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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 just call the residents on call at said tertiary care centre with their questions. In which case, the day neurologists that cover aren't bothered overnight.

    It really depends on where you're located.

  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. 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. It may have just been that your original note slipped through the cracks. Just my two cents.

  4. On 11/27/2019 at 9:50 AM, rmorelan said:

    yes but it basically consumed my entire life and was all kinds of painful - and I had very structured employment and a very flexible degree program ha. 

    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.

  5. 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!

  6. On 4/2/2019 at 11:40 PM, brady23 said:

    Even in clerkship you found it easy to exercise regularly?

    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 do have friends in class that exercised much more regularly than I did during clerkship. One classmate in particular cycled somehwere around 25-40km per day every single day, even in winter. His strava is very next level.

  7. 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 cold enough to xc ski outside or warm enough to cycle.

    I don't know how this would compare to dentistry.

  8. 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.

  9. On 3/18/2019 at 4:34 PM, Bambi said:

    I don’t know if they factor in your grades also from your first undergrad.

    applying to Med schooo is somewhat like buying s ticket to a lottery. So very many qualified applicants are refused as there are more applicants than seats. It’s far worse forcresidency, e.g. in 2 fields where I applied, there were 80 applicants for each, 40 interviewees forcesch were selected. And each residency had just 3 spots. Both interviewed me. I was reallyvwuakified for one position and I was not selected. I was probably the least qualified for thecsurgical specialty that selected me. Go figure. It camecdown to sheer luck! 

    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 with your current stats, I do think it will be challenging.

    If you pull your gpa up a touch, you can also apply out-of-province as many schools' doors are open with a 3.8+ gpa for OOP. There is also weighting at many schools which may also play in your favour. MCAT will be an additional hurdle, but take one step at a time. 

    As for the bigger picture, I think you'll find a way to commit to your grades if medicine is what you want, but you're not far off. If you can adjust just a little bit, I think you have a reasonable shot! Good luck :).

  10. 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 undergrad advisers in the library. There might be techniques/tools that you don't know about that would be useful for you. If the same strategies you have been using keep not working, you might just need a strategy adjustment.

    Second would be, just take courses in a major that plays to your strengths. It doesn't really matter in what area you do well in undergrad as long as you do well while pursuing personal interests. People in my med school class had varied backgrounds: musicians, physiotherapists, nurses, lawyers, paramedics, accountants, art directors, journalists, professional athletes, etc.

  11. 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 custom charcuterie boards
    Village Ice Cream for .... ice cream
    Made By Marcus for also ice cream because you can never have too much ice cream (their apple pie ice cream, if they still have it..... oh god)
    Niko's Pizza for amazing, greasy, perfectly golden brown crust, heavy-on-the-cheese pizza
    Pulcinella for very solid Italian, including home made pasta and very very good wood fire oven pizza.
    Pho Huong Viet for probably some of the best satay pho I've had (Calgary has really good Vietnamese all-around)
    Chennai Spice for super good dosa (chili cheese is my fave)

    I find many people mention Pigeonhole and Model Milk.... I find both pretty overrated. 

    These are my favorite restaurants that I discovered while living in Calgary for med school and I miss them all so much. I've lived in most major cities in Canada and I have to say that Calgary's food scene is very, very excellent.

  12. 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!

  13. 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 don't know the context of the overseas trainee. If this is a person who has already graduated medical school and is gaining further experience for the purposes of 

    At the end of the day, the answers you get here will be speculation. Something that I think is reasonable in all rotations is the check in with a resident on the team to see how you're doing and if you could be doing anything differently. I wouldn't necessarily approach your issue off-the-bat, but if there's something they are concerned about with your performance then it should come out in that conversation if they're decent mentors.

    If nothing comes of that conversation and you're finding yourself working much past the 24+2, I would either bring it up with your rotation supervisor at your medical school or simply inform the most responsible resident on your service of your concern.

  14. 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 for the CaRMS match if you are choosing to focus on a competitive specialty. There are also a lot of great student run groups that are specialty specific that you could become involved with. I do think it's a reasonably good idea to shadow docs in specialties that you think you might want to pursue in first year. Just know that your knowledge in the first year obviously isn't the best. The main idea would be to see if you enjoy the bread-and-butter and day-to-day work that the doc you're shadowing deals with.

    I think if you start building your CV towards the end of first year (which is around February, I think?), then you'll be fine. Also keep in mind that oftentimes you will do well during the CaRMS match if your personality matches whatever group you're applying to and you're teachable. There are examples where this hasn't worked out, clearly, but I wouldn't underestimate these attributes. 

    If you have any specific questions, fire away. 

  15. @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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