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    CASPer Prep

    Hello, Since a lot more residency programs require the CASPer test this year, I am wondering what are the best resources out there to prep. Going through this forum, I understand there are BeMo, Astroff and tons of free sample questions. Anyone else have anything more to add? Does anyone know how different is this CASPer compared to one used for undergraduate Medicine admissions? The resources above are more directed for undergraduate Medicine, correct? Any insight regarding this would be appreciated!
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    exactly - if you already have your fellowships - which I do I suppose - then the USMLE only serves as a means to get actually fully licensed. most places in my field allow you to do a fellowship without the USMLE. If you want to moonlight then you do need a full license and you MAY need it - actually I still don't for the state of MA as the LMCC counts for them as well but I still would need it for a H1B visa. Interestingly if I get that visa I have to pay their equivalent of a EI and CPP on my taxes it seems - which is 500US a month. So unless you plan on moonlighting enough to actually earn 6K after takes moonlighting doesn't seem to be a logical ( I mean you can earn that, but it is interesting there is a disincentive to doing only a small amount).
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    My understanding is that if you are writing the USMLE for later doing a fellowship (MOST fellowships, not all) or working in the US after a Canadian residency, a passing score is good enough to do that, whereas for residency, since it's used as a primary metric for ranking, you need a competitive score to match.
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    UofT/UWO Waitlist movement

    Oh wow that is a very rare situation! I wonder if that spot has been filled already on Friday or not? Regardless that person who accepts and gets off the waitlist will be very lucky:)
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    CASPer podcasts???

    I did Astroff practice tests but you have to pay for them. I think you can find some free ones online. The nice thing about the paid ones is that they simulate the actual testing environment.
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    What to do during M1/M2?

    Best use of time is figuring out what you want to do. Try to narrow it down to 3 or fewer specialties. Then spend 1-2 weeks in each over the entire school year/summer—most schools have some sort of preclerkship elective opportunities that you can register once you've found a preceptor. Don't pigeonhole yourself before you've explored at least 2 specialties. If it's a competitive specialty like EM, deciding earlier is better. You probably want to decide by the summer of M1 so you have at least 1 year to do some focused activities in your specialty of interest (assuming you're in a 4 year school, otherwise you'll want to decide even earlier). Next best use of time is some sort of research (do something clinical since it's more likely to get published). It's a tickbox for most programs, but it's a tickbox you might as well check off to maximize your opportunities. And as #YOLO mentioned, you should try to enjoy those 2 years. It will probably be the least busy, or at least the most flexible time of your life for a long time.
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    what do you mean "appealing an initial rejection"? You can literally just call the school and say "hey why did you reject me" and theyll give you an interview?
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    I don't know if there are any IM programs that wouldn't interview you without doing electives there. I was told (by upper years - no official sources) that McMaster and Toronto wouldn't interview those who didn't do elective with them, and I was offered interviews for both without having spent any elective time in any field for either (cancelled an elective at McMaster and didn't apply for one at Toronto). I ranked other programs higher so who knows if I would have gotten in, but not doing an elective there wasn't a barrier to getting interviewed at least. Honestly, IM interviews can feel a bit random. Lots of examples of people having good electives/reference letters from places and not getting interviews there, despite being strong candidates and getting a lot of interviews elsewhere. I think there's a fair bit of luck involved with programs as large as IM where they have to sift through a huge amount of applications. I knew lots of strong candidates applying and interviewing everywhere was a rarity. (Although everyone seemed to end up where they wanted to end up). If there is a school you're really interested in, I'd highly recommend trying to an elective there; it will help for future decision making and probably also help in the interview stage (what I felt were my best interviews were at schools I had spent time clinically and felt really strongly about the programs). But if you can't manage to schedule an elective somewhere you were hoping to end up, don't worry too much.
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