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  1. Edict

    Queens or UofT MAM

    OP is offered at MAM though, which probably won't have as many opportunities in niche things that you are talking about. At the same time, because it is a community hospital, it will have many of the same benefits as Queen's, including a smaller learner to faculty ratio etc.
  2. Close to 0. As a general rule, if you got into medical school you'll probably graduate.
  3. It is probably doable, but the number who do that each year would be exceedingly small. You'd best ask around about this, networking is really useful in these situations. Even a linkedin message to a Canadian doc who is now working abroad would go a long way.
  4. I think more or less it will stay the same. Numbers could go up if the drive to create a high ratio of residency spots to medical students continues although if they were to go up I would expect the added spots to be mainly in fields that were already given more spots this year. From an absolute perspective, numbers despite the cuts in Ontario have remained fairly stable, most specialties stayed with 10% of the number of spots they had 3 years ago.
  5. What would suck though would be to know you are next in line anddddd the line stops moving... forever...
  6. I would get USMLE First Aid for Step 1. Always a useful book, it isn't all relevant, but it is point form and succinct.
  7. I don't know about competitive specialties, from what I know, match rates from Ireland to the US are good but very few do amazingly well. Generally speaking they match to the less competitive specialties in moderate locations or some moderately competitive specialties in less desirable to medium desirable locations. The main challenge you encounter as a Canadian is that you need a visa, which makes you less desirable since programs have to spend money and time getting you that visa. Other than that you are usually fine. Truthfully, it isn't a big deal, because if you are truly really good, it shows eventually and people who might match to an average residency due to being an IMG can subsequently get great fellowships if they perform well in residency.
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    pharmD to MD switch?

    The other school you can consider if you are happy just studying for the verbal section of the MCAT is McMaster, but they would look at your entire GPA including undergrad, you'd still be eligible to apply. See how well you do on the verbal section at baseline and see if you think its worth applying. If you are able to get very high verbal scores, it can offset your GPA. It is true you can just write the verbal section and ignore the other sections and still get into McMaster.
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    Yale Med vs UofT Med

    Wow, amazing options to choose from! I would choose Yale if I were you and could afford it. I would disregard the issue about political climate. As a medical student at Yale from Canada, it fairly or unfairly won't affect you. Essentially, this boils down to: Where do you want to do residency? If it is in Canada, then stay in Canada, if it is in the US, then stay in the US. With that being said, it is always easier to go from the US to Canada than it is the other way around. There are people from the US who will rank only their preferred choices in Canada and apply to the US as a backup. The other way around doesn't work because Canadians in med cannot use Canada as a backup for the US. This is because the Canadian match happens first every year and matching to Canada automatically withdraws you from the US. You are right though that New Haven will be nowhere near as fun as Toronto, so that is a factor to consider. If you want to be a researcher or super sub-specialist, or you want to be a big shot academic one day, or if you just want to keep that option open for now, go to Yale. However, if your goal is to make a good living near home and have a good lifestyle etc., Toronto is probably the better choice for that. Community medicine is probably a way better time in Canada than it is in the states.
  10. Very true, the culture of each school is different.
  11. Write your Step 1 after your 2nd year. Write your Step 2 near the end of year 3rd year if you want to match to the US directly out of medical school. I would recommend trying to match directly, since that is the way most Americans do it anyways. There are issues with visas and convincing the government of Canada to give you the license to even do your residency in the US, but so far people have been able to do it in the end with some begging. If Canadian med is a lost cause, as in, you just aren't competitive enough, then you can consider going abroad, but if you are getting interviews, stick around for another application, you won't regret it.
  12. Don't go to the university in your home country if you plan on returning back to Canada/US. You will find it very difficult to return.
  13. The Irish CSAs collect data on match rates themselves and match rates are usually around 50-60% to Canada/US straight out of medical school. Some match the following year. Most people do end up getting a residency somewhere, but you have to be flexible with location/specialty and you will have to work harder because the cards are stacked against you. Ultimately, the question is, are you willing to spend 250-300k with about a 60-70% of matching somewhere and are you willing to uproot yourself for the next 10 years as well as be open to not getting the specialty or location you want? Sure, there are always people who luck out, people who have connections and get the ultimate match, but for every person like that there are many more who don't get it at all.
  14. Yes there are 7 weeks of pre-clerkship electives, but it isn't easy to get access to all the specialties. For example, CTU is a lottery and most people don't win it. OB/GYN is also a lottery and same with a few other specialties. You also can't really go to other schools because you aren't actually officially in clerkship and aren't allowed to do proper "electives", so some people will arrange their own in the community. Additionally, because you are in preclerkship, you aren't usually given the responsibilities of a clerk and because you aren't in clerkship, there are certain things, like burnout/fatigue, that you just aren't going to experience during these pre-clerkship electives. These pre-clerkship electives are great, but i just want to say that they aren't equivalent to clerkship electives, better than shadowing experiences but considering that during these pre-clerkship electives you are already having to start booking your clerkship electives... it just doesn't seem to make sense. It would be nice if AFMC changed its rules so that electives are booked less in advance, maybe 3-4 months in advance because this can negatively affect 3 yr schools.
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    UBC vs UofT

    Prestige seriously doesn't matter one bit. It will be cold comfort if you go to a medical school you don't enjoy in other ways. Even the idea of shadowing "top tier specialists" doesn't make a difference to a medical student. Medical school is actually an undergraduate degree, you are learning the basics and the basics can be taught the same no matter where you are. Important factors to focus on: 1. Do medical school where you want to match for residency 2. Do medical school in a place you want to live, this is 3-4 years of your life, make sure you are happy with them! 3. Do medical school in places in a place you feel can support any specialty decisions you might make If after these things you still can't decide, you are probably safe to assume that no matter which you end up choosing, you will do just fine.
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