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  1. 15 points
    ha, it has been 10 years on the forum - kind of scary. The journey is long but in the end worth it I think. Stay frosty and focused people
  2. 11 points

    NAQ - Overcoming adversity

    Thanks for you input. I'm going to be quite honest with you. I would suggest in your future career as a doctor not to ever mention to someone, that has gone through a traumatic event, that they are "milking" the situation. It shows a severe lack of empathy, understanding and maturity and minimizes their experience.
  3. 6 points


    Guys I got my acceptance yesterday I was 12# UdM campus Mauricie. It was a long journey. Best of luck everyone if you have any any questions about the process. PM me !!!! Do not give up!!!!! Keep trying. Keep pushing. It was my second try with UdM and third overall plus I was ready to apply again. To everyone accepted can’t wait to be your collègue. To everyone waiting and/or refused can’t wait to meet you once you’re accepted in the near future. It will happen!
  4. 5 points
    and when you find out you passed! and never have to go through another hellish year like that again (words cannot describe...)
  5. 4 points

    Climate in Diagnostic Radiology

    You need to do some reflecting. Every single specialty in medicine gives you an excellent income. Focus on other aspects of the field or you'll be a miserable wreck and no richer than any of your peers.
  6. 4 points
    Firstly, it takes a lot of inner strength to muster up the courage to re-tackle your goals. I commend you for that. It seems that you are willing to refocus your efforts and time to the medicine pathway. This is good! My advice is to take it step by step. Our victories are not won overnight, it will take time and it will sometimes feel like two steps forward one step back. Focus on your mental and physical health while you're refocusing your attention to your academics. For most schools, there is some form of weighting for more recent academic performance, and better yet, some even drop your lowest marks. Take it step by step and resettle in this academic milieu and strive for a higher GPA. Keep up with the extracurricular activities and dabble in things that interest you (it seems indigenous health issues peak your interest?) and continue that. If you haven't tried research, maybe try that during the summer. But your priority should be your GPA and academics. Get that order first Nothing is impossible. Give it your best shot Feel free to PM me if you want to chat more.
  7. 3 points
    what taking the exam feels like - all out slugfest. remember your training......
  8. 3 points

    What do people wear for class?

    Sweatpants, hair tied, chilling with no makeup on tbh
  9. 3 points

    When a resident tells you to go home?

    Three rules to surviving clerkship. 1) If there is a chair, sit in it 2) If there is food, eat it 3) When someone tells you to go home, don't ask twice... go home!
  10. 3 points
    GTFO asap before someone changes thier mind.
  11. 2 points

    CARS score

    According to this post by Mac (https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/docs/default-source/admissions/classof2020.pdf?sfvrsn=2), 4 people accepted last year had a CARS score in the 123-125 range. It doesn't say what their GPA was, but if I were to guess, I'd say it was 4.0 or close to 4.0 (>3.97).
  12. 2 points

    Chance me PLEASE!

    Keep things civilized here - be constructive by all means and we don't have to be either overall optimistic or pessimistic (neither are useful). I have seen people get into medical school with a lot worse stats than that. The MCAT will be important with here for sure - it for one thing gives a complete package which then can be assessed.
  13. 2 points


    Honestly, unless you didn't really try for your first write, you may not be able to improve much on your verbal. It is up to you, if you have the time to study hardcore, then rewrite if you want, but do not underestimate the power of CASPer and interviews. If rewriting the MCAT means spending less time on preparing for CASPer, you probably should just focus on CASPer. You definitely have a good shot for an interview and doing any more undergrad to improve your GPA isn't very useful at this point. Do not forget that half of the people who get into medical school at Mac will have a lower than "avg" GPA.
  14. 2 points
    and that is actually JAMA level research proven even for people that are excellent clinicians. don't worry though, just order imaging and labs. Radiology is the physical exam now (not entirely being sarcastic there).
  15. 2 points
    While on the Internal Medicine CTU, I usually send my medical students home early. On week end day calls, I send them home by 4 pm if nothing is scheduled to happen (no admission, no deteriorating patient...) while I stay until 8pm for the sign over. I usually get a positive answer and the student leaves with a smile. Who wants to stay to work if nothing happens ?
  16. 2 points
    Fake it till you make it I don't think physical exams are that useful anyways
  17. 2 points


    If he really wants to f*** around with eyes he should go to med school and become an ophthalmologist. Someone's gotta poke eyeballs all day long *shudders*... I couldn't do it, would give me the heebie-jeebies all day. To answer your questions though, I'd say yes by and large dentists make more than optos. And I do think dentistry (at least the dentist role) is far more resistant to automation than optometry is, since from what I understand at least in Canada (and Ontario) optometry is pretty limited to examination & diagnosis. Actual treatment, management, and certainly operative procedures is usually relegated to ophthos. The scope of practice of optometry is quite narrow.
  18. 2 points

