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  1. Hi, I have a question on behalf of someone I know. They are wondering, does CaRMS record the number of match cycles you have registered for (e.g. didn't match last year and reapplying this year - so would programs know that you reapplying for the 2nd time?). Also, if you retake the MCCQE1 or NAC to achieve a better score, does CaRMS keep your old scores within your application for the following cycle? CaRMS states that they only include the "most recent exam results" for each match cycle but I have no experience of this. Thanks
  2. I was hoping to use the Master's as a way to improve my application/CV competitiveness. I have completed my USMLEs and I will be applying to the States this year. I completed my medical school in the UK. If the consensus is that research + exposure is more important, I will just throttle down my Master's work load and extend it over two years. If i end up matching this year I will drop my grad program and take it up in the future. Do I have disclose that my master's program is going to be extended? Also, do programs ask for a master's/grad school transcript? Thanks again
  3. Thanks for responding, my masters is a mixture of courses + research project. It can be completed in one year but extended to two or more years if needed. The courses are pretty intensive and require a lot of work since I am unfamiliar with a lot of the concepts. I am not a big fan of epidemiology or biostatistics..... When I spoke to program directors and CaRMS committee members - they said a Master's doesn't hold much weight since they don't have any perspective to the amount of work which has been put into it vs. publications where most to all CaRMS committee members can related to the pain of publishing/editorial process.
  4. I have a quick question, I am a IMG who didn't match during last years cycle and I am currently enrolled in a grad program. I have been going to residency programs over the past several months, and when I talk to program directors, there seems to be less weight held on a having a masters degree over published research. I have the ability to prolong my masters over two years, but in setting where I match, I can just drop it. Does anyone have any experience onto how much weight a master's degree adds to the CaRMS application? Or should I be focusing more on research and exposure? I have several publications at the moment, but I am finding that my grad program is taking more time away from my research than what I would like. I have received a bunch of mixed answers. Thanks!
  5. I took my MCCQE Part 1 this past week, not what I expected at all. I have completed USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS in addition with the MCCEE and NAC-OSCE, and in my opinion the QE1 was probably the most random exam I have taken in a long time. My question distribution was heavily weighted on geriatric psychiatry, ethics and medical law for some reason. CDMs were much better than the MCQs, but still, a very weird exam overall.
  6. Just an update: if you are an IMG and thinking of deferring graduation to facilitate further electives in Canada, it really isn't worth it. Turns out, most Canadian institutions (which accept IMGs for residency programs) will not allow IMGs to complete additional electives if the program has been extended/deferred to facilitate for this. Kind of a downer if you ask me but not the end of the world.
  7. Hi all, I am an IMG currently in my final year of studies, and I am keen on pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery in Canada. I have lots of exposure to Orthopaedic Surgery over the past six years from observerships, unofficial electives and official electives (all of which were in Canada). In addition, I have been part of seven research projects, co-authored in four, and have had the opportunity publish two papers as the first author. I have also written my USMLEs. I did not enter the American match as I was going to give Canada a shot first. I entered the CaRMS match this year with high hopes, but unfortunately, I did not match. During my interviews, program directors hinted at the reality of not matching, but I found their response was overall positive. Lots of residents and faculty members told me that since I am young, I should keep my chin up, and continue with research in the hopes of matching this following cycle. I was hoping to arrange an elective prior to my graduation but, due to "bureaucratic" issues I was unable. My medical school has offered to defer my graduation to November of 2019 to facilitate further elective time, which is super tempting. As I saw not matching could be a reality, I prophylactically enrolled in a Master's Program starting September. Does anyone have insight into whether deferring my graduation would have an impact on my Master's Program? I would like to complete a Master's as I have a strong interest in research, but at the same time, I don't want to lose such an opportunity for further elective time. Any advice would be great!
  8. So true. Connections, favors, politics etc. play a huge role for these people that we are describing, and they unfortunately don't help when trying to determine how competitive a field is...
  9. Unfortunately this is so very very true. I know lots of great students who should have matched but were beat out by random candidates who have limited/little exposure in the specialty. Honestly, sometimes CaRMS is a black box and the more you try and understand the more lost you get (if that makes any sense...).
  10. I know an IMG student who matched radiology with only doing four weeks of Rads total, no publications, little research and no physics/math background....
  11. Should one wait to complete all interviews before submitting the rank order list? I have an interview for my top program choice this weekend but should I wait until after the interview to make my rank list? Does it make any difference? Thanks!
  12. I think invites are only coming out in the event where people cancel now. I got rejected from Ottawa Ortho today but when I called their office on Monday, the program administrator said that they were in the process of "confirming" several candidates. I interpreted this that they were waiting for emails from Candidates to whether they are declining or accepting an interview offer..... I think the match cycle this year is very competitive for all specialties....
  13. Just received an email from Western, Ortho - unfortunately I was rejected. Ottawa is doing the same today apparently. Not looking great....
  14. Does anyone have any Ortho interviews? Westerns states on their website that they send acceptance and rejection emails to all applicants within the first two weeks of January but I am curious about other places. Thanks!
  15. From what I heard, it is generally easier to get into the US for a residency matching program. Canada, on the other hand, is an extremely painful and depressing process for International Medical Graduates. What I would recommend is, do your US exam, work in the US regardless of the place because if you want to be a doctor you will be there for the people, not the money. After doing your residency in the States either decide to A) Stay in the States or try getting back into Canada. I am applying to several Irish medical schools and I know I will be most likely working in the States instead of my home town of Vancouver, BC. Hope I could help in some way
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