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  1. 4 points
    DentalApp101

    UWO Invites/Regrets 2019

    I asked a student in UWO dental and they said they send them out one at a time throughout the day, so hopefully a response will come soon !
  2. 4 points
    wowzers1

    Admission annoucements

    Somebody should send them the forecast
  3. 2 points
    For those who might benefit from this information (present and future): uOttawa has released their acceptances for the MD/PhD program (Monday, March 4th). Interviews were held mid-late February. There were around 8-10 applicants interviewed for roughly 4 spots. We (or at least I) have until March 13th to confirm, or reject, the acceptance. Congrats to those who got accepted! I hope this might help those curious about the program in terms of interview/acceptance dates.
  4. 2 points
    I have a judgment on the situation that we are in right now...
  5. 2 points
    Terreneuvien

    Admission annoucements

    "We do not give out a specific date just in case of any power outages because then there would be a lot of upset people. All I can tell you is that it will be in March sometime and if you provided the correct email you will be informed when it is released" - the response I just got. Also she was rather apologetic that she couldn't give me more information.
  6. 2 points
    Terreneuvien

    Admission annoucements

    ~ this is torture ~
  7. 2 points
    Symphonie

    Prévision et admission Medecine 2019

    Même que je dirais pas « risque de monter », mais une certitude que le cut off va monter! Les convocations sont en avril, donc c’est sûr que ça a le temps de monter encore. Ce n’est que la première vague. Courage tout le monde
  8. 2 points
    Cheers2life

    Médecine 2019/Convocations

    La cote affichée est toujours celle du dernier convoqué aux entrevues. La cote du dernier admis n’est jamais disponible.
  9. 2 points
    wowzers1

    Admission annoucements

    Yeah all the letters go out same day... acceptances first, then waitlists, and rejections in the afternoon I believe. I emailed the admissions office and they told me they'll be out this month lol
  10. 2 points
    shematoma

    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    To the extent you characterize people as "complainers," maybe they have good cause. Let's look at some data. In 2008, there were 2,136 CMG graduates and 2,379 positions available, for a 1.11 ratio. Last year, the same numbers were 2,923 CMG graduates and 2,974 positions available, a ratio of 1.02. As mentioned in a previous post, that includes Quebec which has a surplus of residency spots, so if you exclude Quebec the ratio is more like 0.98. And yet, over the same period, IMG positions increased from basically zero in 2006 to 343 in 2018. Clearly, the growth of positions for CMGs hasn't kept pace with the growth in numbers of CMGs, whereas IMGs went from basically no dedicated quota to having 343 spots reserved just for them. So yes these spots were "created" for IMGs, but essentially they came at the expense of expanding CMG positions to keep up with increased medical school enrollment. The government has limited money after all, and the claim is that hospitals in this country have limited training capacity. So what goes to IMGs comes at the expense of spots for CMGs.
  11. 1 point
    noface

    Caution about DATbootcamp

    "The reading comprehension section on the Canadian DAT gives you 50 minutes to complete the 50 questions (the American DAT provides 60 minutes for the 50 questions). Though the Canadian DAT provides less time, completing this section on paper is easier than completing reading comprehension on the computer (which is why less time is given on the Canadian DAT)." - DAT Bootcamp ^The above is directly quoted from Classroom > Canadian DAT Practice Tests > Blog section of the DAT Bootcamp website. I saw this before my Canadian DAT in November 2018, so it's definitely been written there for a while. They also list a variety of differences on the website: The Canadian DAT is administered as a paper based test (whereas the American DAT is computer based). The Canadian DAT does not test organic chemistry or math. The Canadian DAT has an optional manual dexterity portion, where a cylinder of soap is carved based on specific instructions provided. I'm unsure as to why you were unable to see this information on the website because it's clearly there, but I personally found DAT Bootcamp very helpful. However, above everything, you probably should've done personal research yourself prior to the exam because all this information is also listed on the CDA website.
  12. 1 point
    MemUni

    Admission annoucements

    Can we all collectively cross our fingers for tomorrow?
  13. 1 point
    saskdent009