    NAQ - Overcoming adversity

    I put my adversity on my medical application and later used it for CARMS. It served me well. I did worry others would see it as self-pity, but I could not simply leave it out as it really shaped me into the person I am today. I think the key is to focus on how it changed you which is harder to convey, and make sure not to focus too much on the tragedy. I also think it depends on luck and who is reading your application and whether they think your sincere or just manipulating the situation to your benefit.
  19. 2 points
    Thanks for emphasizing my point.
  20. 2 points
    Honesty doesn't need to be abrasive.
  21. 2 points
    According to a 2014 2011 study, at the time Ottawa's ABS was scored for each of the OMSAS categories: https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2011/10001/Does_an_Emotional_Intelligence_Test_Correlate_With.10.aspx The big reasons I can see this new change occurring is 1. economics (less time reviewing applications, less cost to admin); 2. to correct a right-skew in ABS scores. Regarding #2, it's possible with 48 entries that schools have noticed too many applicants were getting perfect or near perfect ABS scores (like the 3.99 and 4.0 when it comes to GPA's). If the ABS scores are skewed, it becomes less useful as a measure of selecting applicants. So to correct the skew, they make the ABS harder to score highly on with less entries at the applicants' disposal. It would be interesting to see what motivated this change with OMSAS. There will likely be casualties of this change, specifically those who have significantly more than 32 entries and then they cut down and present an imperfect picture of themselves. As many have said, the ABS is a component of the application that requires much strategy and skill. I was thinking of what entries I would've cut or tried to combine (some were already combinations), and it would not have been an easy task!
  22. 2 points

