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Caliver

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  1. Make sure you show up early, don't complain about how long you are staying, how tired you are (you should complain about inappropriate behavior or lapse in professionalism), and are nice to everyone including allied health. Show some interest even if it is not your desired specialty, because it may be your last time doing that specialty ever. You will be a great clerk if you can do those. You would be surprised at how many people don't do these things.
  2. In downtown Toronto, UHN and MSH have a large number of +1 ER docs. Not sure what the rationale is but politics probably plays a big role. In addition, at those centres, even though the patient population can be quite complicated, many specialty services are readily accessible. There is a noticeable difference between +1 and FRCSC docs when it comes to their comfort level for more complex issues (rather than just pattern recognition). I personally noticed this between St. Michael's vs. MSH/TGH/TWH in terms of the consult quality, although there are variabilities depends on the person.
  3. Agreed. I find relief in that what I do (even "scut" work - which is usually post-op care, albeit not necessarily fun) is meaningful to the patient care. Some things lose their appeal even as PGY1; that's why it's very important to reflect on who you are and what you want in the long run before committing to a surgical residency. Once you commence it, you just gotta keep remind yourself when 1) you feel miserable at 2am during your entire weekend call (home call specialties do that) 2) when you find yourself becoming mean to other people, including your own patients.
  4. I'd say being a surgical resident has been better than what I expected. I mean, there are days when I constantly question why I chose the field, but at the end of the day, the type of work I get to do still gives me a smile. Having said that, trying to constantly impress people (or trying not to piss off anyone) and questioning whether I can get a job at the end are the more stressful factors of surgical residency... at least from my experience
  5. Who is your advisor? my advisor in Toronto seems to be a bit clueless. I am trying to change my account to a 2 year grace period + VIP package (I am a new incoming PGY1)
  6. I spoke to some IM staff about this. You can get IM interviews but you likely won't be ranked highly at the end. Some staff told me to do at least 1-2 CTU electives (3 weeks each). Take this with a grain of salt, as it is "unofficial" and it is an online forum. Similar deal with Toronto FM. Personally, I did not apply to IM as a backup, so I don't have a first-hand experience, but I did observe what happened to some of my classmates. They do take your motivation into account (at least what I was told.. as above). If your electives consist of 5 urology electives + 1 IM elective, it seems
  7. I think this depends on your institution. For example, at U of T, I'd say it was almost impossible to back up with IM if you were going for a competitive specialty, because the IM program at U of T is very competitive and will not consider you unless you are "serious" about IM. Essentially, your "home" program does not render you any advantage if you "back up" with them. If you are from a smaller school, I'd imagine the situation is a little different and you may be able to back up with IM.
  8. consider ENT, Uro. Good mix of clinics and ORs. May have ungodly hours in residency (depends on your institution) but your life tends to get significantly better as a staff (except if you subspecialize in surg onc).
  9. A couple of searches would have been beneficial in answering your question. There's no clear cut answer in which school is better. A couple of points: 1. Toronto also has cadaver labs (not sure how the recent curriculum changed the usual dissection stuff). 2. In the end, all three schools deliver similar material. The differences are how and when. Mac will use PBL more extensively than U of T/McGill. Mac will have three years while U of T/McGill have four. 3. Not true that Mac is "good" for prepping people for primary care residency vs. other schools. Mac is just as good
  10. I went to Mac for undergrad and went to U of T for med school. Mac does PBL properly and I strongly believe it works. While U of T is great at throwing a vast amount of knowledge to be examined, it does not know how PBL works properly. Every school has pros and cons. You will struggle more than clerks from other schools in the beginning, because.. you don't know how things work clinically in the beginning. However, you will have plenty of time to catch up. Last time I checked, Mac students do fine in CaRMS. Also saving one year of tuition would be great... lol. Just my $0.02
  11. I suggest you wait until you start school. You will want to get the most up-to-date textbooks, if you are getting any. Many textbooks are available in PDF forms. Most importantly, enjoy your summer!!!
  12. Not sure if you are a med student at either school, but there are several points, where you seem to over-analyze without considering the realistic picture. Information you see online may not provide a whole picture of what it is like at each school in real life. I am only posting a reply to provide different perspectives for the benefit of prospective students, as someone who just finished four years at U of T. It is up to an individual student to decide in the end. Please note that I can only comment on U of T because I did not experience what it is like at UBC first-hand. You d
  13. Many grads from each school gravitate towards staying in the same city for residency for a multitude of reasons, namely convenience, familiarity and connections. Moving to another city means that you will need to uproot yourself and potentially be in a completely different/unfamiliar system. Having said that, people move to different cities. While statistics can be "important," it does not really show a complete picture and you can't judge your chance of matching in a certain city by looking at CaRMS matching statistics. Every school has a big proportion of their own students staying due
  14. lol. im from U of T (the pre-"foundation" era) and i had an awesome quality of life especially with living in downtown Toronto. There's not much difference in terms of quality of education you will get - you will be a fine med student if you are good. What differs is the types of opportunities you get. You may get more hands-on experience at smaller schools while you may have more exposure to research in bigger schools. Having said that, people from smaller schools also do research at other institutions. Bigger schools also offer community rotations for maximum clinical exposure. TL
  15. You never know what they think of you unfortunately. Some preceptors just wouldn't really offer to write letters while others would. Even when you are "not offered" a letter and end up asking for one, you sort of have a hunch on whether the letter is strong or not..
  16. I did post-carms elective in the specialty of my choice (a surgical one). I have to say, after 12 weeks of trying to impress people in the exact same field in different locations, I was quite burnt out. During my last two weeks, I was quite miserable actually. While I had no motivation to study, I still had to be on my game. Having said that, I know there are others who pull through fine. The bottom line is that you have to be honest with yourself. I thought I could handle it but I clearly couldn't lol. You have to think about how you would be after doing core rotations + other rotations.
  17. See if your school has one. I don't know too much about international schools, but certain Caribbean/Irish schools always have Canadian students who do electives in Canada, U.S., etc. So maybe it's worthwhile to check if your school has one.
  18. I pondered about this a lot as well. I ended up purchasing my own at a good location. Make sure that you do your own math beforehand. For monthly payment, you should add up mortgage payment, tax, and monthly maintenance fees. If you are going to use LOC as part of downpayment or mortgage, make sure to include interest into account. For me, I am paying about the same or less than what people would normally pay. Half of the payment goes towards the principal at the moment. The current financial interest situation worked out well for me, as the prime rate used to be 3% and has gone down since
  19. Guys, stop hating/arguing. It's all the same once you are in med school. I've participated in some of these debates myself in previous years, but realized that it is worthless. Haters gonna hate. I've personally never felt I was "not ready" for med school. Neither have my friends from health sci. -Health Sci Grad.
  20. Does that mean that everyone hear by April 29th? What did it say in the email?
  21. has anyone heard back from the Epi stream yet? My friend has been waiting on this for a while....
  22. 4th year Mac Health science students are not required to review the files. They do them on a volunteer basis and to be fair, it takes a while for all the essays to be evaluated in health sci too.
  23. I can say that I love waking up at 7:40am and getting out at 7:50am to get to ASCM session at 8:00am... (I'm WB) Some of my colleagues at other academies may not have this luxury
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