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Lego Man

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Wow this is notalgia. First time logging in in like two or three years...

One of my mates got both in our year, but they did something on-standard with their application (unintentionally) and it got missed. I can't remember exactly what it was. However, it's super risky anyhow trying to get around the system (and potentially illegal) and those who get caught have to repay their allowance.

I just went with living costs + TI grant. Although if you use your grant as a lump sum to pay your fees then you can access the allowance.
 

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DrFlower

Trainee Intern
Wow this is notalgia. First time logging in in like two or three years...

One of my mates got both in our year, but they did something on-standard with their application (unintentionally) and it got missed. I can't remember exactly what it was. However, it's super risky anyhow trying to get around the system (and potentially illegal) and those who get caught have to repay their allowance.

I just went with living costs + TI grant. Although if you use your grant as a lump sum to pay your fees then you can access the allowance.
Thank you Lego Man. So when you apply for allowance, you declare that your income is TI grant. How do you tell them if you used it to pay the fees?
Say I paid 17k on fees for my TI and left with ~10k, would I be able to get the allowance. I am grad btw so hopefully can get the lump sum.
Thanks!
 

Lego Man

Regular Member
Thank you Lego Man. So when you apply for allowance, you declare that your income is TI grant. How do you tell them if you used it to pay the fees?
Say I paid 17k on fees for my TI and left with ~10k, would I be able to get the allowance. I am grad btw so hopefully can get the lump sum.
Thanks!
I believe you have to tell the medical school and they organise your TI grant and act as liaison between yourself and the TEC (gvmt department where the grants come from). You then get an exemption when you apply for student allowance. It may pay to talk to studylink and faculty about it at the time though because it's still a relatively new system and could change over the next few years.

When I went through, we just told faculty and studylink, applied for grant and allowance and they all got approved. Good luck! :)
 

Carters

Otago MBChB V
Can anyone who has completed their TI elective give some advice here? Just wondering when the best time to do the elective is as we get to indicate our preference for quarters soon. Are there any particular quarters that are more stressful to do an elective in than others?
 

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quail

PGY2 Intern
Can anyone who has completed their TI elective give some advice here? Just wondering when the best time to do the elective is as we get to indicate our preference for quarters soon. Are there any particular quarters that are more stressful to do an elective in than others?
There is no 'best' elective quarter - 1st and 4th quarters are popular because you either go straight on elective immediately after exams or to finish off the degree. 1st and 3rd/4th are popular as these overlap with the only 2 week breaks you get as a TI so you get 14 weeks off total as opposed to 12. No matter which quarter you are there is the 'post-elective slump' after it (and if you choose 4th you get elective envy of everyone else during the year!). 1st and 2nd quarter you need to be very organised and on top of exam study because you will be sorting this out at the same time as studying for 5th year exams. Most people simply end up choosing the same one as their mates so they are all the same quarter.
 

rustyedges

Moderator
Moderator
Agree with quail.

If there is a particular place you want to go, you might want to time it for the time of year you want, eg Europe in Summer.
 
Hi, just wondering if anyone can give an overview of TI year, such as what you do in each module and overall assignments, as well as specifics on things we need to prepare for applying for HO jobs?
 
Check out RMO for info on applying for PGY1 jobs.

Each clinical school runs TI year differently and has different assignments. There is also the possibility for the TI to change in the next year or so (shorter year, move the modules in ALM around) - lots of discussions being had at the moment (And for the last year)
 

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Carters

Otago MBChB V
Was wondering if any recent TI's could give some advice on selecting TI runs? We were emailed the choice sheets today and the number of choices feels a bit overwhelming, especially the medicine options since the sheet is due back before I will complete my med specs run. Would choosing a medicine specialty such as cardiology, respiratory, gastroenterology or neurology be better than just a general medicine run in terms of learning how to be a house officer. While with surgery, would general surgery be better than choosing orthopaedics, neurosurgery or cardiac surgery? Also, with the option of completing O&G, paeds or psych in Invercargill, can anyone provide any feedback about their experience on these runs, either as a TI in Invercargill or Dunedin.
 

quail

PGY2 Intern
Was wondering if any recent TI's could give some advice on selecting TI runs? We were emailed the choice sheets today and the number of choices feels a bit overwhelming, especially the medicine options since the sheet is due back before I will complete my med specs run. Would choosing a medicine specialty such as cardiology, respiratory, gastroenterology or neurology be better than just a general medicine run in terms of learning how to be a house officer. While with surgery, would general surgery be better than choosing orthopaedics, neurosurgery or cardiac surgery? Also, with the option of completing O&G, paeds or psych in Invercargill, can anyone provide any feedback about their experience on these runs, either as a TI in Invercargill or Dunedin.
I didn't train in Dunedin specifically but in general I suggest choosing runs/specialties that you are interested in. Probably the two main objectives in TI year are to get some good referees for your ACE application and then learn the basics of being a house officer which obviously helps if you're doing runs you enjoy

In retrospect I definitely did not learn much about how to be a house officer in TI year and in general most find that the first couple months are a steep learning curve anyway; I would suggest being proactive as a TI and asking lots of questions along the way but otherwise to just enjoy the year. I did do general medicine and general surgery personally - but that was simply because I preferred to admit patients and make impressions/plans; whereas I would expect you would have far less opportunities to workup patients on some of the more subspecialised fields. However you're also a student - so you can choose cardiac surgery for example and go scrub in for lots of operations if that's what you wanted to do to make the most of your run as the paperwork side of things would be exceedingly dull

I haven't worked in Invercargill personally but have heard excellent feedback from people who have, I'd ask peers from the year above you
 
Was wondering if any recent TI's could give some advice on selecting TI runs? We were emailed the choice sheets today and the number of choices feels a bit overwhelming, especially the medicine options since the sheet is due back before I will complete my med specs run. Would choosing a medicine specialty such as cardiology, respiratory, gastroenterology or neurology be better than just a general medicine run in terms of learning how to be a house officer. While with surgery, would general surgery be better than choosing orthopaedics, neurosurgery or cardiac surgery? Also, with the option of completing O&G, paeds or psych in Invercargill, can anyone provide any feedback about their experience on these runs, either as a TI in Invercargill or Dunedin.
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