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  1. ourlastnight

    Deferring Graduation Opinion

    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.
  2. 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!
  3. ourlastnight

    Annual Specialty Competitiveness Stats

    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...
  4. ourlastnight

    Grand Rounds and Other ways to stand out

    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...).
  5. ourlastnight

    Annual Specialty Competitiveness Stats

    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....
  6. ourlastnight

    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- DISCUSSIONS

    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!
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    2019 IMG CaRMS Interviews or Rejections

    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....
  8. ourlastnight

    2019 IMG CaRMS Interviews or Rejections

    Just received an email from Western, Ortho - unfortunately I was rejected. Ottawa is doing the same today apparently. Not looking great....
  9. ourlastnight

    2019 IMG CaRMS Interviews or Rejections

    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!
  10. 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
  11. RCSI is only that much because it is a private school
  12. ourlastnight

    Canada or International

    thank you Legion...appreciate your comment with utter respect! i just don't want to waste years of my life trying and trying to get in with no success and i am sure there're many others are in my case and they feel the exact same
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    Canada or International

  14. ourlastnight

    Canada or International

    the thing is i am not entirely sure if it exists or if it is true...i have a couple of really close friends i know who just finished their md in the UK and are coming back to canada to work (toronto i believe) and they said it is not bad in the fact you eliminate the time you spend waiting to get into a canadian medical school. i also have a friend who is going to st andrews in the fall to begin his 6 year program and hopefully he will end up back in canada. also to the people who say i am too young to decide such things is bogus..starting early and getting a hint of what to do is vital for every aspect of what you want to do when your older. having a mother who works in the health care system, i have quite an experience of what the health profession is like.
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    Canada or International

    if you were finishing off grade 11, like me, would you consider st andrews canadian program or would you completely ditch the idea? also is it true, i don't know if this is entirely correct, but from what i heard from doctors i know is if you have a specialty that a province is looking for, your odds of getting in are higher?