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  1. Yep for CaRMS. But got it thanks. Should I emphasize personal reasons a lot? Ex. family ties or SO also wanting to move to that area
  2. Just wondering if there's a consensus on how to approach your top choice program. Should you be upfront about them being your #1 choice? What's the best way to say it? And should you provide the quick reasons as to "why" they are?
  3. I think you're missing the bigpicture here. A DO has a >95% chance of practicing in Canada. An IMG from the best Irish/Aussie school has a much lower chance than that (50%, or your 50% + 20% for USA). All you have to do as a DO is pass boards in USA and you will match there --> make it back to Canada very easily after a USA residency. Should you pursue CaRMS, your odds are identical to the Ireland/Australia IMGs. What you have to consider is the IMG selection process. Your school/country of grad is barely relevant. They take two exams and have to score absurdly high to be granted an interview. From there, as long as you have average communication skills - you match. The barrier to entry is the extremely high thresholds for the two exams. At the same time, what are the downsides to the DO route in this context? I can't think of a single one. The two in practice I know are more than okay.
  4. I see, but in terms of likelihood... do they really leave spots unfilled in FM?
  5. Two things I wonder: 1. Do they rank everyone? Specialties may not rank everyone but FM should, no? 2. Programs that had at least several unfilled spots (not just 1-2) after the 1st iteration last year, are likely "safe" matches still? Basically, a program that had 10 unfilled spots last year should be an automatic match essentially this year for someone who got an invite (assuming interview goes okay). Or am I dead wrong on that?
  6. Well you're not going to be chief of pediatric neurosurgery but hey I doubt most MDs would reach that point anyway. I don't understand why you think you would be restrained as a DO? If you go the ireland/carib/australia route, you most likely will never practice medicine. This is increasingly true year by year, and by the time 2024-2025 comes around, the situation will be immensely worse.
  7. I think what bothers me is people pushing others to go ahead and mess up their life over insignificant prestige. These big loans are cosigned by family members, who are then on the hook once you don't get a residency (which you very likely will not as an IMG). And how rational is it to leave the US option for a far away continent? And even if you do manage to get a good usmle score (which everyone swears they will, but few actually do), you're fighting for the scraps against DOs who failed boards in the US match.
  8. Cmon man... You're essentially telling someone to go blow 300k (400k?) and 4-5 years away. You're most likely not matching in Canada as an IMG. Even the best Canadian IMGs aim for the US match in parallel to CaRMS. And in the US match, a DO with mediocre/average scores blows away a great IMG with amazing scores. Just go see SDN and their excel file, Canadian IMGs with good scores barely have any invites (even after applying to hundreds of programs) whereas relatively weak DOs have dozens. Even US citizen IMGs reallyy struggle. And a US residency in FM is the only for sure way back to Canada for IMGs. Comparing the low odds of matching CaRMs for Australia versus wherever is nuts when you're putting all that money and time on the line. I mean you can call yourself an MD or MBBS or DO whatever, but what's the point when you aren't practicing after all that time/energy/money? The average person thinks doctors are phds. If it means anything, I know 4 DOs who tried CaRMS the last 2 years. They all matched to their #1 choice. What happens when you're in Australia or Ireland and the curriculum is in no way preparing you for the USMLEs? You're then rolling the IMG dice which is hoping to score something ridiculous on the MCCQE and the OSCE.
  9. I think USA medical education is fragmented by region. Northeast generally sucks, but has some good ones I believe. The West is generally good. The south is quite good. Midwest is variable. A lot of the USA system is overcrowded with so many residents/fellows and they need X numbers which pushes med students down the priority list. Litigation is certainly a big factor too (hence northeast sucking). Advantage in Canada is that litigation happens over legit genuine malpractice rather than silly nonsense. Anyone have insight into how training is for foreign countries? Anyone who's rotated alongside an IMG from there? Generally heard it's veryyy shadowing heavy.
  10. I think it's variable. They tend to do practice notes on the EMR which don't count. Some places will let you write ones that count. But yeah definitely half the time there it's glorified shadowing. Their system is more about greater book knowledge.
  11. I would think only *some* EU grads (country dependent) and of course USA grads on par with Canadian ones. Everywhere else the clinical training ranges from abysmal to mediocre. Even in the EU, many countries have their students essentially just shadow (at best) during these rotations. Do you have any experience with Canadian IMGs on rotations? Specifically the carib/ireland cohort. Any anecdotes regarding how well prepared they seemed?
  12. Preclerk = first aid, pathoma, uworld step 1 Clerk (and maybe just before starting) = MTB, uworld step 2 and 3 If you aren't doing uworld you're not getting the best possible education.
  13. toronto notes isnt very study friendly. step 2 resources are better
  14. What I wonder is if you're giving individual scores for different components or just a general overall impression/score?
  15. Thing is, this is a french typo for an english program that likes having a part of the PS written in french.