    Caution about DATbootcamp

    Definitely should be more upfront about this. Would love to see some more cDAT oriented prep materials also.
  14. 1 point
    Jo0709

    Médecine 2019/Convocations

    Je peux répondre à ta deuxième question, habituellement on reçoit un courriel nous indiquant que l'on a été refusé. Pour ta première question, je ne suis pas certaine à 100% mais il me semblait que les refus commençaient un peu plus tard à l'exception des dossiers où il y a des documents manquants, etc.
  15. 1 point
    DaPrince

    Prévision et admission Medecine 2019

    Bonjour, je suis un étudiant à l'université de Concordia en kinésiologie, comment faites-vous pour calculer votre CRU? Merci d'avance.
  16. 1 point
    wowzers1

    Admission annoucements

    it was a friday two years ago, so it straight up changes... as soon as we think there's some "rubric", that's when we get our hopes up!
  17. 1 point
    The timing has been the same for the past few years now, as far as I'm aware!
  18. 1 point
    nice

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  19. 1 point
    No, the ones I listed have essentially 1 spot for every 1 person putting them as their 1st rank discipline. How is that hyper competitive? plastics, derm, emerg, and optho are "hyper competitive". Everything else is either not competitive or just regular. No need for hyperbole.
  20. 1 point
    I'm not sure if there is a GPA expiration date for consideration at UWO. I would call the admissions office and ask - I'm sure they wouldn't mind shedding some light on this very specific circumstance. An 89.4% average, with decent DAT scores, and a well-rounded ABS + personal statement would definitely be competitive, considering previous year's admittance stats. Consider doing some shadowing as well, if you haven't already, just to further be able to solidify your reasons for the career change. There are numerous students throughout all 4 years currently who are in their 30s (either finishing up or starting their DDS). Don't let that be something to hold you back, as it isn't uncommon to have previous professionals who have changed their career paths and entered dental school (speaking from personal experience when looking at the current cohorts that are going through Schulich's program).
  21. 1 point
    ohimark

    Proof of Citizenship

    +1. I'm checking everyday - any evidence that they haven't forgotten about me is fine with me. I don't know which 3 month waiting period is worse - for the interview or for the offer. Hmm!
  22. 1 point
    Thank you so much for ur response
  23. 1 point
    Ted2

    Prévision et admission Medecine 2019

    S'il procède comme les autres années oui !!
  24. 1 point
    VicArt

    Prévision et admission Medecine 2019

    D’habitude elle est de 30 et +. Enfin plutôt dire que généralement les candidats ayant 30 et plus passent à l’étape suivante (analyse de la note autobiographique) pour déterminer qui sera invité aux entrevues ou non
  25. 1 point
    Dreamy11

    Médecine 2019/Convocations

    Ah ok alors c’est différent vu que tu es dans la catégorie universitaire! La cote r du dernier convoqué qu’on voit sur le site est pour la catégorie collégien et elle est bien de 34.9. La catégorie collégien est pour ceux qui viennent tout juste de finir le cégep comme Loulou!
  26. 1 point
    I was accepted to one of those surgical specialties. I knew nobody, did none of the above, I had less knowledge in this field than any other applicants, I simply worked enthusiastically, hard and collaboratively, got along with others, stayed late to help out the resident. We were 80 applicants, 40 Interviewees for just 3 residency spots. Not one gunner who were all ultra qualified were accepted. It came down to soft skills and being considered a good fit. I had excellent soft skills, was considered a good fit, notwithstanding that I otherwise did not then stand out. My interview was scheduled for 45 minutes. It lasted just 10 minutes, I thought I was in trouble, but each of the 6 on the panel had independently decided they did not need more time with me as they had each made up their mind (which I learned later).
  27. 1 point
    hero147

