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  1. I think most schools have recordings of lectures however the policy on mandatory class varies. When I went through Queen’s they still didn’t record the lectures due to some political debate on how it would affect class attendance and participation. I’m not sure if they have started recording lectures now. Regardless there is a significant amount of the day that is comprised of mandatory group sessions that you cannot/should not miss.
  2. Any decrease in the workload will just lead to being less prepared for the workload of residency. Medical school already has lighter clinical duties then what the residents are doing, which is appropriate for the level of training. Being able to manage your time in clerkship is very important. Overall clerkship is very doable and changing it any more will just hinder the transition to residency. Things you mentioned such as post call days are common place on almost all services (aside from certain surgical services). If you manage your time well, you can have time to excel at your rotations, study for your exams, see your friends, do research etc. Clerkship has a steep learning curve, but it is so much better than Preclerkship.
  3. From my understanding Queen's and Toronto are the only two schools who don’t have any policy regarding location of the applicant. uOttawa has lower cutoffs for people who are from the Ottawa Region, but no specific quota for In-province or Out of province. Western has SWOMEN but again no specific quota. Mcmaster will award 95% of interviews to applicants from Ontario, but don’t have a specific cutoff on how many people are admitted.
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    Undergrad vs Medical School

    I think each specialty will vary in terms of what they will look at. I do agree that it seems fairly insignificant in the selection of candidates (I have yet to be on the other side of the CaRMS match). That being said, invariably every year medical students will fixate on this as it is one of the few things you can work on to make yourself a better candidate prior to electives.
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    Undergrad vs Medical School

    Medical School is way better than undergrad. As mentioned you don’t have to fixate and marks and can actually learn for the sake of learning, which is much more enjoyable. The material in medical school is pretty easy. There is very few concepts that are difficult to grasp, just a lot of facts to learn. The challenge if finding the time to study. Where I did medical school, we have class from 8:30-5:30 almost everyday. A few people have mentioned you don’t need to do extracurriculars in medical school. Having gone through CaRMS I can tell you that the whole process mirrors applying to medical school. You will need to do research, meaningful extracurricular etc to match to a competitive specialty. With respect to clerkship, the learning curve is quite steep, but once you figure out how to be a good clerk, you can pretty much excel at any rotation with minimal stress. Your schedule will vary on rotations. On surgery you will be working 5am-6pm plus call shifts. On other rotations you might work 9-3pm. I would say on average, my work days started at 8am and finished 6pm.
  6. Every year, it seems people try and compare the match rates of every school in order to determine which school is the most successful in matching their students to their desired specialty. However, simply comparing the match rates does not paint the whole picture. People commonly state that a certain school has a lower match rate because their students went for a more competitive specialty or that a certain school has a high match rate because most of their applicants go into primary care. This is my attempt to come up with a standardized approach to comparing school match rates. I will post my results for the 2018 Match and then explain my methodology. If anyone has any constructive criticism, that would be awesome. School Standardized Match Rate Queen’s University 1.12183974 Dalhousie University 1.11964593 University of Ottawa 1.06570349 McGill University 1.00310852 University of Alberta 0.99333422 Northern Ontario School of Medicine 0.97475584 Western University 0.97029931 University of Toronto 0.97021267 McMaster University 0.96812175 Memorial University of Newfoundland 0.96625383 University of Calgary 0.9641772 University of Manitoba 0.9625414 University of Saskatchewan 0.95720077 University of British Columbia 0.94367284 Université Laval 0.94277376 Université de Montréal 0.85887693 Université de Sherbrooke 0.82016583 Methodology Calculating the Competitiveness Score In order to compare each school, I created a competitiveness score using table 34 from the 2018 CaRMS Data. I used the inverse of the Supply>Demand ratio’s from the CaRMS talk to generate a score for each specialty. I then multiplied this by the amount of students in each school who ranked this specialty first. This was added up for a total score and then divided by the amount of students participating in the match. This created a Competitiveness Score for each school based on how difficult the match strategy was for the school. Calculating the Standardized Discipline Score Using Table 16 from the 2018 CaRMS Data, I created a standardized score for each school based on how many people match to their 1st choice discipline, 2nd choice discipline etc. Students who matched to their top discipline had a 1x multiplier, students who matched to their 2nd choice discipline had a 0.5x multiplier. Students who matched to their 3rd choice discipline had a 0.25x. Students who matched to their 4th choice discipline had a 0.125x multiplier. Finally students who matched to lower than their 4th choice discipline had a 0.0625x multiplier. I then added all these up and divided by the total amount of individuals participating in the match to give the Standardized Discipline Score. Calculating the Standardized Match Rate. Standardized Match Rate=SMR Competitiveness Score= CS Standardized Discipline Score=SDS SMR=CS*SDS Let me know what you guys think!
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    Queen's Reputation?

