from another institition is told to go home. As someone mentioned, sometimes the expectations for home-school trainees are different than elective students from other institutions. Residents/staff may be asking you to round based on these expectations. Similarly, if you're post call and it's not 24+2hrs worked, it's fair to expect that you may need to wrap up work (especially on rotations such as MTU/CTU). I also do
  24. First, CONGRATULATIONS on your offer. UofC has an amazing family of students and staff and I'll miss so many of the people I've grown to love in my graduating class. My biggest piece of advice for most of first year is to just get used to the new language you'll be learning, get to know your classmates, discover what works best for you for study and organization, and develop a solid wellness routine that can hopefully be carried through to the end of clerkship. Once you feel you have these things on lock, then consider taking on ECs, research, and what-have-you to help make you competitive
  25. @sp4168 It really doesn't matter. Like I said, it's completely random. You may or may not have verifiers checked and whether you have or have not interviewed or applied in the past would have no bearing on verifier checks or chances. I'm sure Dr. Walker would have stated these things in his pre-/post-amble. He's a fantastic guy and works very hard to make the process as level a playing field for everyone as it can be.
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