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  1. I wrote the MCCQE I in 2016, so take my advice with a grain of salt as things may have changed. For our exam, all major areas (IM, surg, obgyn, psych, community health, peds?) were each only 1/6 of the exam so I studied the smallest sections in Toronto Notes first lightly a week or so before the exam. I don't think I read any significant amount of IM or surgery before the exam. I did the self assessment exams on the LMCC website as well as a bit of UWorld. Ended up scoring above average. Some of my friends did get Canada Qbank but it seemed like a sketchy resource - wasn't sure I couldn't trust the info in there as it looked a bit sketchy.
  2. There are additional positions posted on the Canadian Association of Pathologists website and on health region websites, especially for other provinces. There are also lots of positions which are not widely advertised especially if they already have internal applicants they want to hire.
  3. As I mentioned in the unmatched CMG thread, I don't think this is true in most programs. We've had residents successfully transfer in and out of path - elective experience, personality factors, available positions, etc. play a much bigger role. It's going to be hard regardless of your home program to transfer into another program if you have little/no previous experience.
  4. I'm a path resident and heard very few path jokes during my clinical rotations - no more than my surg or rads classmates for example. Almost always they were just lighthearted comments that no one really took seriously anyway. Maybe it was specific to your rotations at your site, but I haven't really heard this being brought up as an issue among the residents I've talked to. I doubt path is the main determining factor that prohibits transfers. There have been other path residents who have switched into IM or gen surg for example. Elective experience is likely a much more important factor, as it's going to be tough to switch into another specialty if you have negligible experience in it previously, and programs understandably don't want to accept someone who they don't know. There are also a lot of other factors that programs will take into consideration - personality/"fit", etc. We've also had residents switch into path from surg, family, etc. (and even some attendings!) so there are people who do transfer into path! However transfers can be difficult so one should not automatically assume that you will be accepted by a lab med/family/etc program.
  5. Generally programs consider quite a variety of factors when giving invites - elective time spent in the institution, research, personal letter, reference letters, etc., which are factors that are within your control regardless of which school you go to. The CaRMS interview, of course, is completely within your control as well. A lot of my classmates were able to get CaRMS interview invites from across the country, and about half matched to out of province, including programs at UBC and U of T. There are some programs and research opportunities that are offered at U of A but not U of S so you would have a home advantage if you went to U of A so that is something to consider - however, many of my friends went into medical school thinking they would do something like surgery and ended up doing something different like family medicine. Choose the city where you feel you would be most comfortable living for the next four years and where you think you will have the most support, especially during third and fourth year when you will be working in the hospital full time. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
  6. https://www.facebook.com/groups/236043476589326/?fref=nf Congrats!
  7. Yeah that was the email title from my acceptance email a few years ago.
  8. Most electives offices have an accommodations list you can ask for. You may have to email 10 or 20 places before you find one that works for you. The Canadian FB electives housing group is also great as well. If that doesn't work, you can try Airbnb which will still be cheaper than a hotel.
  9. I had 13 interviews in 8 different cities so I ended up spending perhaps about $5k for everything during the interview tour. Mostly I had to fly because my interview schedule didn't progress in an orderly east to west or west to east pattern, which would have saved some money. I booked my flights during Air Canada/WestJet's Boxing Day sale so that helped save some money - subscribe to Air Canada/WestJet's emails and they'll email you when there's a sale. In terms of accommodations, I stayed at Airbnb places or places posted on the electives FB group. I think my classmates who stayed mostly in hotels spent quite a bit more for accommodations during interviews. I probably spent about $7-8k over the 3 months of electives I did away from home. I emailed each electives office for an accommodations list and also checked the electives FB group for accommodations. Airbnb can be a little bit pricey if you are staying at a place for 2 weeks or more, but sometimes you don't have much choice. While on electives, try to buy your own food for breakfast/lunch/supper and really minimize the amount of time you spend eating out - it can really add up over a few months of electives! Use your credit card for as many purchases as possible to collect points - you can also redeem flights through that. Don't forget about LMCC1 (~$1000) and graduation expenses when planning your budget. Hope that helped!
  10. Hey, I'll be moving to Edmonton for residency this summer, and I was wondering if any of you had any advice about renting an apartment in Edmonton, such as good neighbourhoods to live in or any apartment building recommendations. I'll mostly be at U of A Hospital, but occasionally might be at the Royal Alex. I'm hoping to rent a 1 bedroom apartment ideally for <$1500 with en suite laundry +/- underground parking - still deciding if I'm going to buy a car or not. Close to U of A Hospital would be nice, but I'm fine with up to a 30-40 minute bus/LRT ride to the university. Thanks!
  11. ^ Yep that's true. Try to have your sticker ready when you walk into the room so you're not awkwardly fumbling with the sticker page in front of the interviewer. Also, try not to play around with the clipboard too much while answering the prompt.
  12. 1. Some of the categories I had were Education, Elective Experiences, Relevant Work Experiences, Research, Awards/Grants, Extracurricular Activities/Leadership, Conferences, Hobbies to name a few. List whatever you would feel comfortable talking about in an interview, especially if it is directly relevant to your specialty of choice. I only listed stuff from undergrad and med school, though some friends with long CVs only covered stuff from medical school. 2. Sorry, most of my electives were before the AFMC portal so I am not too familiar with it. 3. Yes. Some path programs will have one week electives. Rads might as well though that might just be something they do at my school. However, if you are thinking of a surgery/internal/family elective, then I would recommend a two week elective as you can spend more time with your preceptor and hopefully get a better letter (whereas often in path/rads you have a different preceptor every day).
  13. If you don't have a car and can make it to the bus depot on time, STC has reliable bus routes between Regina and Saskatoon. IIRC there is wifi on board. http://www.stcbus.com/
  14. Generally the Saskatoon site is more competitive - a majority of the class either grew up in Saskatoon or did undergrad at U of S. There are also some students who did undergrad in Regina who want to go to Saskatoon because of a significant other, prefer living in Saskatoon, etc. For the Regina site, it's probably about 1/2 - 2/3 people who grew up in Regina, and the other 1/3-1/2 are students from Saskatoon who chose to come to Regina or had to come to Regina because of the site selection system. That being said, the Regina site is pretty great! I grew up in Regina and put my first choice as Regina, so perhaps I am a little biased. I wrote a longer reply on Saskatoon vs. Regina here: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/83800-saskatoon-vs-regina/#entry931061 For OOP students, I am not too sure to be honest. My class had very few OOP students. Most of the OOP students I know are in Saskatoon though. Medicine unfortunately sometimes does involve moving around quite a bit. For example some students in my class moved from Saskatoon to Regina for preclerkship, and then volunteered to go to Prince Albert for clerkship. After medical school, I imagine many students in our class will end up having to move to a different city in Saskatchewan or in Canada for residency. For certain residencies that have fellowships (eg. internal medicine, surgery, etc.) or additional training (eg. family medicine with 1 year emerg), they might have to move again. Once they are finished their training, they may have to move again to find a place to work.
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