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  1. That’s why planning in advance and asking yourself these key questions is important. Would I rather unmatch and try again for my desired specialty or would I be happy with a career in FM if I don’t get my first choice?
  2. This is why I don’t understand the whole backing up mentality. I think you should only apply to FM if you would be happy being a family doctor and forgoing your first choice specialty.
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    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- DISCUSSIONS

    Is switching residencies even allowed? I have been under the impression it’s a binding contract.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Yup. 95% match rate at U of T.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Match rate at my school was quite a bit higher this year as compared to last year (95% vs like 89%) and having talked to a bunch of classmates, it does seem like more of us applied to family, psych, etc. and a lot of people backing up with family too. Not sure about other schools, but that may be why there's fewer spots left. We'll find out when the data becomes available. I feel for the people not matching first round - it's crazy how few spots there are in desirable cities. Even fam med in Quebec - no spots in the major Quebec cities (i.e. Montreal, QC, and Sherbrooke) and pretty much all - except Ottawa and Calgary - are rural. :O
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    Countdown to Match Day

    Yup, this it it, who knew 15 minutes could be so painful!
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    Countdown to Match Day

    Yeah I ended up opting out for that! Wonder how it goes and whether it helps people or just adds more stress and a anxiety. Less than 24 h to go! I hope we get good news tomorrow! Good luck guys!
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    Countdown to Match Day

    Our school told us they will inform us on Monday afternoon and then we can take the afternoon off if we get the email. And we’re all done core rotations and are doing selectives. I guess the point is to provide us with more support but I opted in because I want that peace of mind the night before. On second thought, I think I’m might end up opting out. I know I’ll be stressing out on Monday just anticipating that email. And at least on Tuesday you can find out in the privacy of your home that you didn’t match and cry in peace haha.
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    Countdown to Match Day

    I feel the same way! And true, there were sooo many candidates for all programs, it’s hard to imagine how they distinguish between us. And now we have the option of knowing the day before regarding unmatched status. I opted in for that and am hoping it will help me sleep better the night before if all goes well :p
  10. With 21 days left until Match Day, I thought it would be helpful to have a little support thread! How are you guys passing your time? Where are you hoping to end up next year? How’s the ranking process going? I find myself ranking based on location and although all the programs I interviewed at were decent-excellent, I only really want to live in the cities of my top 3-4 choices! I find this waiting period to be so agonizing haha. In only three weeks we get to find out where we spend the next 2-5 years.
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    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- DISCUSSIONS

    I applied for psych (10 programs with 8 interviews) and the interviews were pretty okay for the most part. Nothing weird - the same sort of standard questions coming up over and over again. I have one interview left and then the waiting game begins! I’m kinda bummed that my interview at my top choice didn’t go as perfectly as I had imagine as I really want to match there. And then other times I’m worried about going unmatched and hope I get in somewhere. I didn’t apply broadly geographically (ON and QC for me due to family reasons) and anecdotally psych seems more competitive than ever (but who knows). Its gonna suck waiting like 4 weeks for the results lol how was your experience?
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    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- INVITATIONS only

    Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Dec 3), Calgary (Dec 3), Alberta (Dec3), Western (Dec 4), Memorial (Dec 5), Laval (Dec 5), Toronto (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 6), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Dec 7), Ottawa(Dec 8), Memorial(Dec 12), Western (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 14) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4) UBC (Dec 13) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan (Nov 27), Queen's (Dec 5), McGill (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Calgary (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Western (Dec 12), MUN (Dec 13) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 11) Family Medicine: Ontario (Nov 28; IMG only), Laval (Nov 30), Montréal (Dec 4), Saskatchewan (Prince Albert - Dec 10), UofT (Dec 12), Sherbrooke (Dec 12) , McGill (Gatineau - Dec 13), Alberta Rural (Dec 12), Alberta Urban (Dec 14), UBC (Dec 14), McGill (Montreal - Dec 14) General Pathology: Calgary (Nov 22), Alberta (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 13)  General Surgery: McGill (Dec 3), Sherbrooke (Dec 12) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: To be announced on January 3rd Medical Genetics and Genomics: Calgary (Nov 27), UBC (Nov 29) Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Western (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 4), McGill (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 11), Memorial (Dec 12), Alberta (Dec 14) Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Dec3), Montreal (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 4), McGill (Dec 10), McMaster (Dec 7), UBC (Dec 11), Neuropathology: Western (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 13), U of T (Dec 14) Neurosurgery: McMaster (Nov30), Western (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 12), McGill (Dec 12) Nuclear Medicine: Sherbrooke (Dec 07) Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Manitoba (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 12) Ophthalmology: UBC (Dec 4), Western (Dec 10), Alberta (Dec 11), Manitoba (Dec 14) Orthopaedic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 7), McGill (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 14), McMaster (Dec 14), Dalhousie (Dec 12) Otolaryngology: Alberta (Dec 6), UofT (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 14) Pediatrics: Plastic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 4), Manitoba (Dec 11) PM&R: Queens (Nov 22), McMaster (Nov 26), UBC (Nov 30), Manitoba (Nov 30), Western (December6), UofT (December 12th), Calgary (December 12th), USask (Dec 6), Alberta (Dec 7)  Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 23), Sherbrooke (Nov 27), McMaster- Hamilton and Waterloo (Dec. 4), Western - London & Windsor (Dec. 4), McGill (Dec. 4), Calgary (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 5), U of T (Dec 7), Ottawa (Dec 7), Alberta (Dec 10), NOSM (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 12), USask-Regina (Dec 12), UBC (Dec 12), USask-Saskatoon (Dec 13), Dalhousie (Dec 13), U de M (Dec 14) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Alberta (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 12), NOSM (Dec 12) UofT (Dec 12), Ottawa (Dec 13) Radiation Oncology: Calgary (December 10), Alberta (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 11)  Urology: Western (Dec 4), Dalhousie (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 5), Ottawa (Dec 6), Toronto (Dec 8), McGill (Dec 12) Vascular Surgery: Toronto (Nov 26), Western (Dec 10)
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    No publications

    Hello, I'm a third year med student who is planning my electives for next year and thinking about CARMs apps. One thing that has me stressing a little is the fact that I have no publications in a medical journal during my medical school years (I only have one as a third author from undergrad). I only did two small summer research projects and presented a poster at only one university research conference for students (nothing major or high impact). I am interested in psych which I know tends to be on the non-competitive side but I'm wondering if this will hurt my application for more competitive places like say U of T or McGill. Any suggestions on how I can boost my app research wise this late in the game? Or do I still have a good chance at with excellent letters and personal statement?
  14. Bump! Any suggestions for psych electives? Looking particularly for advice on psych electives in McGill/Quebec and Ottawa. Thanks!
  15. Hello there! I'm in my third year of medical school, i.e. clerkship. Elective picking time is just around the corner for my home school and not too far away for OOP schools either! I am currently interested in psych, with family as a backup. I was wondering if upper years or residents could share their experiences/advice/suggestions regarding psych electives, especially in the Toronto area, as my home school is U of T. What are some good sites/hospitals/preceptors? Information on other non-psych electives that you did to round out your application, like family, emergency, geriatrics, etc, is also welcome! I also speak French and am very interested in McGill and Quebec in general and would really appreciate information about psych and/or family electives in McGill and other Quebec schools, as I would like to get some clinical experience in a bilingual/Francophone setting. Feel free to PM me as well! Thanks in advance!