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  1. With FM, you just got to do a lot of preparation on your own while in residency in addition to the core training. This continues on into the first 5 years out into practice. You want to be in a busy FM program that gives you a lot of variety in core areas of FM. A relaxed program is great but if it's too chill you're going to become complacent. Residency ain't supposed to be easy, and the harder you work during it, the more you'll feel ready. That's how I feel halfway through R1.
  2. On week 4/8 of my pediatric rotation. So far holding out... I did get sick on peds as a medical student though. I'm wearing a mask to see a patient regardless of precautions. Hand sanitizer and handwashing a lot and Cavi-wiping steths, pens, etc. frequently.
  3. I've heard ~18 (15 last year) as the number at my program. Friend at UofA says ~9-10. Unofficial data.
  4. If one doesn't hear from UAlberta FM re: interview invite or decline, is that assumed decline? Or historically have they kept a waitlist or released in batches?
  5. Hello, For the program specific Custom CVs, could someone provide some insight into how one should tailor towards a specific program? And how much should this custom CV differ from the generic CaRMS CV that everybody enters online? Lastly, is it generally agreed that one should only include extra-curricular activities post-undergraduate? Thanks in advance.
  6. You can scan and fax them an unofficial copy while you send the official one. Some will accept it some won't.
  7. Didn't apply to Columbia. I went 3/4 on Interviews. I was accepted at UDM (Dec 2nd) and BU. NYU waitlisted, but didn't really bother after other offers to get in. I think shadowing over an extended period of time is good as it shows your commitment. It's more about how you describe your experiences and what you got out of it. I would say that GPA/DAT are important, but the Ivy Leagues are different in the sense that they look for well-rounded and unique candidates that are interesting. Athletics, volunteering, music, unique experiences, travel etc. I found that other schools didn't emphasize this as much, especially during the interview. I think the UPenn secondary app is really important, it is where you can tell them all about yourself and your passions for dentistry and outside of dentistry. Oh and Corky (Admissions) phones you personally to give you your offer, it's super awesome. I was writing a midterm and I missed the call for obvious reasons. Checked the area code, was from Pennsylvania, and was elated. Phoned back, and boom, she gave the acceptance. Will remember that day for the rest of my life haha, not the crappy midterm that I had bombed P.S. There were 2 Canadians interviewing my day, and we both got in We're just super awesome that way.
  8. GPA was 3.7-3.8, forgot how it was adjusted by AADSAS. AADSAS submitted 2nd week of June. Secondary app submitted end of June. Wrote American DAT July 30th, and it was released end of August. American DAT: (Score, Percentile) PAT 22, 93.4 QR 24, 99 RC 24, 89.8 Bio 23, 97.4 GC 22, 91.8 OC 21, 85.7 TS 22, 95.6 AA 23, 98.7 I also wrote the Canadian last November, and scored the same across the board. I interviewed 2nd week of January, but was notified of interview in November. I found out 2 weeks later end of January, and it was probably the best day of my life Everybody is smart who gets interviewed. Once you're at the interview, it's what you're going to bring to UPenn and how the school can help you achieve 'great things' in Dentistry at a local, national, and global scale. Hope that helps! It sucked turning the offer down for sure, but I'm glad I chose what I'm doing now.
  9. I got in last year, but declined. Opportunities, facilities, and teaching are all good. It's top notch. The facilities for first years was a little old though.
  10. The MMI is fun. Enjoy the process and relax. You can prepare to familiarize yourself with the thought processes and get used to the timing etc. Otherwise, be well read and interesting with your answers. Draw from current events, life experiences. You'll be able to talk forever, and you'll feel like you wish you had more time as the conversation gets going. This is the best part of the application process. Interviewers can see your stress/fear, so just be yourself and that'll be reflected in your score. Oh, and smile
  11. I am interested in FM in a major center. What kind of clinical research do you recommend undertaking? What kind of realistic objectives should be expected in 2 months?
  12. I'm interested in Family Medicine. I'm wondering how big clinical research factors in CARMs for FM. I was thinking of learning Mandarin in China or something which would be benefit me as a practicing physician.
  13. Hi, What do most med students do after first year during the summer? Most talk about doing clinical research, some decide to go travel. Summer break is about 2 months, so it's not a lot of time. How about just shadowing and getting your clinical skills up to speed? Is relaxing also an option?
  14. bump to the top. DAT is coming up soon!
  15. Whoever is at the top of the wait list at UBC, it is your lucky day. I just gave my seat up. Congrats
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