    NAQ - Overcoming adversity

    If you can draw from the CanMeds frame with this experience and apply to becoming a doctor, I think its relevant. Highlight how you overcame this obstacle. Emphasize how you supported the people around you and how you coped with the loss. If you became involved in addictions afterward, I think that would be a strong entry. I agree that some type of action needs to have taken place to be considered a strong entry. That being said, if you don't have anything else to write in the Diversity of Experiences, I would definitely include it. We can speculate how they quantify our experiences, but at the end of the day, it's all a mystery.
  23. 2 points
    Didn't see that the CaRMS stats were out until now, a few weeks after the fact, but wanted to get a competitiveness breakdown out there, particularly given the difficulties experienced with this year's match. I've attached the full data set, but wanted to highlight the larger specialties directly here as well as offer a few comments. As always, my preferred metric for competitiveness is the percentage of individuals who rank a specialty first overall who match to that specialty. Those matching to an alternative discipline are also listed, as it provides a sense of how easy it is to back-up to another specialty when shooting for a particular first choice specialty. This metric is not a perfect representation of competitiveness, nor is it the only one available, but given available stats I believe it has the most value to those approaching the match and deciding on their CaRMS strategies. All stats are for the 1st iteration and for CMGs only. First Choice Discipline Percent Matching to Discipline Percent Match to Alternative Discipline Percent Unmatched Family Medicine 96.4% 1.0% 2.6% Internal Medicine 88.9% 9.1% 1.9% Diagnostic Radiology 88.9% 6.2% 4.9% Psychiatry 85.8% 9.0% 5.3% Anatomical Pathology 84.2% 7.9% 7.9% Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 83.9% 12.9% 3.2% Orthopedic Surgery 80.4% 3.6% 16.1% Radiation Oncology 77.8% 14.8% 7.4% Pediatrics 77.6% 19.9% 2.6% Neurology 76.4% 16.4% 7.3% Neurosurgery 69.2% 11.5% 19.2% Anesthesiology 68.5% 21.2% 10.3% General Surgery 63.6% 10.8% 25.6% Obstetrics and Gynecology 63.4% 28.6% 8.0% Urology 58.3% 25.0% 16.7% Ophthalmology 52.1% 29.6% 18.3% Emergency Medicine 50.4% 37.4% 12.2% Otolaryngology 47.2% 22.6% 30.2% Dermatology 43.3% 48.3% 8.3% Plastic Surgery 34.6% 23.1% 42.3% A few thoughts on these numbers: 1) Across the board, a competitive year for surgical disciplines. These specialties have slowly been losing residency spots due to their generally poor job markets, but demand seems to have largely stayed put despite this, driving competition up. With over a quarter of people applying to Gen Sx, ENT, and Plastics going outright unmatched in the first round, and over 15% in pretty much all other surgical disciplines speaks to the risks involved going down that career path. To be a surgeon these days, you've got to really want it, and fight for your spot. 2) By contrast, certain moderate and high competitiveness specialties can be rather safe with an appropriate back-up plan. Derm and OBGYN have overall combined match rates (first choice + alternative) close to the weighted average of all specialties. More people who picked Derm first ended up in a back-up specialty than in Derm itself, a figure fairly consistent with previous years. Part of this may be driven by those with weak interest in the field - say a person who is essentially going for FM but taking a long-shot on a Derm program on the off-chance it works out - but considering that obtaining a Derm interview in the first place isn't a guarantee, I think there's something to be taken away by those specific numbers. 3) Likewise, two specialties this year had a combined match rate better than FM, generally considered the safe specialty to apply to - namely, IM and Peds. Here I do think individual circumstances play a role that prevents a simple interpretation of these numbers, as those who pick FM first tend to apply less broadly than those going for specialties, and most of those backing up from IM and Peds will end up in FM. Still, there was a growing inclination that Peds and increasingly IM were competitive enough that you had to gun for them like you would a surgical specialty, ignoring a back-up entirely, and I don't think that's true at all. Back-ups remain viable, especially in these specialties, if approached correctly. 4) Rads continues on the pathway towards non-competitiveness, a journey it's been on in fits and spurts for half a decade now. As someone who gave Rads a good hard look in pre-clerkship without ever really coming around to the field, I'd be very interested in exploring what's driving this trend. My guess is a combination of increasing work requirements, slowly declining incomes (though still exceptionally high, even by doctor standards), and a growing medical student preference for patient contact are the main drivers, but even that seems like it's missing something. 5) As was already apparent, this was a rough match overall. Too many left without a residency position after the first round and as is now being exposed, medical schools and provincial governments had no real plan to address this. Now that the dust has settled, the last-minute efforts to provide emergency residency spots in Ontario, plus the military opening up additional spots after the match, have helped improve the immediate crisis. Yet, the underlying math of the situation has yet to really change. As we approach the time when the final residency numbers get set, here's hoping some more wiggle room enters the system. While the vast majority of graduating CMGs will have a good outcome, even if nothing changes, that bad outcomes for a small subset are now virtually assured is very concerning. For all those reading, please remember that unmatched CMGs are more than ever victims of circumstance and should not automatically be considered weaker or flawed candidates. One mildly frustrating change with the reported stats this year is that CaRMS has not provided the numbers for people who match to a given specialty when it is not their first choice. That makes it harder to identify specialties that are good options to back-up into, though I strongly suspect this continues to be FM and IM. Lastly, a few caveats on the data above. First, this works off of first choice rankings, which are not always straight-forward. Some individuals will put a single program in one specialty followed by a ton in a second. Some will want a particular specialty but get no interviews and be left with only their back-up options to rank first. Many will apply in a limited geographic area, or generally utilize a bad match strategy which results in them going unmatched for reasons that have little to do with their chosen specialty's competitiveness. Second, while I have listed all specialties in the excel spreadsheet attached, please interpret the smaller ones with caution. Lots of variability in these specialties year-to-year that make definitive conclusions almost impossible. Finally, some specialties have chosen to offer streams with slight differences from the standard program - such as those with an academic or research focus - that appear as a completely separate CaRMS discipline in the stats. This makes interpretation of these specialties much more complex, as these slightly different streams undoubtedly share the main applicant pool as their main streams. This means if someone wants, say, a Clinician Investigator Program as their first choice but would be perfectly happy with just the normal stream, if they end up matching to that normal stream, they're automatically shown as falling into a "second choice" program, even when they really didn't. This is particularly bothersome for the Public Health programs, which are split between "Public Health and Preventive Medicine" and "Public Health and Preventive Medicine including Family Medicine", but are essentially the same specialty. Same could be said of the lab-based programs, which are shades of the same thing under different names. There's not nearly enough transparency in residency matching and these shenanigans make what little data we have even worse. If I've gotten anything wrong with the numbers, please let me know and I'll correct it ASAP. I try to double-check things but something can always slip through and sometimes the source material gets things wrong too. CaRMS stats 2018 First Round.xlsx
  24. 2 points

    Western Now Looking at ECs

    I disagree with you on this. In the new application that Western has put out, they have a section similar to UofT in which they give you the opportunity to mention any relevant obstacles in your career in medicine and any gaps in your transcript. This would undermine your point about their holisticness being a front for making it easier for rich kids to get in. I also think that even those who are not rich and cannot afford to volunteer (which I have found out this year, is truly a privilege and not a norm) can still get in. I have seen several personal examples in my own life of students that worked multiple jobs and could only afford to do 1-2 extracurriculars while balancing home and family life get into medical school. I do agree that there is a certain barrier to entry (such that not even the poorest vagrant can get in) but it is certainly getting better, not worse like you're implying.
  25. 2 points

    OT/PT Accepted/Waitlisted/Rejected 2018

    Got accepted into Queens OT off the wait list yesterday, so things are still moving!