    Grand Rounds and Other ways to stand out

    Get that free food!
  28. 1 point
    shematoma

    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    You haven't lost anything in that particular case, but you're losing out as a taxpayer by supporting a training system that regularly leaves qualified CMG candidates unmatched year after year. You could save money by cutting CMG spots and still getting the same results. That's the source of waste. If you gave those unmatched candidates just 2 more years of training in FM, they could be a fully functioning doctor rather than unemployed and unable to repay their student loans. The US has a "fully competitive" system with caveats. Last year the NRMP had ~18,000 USMD graduates apply and a total ~33,000 residency spots. There's a lot more wiggle room for IMGs and US DOs to compete for spots. In Canada last year, we had 2,965 CMG spots and 2,923 CMG applicants. And that's including Quebec, where there's a huge surplus of residency spots. If you remove Quebec, there are more CMG applicants than spots. So unlike the US, there wasn't even a theoretical possibility of all CMGs being matched because there weren't numerically enough spots. Very different than the NRMP system. If Canadian governments hugely increased residency spots so that there are almost 2x as many total spots as CMG applicants, it would be a different story and much easier to justify open season for IMGs.
  29. 1 point
    Would like to know this as well!
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  31. 1 point
    adhominem

    Note taking during MMI

    Yeah, you can write out an outline or whatever else you want during those 2 minutes.
  32. 1 point
    JuniorDr90

    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    I’m surprised 1- by how little do you know about IMGs and their situation in Canada, 2- by the condescending tone to other doctors just because they didn’t have the same « education » as you. I won’t be defending my situation here but just few notes fyi ... - There are thousands of internationally trained doctors who live here in Canada. (It’s an immigration country). We are not here for the medicine, most of us live here to have a better life for our families and kids, we just happen to be very skilled doctors. It would make totally no sense at all that skilled persons live in a society and have to work jobs that are not into their qualifications. - The IMGs residency match process in Canada is the most brutal and unfair one in the world. US give better chances, UK, Germany, France, Australia. Everywhere But Canada... which is a shame honestly since again it’s an immigration country. - The amount of money we as IMGs invest into the process of obtaining our equivalence and matching is insane, and we are tax payers who pour our life long savings just to have a good future. - Yes arriving to Canada we were told there is no guarantee for us to work as doctors, but I for one, will do the impossible to be one. Since I know I am a good doctor and it would be a waste of my life and hardwork to live here for the rest of my life and not be able to work as a doctor. - Residency training is where you learn most in your medical career (not med school) so actually having Internationally trained doctors be willing to start over should be valued not condescended. So ... Saying that CMGs should always have a priority over IMGs while responding to an IMG asking a question about being unmatched and needing help, is quite offensive and rude imo. Creating enough jobs and opportunities for everyone (mostly CMGs of course) is the problem here not IMGs, since every other medical system in the developed world knows how to address this situation.
  33. 1 point
    i can't tell if you're being serious
  34. 1 point
    Neurophiliac

    OOP Chances

    So typically offers come Wednesday onwards (based on previous years, like Thursday and Friday). But this year, May begins mid-week on Wednesday, so the Thursday and Friday of the second week (9th and 10th) are perhaps a bit too early. So, maybe just maybe, this time it’ll be the beginning of the week on perhaps 13th or 14th (Monday or Tuesday) — but, it’s just a guess!
  35. 1 point
    saskdent009

    Caution about DATbootcamp

    No problem, if you receive any conflicting info regarding the CDA website you can directly bring it up with them as they administer/procter/grade the exams. The Canadian DAT(cDAT) is similar but different from the Amercan DAT, but that's not to say that there won't be a large overlap in material. I glanced over the DAT Bootcamp site and in the FAQs there is a question regarding whether his software can be used for the cDAT, Ari simply says that "sure we've had thousands of Canadians use our software and do well on the DAT, or something to that extent" which is not to say that it will be exactly suited to the cDAT. I personally used Crack the DAT and used the notes included for Bio and Chem in conjunction with the topics listed on the CDA site. If it helps, make sure you know meiosis and mitosis like you know how to breathe.
  36. 1 point
    Dont bother applying and wasting your time and money on applications, if you dont first have funding sorted out. Very, very few people get scholarships to USMD/DO schools. So dont go in counting on them. Figure out the finances first and foremost, do the math of what govt loans youll be able to get, what bank Line of credits youll be able to get, and what family support you have. THIS IS CRITICAL.
  37. 1 point
    cb80

