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  1. TBH I think it's a good thing overall. Sure what you mentionned could happen, but currently, things are like this: - all in on gen surg. Not taken in gen surg. But family thinks you are backing up so you end up unmatched - split electives in gen surg and FM. Not taken in gen surg because they don't think you are serious. Not taken in FM because they think you are backing up with FM. There was a girl in my class who went to a surgical residency interview and first question was: so you want X surgical field or you want FM? Overall, I think it's a good thing because it makes things a bit more even (Some schools have a lot of elective time), and allows you to explore other things, and will allow people to have more viable backups and not end up unmatched.
  2. A BIG part of CARMS is just luck. You can be the most deserving, hardest working, skilled me student functionning at an R2 level, with first author papers, but if you are unlucky and someone doesn't like you for whatever reason, someone seemingly less competitive candidate will get that spot. Here are some real reasons some random candidate seeming less competitive or deserving might get that spot and not you: A family member knows the selection committee and they will get that spot and not you. Someone might find a candidate more attractive than you and might pick them over you. Someone else is more of a smooth talker than you. Someone has the same hobbies as the PD. The PD has a different personality and doesn't want you around. A nurse trash talked behind your back, or you got bullied by nurses. A resident blacklisted you and you will never even know it, and it might not even be a legit reason. There sure are things that you can do to max out your chances of getting unmatched. A few true examples (I have seen students or residents at some point doing a combination of things on this list): - never admitting your mistakes - lie - thinking that you know more than your residents or your staff - being arrogant - absolutely no sense of what your limits are - arrive late - repetitively show that you have absolutely no common sense - lazy and doesn't read the few things you ask them to - not polite - thinking you are somehow a superhuman and applying for only 1 uber competitive program like plastics or emergency medicine and thinking that you will get that spot, but not someone else - treating other people like shit (other med students, residents, nursing etc...) But honestly, most unmatched folks that I know don't fit with any of the above. They were: - unlucky - too many candidates for the number of spots - someone else had connections - someone else was more charming and was a better smooth talker - had a bad interview etc... At the end of the day, the entire CARMS process is a whole lot of BS. A lot of it is still luck Most unmatched candidates are just fine people. Your worth shouldn't be based on your CARMS match. You can only work hard, do your best, and hope the process doesn't screw you.
  3. It's probably the cardiology 4 now. To be honest, just as Samy said, any would do. A cheaper Littman Classic is more than enough.
  4. Don't get fooled by the empty seats after first round. Ottawa FM is known to not rank a whole lot of applicants, and the fact that it isn't filled isn't because they don't have enough applicants. There are FM programs that don't rank people at all from their home med school if they felt like you want a specialty other than FM. For now, apply first then decide later. My 2 cents: it's better to be matched in a rural FM program than getting unmatched.
  5. It's program dependent but the general trend is that, especially for smaller programs, residents' input is very important.
  6. Many EM programs don't look at med school electives nor their evals. Focus on learning and matching to FM at sites you like for now.
  7. You can press against the posterior side. Then sweep slowly. People's cervix is at different places. And why isn't your place allowing you to use lubricant?
  8. Politics is a sensitive topic. Just a friendly reminder to get along folks And also, please use respectful language.
  9. could be useful. but a bit overkill. It's mainly knowledge for the office setting.
  10. I have the 2018 edition. I think it's totally worth the price. Very useful during residency.
  11. Point de vue d'un résident et de pas mal tous les résidents: Please don't. Profite de tes étés. relaxe. profite de la vie. Ça ne vaut vraiment pas la peine de travailler pour l'argent comme étudiant en médecine. Ce que tu vas faire en 1 été va être ce que tu vas facturer en 1-2 semaines comme patron plus tard. Les stages par contre peuvent donner de l'expérience donc je dirais pas non. Au final, si t'as pas de responsabilité clinique pendant tes stages comme pré-externe, t'apprendras pas tant non plus. Par ailleurs, tu vas travailler tous les étés pour le restant de tes jours. Profite de tes derniers étés libres de responsabilité.
  12. OK de 1, arrête de te rabaisser. T'es admise, donc t'es en masse assez compétente pour réussir. Donc ne te redoute pas de tes capacités ni de ton intelligence. De 2, c'est vrai que la grande majorité du monde viennent des grandes régions urbaines, dont beaucoup viennent de familles quand même aisées. Si tu viens d'une petite ville, il y aura certainement de l'adaptation à faire, mais tu vas finir par t'y habituer! Pis sache que c'est temporaire. Je connais quand même plusieurs personnes qui viennent de petites villes, et lorsqu'ils auront finit leurs études, iront pratiquer en région ou dans des communautés plus petites parce qu'ils n'aiment pas tant la ville. Pis le tip le plus important pour toi: profite de ton été, pour de vrai.
  13. Don't feel bad. You're shadowing and learning. With time, I realized that pimping questions, depending on the person, can mean something completely different. Some people just want to make you feel like crap and to show off they know more than you - rare but they do exist Some people want to gauge your level of knowledge Some people don't know how to teach. They pimp a lot and uselessly, and stress out the learner and don't realize it. And as mentionned above, will often pimp you on stuff way above your level of training. Never feel ashamed or embarassed to say ''I don't know''. If someone judges you for that, then, they just aren't a good teacher. Likewise, you should never feel judged as a bad student to say ''I don't know''. And quite honestly, the more you know, the more you realize that there is just too much to know. It also becomes easier with time to say ''I don't know''. And quite honestly, the vast majority of people don't expect the student to know much. Just focus on learning and becoming a better clinician!
  14. Si t'es une étudiante de ULaval, tu fais tes stages dans les milieux affiliés à l'ULaval. Tu peux faire des stages à option ailleurs. Sinon tu peux t'informer pour l'externat décentralisé de l'Ulaval, qui, je ne me m'abuse, se déroule à Joliette.
  15. L'important, c'est le contenu, pas le contenant. Et meme si t'as un accent, qu'est-ce que tu peux faire rendu la? Focus plutot sur ce qui est important.
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