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  1. Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Dec 3), Calgary (Dec 3), Alberta (Dec3), Western (Dec 4), Memorial (Dec 5), Laval (Dec 5), Toronto (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 6), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 17) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Dec 7), Ottawa(Dec 8), Memorial(Dec 12), Western (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 14), McMaster (Dec 17), Montreal (17dec), Queens (Dec 18) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), UBC (Dec 13), Toronto (Dec 17),Ottawa (Dec 18) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan (Nov 27), Queen's (Dec 5), McGill (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Calgary (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Western (Dec 12), MUN (Dec 13), Toronto (Dec 18), Edmonton (Dec 19). Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 11), McMaster IMG (Dec 18), McMaster (Phone Calls - Dec 17), Calgary (Dec 18) Family Medicine: Ontario (Nov 28; IMG only), Laval (Nov 30), Montréal (Dec 4), Saskatchewan (Prince Albert - Dec 10, Moose Jaw/Swift Current - Dec 13th, Saskatoon - Dec 13th), UofT (Dec 12), Sherbrooke (Dec 12) , McGill (Gatineau - Dec 13), Alberta Rural (Dec 12), Alberta Urban (Dec 14), UBC (Dec 14), McGill (Montreal - Dec 14) Queens (Dec 17), McMaster (Dec 17), Memorial (Dec 18), Ottawa (Dec 18/19), Calgary (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 19) General Pathology: Calgary (Nov 22), Alberta (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 13)  General Surgery: McGill (Dec 3), Sherbrooke (Dec 12), Toronto (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 17), UBC (Dec 17) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: To be announced on January 3rd Medical Genetics and Genomics: Calgary (Nov 27), UBC (Nov 29), Manitoba (Nov 28), Ottawa (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 14) Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Western (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 4), McGill (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 11), Memorial (Dec 12), Alberta (Dec 14), UofS (Dec 17) Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Dec3), Montreal (Dec 4), Calgary(Dec 4), McMaster (Dec 7), McGill (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 14) Neuropathology: Western (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 13), U of T (Dec 14) Neurosurgery: McMaster (Nov30), Western (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 10), UBC (Dec12), McGill (Dec 12), Toronto (Dec 17), Ottawa (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17) Nuclear Medicine: Sherbrooke (Dec 07), Western (Dec 17) Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Manitoba (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 12), Toronto (Dec 17), Western (Dec 18), Queens (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 18), Saskatoon/Regina (Dec 18)  Ophthalmology: UBC (Dec 4), Western (Dec 10), Alberta (Dec 11), Manitoba (Dec 14), McGill (Dec 17), Saskatchewan (Dec 18) Orthopaedic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 7), McGill (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 14), McMaster (Dec 14), Dalhousie (Dec 12) Otolaryngology: Alberta (Dec 6), UofT (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 14), Manitoba (Dec 17) Pediatrics: McMaster (Dec. 14, IMG), Western (Dec 14, IMG), UBC (Dec 14, IMG), Ottawa (Dec. 14, IMG), Toronto (Dec.14, IMG), Sask (Dec 18), Ottawa (Dec 18), Toronto (Dec 18), UBC (Dec 18), Alberta (Dec 18), Manitoba (Dec 18), Western (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18), NOSM (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 18), Memorial (Dec 18), McGill (Dec 18) Plastic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 4), Manitoba (Dec 11), Laval (Dec 17), McGill (Dec 18), Western (Dec 18), UBC (Dec 18) PM&R: Queens (Nov 22), McMaster (Nov 26), UBC (Nov 30), Manitoba (Nov 30), Western (December6), UofT (December 12th), Calgary (December 12th), USask (Dec 6), Alberta (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Ottawa (Dec 14)  Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 23), Sherbrooke (Nov 27), McMaster- Hamilton and Waterloo (Dec. 4), Western - London & Windsor (Dec. 4), McGill (Dec. 4), Calgary (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 5), U of T (Dec 7), Ottawa (Dec 7), Alberta (Dec 10), NOSM (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 12), USask-Regina (Dec 12), UBC (Dec 12), USask-Saskatoon (Dec 13),Dalhousie (Dec 13), U de M (Dec 14) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Alberta (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 12), NOSM (Dec 12) UofT (Dec12), Ottawa (Dec 13) Queens (Dec 17), Calgary (Dec 18) Radiation Oncology: Calgary (December 10), Alberta (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 17), Dalhousie (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 17), Western (Dec 17), McMaster (Dec 18), Queen's (Dec 18) Urology: Western (Dec 4), Dalhousie (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 5), Ottawa (Dec 6), Toronto (Dec 8), McGill (Dec 12) Vascular Surgery: Toronto (Nov 26), Western (Dec 10)
  2. Anatomical Pathology: Anesthesiology: Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan (Nov 27) Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: General Pathology: General Surgery: Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Neurology - Paediatric: Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Ophthalmology: Orthopaedic Surgery: Otolaryngology: Pediatrics: Plastic Surgery: PM&R: Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 23) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Radiation Oncology: Urology: Vascular Surgery: Toronto (Nov 26)
  3. I am trying to set up my 4th year electives, and I am wondering if anyone can offer some advice regarding getting reference letters. In many rotations, you get to work with multiple preceptors. Or, if you work with a preceptor primarily, you do not get a lot of face-to-face time with the preceptor, but rather work a lot with the residents. How likely it is then to get a good reference letter? Also, if in a particular rotation, you work on shifts with different preceptors, but all preceptors send feedback to a lead person to summarize feedback and provide evaluations, is it a good approach to ask that lead person to provide a CaRMS letter, even if you have never worked directly with that person? Thank you!
