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  1. Indeed, I applied to English and French programs restricting myself to a tight geographic area and did not apply outside the province..However, I applied only to 2 universities and absolutely recognized that I could not match due to the self imposed restrictions, and was prepared to accept such fate if it were to happen. In other words, I made an informed decision. You could not have said it better that making very narrow and high risk applications do put one at significant risk of not matching! As for things have changed since we both matched 5 years ago, I admit I have been out of the game a long time now and have no reason to follow or even be aware of such changes. Your last bit of advice is excellent « tread carefully »! I am now in the new game where the stakes are high once again. Finding a job! My approach here is again high risk in the belief that I will have a soft landing. A story for another day perhaps.
  2. Not within my knowledge to make a meaningful comment, sorry.
  3. Become IP in Quebec, McGill does not require MCAT. For ECs, volunteering, demonstrating empathy, leadership, management, Commu;ication, collaboration skills, CanMEDS competencies is what is important.
  4. Having come this far, I expect the OP is astute enough to make an informed decision, plugging in all factors.
  5. Yes, the detrimental result would be going unmatched. If the OP is prepared to accept this risk, as was I, I then recommend the OP execute his or her strategy. After all, admission committees won’t even know and will deal with the OP on the merits. They don’t talk to each other and there is no automatic rejection. The fact of different specialties receiving his application is not detrimental to the OP’s chances of marching. The OP is interested in these fields and also is restricted to Montreal and Toronto, based upon whatever the personal factors are. All applicants face the possibility of not matching the first time. The OP is at a pivotal time for purposes of career. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I don’t say this lightly. Worst case scenario, unmatched. Having been in these exact shoes, I know it is a risk worth taking! Whilst I don’t advocate for this strategy across the board, I do for the OP in the OP’s particular circumstances. Losing a year on the one hand against obtaining one’s geographical choice and choice of specialty, or at least knowing that you tried your best, makes the decision quite simple and easy. Now, you can argue there is no guarantee to ever match under any circumstances, but the OP can then reevaluate the second time round, if necessary. To me, the OP should execute this strategy and live with no regrets come what may.
  6. I encourage you to go for it. I don’t see anything detrimental as a result of following this strategy. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. For the specialty where I may have been a stellar candidate, I was not selected. For the specialty that chose me, I would not describe myself as a stellar candidate, far from it,. It was my soft skills that did it with luck! I understood the risk on the limited geographical area and realized I might not match. Risk - reward!
  7. I applied to 3 fields, 2 highly competitive, in a limited geographical area. It worked out just fine, got my 3 interviews and matched, although I realized it might not happen. Each of my letters were geared for a particular field, nobody asked about my interest in other fields. Good luck!
  8. Soft skills are absolute crucial, as is dumb luck! That has been my experience in any event. Luck played its role as my preceptor took an interest in me and in my appling to the program. Yes, I had the package of soft skills. I was considered a good fit. I was not a gunner, had no research experience and had no prior knowledge of this specialty before my elective. It is also important to apply where you do the elective, so they are not judging you from your paper trail and the interview.
  9. YESTERDAY You entertain some teenagers, eat radishes daily and yawn?
  10. Any ECs/volunteering that will interest you, demonstrating empathy, compassion, leadership, communication and/or other CanMED competencies. Adcoms do not care about in which activities you participate, rather they are interested in your active citizenship, your contribution to your community and your growth, development and CanMEDS competencies being demonstrated.
  11. Masters won’t help, you are looking at a second undergrad, ideally taking it full time during the normal academic year. Look at kin as well. To go to Med school in Europe, you would be taking a chance, especially if you break up one day and are then stranded there with no realistic chance of returning to Canada to practice. Having French, U Ottawa is an option for their French stream, where they are less stringent than their English stream, and you can still write the exams in English. Good luck!
  12. Unless you wish to permanently close the door to returning to Canada, it is a bad idea in my opinion.
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