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    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
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    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.
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    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!
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    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).
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    Grand Rounds and Other ways to stand out

    Get that free food!
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    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.
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    Would like to know this as well!
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    Note taking during MMI

    Yeah, you can write out an outline or whatever else you want during those 2 minutes.
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    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.
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    i can't tell if you're being serious
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    like all specialities, I assume it goes relevant research > non-relevant research > no research.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.