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  1. Any recommendations on specific rural programs (especially if considering EM)? I know an above post said to look for places where staff does emerg shifts, but do any have better reputations than others? I’ve heard good things about UBC, Calgary, Manitoba, NOSM, and MUN’s rural FM programs
  2. Excellent, that’s the kind of answer I was hoping for. Would prefer to take a variety of electives to fill in knowledge gaps rather than being strategic about matching (either for family or potential +1 EM down the road). Thanks!
  3. Would like to match to a rural family med program, then do a +1 EM year. Currently in 3rd year and at my school we don’t start electives till 4th year (rural family with some specialty exposure for all of 3rd year). Just wondering what electives I should look into for the best learning opportunities? I’ve heard anesthesia, emerg and ICU (as a resident) would be good for this. Anything else? Will family elective(s) be needed to be done to have a competitive application broadly (not picky about location)?
  4. 1. I’m pretty sure NOSM looks at a cumulative GPA (OMSAS and/or the NOSM website would be the official source for this info though) 2. I know there is a tick box (and extra essay question) on the application to apply as a Francophone applicant. However, I am not sure if this is a separate stream, or if it just gives you an advantage (I would guess the latter though - I don’t recall any reserved seats for Francophone or Indigenous applicants). Again - check OMSAS and the NOSM website for the officials policies.
  5. Can’t bypass orgo with a gen chem/biochem combo anymore? That’s a bummer. Orgo is not fun and has not been helpful to me once in the first 2 years of medical school (I’m assuming it will be even less helpful in clerkship and the beyond). Biochem was somewhat helpful at least, but by no means necessary. Good luck, friend
  6. 1/3 of your pre-interview score is “context” - basically, where you grew up. This score gets higher the more Northern Ontario-y and rurally the communities are that you spent time in growing up. NOSM wants docs in Northern Ontario, and the most current research tells them that recruiting from Northern Ontario helps achieve this goal the best. That being said, there are people each year from out of province and/or larger communities just like there are small numbers of people on the tail ends of any bell curve. Good luck!
  7. Hard to say without looking at the application, but likely ANY community. Unless they specify an Indigenous community, assume it means any community.
  8. My class has a few students from rural BC, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon. Can’t hurt to apply! Check the admission stats (class profiles) on the NOSM website. There are always a few successful applicants from “rural/remote areas from the rest of Canada”.
  9. Are you sure of those costs? I was under the impression that student memberships for CMA would be free starting in 2019. I believe it was in an email that came out around the same time as the announcement of the sale of MD Financial Management to Scotiabank.
  10. Sorry to hear about your tough first year, throwawayacct. I see that a few people have posted some words of encouragement, which is nice to see. If it helps at all, somebody that I know very well failed an entire year and still matched to a competitive specialty in Canada. I agree with some of the other posters that it would be probably wise to take some time off for your mental health this summer (if possible) and come back in the fall ready to go. Things like this can often build strong character that can be very helpful on things like interviews later on
  11. Thanks for your input, The Bunny! It’s very helpful to hear from a real CCFP-EM doc :)
  12. 2 questions, 1) Tried opening up the blog link at the beginning of this thread. Safari tells me the server no longer exists. Anyone know if this page is still floating around somewhere? 2) I hear a lot of talk both in the real-world and PM101 forums about larger centres not hiring CCFP-EM docs in their EDs. Anyone know if there are any OFFICIAL resources on this? Or is it something passed on through word-of-mouth or even hospital specific policy? Thanks in advance for any answers
  13. Northwestern Ontario is doing a decent job with EMR. All inpatient services within the Northwest LHIN (local health integrated network) are connected via Meditech (not the archaic Hamilton Health Sciences version though). Some outpatient services are connected too, but many family docs still need to rely on faxed discharge reports from hospitals for their patients. I haven’t worked or studied in the Northeast, so I can’t comment on their system, but I assume it’s similar.
  14. I think it would be difficult/nearly impossible to get the experience of somebody who left med school/medicine to share their experiences on a medium like PM101. I feel like most people on here are aspiring premeds, med students, residents, and the odd staff physician. That being said, I encourage anyone unhappy in med school or medicine to look into the sunk cost fallacy. Freakonomics does a good podcast about it (the title of the episode is something about the benefits of quitting). Not to discourage people from pursuing medicine or grinding it out during training, but if you’re truly unhappy in medicine, it may be worth it to look elsewhere. It may be better for your mental health and current or future patients.
  15. I go to a medical school in Ontario, and my class’s mood is generally pretty good. The pass/fail grading system definitwly facilitates being more chill.
  16. What do you mean by the statement “I currently volunteer as a PT”? Do you mean as a PTA (physio assistant)? Or are you using the abbreviation PT as something other than physiotherapist/physical therapist? Your application (according to what you’ve posted) would likely be competitive at U of T and Mac. Maybe Western, but I hear they started valuing physio experiences over the past few years as apposed to solely looking at the sGPA. Queen’s is a bit of a mystery, but they also appear to heavily value structured physio experience. Just be careful how you word your application. The terms “physiotherapist”, “physical therapist” and the abbreviation/title “PT” are protected in Ontario. So if you claim to be a “PT” (by accident or otherwise) on your application, not only are you breaking the law, but the schools would also not be very impressed (to say the least).
  17. I don’t know why anyone would want to buy real estate while in med school. Medical students have enough going on without having to estimate cost/benefits of buying a house and dealing with upkeep costs, maintenance, taxes, potentially having to sell once residency starts. Unless you have a LOT of family money, avoid buying AT LEAST until residency. Rent and focus on learning medicine.
  18. Are you thinking of looking at your provincial medical association insurance (e.g. OMA)? I would just email them and ask. CMA resources are great and specifically designed for physicians/residents/med students
  19. There were no previous nurses in my class at Mac. I suspect this is because nurses already have a profession and are already very employable. Whereas it is much more difficult to find a job as a kin (pretty sure an RN would make much more too). Also, if a nurse wanted to go back to school, my bet would be that it would be for a master's in nursing, NP, or medicine. These are just my thoughts and opinions though. It's very possible a few nurses would go to PT school. I'm just guessing it's pretty rare.
  20. Lots of my class at Mac used O'Sullivan for the written (including me), and it seemed to do the job. Feel free to PM me for questions about the Clinical PCE, if you want. I did it twice and passed the second time
  21. I also had a more academic response to this question for my first four applications. I changed to a more clinical answer on my fifth attempt from advice from a friend and fellow applicant. My fifth attempt was successful. Now, other parts of my app also improved significantly, but I believe my changed response to this question also helped.
  22. Is this option only available for U of A students? I'll be starting at NOSM in Thunder Bay in the fall, and may be interested in some summer electives.
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