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  1. There's no right or wrong. If I was in your shoes I would do an elective at my first choice. I think that it certainly helps your chances but rad onc tends to be a specialty that doesn't mandate an onsite elective like some surgery programs. I don't know how popular RO will be this year. In the past 4 years rad onc has been in top 5 most competitive specialties as well as bottom 5. In my match year, Ottawa matched 0/2 and UBC matched 2/2. Following year UBC had an unmatched spots. These things are not predictable. Both are good programs. You can always try and do a post carms, preinterview elective. It would be equal if not more effective.
  2. I disagree. The best way is to get the "previous sample" questions that are passed down year to year and practice those.
  3. You get long term disability insurance through paro while a resident. Pre-existing conditions should affect it. That being said it will expire when you become a staff. That is why a lot of the OMA and RBC insurance companies speak at the end of medical school. Most do not require a physical etc. look into that.
  4. You crazy haha. Although tbh your first score was probably better since more programs care about the verbal.
  5. The latter. A job in your ideal city may not have an opening for 5+ years sometimes.
  6. That being said, I think radiation oncology is a great career. The one thing is you have to be okay settling down permanently in other areas away from family and friends. Think long and hard about that.
  7. you have to wait at least 6 months into your residency and the people to talk with is your PGME. I would not inform your matched program about your plans.
  8. you will have to wait at least 6 months into your residency.
  9. A very poor decision on her part with a fair and expected outcome from the college. That withstanding, she was a good oncologist based on my experiences having shared some mutual patients (rather my staff's mutual patients)
  10. no. you will be fine. one of my co-residents backed up with med genetics and did fine. Both are not terribly competitive although. In general, I find that radiation oncologists are decently understanding of having diverse interests. I see you go to Mac, I would recommend doing elective during your vacation in the summer to give you six electives. Feel free to private message me. I am an RO resident who went to Mac.
  11. J1 is really far from an ideal visa. It is quite difficult to get an HB-1 nowadays, which frankly is the only visa applicants should really consider.
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