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  1. Well, I don't think there can be any definitive blanket statement on how undergraduate transcripts are used, since it is completely up to the individual program and file reviewers as to how they use that information. If one's record is within the normal range for admitted medical students (i.e. worst year dropped), I wouldn't worry too much. Maybe if there were a bunch of failures or something like that... but anyone at this stage would have already overcome previous academic challenges to gain admission and be at the point of almost finishing medical school, so I'm not sure how relevant it would be. Programs should not be sharing this information outside of the residency selection committee.
  2. I agree, this is very unfortunate and sorry to hear about your situation. Prior to my match, I asked around about McGill and was only told that the Saudi residents were managing without a background in French...
  3. OP was asking about physiatry, not psychiatry... Best is to go to the source directly (CaRMS stats), and arrange some shadowing if you can.
  4. No, what we are saying that you do not want to be remembered as someone who didn't match. There is stigma attached to the fact that the program evidently liked other candidates better than you (therefore you did not match there the first time around). That is why ploughboy's encounter was awkward. It would be better for you if the program did not know you were a prior year grad at all, and were meeting you for the first time along with the current year grads (but this is not possible).
  5. Good point if there are peers rotating at the same time as you - they wouldn't appreciate being caught off guard and looking less thoughtful/generous in comparison.
  6. If there was a preceptor who took you under their wing for the elective, I think a thank you card would be a nice gesture. Teaching really does take a lot of mental effort and energy. If the contact was more casual, then perhaps email or verbal thanks would suffice. With regards to treats, everyone likes them, and it shows you are keen to be considered as a future applicant. But I don't think it makes a difference as to how strong your candidacy will be felt to be.
  7. Agree except I'm not sure that I would say that profs are already paid to provide your reference, or that it's necessarily a simple task to write a personalized and detailed letter. It's certainly associated with and expected of the role in general, but I don't think there's any obligation to provide a reference for a student they don't know well or don't feel very supportive of. Not sure if this varies by field.
  8. In that case, you should delay your graduation while you undertake your enrichment year, so that you can graduate and match the same year. As you may have read, one strategy after going unmatched is to work closely with a department, in hopes of gaining a spot there next round. Otherwise, I'm not sure that being remembered as an unmatched candidate is all that desirable, especially when you are competing against a fresh cohort of potential stars...
  9. Stigma (referred to in the comments of the blog you were unable to access). The CaRMS application actually allows programs to filter their applications and choose to look at current year grads only. How many actually use this as a criterion, I can't comment, but the perception of "damaged goods" is definitely there, no matter how unfair it might be.
  10. https://med-fom-ubcmj.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2019/03/Letter-3.pdf https://meds.queensu.ca/ugme-blog/archives/3568 https://healthydebate.ca/2018/03/topic/medical-students-carms
  11. Not sure about your first question, but the term 'first iteration' refers to the CaRMS process, not the applicants. Each year, there is a first iteration match with all the spots, followed by second iteration with the unfilled positions, each with its own timeline for documents, etc. I think that prior year graduate just refers to the year of medical school graduation. Although many could have been unmatched from a prior attempt, there could be students who delay entering the match for various reasons as well.
  12. Yes, but the challenges would be negotiating such a position with protected research time (into which your clinical and administrative commitments would likely spill over). If you wished to be a PI running your own basic science lab, you'd need funding, space, employees, etc. and would be competing for grants against full-time PhD researchers.
  13. To me, 60/40 time split would actually imply the latter (physician scientist), if you're talking 3 clinical days and 2 research days (and extra off hours likely devoted to research as well). For many physicians in an academic centre, they essentially have a 100% clinical workload (which they need to work teaching into as well) and all the research is done on their own time, with maybe some academic days here and there (depends on the status of the particular department)...
  14. It depends on what you mean by "sticking with research after med school." Do you see yourself as someone who primarily sees patients in an academic centre, and is involved in some research projects, versus someone who devotes significant time to research and runs their own program, securing grants and employing staff etc.
  15. Do you already have the elective confirmed for that location in August? I don't think it would be unprofessional to reach out to the PD / chief residents directly, unless there is any sort of note discouraging this on the CaRMS website.
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