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  1. Good job, sounds like you did well. If you want a reference letter, you'll have to ask for one as it's not usual for this to be spontaneously offered.
  2. It is important to note that the numbers are *not* salaries... they are fee-for-service, so the volume of work must be very high to reach those numbers, and do not represent the average according to the ophtho's I've spoken to. I think that the competitiveness also has to do with the limited number of spots for ophthalmology. At the end of the day, my sense is that students will continue to gravitate towards the fields that suit their interests and fit their personal situations, and those who are drawn to a field for extrinsic reasons will eventually get filtered out by the realities and demands of training and work.
  3. Have you spent much time in the OR or shadowing in neurosurgery yet? There are people who decide between surgery and radiology, but operating is quite different from reporting. I would first try to arrange a surgical observership and see if you can get a sense whether the OR is for you - often people find they tend to lean strongly one way or the other.
  4. I don't think it's necessarily more difficult to match to a different location. Many applicants match in the same province where they did medical school by choice, not because they could not match elsewhere if they wished. I had many classmates who matched to competitive specialties in other provinces. Residency programs may rank certain students higher because they know them better - which is not to say that they are favoured simply because they are from the same institution. The only advantage of attending school in the same province is that programs might see you as a viable prospect to want to stay in the area - but if your current province is not your home province, you can make a stronger claim for wanting to return home in your personal statement. It can be competitive to get electives, but again you will have your CV which shows all your education and other experiences to date, which would establish your connection to where you want to eventually end up.
  5. Curious, do you mean code white situations in the office, medicolegal complaints, or hazardous exposures? Just thinking of rising school violence....
  6. But you can assume that if it's a small competitive field, most people will be applying across the country, barring strong personal reasons.
  7. 1) Ask the supervisor about this at the start of the elective. If they know in advance, they could put together feedback from everyone into a letter, as presumably they would be doing this for the elective evaluation as well. 2) If the letter writer is equally supportive of you entering either specialty, it would be preferable to have two versions of their letter tailored for each field. If you have many potential letter writers, then you could choose to have your family medicine preceptor only write for family medicine, assuming you don't want to give the impression that FM is your backup. In general, you'd probably want letters from specialists in the 5-year field for those applications, or at least from core rotations such as surgery or IM, but if you had space to submit more letters, a glowing FM letter wouldn't hurt.
  8. This is an area in which it was difficult to get perspective on as a medical student going through CaRMS, so definitely helpful to see posts like these. Exam pass rate - obviously a red flag if there is a history of failures. Could indicate some deficiency in the teaching curriculum (such as a below average frequency and/or quality of rounds and half-days). However, exam pass rate is going to be high for the vast majority of programs, given the current 97% pass rate for first-attempt fully Canadian-trained candidates. Assuming no issues with pass rates or work environment/culture, in my mind the more important consideration in this regard is the quality of the training itself in preparing one to be a skilled practitioner, something that goes beyond being book smart and able to pass a competency test. The goal is to be able to pick up subtle but relevant features, be confident in dismissing what is not concerning, and understand the management implications of one's opinion. To achieve this, it's very important to have enough case exposure to all areas a general radiologist would be expected to be familiar with, and train with staff in their areas of subspecialty expertise whenever possible so that you can learn all these points. Incidentally, these are the same factors that fellowship programs tend to advertise (case variety/volume and expert faculty). With regards to jobs, I think it's most important to train in the region where you want to eventually work (residency or fellowship, not so much medical school). The advantage of residency connections is that they are built over a longer period of time, and could pave the way for a job offer earlier than it would be possible to obtain through fellowship (need to work there for a few months first to be known). I wouldn't be as concerned as to where residents go for fellowship, as there are many personal/family factors at play in such a decision, and the quality of Canadian grads is well reputed enough at most top institutions in North America.
  9. ...If you think you'd be better off going to your 2nd choice than your 1st? Sorry, don't follow this question.
  10. Yes, it depends on whether the aim is develop one's research profile, versus demonstrate interest in a field and network for residency matching. From the OP's previous posts, it seems they are primarily trying to improve their competitiveness for CaRMS.
  11. Yes, if it's a competitive specialty and those students are landing interviews everywhere (unlike most other applicants), then they are at the top of the pile and very competitive at least on paper. With regards to interviews, 1) it's difficult for candidates to reliably judge their own performance (and much of the committee's impression will be coloured by their prior knowledge of the candidate and their file anyway), and 2) these top applicants presumably have glowing reference letters, implying good social awareness and skills. They are unlikely to want to come across as arrogant by telling people that they thought they interviewed well *before* match results come out. They may also be genuinely humble and self-effacing people who work hard and are well-liked by others as a result.
  12. Preferred field. If your project may not be publishable as a student, can you do a presentation/poster at least, or write up a case report or review article on the side?
  13. And all the MUN medical students who can't fly out
  14. There are dedicated CIP residency positions which you can view here: https://www.carms.ca/match/r-1-main-residency-match/program-descriptions/ It's also possible to enter the program after starting residency, on a case-by-case basis.
  15. Unless perhaps you are applying specifically to a research intensive program such as Clinician Investigator, but it doesn't sound like that's the OP's situation here.
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