    Entrer en med avec la pire cote r ever

    À 25 ans je doute fort qu'il ira faire un 2e DEC. D'ailleurs, ses notes de sciences humaines vont toujours trainer sa moyenne vers le bas. Je suis curieuse de savoir pourquoi tu parles d'exception? C'est par rapport à ton âge? Par rapport à ta motivation du moment? Au fait que tu parles anglais? Qu'est-ce qui justifie une exception en ta faveur? Il faut comprendre que les gens qui font médecine sont pratiquement tous des gens qui ont des A+ depuis la maternelle... J'ai fait médecine dentaire et la pire cote R au niveau cégep était de l'ordre des 33,500 cette année-là. Je vais dire tout haut ce que les autre pensent certainement tout bas, c'est un peu beaucoup ambitieux pour le moindre, de dire que tu peux très bien accomplir ce programme alors que tu n'as même pas fait de cours de sciences à date. Réducteur d'autant plus de croire que tu mérites la place d'un autre qui a buché beaucoup plus. Un 98 en anglais, c'est bien, mais avoir ce 98 à l'examen final sans remettre les travaux pendant la session, ce n'est pas admirable. D'ailleurs, tout le monde en médecine est bilingue là, voire trilingue. Les notes, mais aussi la constance sont requis. Aussi un peu d'humilité.
  38. 1 point
    Hi everyone, This community has been a great resource for me, so I've been looking for a way to give back. Ever since D-day (aka May 10th for my fellow OMSAS warriors), I've been getting lots of PMs about interview skills. Partly because I got multiple offers, and partly because on my A/W/R posts I noted how well the interviews went. Rather than answering each PM separately I figured I'd make a post to point people towards so that others might benefit in the future. I'm not an interview god, I didn't know how to interview before I started, and I wasn't confident in my skills going in. However, the people I practiced with did compliment me quite a bit, and during my interviews several interviewer remarked on how well the conversation was going. I'm pretty sure that interviewers aren't supposed to give you any sort of feedback, but mine did. At the end of my Western interview, my interviewers spent about 10 minutes talking about how perfect I am for Western and vice versa. During my U of T interviews, one interviewer ended the conversation by saying "good job buddy", another by saying "you're an amazing story teller", and another with "this was the most engaging conversation I've had today". So while I'm not a natural interviewee, and I was quite nervous about the whole interview process, things went well. Bellow is why I think it went well for me. It may work for you, it may not. This is a case study with n=1. There's nothing magic about it, there are no secrets. There are, however, golden basics rules. Follow them, they work, and don't tell yourself that you can skip the hard work and figure our how to interview by "cramming" for a week. For MMIs: -Find a good medical ethics book (ie: Doing Right, and some basic CanMEDS resource) -Find a good person (ie: a med student or anyone who interviews well and can give feedback) -Read the book, practice with the person (realistic role play), take their feedback and edit your answer. I couldn't always find someone to practice with so sometimes I would pretend someone was in the room, time my self, and hope others didn't think I was hallucinating. -Wash, rinse repeat on a regular basis (I did 1-2 hours per day for a few weeks). Only time will make your comfortable, confident, and cunning at MMI. See attachment for the Big List of MMI Questions, do as many as possible. For traditional interviews: -List ALL of your interesting personal stories (including ABS) -create a cool narrative (even if its short) for each one -incorporate a CanMEDS characteristic into each one (don't force it, it should be obvious from the way you tell the story) -Look up the top health/social news stories of the last 2-3 years and develop an opinion/narrative about those -Practice with someone (realistic, timed, role play), or alone (but still outloud) if need be -Wash, rinse repeat on a regular basis (I did 1-2 hours per day for a few weeks). Only time will make your comfortable, confident, and cunning at traditional interviews. See attachment for the Big List of Traditional Interview questions, do as many as possible General: -Start doing realistic practice early, even if you're still new to interviews, and do it frequently. -In my opinion you should start prepping for MMIs before you prep for traditional interviews, because the MMI "mindset" (fair, balanced, thoughtful) will be invaluable for traditional interview questions. -If you can walk in confident and calm, you've won half the battle. Practice this every time your practice interviewing. -Learning to interview well is a life-changing experience. It teaches you how to connect and interact better, it teaches you how to summarize sell your personal brand in a short period of time, it teaches you how to see what's important in someone else's eyes, and as a PhD student who is about to defend, it taught me how to make my research meaningful to pretty much everyone. Best of luck to all the MD hopefuls. If you have questions, please post in this thread instead of PMing me. If you have a question, chances are someone else will too, so it saves me from having to answer it multiple times and helps more people out. Plus, someone else might have a better answer than me. PS: I don't know who the original compiler/poster of these "Big Lists" is, but if someone does please link them so they can be credited for their awesome work Big List of MMI Questions.pdf Big List of All Traditionl Interview Questions.pdf
  39. 1 point
    SK having 60% imgs means the fees aren't high enough. Pathology has a huge problem with IMGs being recruited cheaply, rather than fees being revisited.
  40. 1 point
    like all specialities, I assume it goes relevant research > non-relevant research > no research.
  41. 1 point
    shematoma

