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  1. I was hoping to as well but was not successful. Maybe some success stories will provide the hope we all need.
  2. You can try and transfer. It's harder from FM to 5 year specialty but it has happened before. There was a family medicine resident who transferred to Neurology at my school a couple years ago but am not sure on if they were an IMG or CMG. Probably doesn't matter?
  3. Good luck. You can always try to transfer though it is hard and many people are not successful. It's good you posted to help people be aware of how committing your rank list is. It is truly hard to leave a program once you are in it. I hope you find your specialty fulfilling.
  4. For sure. I have tried that too. It is very hard to reach anyone in the office but definitely worth a try.
  5. The PGME at my school is notoriously bad with answering emails, just FYI.
  6. You will have to check the individual policy at each school. Some probably have this documentation online and others you may have to contact their pgme office? (This would be confidential from the program directors, I believe).
  7. Those of you matching in round two, just a heads up that at many schools round 2 applicants are not eligible for transfer in their first year and have to apply for transfer in their second year so make sure you are happy with a career in family if you end up ranking that since you will likely not be eligible to transfer out of it and will have to complete minimum 2 years of any 5 year specialty you match for potentially the full residency as the transfer rates are low. Rank wisely. Good luck all.
  8. This. Transferring success stories are always exciting to hear but the truth of it is that most people who apply to transfer are not successful. We just don't hear about the people who didn't get a transfer because they probably don't want it to be public knowledge.
  9. Can someone who matched in the first round reapply in the second? There is a spot at the U of O primarily in Nunavut and Northern Ontario available? Was this spot available to you to rank in the first round?
  10. I know this thread has veered into another topic but will most of these second iteration spots be filled or are some of them listed as a formality?
  11. I am not a staff yet but a current resident over halfway through who matched well objectively to a medical specialty. However, the specialty is a poor fit for me and I have tried to transfer out twice but unfortunately lack of funding in general and speculatively the unmatched initiative and the funding it used last year have prevented that/university politics. Nothing amiss on my record and the PD locally just is not able to accommodate applications due to funding allocations. Medicine and residency matching and staff work may work for many people but it’s an inherently inflexible field. The lack of flexibility is something I find quite challenging because I initially went into medicine because I thought it would offer that. Maybe it still does in family medicine, but it seems to not be in most specialties. Generally the transfer process available is disheartening. Now I feel stuck in a field that will require me to do the never ending slog of fellowship, masters, perpetual education likely with a job in a location I don’t want to live in with poor job propspects for my partner along with the possibility I need to move to the States. Maybe I was naive when I matched but staff in the specialty had not endorsed that as the future in their program, perhaps because it was not Ike that for them. Truly the process has been really disheartening. I have had medical students on the carms tour ask us about how residency transfers work, and though I (and likely many other current residents) cannot be public about how I have tried to transfer, I feel like we should be very clear about how most transfers do not succeed. We only hear the success stories. Honestly, this whole situation has been very discouraging for me and sometimes it’s hard to continue on, knowing how badly I don’t want to be there and don’t want to be in this path. The system is so inflexible with our tuition debt, the match, with transfers, and unfortunately with job availability after residency and fellowships and whatnot. People need to be aware of these issues before they commit themselves for a lifetime. Ps: if any residents read this who are interested in transfers, I’m happy to chat about my experience as well as some of my friends’ experiences over PM.
  12. Interesting, thank you. Would this mean someone could apply to the us match during their last year of residency? Also, can current Canadian residents transfer to the US?
  13. Are there any discounts for residents?
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