    I honestly believe that every medical school in Canada will ensure that you receive a world class clinical education. As mentioned previously, certain schools have slight advantages compared to others in certain disciplines. Interestingly, despite McGill being ranked so highly, the program is actually on Academic Probation. This is a perfect example of Ranking not matching quality of teaching. That being said, academic probation is not the end of the world. It actually usually ends up forcing the school to tighten up the program and is usually beneficial to the learning experience of the students once the problems are addressed. With respect to the University of Toronto, I can't speak to the quality of their program since I did not attend. However this past year was a challenging year for the school with respect to the match. I think a nearly 28 students went unmatched this year. Granted, many of these students were going for competitive specialities such as plastic surgery. Having just graduated from Queen's. I can assure you that the program prepares you exceedingly well. Furthermore, Queen's graduates have a great reputation from coast to coast. I think one of the highlights is the Queen's connection. Every where you go, you will meet influential physicians who trained at Queen's that are willing to help you out. Finally, the match number speak for themselves. I have attached a chart of where my classmates matched. As you can see, our class matched really well (94% match rate first iteration, 99% after second iteration) and also matched to really competitive specialties (14 people matched to the top 5 competitive specialties this year). If you are lucky enough to be admitted to Queen's Medicine, you won't go wrong by accepting your offer. If you have any questions feel free to PM me.
  8. As an undergrad, just having research experience is good! Anything else is a bonus. Nobody will look at you thinking you were “unproductive”. Most applicants will not have a publication at the time of application. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t put acknowledgements on your CV as they have very little weight.
  9. I just received information on the New MD Financial LOC with Scotia Bank. I was wondering how this compares to the new RBC plan. Line of credit (LOC) Up to $300,000 limit (full amount available upon set-up; no need to re-apply for increases in the future) Interest rate = prime -0.25% (current prime rate as at October 12, 2018 = 3.70%) 2 year grace period Ability to convert to personal line of credit post residency/fellowship For a limited time (until December 31st) – clients who decide to switch to the Scotia LOC will receive an additional $500 cash bonus from MD Management (see attached terms/conditions for more info) Chequing Account Fee waived indefinitely ($167 annual savings) Unlimited debit transactions Unlimited free e-transfers or 10,000 Scotia Rewards points (= $100 in travel credit; this offer is only until October 31st) Pre- Approved Credit Card ($10,000 limit) – can accept 1 card with $10,000 limit or split the limit between the 2 cards. Scotia Bank Passport Visa Infinite No annual fee first year ($139/year each year after) and/or; Scotia Gold American Express No annual fee until 1 year after graduation ($99/year after graduation)
  10. This is literally the worst example. If you watched the Winter Olympics recently you would have heard about this story: https://www.google.ca/amp/s/globalnews.ca/news/4035507/how-a-skier-who-can-hardly-jump-made-it-to-the-olympic-halfpipe/amp/ There is always an alternative way to achieve your goal. I am quite concerned about your ability to demonstrate empathy. Medical school admissions are not black and white. Having been on the interview committees for medical school selection on a few occasions, I can assure you that there is a greater portion of luck involved in the whole process than you may think. There is generally a handful of amazing applicants that are easy to identify, a handful of terrible applicants and the rest fall into the middle where how you rank them would most likely vary significantly from interviewer to interviewer. The fact you are so sure that you will be accepted into a Canadian Medical School before even applying is a little concerning. My only suggestion for you is to try and develop more tolerance and humility before interviews come around. Also, please keep in mind that if you get into medical school, many of your staff will be IMG’s. If you come into interactions with them with this mindset, you will burn a lot of bridges. Finally, if you do get into medical school, you will soon realize that medicine is not as prestigious as you may think it is.
  11. I understand most of your logic however I would caution against rejecting an acceptance to wait out for another school. Your chance of matching to UBC for residency is higher if you go to Medical School at UBC. However, you can never be sure you will eventually be accepted to UBC. You should accept any medical school you are accepted at and figure out the details later. Keep in mind if you reject your acceptance and never get accepted again then your chance of doing residency in BC is 0%.
  12. I think you are thinking way too far ahead. Based on the other thread you started with UBC vs McGill for medical school. First step for you is to complete your application, submit and wait for interviews. Then your focus should be to kill the interviews. Finally, if you get multiple admissions, then you can start considering the pro's and con's of each school. Aside from having an idea of where you want to ultimately practice, you should not be focusing on residency until you are in medical school
  13. 27 yo is slightly above average for entering medical students in most schools in Canada ( My class average age was 24). That being said, I have numerous friends who were older than you and have gone on to match to 5 year specialties. I wouldn't constrain yourself too much because of age. Realistically, 3 years vs 4 years will end up being a small difference if you end up doing anything longer than family medicine.
  14. There is no discrimination based on the fact you have gone to a 3 year school. For the most part, I have not met a single preceptor who particularly cares where I completed medical school. That being said, you are at a disadvantage in terms of matching to a competitive specialty if you are in a 3 year program for the following reasons: 1. Must decide very early if you want to do something competitive. For the most part, in 4 year schools you should have decided you want to do a competitive specialty within the first 1.5years. In a 3 year program, you must decide even earlier. 2. No summers to do research. 3. Less Pre-Carms elective time. The two 3 year programs have subpar elective placements. Calgary's clerkship for example is front loaded with electives. This means that you are on electives trying to impress and make connections while learning how to be a good clerk. Not ideal. Every year, people from Calgary and Mac match to very competitive fields. It can be done, it just adds a layer of challenge and complexity when compared to 4 year programs. One possibility is to omit the match after 3rd year and do a research fellowship + electives for an extra year to make yourself more competitive. I have met people who have successfully matched from 3 year programs to competitive specialties using this strategy.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    Interesting rebuttal to a previous Ottawa Citizen article by Dr. John Stewart. https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/padmos-saudi-medical-trainees-arent-taking-training-spots-from-canadian Apparently the deadline for Saudi Residents to leave the country has been moved to September 22nd: https://globalnews.ca/news/4400538/saudi-medical-students/