    Jobs in Orthopaedic Surgery

    Ortho pays bank in the US too, so it really doesn't make sense why more don't move. I think there's a general reluctance these days for Canadians to head south (the president, general unfriendly climate towards immigrants, the USMLE). But if you're jobless most of those considerations should go out the window.
  42. 1 point
    _  _

    Orthopedic Surgery Options After Residency

    And the worst thing is, the fact that wait times keep increasing gives the public impression that there aren't enough ortho surgeons. So the government is never going to be pressured to manage the numbers of surgeons properly. People, I think, would be totally appalled if they knew that those waitlists could be addressed by the dozens of underemployed surgeons wanting to operate, who just can't get jobs in Canada.
  43. 1 point
    PhD2MD

    Orthopedic Surgery Options After Residency

    Regardless of which one, both are terrible for what our industry is all about: treating people. Whichever one it is, its contributing to long (and growing) wait times.
  44. 1 point
    Edict

    Orthopedic Surgery Options After Residency

    Wow ortho is worse than I thought, have they been cutting residency spots at all? It just seems ridiculous to let this oversupply keep going at this rate.
  45. 1 point
    NLengr

    Orthopedic Surgery Options After Residency

    I also know a general surgeon who got a job straight out of residency. Regional referral center in a rural area. The town itself isn't bad. It's the kind of place I'd like to live, but if you are from a big city I can see why you wouldn't find it appealing.
  46. 1 point
    We have a few Gen Surg friends and they have been able to find work after completing residency - no fellowship needed. Be prepared to go to a smaller community.
  47. 1 point
    bnface

    Orthopedic Surgery Options After Residency

    To the OP -- Let's be clear, the ortho job market is terrible. 180+ unemployed orthopods in Canada and it will go up in July. If jobs ever beome available, be ready to compete against all these people. I am aware of a job that opened up recently in the middle of nowhere, and there were more than 50 applicants for it. This was not even an appealing position. My advice is to forgo this specialty. You can spin it in any way you like, but an orthopod should be operating. If you are not operating, then you are essentially unemployed from your profession. What about sports med? Do family What about private work? Do family/physiatry What about non-surgical ortho? you can try, but not sure where you will get your referrals from The USA is a good backup--but California, New York, or anywhere else appealing is probably just as competitive as the Canadian market.
  48. 0 points
    manolo59

    UWO Invites/Regrets 2019

    There might be a wait list for interview offers
  49. 0 points
    MemUni

    Admission annoucements

    That makes sense. But I am still going to die from anxiety.
  50. 0 points
    applebanana

    MPI Prep over Skype

    Still looking for online prep buddies!!
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