  4. I am from the Class of 2019. I personally do not know a course organized by upper years or the Faculty, but I could be wrong. You can also post this in the facebook group. The Faculty requires CPR at the HCP level. It does not matter where you got it, at least for now.
  5. Are you from UBC? If yes, you should be able to find original percentage grade. UBC issues both percentage and letter grades.
  6. Clinical exposure in first 2 years consists of mainly three components: 1. Family Practice visits: You are placed in a family physician's office throughout the Greater Vancouver Area (for VFMP students) each term. Every term's placement is different. For term 1 of year 1, you have 4 visits, each lasting 3 hours. For all other 3 terms, you have 8-10 visits each term (once a week for most weeks). For one of the year 2 term, you have the opportunity to see specialized clinics, such as transitional units, student health clinics, circumcision clinics, breast-feeding clinics, etc. 2. Clinical Skills session: This happens once a week for most weeks in your first 2 years, with each session lasting 1.5-4 hours. A team of 6 students (8 in first term) work with a volunteer patient under the supervision of a tutor to learn physical examination skills. 3. Shadowing: This is initiated and organized by yourself. Plenty of physicians welcome medical students to shadow. You can shadow as many or as few times as you want. Typically there are two half days off each week for you to pursue shadowing or other activities.
  7. I am happy you find my post helpful. As a UBC medical student, I did not have much experience about UofT medical school. So I do not think I can give you a fair answer. But if strictly speaking from my one-sided perspective, I would say the opportunities to make connections at UBC are abundant. Like in most schools I suspect, the limiting factor is more about how motivated you are to get involved. Things can be different if a medical school does not have a certain residency program, which does not apply to either UBC and UofT for most specialties. https://phx.e-carms.ca/phoenix-web/pd/main?mitid=1327# Since the new curriculum in 2019 at UBC, there is a dedicated course called FLEX that gives you the flexibility to conduct your own research project on any health-related subjects, from year 1 to year 4. Despite the often dreaded paperwork, most students appreciated the protected curricular time to do something they like. It can be anything, like public health, international health (yes, with travelling to far away places), high school education, HIV intervention, website comparison, etc. Many of us spent the time on clinical research, and some have already published good papers. This will very likely help in CaRMS. Again, I am not familiar with UofT's curriculum, so please do not take it as a comparison.
  8. For your questions regarding the assessment of your TRU-OL courses, it is best for you to contact the MD Admissions Office of UBC. They are very responsive. If it is something with existing rules, they adhere to the technical rules strictly. UBC does look at your entire application after your interview, when determining your final rank. But no one outside the Admissions Committee knows how much impact it will have on your application.
  9. Program directors prefer good candidates, not necessarily students of the home school. With that said, at least in the specialty I am interested in, people tend to do residency in the province of their medical school. This may be due to the research opportunities in medical school to make connections, easier elective placement, the student's willingness to stay in province, etc. Still, this is probably more related to the geographic proximity, than the program's preference of a school's education curriculum. If you look at CaRMS results, there are quite a bit intra-Ontario movements between schools. So, I think what you said makes sense. If you prefer to stay in a province for residency, or practice, those attracting factors likely also apply to your medical school location choice. Conversely, it also makes sense to go to a new province for medical school. This gives you a good opportunity to really get to know another province, and expand your options for your future career planning. It is much more difficult to move to an entirely new place when you are older, with family and kids, etc. And it is not hard for you to come back to the home province in CaRMS; inter-provincial movements are common.
  10. This is not an easy decision to make. In the end, it is probably your personal preference on location, weather, life style, family, etc, that would make a bigger impact. The statement that a certain Canadian medical school has tremendous advantages over others in CaRMS outcome is false, whether on the basis of actual CaRMS statistics (publicly available online), or the general perception in the field. Things might be a bit different when you go beyond the border, when the prestige of the institution plays a larger role.
  11. Good luck everyone!! I was in your shoes not too long ago, and I can still remember the excitement when receiving the offer email. If you did not get what you wanted, do not lose your hope, and wish you better luck next year!
  12. I agree with InstantRamen. It sounds like a very powerful entry, but only give out information that is necessary for your purpose. As you said, psych issues still carry stigmatization in the society, and this can also be true even in medicine.
  13. I heard from a program director at UBC that program directors are supposed to remain neutral in the selection process, so it is important that students are not aiming at getting letters from them from the beginning, because they would not provide the letter.
  14. Full disclosure is required when you apply to medical school. It is in your best interest to keep being honest in your entire professional life in medicine.
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